University of Iowa News Release
Jan. 6, 2003
Stumped? WSUI/WOI's 'Our Big Brain' Show Answers Your Questions
does red mean stop and green mean go? Why is it a sin to clap between movements
a classical music performance? What
operating business? Beginning Thursday, Jan. 15, listeners to WSUI/WOI public
radio's statewide "Talk of Iowa" broadcast will be asked to come
up with questions covering just about any subject for a new show called "Our
Big Brain." Then, unlike other talk shows, which generally invite only
experts to answer questions, listeners will be asked to call in during the
live show to provide the answers, or at least, educated guesses.
"Public radio has the smartest listeners around," says WSUI Program Director Dennis Reese. "They're curious and have tons of questions about anything and everything. I know they'll come up with tons of inventive and fascinating answers as well."
The special guest during the premiere will be University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom, author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America." He'll be chipping in with a few nagging questions of his own and no doubt taking a crack at some of the queries that come up during the hour.
"It's not 'Ask Dr. Science'" says Kieffer. "We're looking for real information or at least plausible guesses to the questions asked, but you don't have to be an expert by any means. Also, political opinions and the like are best left to our other talk shows."
Listeners are invited to call in during the first live broadcast of "Our
Big Brain" scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15th,
by dialing toll-free 1-866-780-9100. The scheduling of subsequent "Our
Big Brain" shows will be announced at a later date.
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