musical & topical safari



Justin Leduc of Jack Lion talks about the Iowa City band's personal trajectory, including Fairfield intersections, and their new cassette release that has been picked up by an independent cassette label on the West Coast. His band opens for Dagmar Nov 8 at Cafe P. He is also the drummer for Dagmar.

Mr. Hermansen is the director of a successful project to make the town of Samso, Denmark one of the first to be 100% powered by renewable energy. He is a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and has received many other awards. Samso is a great case study of the economic and other benefits of implementing community scale renewable energy. The Danish Foreign Embassy is sending Mr Hermansen to the US to spread the word about Samso and to promote community engagement in a future powered by renewable energy. The Sustainable Living Department at MUM organized his visit and is hosting him in Fairfield.

Soren will discuss how he organized the community of Samso to support and participate in the project and give an update on project. Samso is a rural, conservative farming community of around 5000 that is located on an island in Denmark. The Samso project combines wind power, solar power, district heating powered by biomass (large square bales of straw), electric vehicles, locally produced biodiesel, biogas and many other technologies that could be part of Fairfield's energy mix in the future. Samso is 100% powered by these renewable sources of energy and produces a surplus energy that is sold to other communities.


Bill Powers, author of COLD, HUNGRY & IN THE DARK, debunks the 100-year natural gas myth touted by T. Boone Pickens, President Obama, & Exxon. The real dirt why fracking is a bad joke and may be more future mea culpa than the energy savior shale gas promoters profess it to be.

Andrew TintAndrew Tint graduated from Kenyon College and wanted to pursue his passion for radio & media.Nomiki Konst When he came across a description of a solar-powered community radio station in southeast Iowa in an online publication called the Daily Yonder, he looked us up, liked what he saw, and gave KRUU a call. He asked if we'd consider an intern position for a year. Even though it was during the mad rush of preparing for the first annual FAIRfest, we were absolutely delighted to have Andrew join the KRUU.

Turns out, interviews he did for his KRUU show GENERATION whY led to the work he is now doing out in the Big Apple which you'll hear about if you tune in. James Moore caught up with Andrew and learn more about his position as executive producer for the Accountability Podcast with Nomiki Konst. Then we'll hear the latest program which I found absoilutely fascinating.

White males make up 31% of the population in the US but account for 65-70% of its 500,000 elected officials. Would more women in politics change the way we do politics and will they one day challenge the deeply entrenched 'old boy' network so prevalent today? Stay tuned and listen in...

Chris ChristieAuthor Lou Manzo Exposes Christie's Naked Ambition

In his searing tell-all, Ruthless Ambition: The Rise and Fall of Chris Christie, former New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Manzo recounts an extraordinary tale of political ruthlessness, corruption, and greed while also telling the story of how he was caught in the center of one of the most egregious political scandals in modern-day history: the Bid Rig III sting operation, masterminded by the then United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and soon-to-be Governor Chris Christie.

Manzo shows us how the blind ambitions of Christie and his staff centered on capturing a Paul Fauersogovernorship and the patronage jobs that accompany it, then parlaying that office into a shot at the presidency. Meticulous in backing things up with objective legal documentation, Manzo makes a convincing and disconcerting case for the governor as an unbridled and sinister political figure who made the most of a seriously flawed Department of Justice and overall dysfunctional judicial system to feed his megalomania and desire for power.

Paul Fauerso
talks about his career in music, experiences with Maharish Mahesh Yogi, and much more. We'll play his new jazzy version of "Spoonful". His band the Loading Zone performed in the Bay area back in the 60s, best known for supporting some of the biggest acts of the period including Cream, The Who, The Byrds, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish, Howlin' Wolf, Sam & Dave, Chuck Berry and Buddy Miles.

He was in town to perform at the 25th anniversary of MSAE.

Giving Tree BandNext Friday's HARVESTfest Art Walk features the GIVING TREE BAND. James Moore talks with founder Todd Fink all about the band's unique approach to living and performing. Steve & Michaela McLain will also perform along with the Fairfield Square Dance Association. You do not want to miss this!!

Did you know that the Fairfield Square Dance Association is kicking up their heels and putting Fairfield on the map? Learn all about it from a few of the people most responsible for making it happen, Fairfield's internationally-acclaimed caller Jerry Story, who was the keynote speaker in Des Moines at the 65th Annual Square Dance Convention, and Ottumwa's Robin Ragan.

Plus an in depth discussion about a sensitive subject in Fairfield: suicide. Dr. Scott Terry, a psychologist who has worked for many years doing research and a practice based in Chicago, shares his views on the subject. Fairfield has twice the rate of comparable size towns and Dr. Terry is spearheading a community approach with groups on MUM campus and in town. Also, joining the discussion are the co-directors of FAIRFIELD CARES, Rob Hubler and Kathleen Casey. An open town meeting will be held at the Fairfield Public Library on Sunday, September 7th at 7:30pm with some special guest speakers.


James Moore talks with Southeast Iowa Blues Society'sGhost Town Blues Band director Gary Henry all about Saturday, August 2nd's first annual blues festival at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds [doors open at 4:30pm] featuring top notch Memphis act Ghost Town Blues Band, runner up at this year's international blues competition, Des Moines-based blues band the Soul Searchers, Fairfield's Quay Thomas Trio, and Tony Blew of Ottumwa.

