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Release: Nov. 22, 2002

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

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program in December, kicking off the month with award-winning author and University of Iowa professor Stephen Bloom on Dec. 6.

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

The Dec. 6 show features guest Stephen Bloom, who will discuss a new collection of his best stories titled "Inside the Writer's Mind." He is the author of the award-winning book "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in the Heartland," a frequent contributor to, and a former staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee. Bloom is an associate professor and head of the Master's Professional Program at the UI School of Journalism. Live music on the Dec. 6 show will be performed by Big Wooden Radio.


Details about upcoming Friday broadcasts in December include:

-- Dec. 13: Author and musician Tom Lutz talks about his books and performs live with his band Blue Tuna. Lutz, a professor of English at the UI, shares observations from his books "Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears" and the forthcoming "Doing Nothing: The History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums." Blue Tuna dishes up a performance of original tunes and standards from the 1940s and 50s West Coast blues scene, from their new album titled "Cryin'."



-- Dec. 20: During its 70 years of rule the Soviet government essentially abolished the Christmas holiday for its religious connotations. Now that Christmas is back on the calendars of Russians and Eastern Europeans, many old and new traditions are being observed. Guest host Gayane Torosyan speaks with Oleg Timofeyev about his experiences in Moscow as a Fulbright scholar, and Leonid Stepanov and Ruslan Dimitriev share folklore. Young actors from Stepanov's Russian Children's Theatre perform a piece from their holiday repertoire.

-- Dec. 27: Jazzman Eddie Piccard provides an entertaining hour of music and talk, with his dead-on Ray Charles workout and the "Is It Ray or Eddie Contest." Piccard ran a jazz club in Cedar Rapids from 1994 to 1995, and now he performs in "Jazz at the Top" twice a week at the top of the Five Seasons Crowne Plaza. This is a previously recorded edition and there will be no live event at the Java House.