Jedd Beaudoin


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, 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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Augusten Burroughs’ latest book, Lust & Wonder, almost didn’t happen.

By 2011 he’d published a long string of memoirs covering various parts of his own life, from an adolescence spent living with his mother’s psychiatrist in Running with Scissors to A Wolf at the Table, which chronicled his turbulent relationship with his father. There were other books in between, giving Burroughs a grand total of six memoirs to his credit. With the release of each it seemed that critics declared the writer had best be careful: He was going to run out of material.

Chris Fox is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Newman University in Wichita. He grew up in the Seattle music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, recording with the band Bitter End and, later, in Memphis with The Also. He has toured with former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate and continues to play bass when he can.

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On this month's KMUW Movie Club, it is all Shakespeare. First up, the group discusses modern adaptations of Shakespeare's work. Next, the gang talks about films inspired by the works of the famous playwright. 

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Friday, April 1

It’s a new month and that means new music. We’ll run down new releases from Cheap Trick, Bob Mould, Robert Pollard and others with special attention shed on City Sun Eater in the River of Light, the latest from New York’s Woods. The band has released nine LPs to date but this new release spotlights a new sense of melodicism that calls to mind psychedelic sounds, Ethiopian jazz and classic rock from the 1970s.

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The author who several years ago asked "What's The Matter With Kansas" is back with a new book and, this time, he takes up an unlikely subject: his own political party.

Tuesday, March 22

We’ll remember keyboard legend Keith Emerson, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 71. Listen for selections from Emerson performing as a bandleader and with Emerson, Lake and Powell as well as The Nice. 

Wednesday, March 23

A new boxed set explores the decade-long reign of Boston’s The Cars. Listen for selections from the band’s first six albums all recorded for the Elektra label. We’ll also hear selections from the latest by longtime Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard.

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Will Erickson plays with a variety of musical projects including The Travel Guide, Twin Cities, and Jenny Wood Band. He plays drums in each of those projects but handles guitar duties in Team Tremolo.

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It's been more than 40 years since the death of music and rock legend Janis Joplin, and a current touring stage makes the case that Joplin had much more to offer than another tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.


Mary Bridget Davies grew up listening to Janis Joplin’s music. Later, she came up in the Kansas City music scene singing in her own blues band and earning a few comparisons to Joplin. So it wasn’t a big surprise when she was tapped to play Joplin in the stage show A Night With Janis Joplin.

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Tuesday, March 15

Listen for selections from an early 1970s live performance by Paul Butterfield Blues Band as well as music from Hot Number by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Wednesday, March 16

Hear selections from the latest release by Peter Frampton, Acoustic Classics

Thursday, March 17

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Wednesday, March 9

In early 2015, Rob Crow of the band Pinback announced that he was leaving the music business. A year later he’s just released an album titled You’re Doomed. Be Nice.. Credited to Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, the release is filled with humor (and dark humor) and unlike many of Crow’s recordings is a wide-ranging collaboration. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from the latest effort by Nada Surf. 

Thursday, March 10