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Release: Sept. 26, 2002



Road to Perdition
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'WSUI's Java House' broadcasts set for Fridays in October

WSUI continues its "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" program in October, starting the month with award-winning novelist Max Allan Collins on Oct. 4.

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.

The Oct. 4 show will feature guest Max Allan Collins, author of the graphic novel "Road to Perdition," the basis for the film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Hailed as "the Renaissance man of mystery fiction," Collins has earned an unprecedented nine Private Eye Writers of America "Shamus" nominations for his Nathan Heller historical thrillers, winning twice for "True Detective " and "Stolen Away." Max Allan Collins will also perform live music with his band, Cruisin'.

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 upcoming Friday broadcasts in October broadcasts include:

-- Oct. 11: Blues musician Joe Price talks about his musical inspirations and performs live. Price is "an inspired primitive who oozes the essence of the blues in a manner so untouched by modern developments as to suggest he tumbled through a crack in time," writes music reviewer Jim Musser. Well-known throughout the Midwest, Price has shared the stage with such greats as Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Willy Dixon, and John Lee Hooker.

-- Oct. 18: "Emotion & Design with Donald Norman" Norman, the author of "The Design of Everyday Things" and "The Invisible Computer: Why Good Products Can Fail," discusses his quest to humanize technology. Labeled a "cantankerous visionary" by Business Week, Norman describes himself as "a technology enthusiast annoyed by unnecessary complexity of today's products." Audience members will be invited to share their favorite pet-peeve products. Guitarist Steve Grismore and trumpeter Brent Sandy of the Gris and Brent Show will reinterpret music of Americana.

-- Oct. 25: Just in time for Halloween, Rob Latham discusses his new book "Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption." The book focuses on works of popular fiction and film that Latham says work through the implications of a vampire-like youth-consumer system. "The Trollies" will perform live music. This is previously recorded edition and there will be no live event at the Java House.