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 “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” 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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Music
3:05 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates Stevie Wonder's birthday, numerous new releases

Tuesday: Along with Night Train and Global Village, Strange Currency will honor Stevie Wonder on the anniversary of his birthday.

Monday, May 12: All My Friends is a new two-CD set that serves as a tribute to Gregg Allman. It features a wide range of artists performing some of Allman’s best-loved songs. Guests include Martina McBride, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill and members of the Allman Brothers Band including Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as Allman’s 2011 album Low Country Blues.

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Books
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mikrokosmos Releases Its Sixtieth Issue

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Mikrokosmos is Wichita State University’s literary journal, housed at the university’s English department and most closely associated with the university’s creative writing program, although students from corners of WSU can submit, as can alumni. Managing editor Kallie Fandalays points out that early in its existence Mikrokosmos published works by such notable writers as William S. Burroughs and Kansas native Charles Plymell.

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Commentary
3:57 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Musical Life: Bob Hamrick

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Bob Hamrick plays accordion with the Wichita band Pop and The Boys. He regularly attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and is a loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He explains that a gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to.

“My name is Bob Hamrick and I play the accordion.

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Music
10:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ian Anderson’s Homo Erraticus Examines Migration, ‘Big Ideas’

Ian Anderson’s latest release, Homo Erraticus is out now.
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Homo Erraticus— Latin for “wandering man”—is the latest release from longtime Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Written early last year this new album examines British history from the deep past forward. The listener makes spectacular leaps through time and place across the hour-plus recording. The story is about the spectacular leaps that humankind has taken over the millennia.

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Music
4:53 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Black Keys, Old 97's featured on Strange Currency throughout May

Sufjan Stevens' Enjoy Your Rabbit featured Thursday.
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Thursday, May 1: Listen for selections from Enjoy Your Rabbit, the 2001 release from Sufjan Stevens. Unlike subsequent releases, this album consists of music that is driven primarily by electronics. The record is being reissued on the heels of another electronics-centric recording featuring Stevens, Sisyphus.

Friday, May 2: It’s our New Month, New Music feature: Listen for new releases from Old 97’s, The Black Keys, and Cloud Nothings, among others.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Shrek, Jekyll And Hyde On Wichita Stages This Weekend

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play, a farcical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play is a fast-paced romp about men and women tightrope walking the line between aristocracy and depravity, and between the twin specters of good and evil.

Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play runs from May 1-4 with a Sunday matinee.

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Music
2:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A British rock classic turns 40, Jason Molina remembered

Eels' newest project featured Saturday
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Thursday, April 24: We’ll hear selections from The Delivery, the 2005 release from Solagget. Formed circa 2003 in Wichita, Kansas, the trio featured twin brothers Aaron and Sean Fanning on drums and bass, respectively, and guitar from David Lord. Recalling Pat Metheny’s classic collaboration with Bob Moses and Jaco Pastorius, 1976’s Bright Size Life plus contemporary acts such as Tortoise and The Sea and Cake, The Delivery is an independent classic. We’ll hear selections from that as well as the John Scofield Band’s 2003 release, Up All Night.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Musical Life: Tom James

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A native of Oklahoma City, Tom James has lived in Denver, Boston, and rural Kansas. “My musical roots grew from folk albums my older sister gave me when I was in high school, watered by the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, late night parties after shows at the Denver Folklore Center, and then the Market Street Forum in Wichita,” he says. James hosted the monthly Acoustic Jam at Grandma’s Farm for nearly a decade and has been attending the Artichoke Songwriters Circle since shortly after its inception more than a decade ago.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

For Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans Is A Rebirth

The Drive-By Truckers will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, April 18 at 8pm.
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In 2011, after more than a decade of non-stop touring and several changes to its lineup, Drive-By Truckers was a band on the verge of collapse. Guitarist Mike Cooley was suffering a frightening case of writer’s block and everyone in the band was tired of the road and, to a degree, each other. Band co-founder Patterson Hood says there was only one thing the group could do.

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Music
7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Veteran acts take the spotlight on Strange Currency this week

The highly anticipated Zappa album 'Roxy by Proxy' featured Saturday.
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Thursday, April 17:

Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.

Friday, April 18:

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