Voodoo Kittens’ Tailgate Party!

Join “Top Cat” Artie McDonnell as he helps you prepare you pregame party into a special event! Give a call and let me know how the party is going!!! On today’s menu some great blues from around the “World”!
Artist on Tap: Flyin’ Saucers Gumbo Special , T-Bone Walker, Freddie King,Otis Spann.Junior Wells ,Watermelon Slim, Howlin’ Wolf…….
Go Royals !!!!! I still BELIEVE!!!!!!

La Penca Bombing Remembered

Thirty years ago a bomb went off in a press conference in La Penca, Nicaragua, just across the border from Costa Rica. Journalists and others are still trying to get answers about the bombing. This program features a series of interviews with people who were there and their friends and family members.

Featured Guests/Speakers include journalists, friends, family & survivors of the bombing.

Credits: This week’s Sprouts edition is produced at WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin by Norman Stockwell, with assistance from Sarah Blaskey and Jesse Chapman in Costa Rica.

Music is traditional music recorded on the streets of San Jose Costa Rica.

Postmodern Prometheus

Featuring Susie Ersahin and newEar. “…Disembodied voices intoned excerpts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein…a whole crew of assistant produced sound effects–a creaking gate (real), boots on gravel (ditto), thunder (gravel in a big balloon) and rain (a garden sprinkler emptied into a tub of water)…the effect was perfect….a real ear-cleanser…”

        ~~The Kansas City Star

Food Security

In this edition of WINGS, we bring you the UN’s Committee on World Food Security meeting in Rome, where four women spoke on a panel about food security for women in times of conflict, giving differing perspectives.

Speakers: Lois A. Herman ” Coordinator, WUNRN, Women s UN Report Network & WILPF FAO Delegate; Hilal Elver - UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Ilaria Bottigliero, International Development Law Organization ” IDLO Director, Research & Marta Benavides, El Salvador – 23rd Century Movement for Sustainable Peace, Women’s Major Group for Development

Credits: Audio courtesty UN FAO – with special thanks to Maris Gavino. Event organized by Lois Herman of WILPF. Editing by Frieda Werden.

Prayer: The Natural Motion Of The Soul with Celeste Yacoboni

Prayer is our most universal and yet also individual way of communicating with the divine and connecting with the infinite dimensions of our being. We each have our own way of prayer and praise, of speaking to the sacred mystery. Some of us feel a very personal relationship with God and others feel God as a more universal energy not to be personified. Celeste Yacoboni has been on a spiritual search most of her life. She grew up Catholic and her spiritual search has gone through many incarnations. Yacoboni shares that Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi reminded her, “’Don’t throw those saints and guides and guardian angels out with that institution, with that religion you walked out of. They are part of you and they will always be there for you.’ It wasn’t long after it that I had a great challenge in my life and I found myself saying Hail Marys.” Allow yourself to be inspired by the various ways others practice prayer: prayer as deep listening, a creative state, even the freeing of a whale caught up in fishing lines. Hopefully our whole life is a prayer. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Celeste Yacoboni is an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer and is a spiritual coach.

She is the editor of:

To learn more about the work of Celeste Yacoboni go to www.howdoyoupray.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What are some of the different ways of perceiving God
  • What are conversational prayers
  • What are some rituals people use in their prayer life
  • What does Michael Gelb, Ph.D. have to say about how he prays
  • How we can start our day off by dedicating it to a higher purpose
  • What are the ways we pray in our different life cycles: childhood, young adult, etc.
  • How Peter Russell, Ph.D., rather than praying for outward intervention, prays for intervention of his own mind
  • How the prayer of “What love says” works in our hearts
  • Matthew Fox, Ph.D. defines prayer as the capacity to listen and tells the story of freeing a whale from fishing lines
  • How Terry Tempest Williams uses the inspiration of birds and prairie dogs
  • How storyteller and mythologist Michael Meade prays
  • How we can use the Hawaiian healing practice of Ho’oponopono

Host: Justine Willis Toms    Interview Date: 8/27/2014

Program Number: 3519

Genius: The Divine Mission Of The Soul with Michael Meade

True genius isn’t necessarily a high IQ score or prodigy, although it often manifests as such. It’s the spirit within each of us. Michael Meade explains that “the genius is a unique spirit in a person; it’s the part of them that makes them unique and it’s tied to their destiny, or the destination of their soul…”  He asserts that we have an obligation in this broken society to find and use our genius to help repair and avoid further damage. When we practice genius-to-genius mentoring, we can light a spark in someone who hasn’t yet discovered their purpose. Modern society tends to create a map for us to follow, but sometimes the only way to discover our genius is to make our own path, to “get off the map.” Sometimes, genius is revealed by tragedy, pushing us toward our wounds. Or it can be revealed by our success. Meade shares a fairy tale about a boy who upon meeting his genius is at first frightened and threatened. However, because the lad is courageous enough he ends up with the powerful gifts of imagination, hope, and curiosity. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, scholar of mythology, and student of ritual in traditional cultures.  He has scoured the world to bring to us meaningful folk tales that tap into ancestral sources of wisdom, and acts as a guide to connect them to the stories we are living today. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation.

