musical and topical safari

Azril BacalAnother full-tilt boogie of a span the gamut PLANET ERSTWILD planned for you today. First up, host James Moore speaks with Azril Bacal who came from Peru, now visiting his daughter in Fairfield before heading to Sweden. This spring, he hopes to go to Tunisia for the World Social Forum which he's been a part of since its inception.Taylor Ross

At 3pm, singer/ songwriter Taylor Ross talks about her first release 'Come on, the Comet' and her upcoming Beauty Shop concert on January 12th. She performs live in the studio and discusses her work helming the successful artists in residence program this past year.

Up next Brando PiggBrando Piggueue, president of the campus-based group NetImpact, talk about activities planned around this year's Martin Luther King DaJP Sottiley. A Lord's Cupboard food drive gets underway January 14 at drop off points around the city, with a campus blitz January 18 and special entertainment in Dalby Hall at 7:30pm with keynote speaker Patti Miller. For more information the website is

At 4pm we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. This week our three main categories include Politics & Fleas, the economy doen't suck, it just sucks for you, and Meet The New Year, Same As The Old Year, plus Good News and Odds & End. For a complete list of every headline discussed with link, click "Read more" below. And as always, thanks for tuning in. Click on JP's pic for this week's archive.

I wanna dance with somebody.Heaven knows.A touching salute in honor of the many great musicians who passed on in 2012. Though we're not able to get to all of them, this journey will take you places across a wide spectrum of musical, emotional and personal vistas.


I'm cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce.

I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin' about half past dead.Those honored include Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Donna Summer, Davy Jones (Monkees), Levon Helm (The Band), Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Kitty Wells, Etta James, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Greg Ham (Men at Work), Whitney Houston, Ravi Shankar, Dave Brubeck, Hal David, Andy Williams, Fontella Bass, Johnny Otis, Lee Gorman (Iron Butterfly), Chuck Brown, Scott MacKenzie, Joe South, Ronnie Montrose, and Bob Welch.

Next week we'll be back with our regular 4pm segment "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. A complete list of featured stories is put up each week on Friday morning, accessed by clicking on "Read more" below.

Today's featured guests include cellist, pianist, singer/songwriter Hannelore Clemenson who'll be appearing Sat Dec 22nd at Central Park Furnishings for a holiday concert.

Also,'s President Kathy Redson who talks about two free solar power workshops being offered at the Fairfield Public Library Sat Dec 22nd at 1:30pm and 3pm. Richard Stovall will make the presentations.

Next up, it's Modern American Cinema's Kristian Day who tells us about his latest project, an edgy new TV cooking program called "Crowning the Pan," with one of Des Moines' star celebrity chefs who owns a restaurant called "Tacopocalypse." Yep, perfect content for an end of the world show.

Then it's the Fairfield Middle School 5th grade challenge students presenting a special radio program about the prairie. Off the Subject cohost Therese Cummiskey, Jefferson County Park naturalist, moderates.

Finally, we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sotille. This week it's Lasting Impressions, the Economy Doesn't Suck, It Just Sucks For You and Food Fights. For a list of all the headlines with links, click on Read more below.

REEFER MADNESS: America's drug policy | This week, Planet Erstwild trips the light fandango on a 2-hour musical lark through the two states whose voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating drug use--I personally take one or two aspirin every three or four years--but filling our jails with people caught smoking or possessing pot is a colossal waste of resources, law enforcement & legal system time & efforts, jail construction, and human dignity, never mind the attendant corruptive influence. Americans make up 5% of the world's population but 25% of its prison population--1 in 4 of those serving time for pot. Meanwhile, bankers charged with laundering $800 million are not even indicted, not to mention prescription drugs are now killing more people than heroin and cocaine combined.

Which leads us straight to Pharmapillooza. Hear all about JP's new film project "ASK YOUR DOCTOR." Looking at how an FDA policy change allowed DTC--marketing sales directly to consumers and its consequences for the nation's health and well-being.

And a shorter "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile that explores the contours of the invisible handshake with some Good News and Odds & Ends mixed in for good measure. See complete list below.

Sweet music set, Green Band interview, Green Building Supply's Joel Hirshberg & Anna Bruen talk about Alliant Hometown Rewards program weekend lighting workshop, Dania de Bortoli & the Chamber's Lori Knox celebrate December Gingerbread Art Walk, and Newsvandal JP Sottile presents this week's "Inside the Headlines."

