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Dec. 27, 2004

Music And Talk Featured On WSUI's 'Java House' Program

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.

Shows in January include a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, and a discussion and performance from songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, plus an encore edition about documentary film in Iowa. The month concludes with an interview from poet Marvin Bell and live music by award-winning Boston singer-songwriter Rachael Davis.

WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" program is broadcast live from 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. The show is rebroadcast on WSUI at 10 p.m. Fridays. It can also be heard in streaming audio at

The 'Java House' lineup for January is:

- Documentary Film in Iowa - Jan. 7 (Rebroadcast)

This encore edition of the program features filmmakers and judges taking part in the 2004 Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival. The Beggarmen perform a variety of Celtic music for the show. No live event this week.

-Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Week and Kevin "B.F." Burt - Jan. 14. Two guests will share their work in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week. UI History Professor Ken Cmiel, the new director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, talks about the modernization of torture and slavery. UI doctoral student Vanessa Shelton discusses her research on two black St. Louis newspapers from the last century. Rhythm and blues artist Kevin Burt performs live music. Burt's new CD titled "My Babies Got the Blues" was recorded in a session with 25 children. Part of the proceeds from its sale goes to support The Toy Library, The Children's Museum and The Burn Treatment Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

-Kelly Joe Phelps - Jan. 21. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps performs live and talks about his life and music. Phelps was raised in the Northwest and learned country and folk songs, as well as drums and piano from his father. A brilliant improviser, Phelps is known for his ability to put a new spin on a song every time he plays. His latest CD, "Tap the Red Cane Whirlwind," features live solo concert recordings.

-Marvin Bell and Rachael Davis - Jan. 28

On this show, Marvin Bell shares his poetry and thoughts. He is the creator of what are known as the "Dead Man" and "Dead Man Resurrected" poems, and has been called "an insider who thinks like an outsider" and "ambitious without pretension."  Bell's latest books are "Rampant" and "Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000." From 2000 to 2004, Bell served as Iowa's first poet laureate. Musical guest Rachael Davis will perform live. In 2001, she was awarded a Boston Music Award for Best New Singer-Songwriter after her debut CD, "Minor League Deities," generated major buzz among critics. Her latest CD "Live in Bremen" is taken from performances recorded in Germany last summer.   

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