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July 25, 2006

Northwest Iowa Author, Singer-Songwriter Focus Of 'Talk of Iowa' Aug. 4

Northwest Iowa author Kate Iola and her latest novel, "Deadstock," will be featured on the Aug. 4 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House."

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Heard statewide on five public radio stations, the program originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

The show will also feature live music by Spencer singer-songwriter Chad Elliott. Elliott's voice and guitar finger picking is often compared to James Taylor. His songs tell stories about living with the homeless, love, divorce, fatherhood and nature. He also created music for the stage adaptation of Iola's book.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Iola about "Deadstock," which is a thriller with an economic and agricultural theme. The novel tells the story of a con man who causes an outbreak of livestock disease so he can profit by trading on the commodities markets. Iola decided to write the book after she started reporting on foot-and-mouth disease for various publications in 1999.

Iola has a master's degree in molecular pathology from the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Iowa to write, she worked as a molecular pathologist and started two biotech companies in California. Iola has also taught science courses at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" offers an eclectic variety of topics and guests for its listeners. The show is broadcast live statewide to an estimated 30,000 listeners each week on public radio WSUI-AM 910 Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI-AM 640 Ames/Des Moines, KTPR-FM 91.1 Fort Dodge, KOWI-FM 97.9 Lamoni and KWOI-FM 90.7 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. It is also broadcast several days later on cable TV over UITV in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area.

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,; Program: WSUI, 319-335-5730; Writer: Kelli Andresen