Jedd Beaudoin

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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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James Chiang

Paul Gilbert has one of the most stylistically diverse discographies in rock guitar. From his time in the shred outfit Racer X to his Top 40 success with Mr. Big and beyond, Gilbert has carved path that sees him moving with ease from the guitar heavy music of the 1970s to the layered, multi-faceted world of smart singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren. His latest release is I Can Destroy, an album that finds the Illinois-born musician’s senses of facility and humor intact.

Derek Hildebrandt

Heather Wooldridge is a Wichita-based musician. She plays keyboards with Vehicles and a variety of other instruments in her downtime. She favors soul music and the drums.

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In the early 1990s, novelist Larry Watson felt like his career as a writer might be over. He didn’t have an editor, agent or publisher. He also didn’t have an idea that he felt was strong enough to write the kind of book that launches an author on the path to success. Then, he decided to a closer look at his own life.

“I started to think, ‘Well, maybe there’s a possibility in my own region, my own heritage, family,'" he says. "When I found that, it just opened a vein that I’ve been able to keep mining for a number of other books.”

Monday, July 25

I Can Destroy is the latest release from guitarist Paul Gilbert. Known for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Racer X and Mr. Big, Gilbert touches on a variety of styles on his latest solo offering with songs informed by his unique sense of humor. We’ll hear selections from I Can Destroy on this episode of the show as well as music from Scambot 2 the new release by Mike Keneally. 

Tuesday, July 26

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The Innocents is the latest novel by Ace Atkins. It's also the latest novel in the Quinn Colson detective series. Set in the town of Jericho, Mississippi, it is a story that features small-time thugs, drug deals, a morally ambiguous hero and a hint that the town’s deepest, darkest secrets have yet to come to light. Atkins, who is a former crime reporter, says that the seeds of the book were planted in a newspaper account he’d read of a horrific crime not far from his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

Monday, July 18

Carolina is the sixth album from Spain, the musical project of Josh Haden. The album examines American life by combining elements of the personal and historical. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show along with music from Haden’s sister, Petra, and her recently reissued solo debut album Imaginaryland.

Tuesday, July 19

Miriam Brummel

“I decided I was only going to write in stories,” says Josh Haden, founding member of the band Spain. He’s speaking from his home in Los Angeles, discussing the material that shapes the sixth Spain album, Carolina. The songs touch on America’s past with intersections in the present and with Haden’s own life.

Describing David Liebe Hart isn’t easy. You could call him an actor, comedian, musician, artist or puppeteer or all those in some manner of hyphenation. He’s appeared on Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network as part of Tim & Eric’s Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. His albums include Chip The Black Boy and Astronaut. He’ll also regale you with tales of his Christian Scientist faith, contact with aliens and his love of all things railroad.

Torin Andersen

Georgia Andersen is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in bands such as You’ll Be A Torso and This Great October. Her current project is Notes.Scraps.

Saturday, July 9

Known for his work with bands such as Mr. Big and Racer X, Paul Gilbert recently issued the album I Can Destroy which finds him crafting songs that include dashes of humor and pop sensibilities that recall Todd Rundgren and The Beatles. We’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency along with selections from Singularity the upcoming release by Standing in the Colour.

Monday, July 11

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