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April 25, 2008

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will be guest on 'Know the Score' May 2

Former NBC Nightly News anchor and University of Iowa Alumni Service Award winner Tom Brokaw will be the featured guest on the radio program "Know the Score LIVE!" 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 2. The program will be broadcast from the UI Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

"Know the Score," part of the monthly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) and KHKE, 89.5 FM in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. It will be rebroadcast 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, on the Iowa Public Radio classical network, including KSUI and KHKE as well as WOI, FM 90.1 in Ames/Des Moines.

The program is presented in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will be May 2. The program will begin with a conversation with Brokaw and a discussion of his latest book, "Boom," as well as reflections on the people he met and stories he heard when researching his bestseller, "The Greatest Generation."

Other guests on the program will be Jason Weinberger, the director of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, who will share his family's personal story of suffering and loss during the Holocaust; and Arthur Canter, UI professor emeritus, who will describe his experiences as a U.S. soldier entering the Mauthausen concentration camp at the end of the war.

Christopher Merrill, director of the UI International Writing Program, will read literary selections related to World War II and the Holocaust.

Weinberger and a group of principal-chair players from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony will perform selections from the "Quartet for the End of Time," written in a German prison camp during World War II by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Messiaen, a pianist, discovered among his fellow inmates a clarinetist, a violinist and a violoncellist, and wrote his mystical and haunting quartet for that unusual group of instruments.

The four performers -- Weinberger, clarinet; Sean Botkin, piano; Anita Tucker, violin; and Jonathan Chenoweth, cello -- will perform and discuss several of the eight movements of the quartet.

When Brokaw was anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News from 1982 through 2004, he was one of the most widely known and respected newsmen in the United States. He traveled the world covering the major stories of the time, including the Tiananmen Square massacre in China and the fall of the Berlin Wall, which literally came down around him.

Brokaw attended the UI as an undergraduate in 1958-59, but completed his degree at the University of South Dakota. Nevertheless, he has shared his time, talents, and financial resources with the UI, leading to the Alumni Service Award from the UI Alumni Association.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day that has been set aside for remembering the victims of the Holocaust and for reminding Americans of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred and indifference reign.

"The Holocaust is not merely a story of destruction and loss; it is . . . a remarkable story of the human spirit and the life that flourished before the Holocaust, struggled during its darkest hours, and ultimately prevailed as survivors rebuilt their lives."

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),