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Dec. 28, 2005

WSUI's 'Talk of Iowa' January Schedule Set

WSUI will continue its series of discussions mixed with live, local music in January with live Friday broadcasts of "Talk of Iowa" from the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The January schedule includes singer-songwriter Martha Berner Jan. 6, a discussion about child labor Jan. 13, plus writer David Anthony Durham on Jan. 20 and folk-rock artist Willy Porter Jan. 27.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving Eastern Iowa, broadcasts "Talk of Iowa" at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington St. The public is invited to join the audience. Hosted by Ben Kieffer, Friday editions of "Talk of Iowa" programs integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

The January line-up is:
--Jan. 6: Singer-Songwriter Martha Berner
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Berner performs original songs from her debut CD "This Side of Yesterday." Her work is a marriage of American folk, alt-country and indie-rock. "Instead of trying to recreate the folk-rock wheel, Berner has instead delivered something much more lasting by creating an album that lightly infuses indie-rock sensibilities into songs that embrace the spirit and soul of Americana music," says a reviewer on concertlivewire.com

--Jan. 13: Combating Child Labor and Muscatine's Youth Choir
Burns Weston, former founding director of the UI Center for Human Rights, discusses the fight against child labor worldwide. Weston is the editor of a new collection of essays titled "Child Labor and Human Rights: Making Children Matter." Members of Muscatine's Children's and Youth Choirs under the direction of Richard Smith will perform live music. In the summer of 2005, the group traveled to Kosovo as participants in the Kosovo Children's Music Initiative, which is sponsored by the Shropshire Music Foundation.

--Jan. 20: David Anthony Durham & Live Jazz
Durham discusses "Pride of Carthage," his new epic work of literary fiction about the superb military leader of Carthage, Hannibal Barca, and his struggle against the mighty Roman Republic. "Durham leaps continents and centuries to tell the epic story of Hannibal and his march on Rome in this heady, richly textured novel," says Publishers Weekly. The Saul Lubaroff Quartet will perform live jazz.

--Jan. 27: Singer-Songwriter Willy Porter
Award-winning folk-rock artist Porter will perform live on the show. A singer, songwriter, storyteller, entertainer and extraordinary guitarist, Porter defies labels and blends genres.

" Talk of Iowa Live " can be heard on WSUI AM 910 from Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, WOI AM 640 from Ames/Des Moines, KTPR - FM 91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The broadcast can also be heard in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/ by clicking on "Listen to WSUI"; it is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu