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May 11, 2005

Iowa's Role In Global Security Explored By Talk Of Iowa

In a special edition of "Talk of Iowa" on Wednesday, May 18, from 9-11 a.m., WSUI AM910 will explore the topic of agro-terrorism, Iowa's role in a post 9/11 world and international education.

The special edition of "Talk of Iowa" will be simulcast on WOI AM640 Ames/Des Moines, along with KTPR FM  91.1 from Fort Dodge, KOWI FM 97.9 from Lamoni and KWOI FM 90.7 from Carroll. The program is being presented in conjunction with the Public Radio Collaboration "Think Global" week, a public radio project focusing on America's role in the world.

Guests include Patty Judge, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Ann Garvey, agriculture specialist for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Radford G. Davis, assistant professor of Public Health at the Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine; Scott King director of the University of Iowa Office of International Students and Scholars; and Hakan Akcay, UI graduate student in Science Education. The program will be hosted by Steve Martin who helped pioneer public radio talk and interview programming at WAMU in Washington D.C.

Made possible by the Stanley Foundation, "Iowa Confronts Today's Global Threats" focuses on Iowa's place and role in the world; the impact of 9/11 and terrorism on Iowa; current developments in international education and research; and myths and facts about Iowa in the global economy. In addition to interviews, the special edition of "Talk of Iowa" will feature telephone and e-mail questions from Iowans. Listeners can participate in the conversation by calling toll-free 866-780-9100 or by emailing to talk@uiowa.edu.

The Stanley Foundation promotes public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues. The foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, private operating foundation based in Muscatine, Iowa. More information is available on-line at stanleyfoundation.org.

WSUI Program Director Dennis Reese says, "It's a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work with the Stanley Foundation to produce this special edition, of 'Talk of Iowa.' This allows WSUI to make an Iowa connection to the national discussion."

The Public Radio Collaboration is a coalition of public radio stations and producers across the country sharing programs during the week-long "Think Global" initiative committed to an in-depth investigation of the high-speed changes in our globalized world. More information is available at www.thinkglobal2005.org

For more information about Public Radio WSUI go to their website wsui.uiowa.edu.

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