musical and topical safari

America's Pie Lady Beth Howard3pm: It's 'America's Pie Lady'

Meet Beth Howard. Her new book “MAKING PIECE: A Memoir of Love, Loss & Pie,” [Harlequin] is a rich slice of life and as spirited a first person narrative as you'll ever read.

The book, written in the iconic American Gothic House immortalized by Grant Wood, is a deeply satisfying read. Sensual and transcendent, intimate, earthy and fiercely honest (not brutally honest--there's a big difference), it will touch and nourish you in ways you don't expect, whether you've experienced significant loss yourself or haven't yet. Beth's website is

2pm: James speaks with Iowa City's Andre Perry, Mission Creek Festival co-founder, director of Englert Theater & the Mill. Now in its 7th year, the Mission Creek Festival runs from March 27-April 1. This is Iowa at its best.

Scores of amazing musical acts in a dozen different venues, a great focus on literature, food, fun & more. Andre is also a gifted writer and performs with the Lonelyhearts

2:30pm: Our good friend Matt Milner joins James for a discussion about news-gathering in the digital age and related topics. The long-time news reporter for the Ottumwa Courier, Matt is now the digital news content editor for 5 southeast Iowa newspapers.

4pm: It's "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile, who checks in each week from Oakland with news stories from across the country and around the globe. The experienced journalist takes us inside the story. Every headline discussed is referenced with links. [See below.]


Got some great tunes in the hopper for you today and as usual at 4pm another fresh installment of "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile discussing news events and sharing commentary with PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore. For a complete list, click "Read more" below.

You don't know Jack.

The Beatin' Path on the road more traveled.

Today host James Moore takes you on another patented adventure across the soundscapes of time and pyscho-sensual mindscapes of human pageantry, both real and imagined.

From cruising with Kerouac to Miles & Prince to Ginsberg's take on "America" to Tom Waits with his drunk piano and much more in the first hour to a many-splintered rap on the Iran-ic winds of war blowing through the Mideast in the 2nd hour.

At 4pm: it's our regular Friday segment "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile discussing news events and sharing commentary with James. For a complete list, click "Read more" below.

Where the hoity get their toities in a bundle...Join PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore and Newsvandal JP Sottile (@newsvandal) for an indepth discussion on the latest haps in newsville every Friday at 4pm CT on

2pm: An hour of Matt Ahearn's Obvious World music on PLANET ERSTWILD.

3pm: Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander talks w/ Irving Toast Poetry Ghost host Rustin Larson. She gives a talk at MUM on Feb 1st.

3:30pm: James interviews filmmaker Karim El Hakim from Park City, Utah about his documentary "1/2 Revolution" currently showing at the Sundance Film Festival.

This week's "Inside the Headlines" topics include a look at America's frack-tured energy future, Dow's record profits (since 2008) combined with worst home sales in history, billionaires at Davos' annual economic summit bemoan growing levels of income inequality, [the economy doesn't suck--it just sucks for you!], the dollar's downward spiral, Romney pays 13.9% on $21 million dollars in income, Newt moons Florida, Obama talks populist, walks another big bank bailout, Apple surpasses Exxon as U.S's most valuable company amid allegations of shoddy & deadly labor practices in China which put profits above human welfare. But why should Americans care if it keeps the cost of these popular shiny new products iMmeninently affordable?

Zina Saunders' Ebony Hillbillies

Enjoy a musical safari today as PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore follows his yellow brick muse. Let's just say following the sun figures heavily into the algorhythm of the show's flow.

At 4PM, it's "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile presenting a rundown of some of the week's most newsworthy topics: from the bonanza of military sales to the Royal Saudi family & others in the Gulf region to record handgun sales in the U.S. to Johnson & Johnson's alleged covert buyback of contaminated baby asperin to save face, facing a wrongful death lawsuit from agrieved parents who lost their 2-year old son before the got them all to a weird science breakthrough on the vanishing honeybee mystery to why Chris Matthews is a capitlaizing shrill shill for the Warren Commission & much more. [For a complete listing of this week's headlines with links, click "Read more" below.]

Great show planned just for you. 2 of my favorite interviews from this past year. Take you medicine, Mr. Hawk Eye.Both with filmmakers: David Lynch talking Captain Beefheartabout Captain Beefheart and Ali Selim talking about his film Sweet Land. Plus my pontiferous political polygamous potpouri pastiche featuring insights from Frank Zappa, Ronald Reagan (before he converted to Republicanism), JFK, Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Clinton, Perry, Paul & Bachmann parodies, Newt, the Gingrich, as well as other Cain and able of the eagerest beaver White House suitors. It's 72 minutes and a great ride, if you have the time. Consider it my ode to the incessant pitter patter of footsteps of the political classes brashly amassing every 4 years in the land between the two rivers, whether we like it or not.