Michael Meade’s books include:

He is the creator of many CD and audio recordings as well, such as:

To learn more about the work of Michael Meade go to www.mosaicvoices.org.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is “genius” and how is it expressed
  • Why we must seek and encourage genius
  • What is talent
  • Why talent and fame can be gifts as well as burdens
  • The different levels of education
  • What is “initiation” and what are its three elements
  • How art can be a ritual search for the divine
  • What are “vertical living” and ”horizontal living”
  • How do our wounds become our gifts
  • How can tragedy and success lead to the same outcome
  • What is the African folktale of the Divine Twins, the Soul Tree and Tree of Forgetfulness

Host: Justine Willis Toms                  Interview Date: 8/18/2014             Program Number: 3518

The Brilliance Of Meister Eckhart, A Visionary For Our Times with Matthew Fox, Ph.D.

Meister Eckhart was a 13th and 14th century preacher and mystic, yet like the poet Rumi he remains relevant today. In his day, he challenged the vested power interest of patriarchy as well as of economic privilege, and he paid the price for it with a Papal condemnation. Meister Eckhart’s entire effort could be seen as healing that broken bridge from dogma to the inner experience of God and trying to restart Christianity into something experiential. He described the two aspects of Jesus. There is the historic Jesus who was an activist and challenged the Romans as well as the temple priests. And there is the Cosmic Christ described by Fox as “…that experience of unleashing the power of the image of God, the power of the Son and Daughter of God that we’re all called to participate in.” He also critiques our educational systems, “If we’re not teaching awe, we’re not teaching wisdom; we’re just teaching knowledge. All levels of school today are knowledge factories, not wisdom schools. We need wisdom to survive as a species. Wisdom is feminine around the world and in the Bible… This dimension of the feminine is missing in our patriarchal version of education, which is not only boring the young today but is also very expensive.”   (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Matthew Fox, Ph.D. is a priest and was a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church for thirty-four years. He holds a doctorate in History and Theology of Spirituality and is a scholar in residence with the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as founder and president of Friends of Creation Spirituality.

Dr. Fox is the author of more than thirty books including:

To learn more about the work of Matthew Fox go to www.matthewfox.org.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • Who is Meister Eckhart and why is he relevant today
  • How Eckhart fomented the peasant uprising which ultimately led to the Reformation
  • What was the Beguine Movement and how did it give women wider choices
  • How the term “Godhead” includes the feminine
  • What is the importance of “nothingness” in theology
  • What are the two wings of real Christianity: the historical Jesus and the Cosmic Christ
  • How the experience of a sweat lodge conjures up ancient memories that reside in our DNA
  • How we can experience God in nature
  • How our schools are boring our children and are only teaching information and not wisdom
  • How we need a new economy beyond the gross national product ideology

Host: Justine Willis Toms                   Interview Date: 8/12/2014           Program Number: 3517

The Tender Beauty Of Aging with Alice & Richard Matzkin

Alice and Richard Matzkin are aging lovers. She’s seventy, he’s sixty-six. They’re also artists whose work truly is an expression of their lives. Most recently they’ve been applying their gifts to express the beauty—yes, the beauty—of aging, and they do it with the tenderness they’ve learned in their twenty-seven years of loving each other. Through their work they’ve discovered an unexpected joy when the body and spirit ripen to wisdom not available to the young. As Richard sculpts a series of aging lovers, he revels in “The sweetness of older, mature love, that is like the comfort of an old shoe, if it’s right. There are no pinches or calluses. It fits beautifully.” As Alice paints women in their eighties and beyond, she finds a key to her own happiness. “The lines and the wrinkles and sagging skin is just the story of a person’s years. It’s just their history written on their face. It has nothing to do with real beauty, because I’ve found that the real beauty comes from –it sounds corny, but it’s true—it’s the light that shines within a person.” With the insight of these two gifted artists, we may find that, if we’re lucky, our lives can imitate their art. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Alice Matzkin has appeared on Oprah and her portraits have hung in the White House and in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. Richard Matzkin has had numerous one-man shows, and his sculptures are in collections throughout the United States.

They are co-authors of the Nautilus Award winning book:

To learn more about the work of Alice and Richard Matzkin go to www.MatzkinStudio.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What the single most frightening thing is about aging
  • Why wrinkles and sagging skin really do have nothing to do with beauty—or a lack thereof
  • What qualities allow some people to age more gracefully than others
  • How you can become closer to the older people in your life
  • Why it’s important to be with our elders

Host: Justine Willis Toms        Interview Date: 2/25/2010                  Program Number: 3344