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Release: July 25, 2002

Photo (left to right): Elvis expert Peter Nazareth, singer-songwriter BeJae Fleming, author Dorit Rabinyan and playwright and illustrator Edward Carey.

WSUI's 'Java House' Broadcasts Set For Fridays In August

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program this August featuring Elvis expert Peter Nazareth and singer-songwriter Dave Moore. Also, local band "The Trollies" will perform, Dr. Mark Eric Dyken will discuss sleep disorders, and several new members of UI's International Writers' Program will discuss their work.

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. 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 August include:

-- August 2: "Sleepless in Iowa" Find out what medicine has learned about sleep, and how you can sleep better, when guest host Barney Sherman talks to Dr. Mark Erick Dyken, director of the UI's Sleep Disorders Clinic. Lullabies and other music will be provided by Red Cedar Chamber Music.

-- August 9: "Dave Moore" -- Singer-songwriter Dave Moore performs live and talks about his 20 years of interest in the various roots of American music. Alongside his original songs, Moore plays blues, Tex/Mex accordion, and even children's songs written as an artist-in-residence in Iowa's schools.

-- August 16: "Elvis Lives!" -- To mark the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, Elvis scholar Peter Nazareth will talk about Elvis's lasting impact on music and popular culture. Nazareth teaches a course "Elvis as Anthology" at the UI. Singer-songwriter BeJae Fleming, who says ever since her childhood, "I wanted to be Elvis," will join the discussion. BeJae will also perform her own interpretations of traditional southern blues as well as original material.

-- August 23: "The Trollies" -- The Trollies, a four-piece acoustic band will perform live and talk about their combination of blues, folk, rock, and Celtic music. Their new CD is titled "Round Trip Weekend."

-- August 30: "Writing Around the World" -- Christopher Merril, director of the UI's International Writers' Program, joins two renowned authors who will participate in this year's residency program. Dorit Rabinyan was born in Kefar-Saba, Israel, to Persian parents, and her first novel, "Persian Brides," was an international bestseller. Her new novel, "Strand of a Thousand Pearls," has just been published in English. Edward Carey is a playwright and illustrator who lives in London. His first novel, "Observatory Mansion" has been praised by John Fowles as "easily the most brilliant fiction I've seen this year." Ethnomusicologist T.M. Scruggs will add musical spice to the hour with his accordion and marimba.