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July 25, 2003

WSUI's 'Java House' Broadcasts Set For Fridays In August

WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" kicks off Aug. 1 with WSUI's Organic Growing Team to discuss and answer questions about organic gardening. Later in the month, the show will feature interviews with the Mike and Amy Finders Band, Big Wooden Radio, singer/songwriter Stuart Davis and author Mary Swander, as well as a discussion of tobacco and culture.

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. Host Ben Kieffer, mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues. The show is free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at http:/

Upcoming Friday broadcasts in August include:

August 1: WSUI's 'Organic Growing Team' brings their monthly show to the Java House. In this show hosted by Nancy Hagen, Patrick O' Malley, a commercial horticultural field specialist from the Iowa State Extension office in Johnson County; Ericka Dana, organic farmer from Catnip Farm and Janette Ryan-Busch, certified organic farmer from Fae Ridge Farms, will be on hand to answer organic growing questions. Dave Moore and Dustin Busch will provide music.

August 8: The debate over tobacco, culture and public policy will be brought to the table. The show will take a look at tobacco consumption in the U.S. and around the world, trends in marketing to the young and women, and the cross-cultural meanings of smoking. Live music by The Mike and Amy Finders Band.

August 15: Long-time area favorite Big Wooden Radio performs live and talks about their music. The five-member band's eclectic sets are highlighted by original compositions as well as unique arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs.

August 22: Singer-songwriter Stuart Davis has nine full-length albums to his credit. He takes the topics of God, sex and death and crafts them into inimitable pop songs. The San Jose Metro says "Without exaggeration, Stuart is one of the most fascinating and exceptional songwriters in modern music." A Minneapolis Star Tribune review says "Not since Bob Dylan burst through 30 years ago has Minnesota produced such a confident and creative song writer"

August 29: Award-winning author Mary Swander will discuss her latest book, "Desert Pilgrim," which chronicles her miraculous physical and spiritual journey after a car accident that left her almost completely paralyzed and in chronic pain. Swander, who learned to play the banjo to aid her recovery, will team up with Iowa fiddle legend Al Murphy to perform several live tunes during the hour.

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