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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 http://wsui.uiowa.edu.
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 Salon.com, 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.