Prof Noam ChomskyThis week Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich declared that the Palestinians are an "invented people." An op-ed by Professor Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian intellectual, stated that a two-state solution is no longer possible. For another perspective, we air a lecture and Q&A by MIT Professor Emeritus and renowned linguist Prof. Noam Chomsky given October 17th this year at Barnard College titled America & Israel/Palestine: War & Peace.

At 4pm, it's PLANET ERSTWILD's regular weekly segment "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile (@newsvandal), contributing editor of Reader Supported News. Each week JP and PLANET ERSTWILD host James Moore take a closer look at what's behind some of the week's trending headline topics and highlight some stories that should have been. [For referenced articles w/ links, click "Read more" below.]

Jim Fleming in Egypt

James speaks with Dr. Jim Fleming just back from a trip to Egypt. He spent time in Cairo, in the wake of a riot near Tahrir Square that broke out between Christian Copts, Muslims and the military which resulted in 24 deaths. He also visited St. Catherine's in Sinai, where it is believed Moses witnessed the burning bush.

Asma Yousef, a political activist born in Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city, gives her reflections on what the passing yesterday of Col. Muammar Gaddafi means to her and Libyans going forward. Her interview from March as Benghazi was being threatened leads in and President Obama's brief comments follow.Zina Saunders animated editorials for Mother Jones

Guess what? After my interview with illustrator Zina Saunders last week, she offered to share her weekly Mother Jones animated editorials. This week it's her take on OWS and bootstraps. Just click on the pic.

"Ari Berman: Fighting Suppression" by Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent. His current Nation piece: "How the Austerity Class Rules Washington."

I'll also be doing a regular Inside the Headlines segment with JP Sottile, contributing editor of Reader Supported News. His RSN piece "Boldly Going Where No Drones Have Gone Before." Click on the "Read more" tab below for some of the stories we may be talking about:

What do an award-winning filmmaker, a Byron Katie facilitator, and a Jamiacan-inspired Soukus musician have in common? They are all appearing on PLANET ERSTWILD with host James Moore.

Phil GrabskyFirst hour, it's Phil Grabsky in studio, who is presenting two films in Fairfield on Friday, April 1st at the Sondheim Center at 4pm & 7:30pm. Phil's film career spans 25 years. His company is Seventh Art Productions. Phil’s cinema films include Muhammad Ali – Through the Eyes of the World, The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, In Search of Mozart, Escape from Luanda, In Search of Beethoven and, most recently, The Boy Mir – 10 Years in Afghanistan.  Heavy Water: a Journey to Chernobyl was an Oscar-longlisted short documentary. Phil has also written four history books, including the best-seller The Great Commanders, and is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, Bafta, Grierson and One World awards.

At 3pm, it's Martha Creek, an ordained minister and Byron Katie facilitBinghimonator from Bugtussle, Kentucky, the legendary home of the Beverly Hillbillies, who is presenting a LOVING WHAT IS workshop Friday, April 1st at 7:30pm at Morning Star Studio (Also, Sat 9:30am-4:30pm). Martha travels all across the country giving workshops. Her website is

At 4pm, it's Patrick White aka Binghimon, who is bringing his shimmering, danceable soukus music to the Red Rock on Saturday, April 2nd at 10pm with his Binghi Boppa Band. including Jonnie Cohen and the Hurlin brothers. Good times never felt so good.

What a show, folks!! Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to be entertained as onlyLiz Phair solar-powered grassroots community radio can do it. You won't want to miss a minute of this entire program--I'm just saying--because this puppy has a little bit of everything thrown in... including the kitchen sink.

As if that weren't enough, we'll be featuring some killer music by Liz Phair, brand new tunes from Joe Holland, a.k.a. The House of Flukes, the funk shway stylings of F-Town's Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir, and the world sounds of Four Shillings Short, who are interviewed by uillean pipe maestro & former KRUU host Tim Britton.

Bill MacAnally will be presenting a free house assessment workshop with David Hade on Sat Mar 26 at the Convention Center from 9am-1:30pm, sponsored by the Center on Sustainable Communities and Fairfield's Backyard Conservation Series.

Adam AbrahamAuthors and liberty speakers Sheriff Richard Mack and Clyde Cleveland talk with host James Moore about Dismantling Corporatocracy, an event both will be addressing at the Sondheim Center on Sun Mar 27 from 1pm-4:30pm, along with Barbara Loe Fisher of the Nat'l Vaccination Info Center.

Web broadcaster, author, Talk for Food host & producer Adam Abraham of Phoenix talks about his stopover in Fairfield and his work in the areas of spiritual integration and body/mind nourishment.

Iowa Representative Curt Hanson keeps us up to date with the goings on at the state capitol in Des Moines and the many bills in various stages of legislation.