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Release: April 25, 2002  

WSUI's 'Java House' broadcasts set for Fridays in May

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" show in May starting with Iowa City's own Dr. Science, followed by shows featuring the Iowa Review, severe weather phobia, jazz kingpin Eddie Piccard, and the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival.

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

Details about the Friday broadcasts in May include:

-- May 3: Ask Dr. Science! "This is your chance to pose a question to America's foremost authoritarian on the world around us…or at least the world around him," says Kieffer. Dr. Science (aka Dan Coffey), heard daily on radio stations throughout the country and the world, will tackle listener's conundrums and queries live. Questions for Dr. Science to answer for the Java House show can be emailed to The program also features live music by The Diplomats of Solid Sound.

-- May 10: The Iowa Review. David Hamilton, Doug Trevor, and Amber Withycombe, editors of The Iowa Review, will share how they "build" an issue of this acclaimed literary journal. They’ll also discuss the Review's new look as well as contributions in the latest issue, including a feature drawn from a conference titled "Craft, Critique, Culture." Robert Morey will perform live music.

-- May 17: Severe Weather Phobia. Springtime means severe weather, and for sufferers of severe weather phobia, spring is a time of intense, debilitating fear. Dr. John Westefeld, a professor in the UI College of Education's Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and the author of a study on severe weather phobia, will describe his work with sufferers of the disorder. Also, Jesus Flores will share how his own weather fears led him to create an informative website, Live music will be provided by The Tornadoes.   

-- May 24: Eddie Piccard. Cedar Rapids jazz kingpin Eddie Piccard will perform live and talk about the city's jazz history. From 1994 to 1999, Piccard ran his own jazz club in Cedar Rapids. Now he performs in "Jazz At The Top" twice per week at the top of the Five Seasons Crowne Plaza.

-- May 31: The Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival. This show will preview the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival with the directors of this year’s featured works, Mark Hunter ("Romeo and Juliet") and Ron Clark ("The Comedy of Errors"). Riverside actors will also give us a taste of the drama and pianist Dan Knight, who has composed original music for "The Comedy of Errors," will perform live.

For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email