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Author Donna Mander-Fiser Book Signing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Fisher   
Monday, 28 March 2011 13:08

WHEN: April 9, 2011

TIME: 1 - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Whistle Stop Java Shop, 400 4th St. W., Milan, IL 61264

WHAT: Donna Mander-Fiser, a resident of Milan, IL, will be available to sign copies of her book, Waiting for Pete to Go Home.

The first time I saw Pete, I thought he looked like a total fool. I was seventeen years old, out of high school, and working at my first job in Springfield, Illinois. Pete was a twenty-year-old college student, and he was thrashing about without any rhythm. It was obvious that he thought he was pretty cool. He was a total turn-off, but little did I know...we would fall in love. While Waiting for Pete to go Home, Donna Mander-Fiser experienced over a year of doubt and frustration. She treaded lonely and unfamiliar waters while caring for her husband in his dying days. She could never have imagined the unresponsive reaction of some friends and the fear of feeling single again. After Pete's death, Donna took comfort in memories of the life she and Pete shared by reminiscing about wedding anniversaries, family traditions, and Pete's fantastically told stories. Join first-time author Donna Mander-Fiser as she learns how to cope with illness, losing a loved one, and finally regaining her own life.

For more information, contact Jeff Fisher at 888-361-9473 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Broadcast of New Documentary: Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland PDF Print E-mail
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Written by WQPT   
Friday, 18 February 2011 12:33

WQPT: Monday, February 28, 9:30pm

Narrated by Theodore Bikel

(Montclair, NJ): While it is widely known that the Germans built seven death camps and many concentration camps and ghettos within Poland as part of their plan to annihilate the Jewish people during World War II, few are aware that the country is also lined with mass burial grounds of thousands of Jewish Holocaust victims. Most of these sites have never been identified, adding another layer of tragedy to the horrific genocide of the Jews. But today some elderly Poles, who were teenagers at the time of these slaughters, are sharing details about the mass murders. Witnesses to the massacres, these Polish individuals have never been able to erase the nightmares of their hidden memories.

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland is a 27 minute documentary narrated by actor Theodore Bikel that relays a few of these stories as told to three individuals: Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich; Polish businessman Zbigniew Nizinski who spends his free time finding witnesses interested in sharing the stories of the atrocities they beheld; and NY businessman Harley Lippman, a member of the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, who is determined to ensure that these Jewish mass graves are properly marked and respected.

Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland is a production of JEMGLO, a nonprofit multimedia company based in Montclair, NJ.

Director: Curt Fissel

Producer: Ellen Friedland

Executive Producer: Harley Lippman

Narrator: Theodore Bikel

BACKGROUND ABOUT JEMGLO:

Since the founding of JEM/GLO in December 1996, the nonprofit multimedia company has produced eight documentaries: three one-hour programs, three 40-minute productions, and three half-hour documentaries. The most recent program prior to Safeguarding Memory was entitled Delicious Peace Grows In A Ugandan Coffee Bean; narrated by actor Ed O’Neill of Modern Family, it is currently on the film festival circuit and has already won Best Short Documentary at the New Jersey International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Bronzeville Film Festival in Chicago. Additional film festivals where it has screened and is scheduled to screen as of the present time include: Santa Barbara International FF, Sedona International FF, Gasparilla International FF (Tampa), Cincinnati International FF, Breckenridge (Colorado) FF, United Nations Association FF (Palo Alto CA), VideoFest Dallas, and Peace On Earth FF. The other seven JEMGLO documentaries followed PBS routes. The previous JEMGLO documentary for which Safeguarding Memory’s executive director Harley Lippman also served as executive director, A Torah Returns to Poland, was broadcast into more than 48% of PBS audiences. It was also the recipient of a silver Telly award and a Summit award. JEMGLO’s Klezmer Musicians Travel “Home” to Krakow was presented as a pledge show and for regular programming on WNET/Channel 13 in New York and a number of other PBS stations; other JEMGLO productions also received significant airing on PBS stations across the US, at culture festivals worldwide, universities and other educational institutions in the US, at several foreign embassies and consulates, and at the United Nations.

