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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 13, 2004

WSUI's Big Brain Challenges Dan Knight

Why do people say Kansas, but not "R-Kansas" for Arkansas? Who says pop and who says soda? Why are there 60 seconds in a minute? Why are manhole covers round and not square?

If you haven't tuned into Big Brain on WSUI's "Talk of Iowa," you may never know the answer to these and other curious queries. Big Brain, WSUI's popular new call-in show, tackles life's little questions. 

On the next broadcast from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 23, pianist Dan Knight will take on a challenge from host Ben Kieffer. Kieffer wants to know if there's a popular tune from the last 100 years that Dan Knight can't play. Listeners are invited to call in during the show with the name of a tune to stump Knight, who will be seated at a grand piano in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St.

Knight, a pianist and Steinway artist who lives in Iowa City, is a leading improvising musician at the forefront of the modern "classical" movement. Knight is a composer and performer in the great tradition of the improvisational masters of the French organ school. His compositions are frequently inspired by masterworks of visual art, and his performances of these modern "classical" suites, which include "Pictures at an Exhibition" and "From Corot to Picasso" have received both national and international acclaim.

Listeners call in with other questions during the hour (toll-free 1-866-780-9100) or e-mail them in advance to with the subject line Big Brain. The public is also invited to join the audience for the show broadcast live from the Iowa City Public Library.

"Big Brain" is a special edition of the "Talk to Iowa" program, broadcast on the University of Iowa's public radio station, 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.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,