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Oct. 2, 2006

UI Storytelling Class Shares Tales of Bad Judgment on 'Talk of Iowa' Oct. 6

A class of University of Iowa students in a storytelling class will share strange but true tales of bad judgment on "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House," airing at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 on Iowa Public Radio.

The program will feature two UI students telling stories addressing the question "What was I thinking!" The musical guest for the show is the husband-wife duo, Ellery.

Locally, the program can be heard live on the UI station WSUI AM 910 from the Java House, 211 E. Washington St. The public is invited to join the audience for the program.

Steve McGuire, a professor of art and art history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and art education in the UI College of Education, instructs the students in a class called "What is Storytelling For?" He hopes students will learn from presenting before a statewide audience.

"It's just very good for them to have the experience," McGuire said.  "What a lot of people don't realize is how important an audience is to a performer or a performance."

Ellery is an indie-pop duo, comprised of Tasha and Justin Golden. They have received rave reviews from publications such as the Cincinnati Post and Paste Magazine, which wrote "Tasha and Justin Golden combine skillful, melodic instrumentation, intelligent but unassuming lyrics, and captivating vocals to make engaging indie pop on Lying Awake." 

"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 Iowa Public Radio stations 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: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Colin Burke