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Release: Feb. 22, 2002

WSUI's 'Iowa Talks' broadcasts live on Fridays from The Java House

This March, WSUI will feature lively discussions on topics such as near-death experiences and the relationship between mathematics and poetry during Friday broadcasts of "Iowa Talks" from The Java House.

The March schedule at The Java House also includes appearances by radio talent Jeffrey Hedquist, by novelist and University of Iowa associate professor of journalism Venise Berry, as well as a discussion of water quality issues in Iowa.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the public affairs program at 10 a.m. Fridays from the popular Iowa City coffee house at 211 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City. Friday's "Iowa Talks" programs integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts and issues.

Details of upcoming Friday broadcasts include:

-- March 1: "The Near Death Experience" This show will focus on people who have been clinically dead, then returned to life. Loni Parrott, the head of the Iowa City Chapter of The International Association for Near-Death Studies, shares her findings in the course of 26 years of collecting accounts of these experiences. Pianist and composer Dan Knight will perform live music, and also share how his own near-death experience changed his life and music. Ben Kieffer hosts.

-- March 8: "Audio and Imagination with Jeffrey Hedquist." Kieffer talks with Jeffrey Hedquist, an award winning radio creator, voice talent, public speaker, writer, poet and singer/songwriter. Hedquist shares his humorous commercials and original songs as we look at his multi-faceted career.

-- March 15: "Mathematics and Poetry with Victor Camillo." Can mathematics and poetry co-exist? Host Dennis Reese talks to long-time UI professor of abstract algebra Victor Camillo. He's devoted himself to mathematics and poetry at the same time, and the result is a copious body of poetry that has been published in a variety of literary journals.

-- March 22: "State Water Quality Issues." To mark the UN World Day for Water, this program will focus on water pollutants in Iowa, their effects on humans and wildlife, and the impact of environmental policy. Participants include Dennis Keeney, executive board member of the Iowa Environmental Council, Pete Weyer, director of the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, Peggy Murdock, a state Sierra ExCom member who works on water quality issues and a member of the Iowa DNR's Water Bureau. Nancy Hagen hosts.

-- March 29: Venise Berry, interim director of UI's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, talks with Kieffer about "Colored Sugar Water," her third novel, which tells the story of two women who, together, search for happiness and spiritual fulfillment. Live gospel music will also be featured.

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 Past shows are archived in Real Audio on the website as well. For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email