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June 21, 2006

Anthropologist In Yellow Cab Tells His Story On 'Live From Prairie Lights'

Anthropologist Robert Leonard, who lives in rural Iowa, will read from his new book, "Yellow Cab," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.

The broadcast, hosted by WSUI's Julie Englander, will originate in a free event in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. Listen on the Internet at

In 2001, while he was teaching at the University of New Mexico, Leonard began moonlighting as a cabdriver. "Yellow Cab" is a portrait of the city he found as he drove the streets of Albuquerque at night, picking up everyone from business people and drunken college students to hookers and drug dealers.

Keith H. Basso, Regents Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, wrote: "With an ethnographer's eye for fine details and a writer's ear for words, Robert Leonard's portraits of Albuquerque's cabdrivers and their passengers ring every bit as true as the writings of Joseph Mitchell and Joseph Liebling about varieties of life in New York City. Thoughtful, compelling, and irresistibly authentic."

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