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March 4, 2005

WSUI's 'Big Brain' Explores Music And Memories

Have you ever heard a song that instantly transported you back to a particular moment in your life? The next broadcast "Big Brain" on WSUI-AM 910 on Thursday, March 10 will explore how songs can activate our memories.

The show is broadcast live from the Iowa City Public Library at 123 South Linn St. in Iowa City from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Host Ben Kieffer will welcome pianist and composer Dan Knight along with Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Bookstore and Maeve Clark of ICPL. Callers and audience members will share songs that take them back to a memorable time, recounting that special past moment, and Knight will then play their song live. Clark will also be sharing some information about how memory works.

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 at the ICPL.

Knight, a pianist and Steinway artist who lives in Iowa City, can play from a large repertoire of music. He is a leading improvising musician at the forefront of the modern "classical" movement. 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.

"Big Brain" is a special edition of "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: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Ben Kieffer, 319-335-5730