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Release: March 28, 2003

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

April programs of WSUI’s “Iowa Talks Live from the Java House” will focus on a variety of topics, including severe weather, songwriting, Islam in America and hospice care.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa’s public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. 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. It can also be heard in streaming audio at http:/

Upcoming Friday broadcasts in April include:

April 4: John Westefeld, UI professor of counseling psychology and the author of a study on severe weather phobia, describes his work with sufferers of the disorder. Jesus Flores, creator of the website and the KGAN-TV meteorologist Dave Towne also join the discussion. Music will be by the Tornadoes. It is an archive edition, and there will be no live event.

-April 11: “The Iowa Songwriter’s Swap Shop.” Many of eastern Iowa’s next generation of promising tune-makers have been getting together regularly to swap songs before a live audience. This hour will explore the art of songwriting with a lot of live music and conversation. Guests will include singer-songwriters Tom Jessen, Sam Knutson, Katheryn Musilek, Ben Schmidt, and Becca Sutlive.

-April 18: “Islam in America.” This edition will explore the origins of Islam in the United States and the challenges faced by Muslims in this country today. Guests will include Reza Aslan, a University of Iowa visiting assistant professor of Islamic studies who was born in Iran, and UI Egyptian graduate student Mervat Youssef. Turkish and Sufi musician Bahri Karacay (right) will perform live music.


-April 25: “Hospice: Adding Life to Days.” The Iowa City Hospice provides patient-centered palliative care in seven eastern Iowa counties to those affected by a terminal illness. Guests during this hour will include Ginger Nowak, one of the organization’s founders; Anna Bradshaw, a chaplain at the Hospice; Cheryl Vahl, the palliative care coordinator at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center; and family members whom they’ve served. Live music will be performed by the Celtic band The Stones in the Field (left).

NOTE: If any live Java House broadcasts are pre-empted by war coverage in the coming weeks, the affected program will be rescheduled for broadcast at the next available time. The new time will be announced on WSUI, or listeners can
always call the station to ask (335-5730). The live shows at The Java House will take place in any case at the regular time, whether or not the broadcast is live or recorded and broadcast later.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, Michelle Yong.