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Culture Talk episodes to be rebroadcast on WUEC radio

RELEASED: March 11, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — WUEC, 89.7 FM, a radio station of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Wisconsin Public Radio, will rebroadcast some episodes of "Culture Talk," a radio program that explores how culture influences verbal and nonverbal communication. Episodes will air Friday evenings from 6:30-7 p.m.

The schedule and featured guests are as follows:

  • March 12: Dr. Debra Barker, a member of the Sicangu Lakota-Rosebud Sioux.
  • March 19: Sofienne Addala of Tunisia.
  • March 26: Chang Bong OK of South Korea.
  • April 9: Anna Bakhtiyarova of Ukraine. This episode earned second place in the public affairs and talk show category of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's 2009 Student Awards for Excellence.
  • April 16: Kimamo Wahome of Kenya.
  • April 23: Jakob Fabian of Germany.
  • April 30: Johannes Schmied of Austria.
  • May 7: Zhiping Li of China (new episode).

"Culture Talk" was funded in 2008 and 2009 by grants from the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and the UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. UW-Eau Claire's department of communication and journalism also contributed to the program.

The program recently received a first place award in the public affairs and talk radio show category in the WBA's 2010 Student Awards for Excellence. The winning episode featured an interview with two local Hmong-American women: Dr. Kaying Xiong-Vue and Sophia Vuelo. The broadcast is available online.

Student Joseph Tierney, Shawano, completed the editing and technical work for the winning episode. Chelsea Jacobson, Sartell, Minn., joined the project in fall 2009 and transcribed the interview.

Other UW-Eau Claire students involved in the production of "Culture Talk" were Nessa Severson, New Glarus, now a UW-Eau Claire graduate; Pierce Koch, Green Bay; and Anne Moser, Hudson, now a UW-Eau Claire graduate. Dr. Judy Sims, professor of communication and journalism, serves as faculty adviser.

For more information, contact Sims at



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