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Release: June 7, 2002

WSUI's "Java House" broadcasts set for Fridays in July

Photo: Patrick Hazell

WSUI has some hot topics and cool music on "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House” this July, with body heat expert Mark Blumberg, and music from blues legend Patrick Hazell. Guests in July also include Peace Corps volunteers and singer-songwriter Ben Schmidt.

WSUI AM 910, UI’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, science, 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 July include:

-- July 5: “Blues Man Patrick Hazell”-- Iowa blues legend Patrick Hazell performs live and talks about his career. Press-Citizen music reviewer Jim Musser describes Hazell’s showmanship by saying, “The stomping feet, the flailing arms, the incredible, surging energy of this blues master conjures up nothing so much as a hell-bent Wizard of Oz caught behind the curtain.” Hazell was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.

-- July 12: “Body Heat with Mark Blumberg”-- Biopsychologist Mark Blumberg talks about his new book “Body Heat: Temperature and Life on Earth.” In this work, Blumberg explores the many ways that temperature rules the lives of all animals, including humans. Blumberg is a professor of psychology at the UI. Amy and Mike Finders will add to the “heated” discussion by performing their unique bluegrass music live.

-- July 19: “The Peace Corps after 911” -- President Bush has urged Americans to respond to the challenges of terrorism and war by making “a culture of service” a permanent part of American life. During this hour, numerous Peace Corps volunteers will share their experiences and discuss service abroad in light of the Sept. 11 attacks. Turkish folk singer and composer Bahri Karacay will perform live.

-- July 26: “Singer-Songwriter Ben Schmidt” -- Singer-songwriter Ben Schmidt performs tunes from his brand new debut disc “Write It Down.” Adept at flat-top, lap-style, and finger picking steel string guitar, Ben Schmidt has channeled equally from vintage folk and delta blues to create his own style.