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11:09 minutes Portland's own Tommy Thayer talks to Iris 11/12/09

Tommy cut his teeth rockin' the local Portland bar scene when we first met and he was just out of high school. From local bands, to the nationally known Black 'n Blue, and now a member of KISS, he is one of the nicest and coolest guys on the planet. Tommy talks about the KISS Alive 35 Tour coming to Portland on November 17th, the new album "Sonic Boom," his rock history, joining KISS, Gene Simmons, and giving back to the community he's from.

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17:55 minutes Bill Champlin talks to Iris 11/5/09

The founder of The Sons of Champlin and member of Chicago for 28 years goes it alone on his new CD "No Place Left to Fall" and a tour to back it up. He'll be in Portland at Jimmy Mak's on November 19th for 2 shows. He talks about making the album, leaving Chicago, moving back to Southern California, the solo tour, and even gives fans of The Sons hope about future projects. No matter what Bill does, I'll be there to support it!

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13:34 minutes Ari Gold, director/writer/star of the movie "Adventures of Power" talks to Iris 11/05/09

The name seems familiar if you have watched HBO's "Entourage." But this is the REAL Ari Gold, and not the Jeremy Pivin character. However, there are links between the show and Ari in real life. Such as Ari plays ukulele in a band with Adrian Grenier, star of "Entourage." Adrian is also in Ari's movie "Adventures of Power" also starring Michael McKean, and a cameo from Neil Peart! With the Portland premiere this weekend, he invites the KGON audience to participate in the "air contest" that they'll have at the show. If you play "air bagpipes" he guarantees a prize!

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13:52 minutes Ian Anderson talks to Iris 11/05/09

The founder, front man, and leader of Jethro Tull is on a different kind of tour that comes to Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, November 13th. Along with his own musicians, the Oregon Symphony will be playing with Ian as well. He talks about what it takes to do this kind of tour, about his website, the impact of travel on our environment, and his crusade to help the wild species of cats that are nearing extinction.

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11:27 minutes Dr. Maya Angelou talks to Iris Harrison, October 30, 2009

I'm still in awe after talking with Dr. Angelou. She's wise, warm, funny, and I'm absolutely blessed that I had this opportunity to chat with her about her book "Letter to my Daughter." The mother of only one child, a son, she writes this for all the women of the world. Also being a mother of only one son, I think it's a book that men will benefit from as well. I've read it. It's very truthful, and sometimes takes your breath away with how frank it really is. She's walked an incredible journey, and at age 81, she still laughs at life's little hardships that teach us about ourselves.

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9:41 minutes Jim Messina talks to Iris Harrison 10/23/09

Jimmy Messina talks about how he started in music, his days with Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and how being asked to produce Kenny Loggins solo album led to Loggins & Messina's successful recording career. He talks about the 2009 tour, and how they got back together after years apart in 2004.

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22:56 minutes Harvey Kubernik, author of "Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and Music of Laurel Canyon" talks to Iris

Harvey Kubernik is the real deal. He was born in L.A. and went to the same high school as Flea and Slash, though not at the same time. He has written the most amazing love story to a place within a place...Laurel Canyon within the madness that is Los Angeles...because of it's rich history in rock and roll. Out of that canyon came The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, the idea for Monterey Pop, and much more.

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26:39 minutes N.E.D. No Evidence of Disease. Doctors who ROCK! Iris talks to Dr. Will Winter, guitarist.

Six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the U.S. formed a band with the name that represents the hope that these doctors has for every patient. That at the end of treatment, their disease will be gone. Created as a cover band for a specific event, they went on to write and record a CD, with liner notes that not only celebrates the fact that Music Heals...but with very helpful information about what every woman should know about gynecologic cancer.

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19:04 minutes Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill talks to Iris

With the holidays on the way, we are all looking forward to the annual visit from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but 2009 will be even bigger and better says Paul O'Neill. There's a new CD to look forward to as the highly anticipated "Night Castle" is released on October 27th. Paul takes time to chat with Iris about the new album, the band, the tour, and our favorite charity for Kidsgiving, the Community Transitional School.

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7:07 minutes "Comedy's Loveable Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli, talks to Iris

Lisa's book "Chocolate, Please" is a tell-all, funny, real life tale from one of the funniest women on the planet. She's down to earth, and honest about what she's gone through in the past. Iris and Lisa chat about the book, her new Italian boyfriend, past mistakes, and Jethro Tull. That's actually funny if you've read the book.

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