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Release: Aug. 29, 2002

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

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program in September, starting the month with celebrated chefs Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Deborah Madison on Sept. 6.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the coffee house at 211 E. Washington St.

As part of WSUI/KSUI's culinary festival "From Field to Family", the Sept. 6 show will be about cooking and serving cheese, featuring guests Lynne Rossetto Kasper, chef and host of public radio's "The Splendid Table," and celebrated chef and author Deborah Madison. Singer-songwriter Robert Morey, "The Cheese Guy" from New Pioneer Co-op, will serve up the local cheese angle and perform live music.

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 upcoming Friday broadcasts in September broadcasts include:

-- Sept. 13: "Coping with Pet Loss" In this hour, the show will explore the important and comforting role that pets play in people's lives and how to cope with a pet's death. Guests include participants in an upcoming pet loss seminar, including funeral director Michael Lensing, Janet Ashman of the Johnson County Humane Society, and painter Dave Rogers, who specializes in pet portraiture. Guitarist and composer Tom Nothnagle performs live.

-- Sept. 20: Award-winning playwright Lisa Schlesinger shares her approach to theatre. Schlesinger's works, which have been performed in the United States and across Europe, are often written from the viewpoint of people whose stories aren't told, Kieffer says. "Her newest work about Galileo's mistress, Marina Gamba, pokes fun at fame and notoriety, and asks what might have happened if we did not get the whole story about who invented the telescope," he added. Her play "Rock Ends Ahead" won the 1998 BBC International Playwriting Competition. Singer-songwriter Ben Schmidt performs live.

-- Sept. 27: "Suicide in America" In this edition, a panel discusses suicide and its causes, treatment and prevention, and identifies the groups likely to be at high risk. John Westefeld, UI professor of Counseling Psychology, talks about his 20 years of research into college student suicide. Westefeld is the lead author of the "College Student Reasons for Living Inventory," a paper and pencil instrument designed to assess suicide risk among college students. Sam Cochran, author of "Men and Depression" and director of the UI's Counseling Service, will explain why men are four times more likely to take their own lives than women. Pam Dallege, Crisis Intervention Program Director at Iowa City's Crisis Center, will discuss the Center's suicide prevention services. Live music will be performed by Susan Shore.