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Release: Dec. 23, 2002

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

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program in January. Highlights this month include a presentation by World War II veterans, a preview of the "Shadow's Child" production coming to Hancher Auditorium and performances by two renowned Iowa musicians.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving Eastern Iowa, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. 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, scientific 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 January include:

Jan. 3: Biopsychologist and University of Iowa professor Mark Blumberg discusses his book "Body Heat: Temperature and Life on Earth," an entertaining and illuminating exploration of the ways temperature rules the lives of people and animals. Amy and Mike Finders perform their unique brand of bluegrass music. This is a previously recorded edition and there will be no live event at the Java House.



Jan. 10: Iowa blues meets up with Turkish folk music when Iowa blues legend Patrick Hazell (left) and well-known Turkish singer and composer Bahri Karacay (right) perform their unique mix of world music, a result of three years of collaboration.




Jan. 17: Dan Knight, an internationally renowned pianist, composer and protégé of jazz great Dr. Billy Taylor, celebrates life as he takes the stage for a live performance and discussion of his recent battle with prostate cancer.



Jan. 24: Artists from the company "Urban Bush Women" provide a preview of their upcoming Hancher production "Shadow's Child," which spins the tale of a girl from Mozambique trying to fit in after her family moves to Florida through dance, song, puppetry and imaginative sets and costumes. Female high school students participating in a weeklong residency with the company will join the artists to talk about the moving story's wider significance.


Jan. 31: Every day 1,500 of the more than 19 million World War II veterans living in the United States pass away. With this in mind, Congress created the Veterans History Project, which seeks to collect and preserve the oral histories of veterans. In this Friday broadcast, several Iowa veterans involved in the project will recount their stories. Singer Betsy Hickok (left) and pianist Dan Knight will perform classic tunes from the 1940s era.