The principals of JEM/GLO are director / cinematographer / editor Curt Fissel and producer / writer Ellen Friedland, who are also the principals of the corporate video company Voices & Visions Productions, Ltd. The chief photographer at NJN (NJ’s PBS station) for 18 years, Curt has been involved in the production of dozens of documentaries. He has received Emmy nominations, a Cine Golden Eagle, and numerous journalism awards, and he has freelanced for stations such as YES Network, HBO, ABC Nightline, CBS, The Voice of America, CNN, and the Outdoor Life Network. Ellen began her career as an attorney, then became a print journalist. She continues to write stories for a number of publications, has had her poetry exhibited, and has been the recipient of an award from the NJ Press Association. Narrator Theodore Bikel is one of the most talented and versatile artists in the theater, film, and music worlds today. He was the original Captain Von Trapp on Broadway’s The Sound of Music and has performed over 2,000 times as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

 
Girls explore forms of popular media in program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chuck Gysi   
Friday, 18 February 2011 11:45
DUBUQUE, Iowa – gIRLs In Real Life, a program that allows girls to explore various forms of popular media, will be held March 5.

The event is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois and is funded through a grant by Mediacom.

The Women in the Arts program is open to girls in grades 3-5 and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Washington Middle School, 51 N. Grandview Ave., Dubuque. Cost of the program is $8 for Girl Scouts and $15 for other girls, which includes a Girl Scout membership fee for the 2011 membership year. Adults may attend for $3. All fees include lunch.

During the session, girls will participate in hands-on activities using various forms of popular media, including photography and video, to learn positive self-esteem using activities from the Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls. Girls also will have the chance to discuss how media images of girls may not be like girls in real life.

Girls attending gIRLs In Real Life also will have the opportunity to express themselves through different media to create positive images and videos of girls that will be shared with others.

Register online at GirlScoutsToday.com, call Angela Grunder at 563-583-9169 or send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline for registration is Feb. 25, or once 100 girls have registered for the event.

 

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THE CITIES WITH JIM MERTENS FEATURES MAYOR GLUBA on WQPT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 08:32

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - This week on "The Cities" host Jim Mertens is joined by Mayor Gluba of Davenport discussing  the latest Census figures and their impact on the city, downtown development and budget concerns for the coming year. Also, Bob Williams, President of the Quad City Music Guild will discuss their upcoming season and how people can be involved.

"The Cities" airs on Thursday at 6:30 pm and midnight and repeats on Sunday at 5:30 pm. "The Cities" is a local public affairs program produced by WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. taped at Fusion Communications.

To see past episodes of "The Cities" log on to wqpt.org.

 
Iowa Public Radio’s The Exchange wins national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Vezdos   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 15:20

6/16/09 (Des Moines) – Iowa Public Radio’s daily news/talk program The Exchange won a national award for journalism excellence from the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) during its annual conference on June 13 in Portland, OR. The second place award was for a call-in program examining Karl Rove’s visit to Iowa City.

“We are fortunate to be recognized with several state and regional awards each year,” said IPR news director Jonathan Ahl. “We are especially honored to receive this award because we competed against other strong public radio stations in places including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago. This is affirmation that the journalists in our news department rank amongst the best public radio journalists in the country.”

IPR’s talk show team includes Greg Shanley, Jeff Schmidt, Katherine Perkins, John Pemble, Julie Englander, and Ben Kieffer, host of The Exchange.

“Journalistically, Karl Rove coming to Iowa City created a perfect storm, and it offered us much more than just a juicy confrontation. Now, as we look back at the pivotal role that Iowa played in the 2008 campaign, you see why Rove’s visit and the reaction it sparked was a significant event,” said Kieffer.

The Exchange is heard on the Iowa Public Radio News network weekdays at 10 a.m.

Iowa Public Radio informs, enriches and engages Iowans through radio programming and other media. Iowa Public Radio includes the WOI Radio Group (Iowa State University, Ames), KUNI-KHKE (University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls), and KSUI-WSUI (University of Iowa, Iowa City).

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