Also, a featured interview with Twin Galaxy impressario Walter Day who will be exhibiting his special game trading cards at ICON Gallery tonight. More than 100 stars of the video gaming world will be in Fairfield over the weekend to celebrate Ottumwa as the gaming capitol of the world, in what has become the largest business in America, to the tune of $93 billion a year--bigger than the film or sports industries!! Saturday lots going on at Arts & Convention Center and Sunday an excursion and special photo op in Ottumwa where a gaming center is in the process of being created.

A short interview by Charlotte Silver with Palestinian reporter Yousef al Helou talking about the death of fellow photojournalist

Steve Horn - Click pic for Ukraine meme blogMAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU | A great show this week!

2:05pm | A wide-ranging discussion with Madison, Wisconsin-based Steve Horn, who is a Research Fellow for DeSmogBlog. Formerly with the Center for Media and Democracy, Steve interned in Washington, DC with then U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), and at the Rotary International world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. He is also a competitive runner, with a personal best time of 2:43:04 in the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in political science and legal studies. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Huffington PostThe NationAlterNetPR WatchTruth-Out, FireDogLake's “The Dissenter,” Common Dreams, Mondoweiss, Wisconsin Watch, Nation of Laura Cohen receives donation from the Rotary ClubChange, and

3pm | Concerned citizens in Dryden, New York banned together to defang the frackers who wanted to tap the shale gas reserves beneath their land. They fought & won... sort of.

3:12pm | Laura Cohen, local Lord's Cupboard coordinator, talks about Thanksgiving in July as well as Habitat for Humanity's new home offer, their 11th construction, that qualified folks may apply for through July 15th.

3:25pm | Salt Lake City police pursue a missing child lead and shoot a dog dead in someone's fenced-in backyard. Dog's owner confronts cops.

3:35pm | James speaks with Nick Leo of Des Moines-base indie-pop group In Rooms, who will be performing their Brazillian-flavored easy breezy repertoire with Nick's wife Heather and 5-piece band 9pm at the Arbor Bar on Friday, July 11th.

Rhonda Vincent2pm | James Moore talks with GENERATION Y host Andrew F-Town's Ineffable Andrew TintTint. Andrew has just given a year of his gifted life in service of the community at the grassroots radio station in Fairfield. The upbeat, dearly loved KRUU assistant will be sorely missed by all those who got to know him. But we wish the Kenyon College graduate nothing but the best going forward.

3pm | The lovely, talented Queen of Bluegrass music, Rhonda Vincent, talks about her newest record ONLY ME and her upcoming 28th annual Sally Mountain Bluegrass Festival near her hometown area of Kirksville, Missouri July 2-6. The 5th generation performer made her first recording at the age of 7 and has played as part of her family's bluegrass band through ths years. She's the genuine deal.

3:30pm | Richard Colbath-Hess, a Jewish-American faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, and the co-founder of Ads Against Apartheid, says, "American tax dollars help the Israeli government maintain an incredibly brutal military occupation, which has denied the Palestinian people their basic rights for decades. These ads show what Israel’s occupation and apartheid really look like, and it is important for Americans to see that."

If you see Andrew, tell him he's amazing and thank him for all he's done bringing everyone together.

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Fred Branfman highlights "Secret War" in Laos

First hour we focus on the malicious damage done in the name of secrecy and grand gestures by the CIA in Laos, one of the most bombed countries in history. Just received this email from activist/journalist Fred Branfman:

I have been increasingly struck over the years by how America is divided between those who hear the screams of its millions of victims abroad and those who do not. This is the fundamental issue underlying Michael Kinsley’s recent attack  on Glenn Greenwald, in which Kinsley wrote “newspapers should not have the final say over the release of government secrets. That decision must ultimately be made by the government.”

As the U.S. Executive increasingly turns to secret warmaking - relying on lawless assassination from the air as U.S. drone bases spread around the world, and on the ground by U.S. “Joint Special Operations Command” assassins secretly operating in over 100 nations  – the attached Powerpoint presentation entitled "Laos: Birthplace Of Modern U.S. Executive Secret War And A New `Ahuman' Age" has become increasingly relevant. It  combines my personal experiences in discovering the U.S. Secret War in Laos, which Noam Chomsky has called “one of the most malevolent acts of modern history”, with an exploration of its implications for clandestine U.S. warmaking today.


Since present U.S. warmaking is increasingly secret,  relatively little is known about it. But important insights into it can be gained by understanding Laos - the U.S. Executive's most extensive secret war to date. I recently prepared a presentation after being  invited to Tulsa by Professor Jeremy Kuzmarov, one of the few academics who understands the present importance of the Laos Secret War. Interested folks are also directed to Marc Eberle's film on YouTube: "The Most Secret Place on Earth."


Bill Powers, author of COLD, HUNGRY & IN THE DARK, debunks the 100-year natural gas myth touted by T. Boone Pickens, President Obama, & Exxon. The real dirt why fracking is a bad joke and not the energy savior shale gas promoters profess it to be.

3:30pm | TRIPLE TRIPLE - HAIL TO THE CHAMPS! An Unprecedented Display of Tennis Magistry with MSAE tennis coach Steve Briggs (the man tennis legend Jack Kramer said had a perfect forehand) discussing MSAE boys tennis championsip season which culminated in state singles, doubles and team domination. The only hish school team to accomplish such a feat in Iowa history.