WRITER: JENNY FERGUSON
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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
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 http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
Details about upcoming Friday broadcasts in January include:
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.
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.
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.
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.