Sit back and enjoy the ride at PLANET ERSTWILD. Today's main headline categories: hearts, minds and bombs; economy a la that sucking sound; and why chemistry & eating are a dubious mix. Click "Read more" below for complete list of referenced headlines.

Ready to visit some blown delicious offbeat musical realms worthy of an Intercranial Whizbang high school reunion? Saddle up, Jose, and let the hand-picked raw tunage wash over you with obscure gems like the Lovin' Cohens' "Noshville Katz," Barbara Feldon singing "Max," Teegarden with "God, Love and Rock'n'roll," Kenny Rogers doing doo wop, the Incredible Bongo Band with "Bongo Rock," and Duane Eddy's lame guitar tribute "Gidget Goes Hawaiian." If you like surprises, exploring the far shores of music, and going places you might never think of yourself, all aboard.

[NEXT WEEK: A special 2-hour musical tribute to Colorado and Washington's citizens who voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. I'm not pro-pot, but with more people overdosing on prescription medications than heroin and cocaine combined, filling our jails with people busted for smoking weed seems like a colossal waste of time and resources.]

At 4pm, we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile for a look at the latest news haps from around the globe. Click "Read more" below for a complete listing of this week's headlines.

PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore spans the gamut with a delicious array of folkage in the know and the know-how doing all manner of groovy, gracious, great stuff.

-Matt Milner, digital domain director of five newspapers in the region, including the Ottumwa Courier summarizes the post-election political landscape

-Denyce Rusch, president of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance, talks about the annual FCA "Connect & Prosper" networking awards banquet Tue, Nov 13th 7:30pm at the ICON Gallery.

-Scott Timm, Fairfield sustainability coordinator, highlights this weekend's Alliant Hometown Reward program's free public library geothermal workshop Sat 1-3pm, followed by a short presentation on winter weatherizing with some free weatherization product giveaways.

-Makenzie Kessel Champ tells us about the indoor Fairfield Farmers Market at the Senior Citizens Center Saturdays 9am-2pm November through April.

-Robert Karp talks about the national 2012 Biodynamic Conference Nov 14-18th at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin.

Then at 4pm we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile with a further look at the fallout and fall in for Republicans and Democrats, and much more. Click on "Read more' below for a complete list of today's headlines with links.

An A-Bomb and H-Bomb Retrospective complete with civil defense instructions, fallout shelters, songs from the era and much, much more. Especially for all of you who may remember ducking under your desks as schoolchildren to protect yourself from the debris following the blinding flash of an atom bomb which could come at any time, day or night. Kids impressionable? I used to dream of that blinding flash.

H-bomb, Bikini Toll

At 3:30pm, it's a special extended version of "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile. This week we look at voting machinations, the not-so sweet flow of money, honey, and the secrets that "they've" got, plus some Good News, and Odds & Ends, including a look at the scientific basis of "truthiness.' For this week's headlines, click "Read more" below.

Enjoy the complete Free and Equal 2012 Third Party Presidential Debate from the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, hosted by Larry King.

With Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party, Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and Rep. Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. You'll hear topics not covered in the two party debate. Larry Garner

At 3:40pm bluesman extraordinaire Larry Garner speaks with James Moore about his new record, BLUES FOR SALE, and upcoming performance at Morning Star Studio this Saturday, October 27th. With all the honesty and power of the blues Larry delivers a show that has earned him 7 W. C. Handy nominations including 4 for Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist. In 2002 Larry was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame. He is the winner of the BB King’s Lucille Award, three time recipient of Blues Songwriter of the Year Award in Paris, the Slim Harpo Ambassador for the Blues Award in Baton Rouge, and many more.

In the final hour, James speaks with Newsvandal JP Sottile all about the Cuban missile crisis which marks its 50th anniversary this month. That and much more on Fairfield's topical and musical safari known as PLANET ERSTWILD, where jokers are always wild and the party never stops.


Learn cool things about cool people. PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore gives you a bird's eye view of the cool haps happening in Fberg deluxe de Coolville. ROAD HOUSE casting director Sara Zeluff, Eniko & Bob Reeder of Singing Cedars, Gary Garles laying his TREES FOREVER magic on ya KRUU-style.

Then we do a little aural navel gazing a la WONDERWALL by George Harrison, the mystic Beatle, compliments of KRUU friend Michael, complete with a few surprises thrown in for good measure and your listening pleasure.

In the final hour, meet the man you listen to every week on this week's special "Inside the Headlines" focus on cohost JP Sottile the Newsvandal. Learn about JP's background and the movie he made in 2007-08 called THE WARNING which featured interviews with Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Naomi Wolf and Joe Conasen.