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Oct. 21, 2005

Psychiatrist Jamison Speaks on 'Talk of Iowa' Radio Program Oct. 28

Psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison, a leading international authority on manic-depressive illness, will discuss her new book, "Exuberance: The Passion for Life," on the Oct. 28 edition WSUI's "Talk of Iowa" radio program. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis will also perform for this at 10 a.m. live broadcast. The public is invited to join the audience at The Java House in downtown Iowa City.

Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is the author of several bestselling books, including "An Unquiet Mind," her memoir about her experiences with manic-depressive illness. It was on The New York Times bestsellers list for more than five months and has been translated into 20 languages. "Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide" also was a national bestseller for Jamison, translated into 15 languages and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999.

Jamison's most recent book, "Exuberance: The Passion for Life," is an exploration of exuberance and how it fuels the most important creative and scientific achievements. It was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004, and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year.

Ellis is a charismatic singer-songwriter whose powerful vocals have won her a devoted following throughout the Midwest and beyond. She has been voted Best Musician in the reader's choice poll in the Twin Cities for the past five consecutive years. "Evidence of Joy" is her newest CD; her other CDs Include "Tigers Above, Tigers Below" released in 2003 and "Everything That's Real" released in 2001.

Hosted and produced by Ben Kieffer, "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. It can be heard on 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 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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