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April 29, 2004

WSUI Presents 'Java House' Broadcasts in May

Want some fresh brewed conversation topped off with live music? Then tune into "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" program this month and enjoy this lively program on WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station.

Guests this month include singer-songwriter Susan Werner, journalist and author Alan Elsner, and author and photographer Ina Loewenberg. Concluding the month, the show will focus on the past and future of classical music.

The program is broadcast at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House, on 211 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. Listeners can also stop by the coffee house to see the show live and listen to music. 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. The show is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

The May 'Java House' lineup is:

--Susan Werner - May 7

Born and raised in Iowa, singer-songwriter Susan Werner will perform live and talk about her career. Werner is a UI School of Music graduate and former WSUI/KSUI employee. Werner's new CD titled "I Can't Be New," which features all originals, delivers a jazzy American songbook style recently embraced by artists such as Rod Stewart and Norah Jones. The Philadelphia Daily News said of Werner: "She conquers the cabaret jazz/pop scene with sublime originals that sound like Great American Songbook classics."

--"America's Prison Crisis" - May 14

Guest host Paul Ingram welcomes Alan Elsner, national correspondent for Reuters, to discuss his new book "Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons." Elsner will tell how more than 2 million Americans became incarcerated, what it's really like on the inside, and how a giant "prison-industrial complex" promotes imprisonment over other solutions. Joining the discussion will be Rachel Williams of the UI Art Education Department who has been working with women at the Iowa Correctional Facility at Mitchellville. Local musician Dave Zollo will perform live.

--"The View from 70" - May 21

Author and photographer Ina Loewenberg shares her new book, "The View from 70." The work's recollections and reflections illustrate the lives of 42 women born in 1931, including Loewenberg, and how they see the world as women at 70 years of age. Live music will be performed by the jazz ensemble Spontaneous Combustion.


--"The Past and Future of Classical Music" - May 28

This show will examine classical music's origins and where it is going. Guests will include author and KSUI classical host Barney Sherman, as well as husband-and-wife cello duo Hannah Holman and Anthony Arnone, who will also perform live. Sherman's writing appears in The New York Times and in several books. Holman and Arnone are on the University of Iowa School of Music faculty and are the founders of the Iowa Cello Society.

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

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