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May 31, 2006

'Talk of Iowa' Hears About The Oxford Project June 9

Photographer Peter Feldstein and journalist Stephen Bloom will discuss their work on the Oxford Project on the June 9 edition of "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House." Live music from singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault will also be featured on the program.

The public is invited to join the audience for the program, broadcast live on Iowa Public Radio at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House at 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Heard statewide, the program originates from WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

On the program, host Ben Kieffer will talk with Feldstein and Bloom about the project, which is featured in the June issue of The Smithsonian Magazine. In 1984, Feldstein photographed 670 people in the small eastern Iowa town of Oxford. Last year, Feldstein went back to Oxford to begin a new series of portraits of the same people. Bloom conducted interviews with Feldstein's subjects, culling snippets from the interviews for the piece.

Feldstein, an artist from Oxford, is professor emeritus at the UI. While at the UI, he taught photography and digital imaging. He has exhibited extensively in both group and solo shows since the 1970s. His work is represented in numerous collections including the New York Public Library, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem and the Coca-Cola Collection in Atlanta.

Bloom is a professor of journalism at the UI and the author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America" and "Inside the Writer's Mind." A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, his essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including DoubleTake, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Salon.

"Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will also feature live music by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Foucault teamed up with legendary blues guitar player and producer, Bo Ramsey, along with other Iowa talent to create his latest CD "Ghost Repeater." Foucault will have a CD release party at The Mill, 120 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, beginning at 8 p.m., June 9.

"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 public radio 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 http://wsui.uiowa.edu 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.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen