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Dec. 2, 2003

'Java House' Broadcasts Set For December On WSUI

WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" kicks off its December broadcasts with a discussion of body image and eating disorders on Dec. 5, followed by an interview with Jim Harris and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Bookstore Dec. 12. The Dec. 19 show of the month will feature Cedar Falls native Gary Kroeger, an actor, writer and producer whose credits include "Saturday Night Live."

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays. The program will be live at the Java House on 211 E. Washington in Iowa City. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues. The show, which first aired in September 2001, will mark its 100th broadcast Dec. 5.

Friday broadcasts in December include:

Dec. 5: "The Shape of Things" The University of Iowa's main stage production of "The Shape of Things" (left) sets the scene for a discussion about body image and eating disorders. In addition to members of the production, guests will include UI counseling psychologist Sam Cochran and UI psychiatrist Arnold Anderson, co-author of "Making Weight," a book about food, shape and appearance. Live music will be performed by Tom Lutz and Blue Tuna.


Dec. 12: "Independent Bookselling" To mark the 25th anniversary of Prairie Lights Bookstore, we take the pulse of independent bookselling in this country. How have independent booksellers managed to survive and thrive amidst mega chains such as Barnes & Noble and Borders? How has the Internet changed bookselling? Do books have a future? Guest host Dennis Reese will talk with Jim Harris (left) and Paul Ingram (right) of Prairie Lights and veteran "book traveler" Wes Caliger. The Saul Lubaroff Trio will perform.


Dec. 19: "An Iowan in Tinsel Town" Cedar Falls native Gary Kroeger (left) will share experiences about his career in show biz. The actor, writer and producer spent three years on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980s, writing and acting in comedy skits with Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Jim Belushi. In recent years, he hosted the syndicated version of "The Newlywed Game" and "Beat the Clock." Gary and his wife Leigh will also team up to perform live music, including Sinatra classics.


The shows are free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

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