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    Sep 26
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    Sep 28
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Eliminate Scarcity to Eliminate the Need to Go to War

Ideal Energy co-owners Troy & Amy Van BeekIowa husband-and-wife duo Troy and  Amy Van Beek pooled their resources and talents--he's an ex-Navy Seal with a degree in Sustainability; she's an Eco-Architectural Designer and Builder with a degree in Fine Arts--to create Iowa's pioneering solar company, Ideal Energy Inc. Idealism motivates this dynamic couple, who believe creating energy abundance through sustainable practices will help eliminate scarcity, a primary motivation for war.

Stuff Etc Truck"Talk less, listen more," Iowa entrepreneur Mary Sundblad advises. She grew a small craft and used kids' clothing shop into the largest consignment service department store in the Midwest. Her business now boasts three corporate-owned stores and three franchise stores, each ranging in size from 23,000 to 45,000 square feet. Find out how being receptive to others' suggestions led to Mary's success: tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Stuff Etc founder Mary Sundblad. Her daughter-in-law Sara Sundblad, Stuff Etc's Corporate Director of Operations, tunes in, as well.

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    Jul 01
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    Jul 03
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The Color of Food and Food Talk with Steve Boss






Ruth BackstromRuth Backstrom, Executive Director and co-founder of a nonprofit called Solution Generators Network, has explored techniques communities can use to identify and address issues, such as economic disparity, food insecurity, and lack of affordable housing. In Durham, North Carolina Ruth's nonprofit partners with other organizations to support film and lecture series, facilitated community discussions, wisdom circles, and local sourcing of jobs. Ruth also has tips regarding grantwriting and how to improve the odds of success in securing funds for community projects. For ideas on how individuals can help their communities forge the future they want for themselves, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Ruth. 

Stephanie WestlundStephanie Westlund has been conducting research with veterans for five years, and her book, Field Exercises:  How veterans are healing themselves through farming and outdoor activities integrates empirical evidence along with intimate portraits of numerous veterans.  Stephanie is continually inspired by these men and women who strive to maintain their drive to serve society, and use their difficult experiences in the armed services as a springboard to transform themselves and others through a commitment to sustainable agriculture and other endeavors.

Stephanie holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. You can find her blog about the human-nature relationship at

Sip, Slurp, Swish, and Taste are four critical elements when tasting wine.  Corey Morrow of Earth & Water explains why the world of wine is his latest passion.  Give a listen to what he says during our "Iowa Cooks" show segment, especially if the topic of wine is new to you or seems intimidating.  His aim is to make you comfortable.  Make a reservation for one of his weekly wine tastings, and relax into the experience.  I guarantee you some surprising things will happen.  My key tasting was really an aroma moment as an umami-like perfume from wine #4 captivated my senses.  Was it Worcestershire sauce or A-1?  Still not sure, but the experience was great fun.

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    Oct 31
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    Nov 05
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Teens Turning Green

Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y. Generation whY explores the issues facing Millennials.

This week Generation whY has the privilege of being joined by Teens Turning Green founder Erin Schrode. Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. Since 2005, her youth-led non-profit has worked to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities through education and advocacy – inspiring the transition from conventional to conscious living. 

The “sustainability prodigy” has been featured in and tapped as an expert for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, National Geographic; on ABC, NBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, MTV, PBS, Discovery, E!, CurrentTV, Sundance; on The Huffington Post, AOL, HelloGiggles, GOOD, Slate; in various books, publications, and multimedia outlets. With the White House calling her "a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes."

Erin just graduated from New York University as a prestigious DEANS Scholar – spending terms abroad in the Middle East, West Africa, South America, and Europe – with a degree in Social and Cultural Analysis. Having visited over sixty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.

B. K. Loren at Prairie Lights Book Store


B. K. Loren's novel Theft won the 2012 Reading the West Award for Adult Fiction from the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Like Theft, her new nonfiction book Animal, Mineral, Radical reflects sustainability, wildlife, food, family, and community issues in prose so lyrical and lively that it feels poetic.

For a peek into the mind of an independent thinker whose writing has been shaped by her work as a naturalist, a large predator monitor for Colorado State Parks, an asistant chef, a ranch hand, a furniture maker, a UPS driver, a college professor, and a professional brainstormer, tune in to The Studio this week! 

dreamgreen  Iowans making a greener tomorrow... today.

Iowa Power Fund board member Tom Wind featured on KRUU-FM’s ‘Dream Green’ series

Tom Wind, Nick Hildreth & James at the Jefferson community wind farm.Wind consultant and Iowa Power Fund board member Tom Wind is featured on KRUU-FM’s ‘Dream Green’ radio series Thursday at 7pm (rebroadcast Monday at 7am). Series’ co-hosts Stuart Tanner & James Moore speak with Wind, one of the state’s leading wind experts, at his home in Jamaica, Iowa. They also make an onsite visit to a community wind farm in nearby Jefferson and go inside one of the seven Suzlon S88 2.1 MW turbines financed by a group of local owners.

Wind was chosen for the Dream Green series, explains Tanner, to “get a clear picture of the role of wind energy in Iowa." Also included is an interview with Nick Hildreth, a Suzlon engineer on the Jefferson project.

NEXT WEEK: A visit to the Ames area for a look at some amazing work being done in the area of biomass in the vicinity of Iowa State University.

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Dream Green 4: Hy-Vee LEEDs the Way

dreamgreen  Iowans making a greener tomorrow... today.

Randy Mencke and James Moore in the Health Center aisle at Fairfield Hy-Vee store

Join co-hosts Stuart Tanner & James Moore as they visit their hometown, Hy-Vee store. This new 64,000-square-foot building in Fairfield is the company’s second store built in accordance with LEED® standards. LEED®, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green” buildings. Hy-Vee intends to seek LEED® certification for the new Fairfield store which has created an additional 125 jobs on an investment of more than $13 million to the Fairfield economy.

dreamgreen  Iowans making a greener tomorrow... today.

Sixth Installment in “Dream Green” SeriesJames w/ BioCentury Farm's director Larry Johnson in Boone, Iowa.

Features BioCentury Research Farm Director Larry Johnson

Fairfield, IA—On Thursday at 7pm, KRUU-FM—the first solar-powered radio station in the Midwest—will broadcast an interview with Larry Johnson, Director of BioCentury Research Farm in Boone, Iowa, as the sixth installment in KRUU’s 20-part “Dream Green” radio series. Co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore take a walking tour of the facility and discuss driving developments in biofuels. (Shows are rebroadcast Mondays at 7am, online at Archives and transcripts available at

Next week Tanner and Moore travel to Ames to speak with Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center, staff member Malcolm Robertson, ISU Hort Farm Superintendent Nick Howell and ISU student Joe Jacobs. [Click on "Read more" below to continue.]