Mr. Keelan Dimick is an award winning jazz pianist. Keelan took first place in both the junior and senior divisions at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. Mr. Dimick is a graduate of the prestigious Manahattan School of Music and was one of a dozen jazz musicians chosen from around the world to participate in Mission Jazz. Keelan will be performing at FAIRfest on Saturday June 20 at the Sondheim Center of the Performing Arts.

Dr. Randolph Carter is the former Director of Diversity for the National Association of Indpendent Schools. Dr. Carter currently directs the Eastern Education Resource Collaborative in Washington DC. The non-profit advances diversity and multcultural education in pre-K - 12th grade schools, colleges, and community based non-profits. 

  • Tue
    Jun 10
    12:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Thu
    Jun 12
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Jimi Petulla & Brian Morrow on Speaking Freely with Dennis Raimond


Jimi Petulla is an American filmmaker, entrepreneur and educator who is known for his Mentor/Apprentice approach to learning. He is the founder and CEO of RRF, Inc., which offers mentor based courses in film, recording, and radio.

Brian Morrow is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Shark Pig in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently producing a film on the life of film director Hal Ashby.

  • Thu
    Feb 06
    1:00 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Tue
    Feb 11
    8:00 am -
    8:00 am

Is it Time for Educational Reform?

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

This week Andrew Tint speaks educational reform with Student'sFirst, Patty Link, followed by Governmental candidate, Jonathan Narcisse.

Led by Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst formed in 2010 in response to an increasing demand for a better education system in America. Studentsfirst is a grassroots movement designed to mobilize parents, teachers, students, administrators, and citizens throughout the country, and to channel their energy to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level.

Patty Link brings broad-based education experience to her work at StudentsFirst. Patty co-owns LinkStrategies, a political strategy consulting firm, with her husband. Prior to joining StudentsFirst, Patty served as the Program Director for Super Wednesday After School Program, an after-school program for K-5 students. She has also previously served on the Board of Directors for Des Moines Independent Community Schools. Patty is a former teacher, is a member of International Reading Association, and serves as an elementary and middle school’s PTA President. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from The Pennsylvania State University and a MEd degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Specialist Emphasis from George Mason University.

Andrew Tint sits down with Jonathan Narcisse (D), whose running for Governor of Iowa. Mr. Narcisse made his announcement to enter the race in Cedar Rapids, and is now touring the state, which included a stop in at KRUU FM. 

Before putting his hat in the political ring, Mr. Narcisse served on the Des Moines School Board.

Listen to Mr. Narcisse talk about the problems inflicting Iowa today, including the need for education reform, taxes, and fighting poverty. 

KRUU Co-Founder, Roland has been invited to panel a SXSW Interactive session this Friday. "Digitally Democratizing Education" will focus on community work Roland and Caleb Flynn, another KRUU Director, have been doing with "Projects For All" in Nigeria. If you happen to be in Austin for SXSW, check out the panel, or check back here next week for an audio recording from the panel itself.

  • Fri
    Dec 16
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Dec 19
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Sharron McElmeel, Publicist and Literacy Advocate

Sharron McElmeel

Long-time educator, Sharron McElmeel is the guest this week. Sharron is an an award-winning literacy advocate, author of educational materials, and publicist for many Iowa authors.

She has written extensively on integrating literature into every part of curriculum. She has been awarded with Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year and nominated as Iowa's Teacher of the Year.

Don't miss this very informative conversation! Cheryl Fusco Johnson will host this week's WRITERS' VOICES. Rebro Monday 8am.


Seymour Fliegel is the author of the book, Miracle in East Harlem. It is the story of how Mr. Fliegel took the lowest performing school in New York City's public school system and turned it into a model school. He currently heads the Center for Educational Innovation. Mr. Fliegel has twice been invited to the White House to be honored for his work in public education.

John Munro is an assistant professor of History and Political Science at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ. Mr. Munro is a speaker and expert in the field of character education with emphasis on the impact of bullying/harassment in schools and the workplace.

Peggy O'Neill is an advocate for positive living. Having triumphed over many challenges as a business women standing only 3’8” tall, Peggy now soars high on the wings of success. Ms. O'Neil is the author of two books: Walking Tall: Overcoming Inner Smallness, No Mater What Size You Are,  and Little Squarehead, a self-affirming, children’s picture book.

Dr. Jim Handlin

Leonard PittDr. James Handlin is an experienced educator having been the headmaster of three private high schools. Dr Handlin is also a poet having been published in numerous magazines and journals. He was chosen along with Walt Whitman, William Carlos Williams, and Amiri Baraka, among others, to have a poem put in marble in New York City's Penn Station.

Leonard Pitt is an author. His latest books is Paris Postcards-The Golden Age. He is currently working on a one man show with director Arne Zaslove. In 2009, Mr. Pitt and James Donlon opened the Flying Actor Studio in San Francisco offering a two-year program in the art of physical theater.

Robert CookROBERT and DAPHNE COOK. Mr. Robert Cook is the President of the National Indian Education Association and is the Principal of Pine Ridge Reservation High School in Jackson County South Dakota.

Ms. Daphne Cook is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates.

FRANCIS THICKE. Mr. Francis Thicke is running as a Democrat for the office of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in the 2010 election. He and his wife, Susan, are owners and operators of a grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield. Mr.Thicke has a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility and previously served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington , D.C as National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. He has served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and the Iowa Food Policy Council at the appointment of Governor Tom Vilsack. He has also served in leadership roles in many other organizations in Iowa and nationally, and has

Mahen BonettiMr. Seymour Fliegel is the author of the book, Miracle in East Harlem. It is the story of how Mr. Fliegel took the lowest performing school in New York City's public school system and turned it into a model school. He currently heads the Center for Educational Innovation. Mr. Fliegel has twice been invited to the White House to be honored for his work in public education.

Ms. Mahen Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival, Inc (AFF), New York. Born in Sierra Leone in 1956 and sent into exile in 1970, Mahen received her Graduate degree in communication from New York University. In 1993, concerned by the lack of understanding and appreciation of African culture, Ms. Bonetti, founded the AFF. The main goal of the festival is to use African cinema to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of African arts, literature, and culture. In addition, to develop a non-African audience for African Films and to expand the opportunities for the distribution of African films in the U.S. In recent years, the Festival has been hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.