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Nov. 5, 2003

'Java House' Broadcasts Set For November On WSUI

To kick off its November lineup, WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will feature a discussion with author Mark Essig about his new book "Edison and the Electric Chair" on Nov. 7.

Upcoming shows also include guests Priscilla McKinley and Brian Miller, president and secretary of the Iowa Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind on Nov. 21. On Nov. 28 there will be a rebroadcast of a 2002 show "All About Cheese" with celebrated chefs Lynn Rosetto Kasper and Deborah Madison.

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

Friday broadcasts in November include:

-Nov. 7: "Edison and the Electric Chair" Author Mark Essig discusses his new book "Edison and the Electric Chair." The book delivers both a vivid portrait of a nation on the cusp of modernity and a provocative new examination of Edison himself. Singer and songwriter Ben Schmidt will perform live music.

-Nov. 21: "Insights on Blindness" Priscilla McKinley and Brian Miller share insights about their lives as blind people. McKinley is president of the Iowa City chapter of the National Federation of the Blind and Miller serves as its secretary and treasurer. The guests will discuss the daily tasks of life for the blind, the resources available to them, and how new technologies help. Preucil School of Music piano instructor Debra Hernstrom, who has been blind since birth, will join the discussion and perform live music.

-Nov 28: "All about Cheese" In the rebroadcast of a show from 2002, Lynne Rossetto Kasper, chef and host of public radio's "The Splendid Table," and celebrated chef and author Deborah Madison discussed cheese in all its facets. Singer-songwriter Robert Morey, AKA "The Cheese Guy" from New Pioneer Co-op, served up the local cheese angle and performed live. There is no live event on this date.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

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