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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 26, 2003

'Java House' Broadcasts Set For October On WSUI

As part of its October lineup, WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" will feature a performance by award-winning folk singer Tracy Grammer, a discussion with renowned authors from around the world and a special fundraising event on Oct. 17. The month wraps up with a Halloween show about the strange and supernatural with author and illustrator Edward Carey.

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 October include:

-"Tracy Grammer" Oct. 3. Award-winning folk singer Tracy Grammer will perform as part of a tribute to her former partner Dave Carter. Grammer will be discussing her life after his death in 2002. The duo won many awards together, including Contemporary Folk Album of the Year in 2000 and 2001. In tribute to Carter, Grammer continues to tour across the country.

- Oct. 10: "Writers from Around the World." A group of writers from around the world will meet to discuss the UI's International Writing Program (IWP). This unique program, which started in 1967, has had over 1000 writers from 115 countries attend. Christopher Merrill, IWP Director, will join these renowned writers in discussing this program, their work, and their impressions of Iowa and the United States. Live music will be performed by singer/songwriter David Rogers.

- Oct. 17: "A Celebration of Public Radio." This special fundraising week kick-off show, to be simulcast on both WSUI (AM 910) and KSUI (FM 91.7), will feature live music from Dave Moore (right photo). KSUI Program Director Joan Kjaer and WSUI Program Director Dennis Reese will share the long traditions of Eastern Iowa's two premiere public radio stations. UI President David Skorton (left photo), who hosts a jazz program on KSUI, promises to sing the Iowa Fight Song should the show reach its pledge goal for the hour.

-Oct. 31 "The Strange and Supernatural with Edward Carey." English author, illustrator, and playwright Edward Carey shares the inspirations for his gothic style of fiction. Carey's haunting novel "Observatory Mansions," was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Prize. His latest novel "Alva and Irva," also contains original artwork by the author. "Frightening" folk tunes will be performed live by The Letterpress Opry (right photo).

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