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Links between culture, music explored on International Edition radio

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The links between music and culture will be explored during the next International Edition radio show.

The show will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5 on WSUI (AM 910), 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, on WSUI (AM 910) and again that evening at 5:30 p.m. on KSUI (FM 91.7).

This month's show will feature interviews with two experts on music and culture in West Africa and Japan. The first guest, University of Iowa Anthropology Professor Frank Fairfax will discuss African and African-American music in the context of a band he formed in Nigeria. He also will talk about political and social links between Africa and African-American cultures.

The second guest, Visiting History Professor E. Taylor, will discuss the authenticity of Japanese jazz. Atkins has traced the social history of jazz, including its subculture and audience. He will join the faculty of Northern Illinois University this fall.

In its seventh year of production, International Edition is coordinated by the UI Office of International Education and Services (OIES). OIES staff members John Rogers and Martin Roper are the show's co-hosts. OIES staffers Lois Gray, Akua Brathwaite and Facundo Montenegro co-produce the show, with the help of WSUI senior producer Julie Englander.

The show was created to reflect the inter-cultural mingling of the nearly 100 cultures represented on the UI campus by approximately 2,000 international students and scholars. Programs are designed to educate, entertain and promote cross-cultural understanding among international and local community members.

OIES provides foreign student advising and educational and study abroad programming and works to increase the cross-cultural understanding and skills of UI students, faculty and community members. More than 400 UI students study abroad each year in programs and exchanges in an estimated 35 countries.

International Edition airs monthly on WSUI and KSUI. For more information, call Gray, Brathwaite or Montenegro at (319)335-0335.