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Release: April 1, 2002

'Iowa Talks' broadcasts from Java House set for April

WSUI will continue its series of discussions mixed with live, local music in April with live Friday broadcasts of "Iowa Talks" from the Java House in downtown Iowa City. The April schedule includes guest appearances by authors Frank Conroy and Rob Latham, a show focusing on hospice care in Iowa, and highlights celebrating the 25th broadcast of Iowa Talks Live from the Java House.

WSUI AM 910, UI's public radio station serving Eastern Iowa, broadcasts "Iowa Talks" at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington. Hosted by Ben Kieffer, Friday editions of "Iowa Talks" programs, integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

Details about the Friday broadcasts in April include:

-- April 5: "Adding Life to Days: Hospice in Eastern Iowa." This show will encapsulate

the spirit of Iowa City Hospice and its work to provide patient-centered palliative care to those affected by terminal illness in seven Eastern Iowa counties. Maggie Elliot, executive director for Hospice, will appear on the show with other Hospice care givers and families they’ve served. The Mayflies will be the featured musical guests.

-- April 12: "Vampires, Cyborgs, and Consuming Youth." Rob Latham, UI assistant professor of American Studies, English, and Sexuality Studies will discuss his new book "Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption." The book focuses on works of popular fiction and film that Latham says embody and work through the implications of a youth-consumer system driven by contradictory processes of prosthetic empowerment and predatory exploitation. Music will be provided by The Trollies.

-- April 19: "Dogs Bark but the Caravan Rolls On." Frank Conroy, director of the UI Writer’s Workshop, will share his new collection of commentaries on life, music, and writing titled "Dogs Bark but the Caravan Rolls On." Conroy’s writings have appeared regularly in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire and GQ for thirty years. He is the author of the acclaimed works "Stop-Time" and "Body and Soul." Ben Schmidt will be the musical guest.

-- April 26: "Java House Highlights." Iowa Talks Live from the Java House will celebrate its 25th show by presenting highlights of its first half-year. This show will not be broadcast live on location from the Java House.

The live Friday "Iowa Talks" show is free and open to the public at the Java House. It is also broadcast in streaming audio at For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email