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Jan. 26, 2005

WSUI's 'Talk of Iowa' Features Authors, Stories And Music On Fridays

WSUI's "Talk of Iowa" live Friday broadcasts in February will feature discussions with authors Barbara Robinette Moss and Judge Douglas Russell, and a visit from Steve McGuire's University of Iowa storytelling class; closing the month will be a musical salute to Mardi Gras and New Orleans.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving Eastern Iowa, broadcasts "Talk of Iowa" at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington. The public is invited to join the audience. Hosted by Ben Kieffer, Friday editions of "Talk of Iowa" programs integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts, community and cultural issues.

The February line-up is:

--Feb. 3: Winston Churchill and The Bowmans

Iowa District Court Judge Douglas Russell will discuss his new book "Winston Churchill, Soldier." The book explores how Churchill's military experience molded his character and influenced the leadership qualities that propelled his legendary political career. Live music will be performed by The Bowmans. Twins Sarah and Claire Bowman began their performance career as singing puppeteers in their hometown of Davenport. Now, based in New York City, they delight audiences with their unique brand of alternative acoustic music.  

--Feb. 10: Barbara Robinette Moss and the Rich Webster Band 

Award-winning author Barbara Robinette Moss will discuss her compelling memoirs "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" and "Fierce." Alcoholism, poverty and self-image are central themes in Moss' books. Her awards include the Gold Medal for Personal Essay in the William Faulkner Creative Writing Contest, the Iowa Authors Award and the Alabama Authors Award. Recently, a screenplay adaptation of "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" became a finalist in the Sundance Institutes Screenplay Competition. The Rich Webster Band will perform live music. An original member of the popular Iowa band Dogs on Skis, Webster has developed an enduring reputation in regional music.

--Feb. 17: Iowa Stories and Sunday Runners

Members of Steve McGuire's University of Iowa storytelling class address the question "What were you thinking?!" by telling unusual stories from their lives. The Chicago-based band Sunday Runners will perform live music. "Sunday Runners bring a truckload of quirky pop, evoking the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and David Bowie," says PASTE Magazine.

--Feb. 24: A Salute to Mardi Gras and New Orleans

The Iowa jazz ensemble Spontaneous Combustion under the direction of David Evans will present a musical salute to Mardi Gras and New Orleans. John Rapson of the University of Iowa Jazz Studies program will also explore of the roots of the New Orleans sound.

"Talk of Iowa Live " 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.

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

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