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June 27, 2003

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

In July, jazz music will be in the spotlight on WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" with University of Iowa President and musician David Skorton, jazz ensemble Too Much Yang, the Eddie Piccard Trio and a sneak preview of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

Gender identity and entrepreneurship will be discussed in upcoming editions of the program, which airs live 10 a.m. Fridays on WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station. 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 211 E. Washington on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

Upcoming Friday broadcasts in July include:

July 4: Eddie Piccard and a Jazz Festival Sneak Preview
The Eddie Piccard Trio kicks off this year's Iowa City Jazz Festival July 4-6 in a live broadcast. Festival director Steve Grismore will also be on hand to give a sneak preview of the three-day jazz extravaganza.
July 11: UI President David Skorton and Too Much Yang
The female jazz ensemble Too Much Yang will provide the musical backdrop for a conversation with UI President David Skorton about his first few months in office. Skorton is also a jazz musician and the host of a jazz radio show on WSUI's sister station KSUI (FM 91.7).

July 18: Gender Identity: What does it mean to feel male or female?
What happens to people who feel their sex and gender identity don't match? Find out in this discussion of gender identity with Cianan Russell, a UI student who is a mid-transition female-to-male transsexual; and Dr. Christopher Cooper, the Director of Pediatric Urology at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. Live music provided by The Quire: Eastern Iowa's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Chorus.

July 25: Young Entrepreneurs
Young people who are participating in the University of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp this month talk about their experiences in the unique weeklong program, which teaches youth the basic skills required to start their own business. David Hensley, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center joins the discussion with guest host Dennis Reese. The Saul Lubaroff Trio will perform live jazz music.

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