Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Thursday, September 1

Recorded over four days in early 1987, Bring the Family found John Hiatt in the company of Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner. The four created what became Hiatt’s breakthrough album and set the Indiana native on a three-decade path of critical acclaim and increased commercial fortunes. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Carolina, the latest release by Spain.

Friday, September 2

Laura Partain

Old Crow Medicine Show has been performing, recording and touring since the late 1990s. In that time the group has become standard bearers for a particular brand of old time music that tempers good times with deep thoughts. Co-founder Ketch Secor says that the group doesn’t take its role lightly. Spreading the gospel of social consciousness and activism through music is a kind of higher calling.

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Dom Flemons grew up in Arizona and almost from the start was fascinated by folk music. And, very often, the music he loved best wasn't widely available and so, in those pre-Internet days, Flemons would have to seek out the music armed only with a phone book and a library card.

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On this month's KMUW Movie Club, it's all about classroom shenanigans and hittin' the road.

For some reason, I have this thing for unlikable characters. I find enjoyment out of pushing myself far enough to empathize with them. The more unlikable, the better. "Election," and by extension, most of Alexander Payne's films, has characters that fit this bill. Tracy Flick and Mr. McAlister are the types of people you would never want to meet in real life, but they do exist, and they are closer to you than you think.

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Tuesday, August 23

Rebecca Meek

Like many people, Jon Regen has spent much of 2016 watching and reading the news. With accounts of violence, terrorist attacks and an increasingly divisive political climate filling his mind, the New York City-based musician sat down at his piano and began putting turning his observations about the state of the world into song.

Sebastian Boswell

This week's A Musical Life features Gina Gouchenour, a music teacher at College Hill Elementary School and member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and the Ad Astra Singers.

"My name is Gina Gouchenour and I am the music teacher at College Hill elementary school, and I teach K through 5 music. I also am a singer in various choirs around town including the Wichita Chamber Chorale, the Ad Astra singers. 

David McLister

Many artists begin their careers without support from their family.

But songwriter Lucinda Williams says her father was especially encouraging of her musical career. She's even found a way to remember him in her songs.

The Ghosts of Highway 20 is the latest release from the acclaimed singer-songwriter. In many ways, the record follows her early life. Her family moved frequently in her formative years, touching down in many of the towns and cities along Highway 20. The family eventually settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where her father had landed a teaching job.

Rob Fenn

Despite an upbeat pop sound, the band The Boxmasters deals with lyrical themes ranging from paranoia to broken hearts. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with the band and has more.

Los Angeles-based band The Boxmasters recently released the album Boys and Girls…and The World. A quick listen reveals music that’s reminiscent of ‘60s pop acts such as The Beatles and The Byrds. It’s also filled with classic pop hooks. Spend a few seconds listening to a Boxmasters song and you’ll probably walk away humming the chorus.

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Rae Meadows’ new novel I Will Send Rain follows a family struggling for survival during the Dust Bowl. Meadows spoke with KMUW via phone at the start of her current tour to promote the book.

What was the genesis of this novel?

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