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Aug. 24, 2004

Photos (from left): Meenakshi Gigi Durham of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication; singer-songwriter Jen Gloeckner; International Writing Program Director Christopher Merrill; Central Standard Time, a duo of singer-songwriters from eastern Iowa; premiere old time band Acoustic Mayhem; story-teller Steve Thunder-McGuire; singer-songwriter Rachel Garlin.

WSUI Blends Music And Talk With 'Java House' Broadcasts

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

The program is broadcast at 10 a.m. on Fridays from the Java House, on 211 E. Washington 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 'Java House' lineup Aug. 27 through Sept. 27 is:

- "Beauty and the Media Beast" and singer-songwriter Jen Gloeckner - Aug. 27

Meenakshi Gigi Durham of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication talks about media representations of beauty. She is the author of the upcoming book "Media, Culture, and the Sexy Girl." Live music will be performed by Dubuque singer-songwriter Jen Gloeckner. Gloeckner's new CD is titled "Miles Away."

- "A World of Writers in Iowa" and Inception - Sept. 3

Since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have attended the International Writing Program at the UI. IWP Director Christopher Merrill joins several renowned authors participating in this year's residency. They'll discuss the unique program for foreign writers, their work, and their impressions of Iowa and the United States. The jazz quintet Inception will play live.

- "Dealing with Death" and Central Standard Time - Sept. 10

Des Moines pastor Roy C. Nilsen and Iowa City funeral director Michael Lensing share their experiences in helping families deal with the death of loved ones.  Nilsen is the author of "In the Hollow of God's Hand," a collection of his funeral sermons from forty years of ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church.  Also, live music by Central Standard Time, a duo of singer-songwriters from eastern Iowa whose work reflects personal heartache, as well as faith and optimism about the world. 

- Wild Edibles and Acoustic Mayhem - Sept. 17

Take a walk on the wild side of cuisine with food experts from the annual Field to Family Festival. Guests will include Chef Lucia Watson, a James Beard Award nominee and chef of Lucia's in Minneapolis; and Teresa Marrone, wild edibles expert and author of four cookbooks, including "Abundantly Wild: Collecting And Cooking Wild Edibles Of The Upper Midwest" and "The Back Country Kitchen."  Songs of plenty and sustenance will be performed live by Iowa's premiere old time band Acoustic Mayhem.

- "Iowa Stories" and Singer-Songwriter Rachel Garlin - Sept. 24

Steve Thunder-McGuire returns with students from his UI storytelling class to perform outstanding tales from real life. Live music will be performed by award-winning Berkley singer-songwriter Rachel Garlin. 


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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,