Yesterday Republican presidential hopeful Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania stopped by KRUU studios to record a brief interview with SPEAKING FREELY's Dennis Raimondi. This was the second time he's been to Fairfield. He has visited all 99 counties in Iowa. Accompanying the senator was his daughter, a college student who attends school in Texas.
Other presidential hopefuls in the vicinity: Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was also in Fairfield but unable to do an interview. Texas Congressman Ron Paul was in Mount Pleasant campaigning. He has spoken with KRUU 2-3 times in the past but not yet this cycle.
Steve King is the U.S. Representive for Iowa's 5th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. King is considered an outspoken fiscal and social conservative.
After winning the 2002 Republican nomination, he said that he intended to use his seat in Congress to "move the political center of gravity in Congress to the right."
Dr. James Shapiro MD, PhD is a Professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. He is one of the world's leading researchers in the treatement of diabetes. Dr. Shapiro maintains an active immunology/transplant research laboratory focused on aspects of tolerance induction relating to islet transplantation with emphasis on costimulatory blockade and chimerism, with translational potential to clinical islet recipients.
Ari Berman is a contributing writer for the Nation Magazine and frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, etc. His new book HERDING DONKEYS, is an in-depth look at the Democratic Party from Howard Dean's adoption of a 50-state strategy through Obama's triumph in 2008 and beyond.
Tune in to the next Writers' Voices to hear an interview with Markos Moulitsas. Markos is the author of "American Taliban: How War, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right." The book is a no holds barred treatise on the similarities between the radical conservatives in our own country and Islamic terrorists. Citing examples of fear of change, heavy use of militaristic solutions, disdain for non-traditional lifestyles, and their ultimate goals of imposing their own worldview on the rest of society.
Markos, the founder and publisher of the progressive community blog Daily Kos, was named "the single most successful entreprenuer of the progressive movement" by the New York Times magazine writer Matt Bai. He served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He is also the author of two previous books.
Tune in to this week's Writers' Voices for a thought-provoking conversation with Michael Cuddehe. Michael is a 30-year veteran analyst, trader and fund manager who has seen many fluctuations in the global financial markets over the years. With the election of George W. Bush, Michael noticed the economic shift he saw happening and felt that it would lead to disaster.
His book "Chronicle of Catastrophe: A Contemporaneous History of the Bush Years" presents Michael's real-time reflections of the markets, political issues, economy and global developments during the George W. Bush administration in order to put America's current economic troubles in context.
Michael Badnarik is an American software engineer, political figure, and former radio talk show host. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections, and placed fourth in the race. Badnarik's political philosophy emphasizes individual liberty, personal responsibility, and adherence an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Badnarik
Angelo Badalamenti is an American composer, known for his movie soundtrack work for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga and Mulholland Drive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Badalamenti
Ali Stephens has taken the fashion industry by storm appearing in campaigns for Prada, CK Calvin Klein, Chloe, Gap, Uniqlo , Lacoste, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, George Rech, Karen Millen and shooting for publications such as Vogue, V, Numero, Dazed & Confused, Another & POP.
Angelo Badalamenti is an American composer, known for his movie soundtrack work for director David Lynch, notably Blue Velvet, the Twin Peaks saga and Mulholland Drive. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2008. Performers Mr. Badalamenti has worked as an arranger songwriter for include Shirley Bassey, Mel Tillis, Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, Melba Moore, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone.
Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Editor & Publisher and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. Ari was a cohost at KRUU for a year and a half during the presidential primaries of 2007-08.
This week Dennis rebroadcasts his interview with John and Elizabeth Edwards.
Mrs. Edwards is the wife John Edwards, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who sought the Democratic Party's nomination to run for President in 2008.
John Edwards was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004 and a one-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Edwards was a Democratic candidate in the 2008 Presidential election.
PHILIPPE PETIT, subject of this year's Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary Film, Man on Wire. The man who on the morning of August 7, 1974, rigged 200 feet of 3/4" steel cable between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked between them repeatedly, lying down at one point and making eight crossings in all. The film is based on Philippe Petit's book, Man on Wire. Click on "World Trade Center" above for youtube footage.