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Release: May 31, 2002

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

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" show in June, with shows about children's books, alternative medicine, and the Iowa Summer Rep season. Local roots musician Dave Zollo will also perform live June 28 to close out the month.

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, 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 June include:

-- June 7, "Crafting Children's Books": Award-winning children's book author Jacqueline Briggs-Martin of Cedar Rapids will talk about creating picture books and why they're not just for kids. Christopher Merrill, author and director of the University of Iowa International Writers' Program, will share insights about children's books from around the world. The show includes live music by composer and guitarist Don Chamberlain and vibist Rich Martin.

-- June 14, "Alternative Medicine Matters": More and more people are using alternative and complementary medicine, such as herbal therapy, acupuncture, healing touch, chiropractic, massage therapy, homeopathy and hypnosis. Dr. Nicole Nisly, director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic at the University of Iowa, and Michael Santangelo, director of Eastwind School of Holistic Healing, will discuss the growing interest in alternative medicine and how traditional medical practices are beginning to incorporate alternative therapies. Live music will be performed by flutist Kara Santos.

-- June 21, "Iowa Summer Rep 2002": Artistic Director Tisch Jones and Eric Forsythe of the University of Iowa theatre department preview Iowa Summer Rep 2002. This year's Summer Rep is a festival of plays by Atlanta author Pearl Cleage. Gayane Torosyan will host the program, featuring live music by The Wheeler-Mazunik Jazz Duo.

-- June 28, "Roots Music with Dave Zollo": Dave Zollo performs live and talks about his latest CD "The Big Night." The new CD "rolls with a steady backbone like the subtle landscape that gave it life," according to No Depression Magazine. Zollo is also the founder of Trailer Records, a label dedicated to Iowa-based artists working in the various manifestations of Americana/roots music.

For more information, contact WSUI at (319) 335-5730 or email