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June 16, 2006

Author Tim Bascom, Local Band Euforquestra Featured On 'Talk Of Iowa' June 23

Newton resident and author Tim Bascom will discuss his new book, "Chameleon Days," on the June 23 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House." Iowa band Euforquestra will also perform live.

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.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Bascom, a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Bascom's latest book, "Chameleon Days," is a personal memoir that details Bascom's childhood from the age of three, when his family moved from the Midwest to Ethiopia. In the book, Bascom reveals his missionary parents' struggle in a sometimes hostile country.

Bascom has been published in "The Best American Travel Writing." He has also published essays in Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, The Other Side and Dynasty, the in-flight magazine of China Airlines. He is the author of the novel "Squatters' Rites" and a collection of essays titled "The Comfort Trap."

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will also feature live music by Iowa's eclectic world-beat ensemble, Euforquestra. The Iowa City-based band performs cultural and traditional music from around the world. Through its music, the band preserves world musical traditions, including Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Reggae and Bluegrass. Their new CD is titled "Explorations in Afrobeat." The band will perform Friday, June 30 at the Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St.

"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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Kelli Andresen