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March 4, 2005

'Swimming to Antarctica' Author Speaks on 'Java House' Program

Long-distance swimmer Lynne Cox and songwriter Richard Shindell will be featured on the March 11 edition of WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" program.

The show is broadcast from downtown Iowa City's Java House at 10 a.m. Fridays on four public radio stations in Iowa. It is produced by the University of Iowa's public radio station WSUI AM 910.

Called "a master builder of songs" by The Boston Globe, Richard Shindell will perform live and talk about his career. An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shindell has recorded four studio albums and a live recording that have been revered by critics and fans alike. LA Weekly writes, "Shindell works impressive alchemy with the plainest, most primal American pop melodies. Stark and unsentimental, Shindell's songs unfold with the unadorned grandeur of hymns..."

Cox, author of "Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer," will share her emotional and spiritual need to swim and talks about the almost mystical act of swimming itself. After breaking world records for swimming the English Channel and the Catalina Channel as a teenager, Cox completed ever-more challenging swims. In 1975 Lynne became the first woman to swim across Cook Straits of New Zealand, and in 1987, she swam across the Bering Strait, an achievement that symbolically bridged the distance between the United States and Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. In 2002, she swam a mile in the waters off Antarctica, an event that was covered by 60 Minutes II. "Swimming to Antarctica, a book about the achievement and her many other never-done-before swims, was released in 2004.

Every Friday morning at 10 a.m., "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" serves up fresh-brewed conversation topped off with live local music. Broadcast from downtown Iowa City's coziest coffee hangout, the program offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests. Kieffer moderates the mix of lively discussion, drama, and live music drawn from a rich pool of intellectual, artistic and tuneful talent.

The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni, and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The shows are free and open to the public at The Java House, located at 211 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City.

The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

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