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Feb. 23, 2004

Graphic Novelist Max Allan Collins Will Be Guest on 'Big Brain' Program Feb. 26

Max Allan Collins, author of the graphic novel "Road to Perdition," will be the guest on the "Big Brain" program broadcast Thursday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. on WSUI and WOI public radio stations.

Listeners will be asked to come up with questions covering just about any subject, such as "What causes brain freeze?" or "What do mirrors actually do?" Then, unlike other talk shows, which generally invite only experts to answer questions, listeners will be asked to call in during the live show to provide the answers, or at least, educated guesses. Collins will chip in with a few nagging questions of his own and take a crack at some of the queries that come up during the hour.

"All of us make observations and soak up information in our daily lives. We all come across things in life that make us stop and think, yes, but why is that?" said "Big Brain" host Ben Kieffer. "This show is about tapping into that common warehouse of curiosity, knowledge and experience."

During the broadcast, Collins will briefly discuss his newest novel, "Road to Purgatory," the sequel to "Road to Perdition," due out in the fall. Then he will help tackle the "Big Brain" questions for the hour.

Collins wrote film tie-in novels for "Saving Private Ryan" and "Air Force One," based on the movie screenplays. He also wrote the Dick Tracy comic strip from 1977 to 1993 and has contributed to many other comics, including Batman. He won multiple awards for his Nathan Heller series about a Chicago private detective involved in several real-life crime adventures, which he continues to write today.

Listeners are invited to call in during the live broadcast of "Big Brain" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 26 by dialing toll free 1-866-780-9100.

Listeners can also e-mail queries in advance to "Talk to Iowa" is broadcast weekdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on WSUI (AM910) and The WOI Radio Group (AM640). It can also be heard live on-line via the WSUI website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Ben Kieffer, 319-335-5730 MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Writer: Meghann Dowd