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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 26, 2004

Photos (from top): The Nadas; singer-songwriter Alastair Moock; pianist Dan Knight.

WSUI Presents 'Java House' Broadcasts In March

Want some fresh-brewed conversation topped off with live music? Then tune in to "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.

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 March 'Java House' lineup is:

--"The Nadas" March 5
The Nadas will perform live and talk about the inspirations for their music.
Called "the best college band you never heard of," The Nadas are the closest thing Iowa has to rock stars. Originally formed more than a decade ago in Ames, their catchy, driving tunes feature great lyrics, a solid beat and tight vocals.

--"The Future of Work in Iowa" March 12
This hour will explore the future of work in Iowa. How is Iowa's private sector developing? What kind of employees will be needed as the state shifts to an increasingly knowledge-based economy? These and other questions will be discussed by a group of guests who've gazed into Iowa's economic crystal ball.
Singer-songwriter Alastair Moock will perform live music.

--"Iowa's Nature: Past and Present" March 19
In this rebroadcast, we travel through Iowa's natural history to discover how you can enjoy Iowa's rich natural habitats. Ever wonder how to make a butterfly garden? Or how to restore land to its original prairie diversity? Tune in to hear our guests: naturalist Mark Mueller, the author of the popular guides "Prairie in Your Pocket" and "Woodland in Your Pocket"; UI biologist Steve Hendrix, author of "Butterflies in Your Pocket;" and Urban Conservationist Wayne Peterson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Georgia folk duo No River City provided the musical backdrop for this show. There will be no live event on this date.

--"Public Radio Needs You!" March 26
This special fundraising week kick-off show, to be simulcast on both WSUI (AM 910) and KSUI (FM 91.7), will feature live music by classical radio KSUI's own soprano Nancy Hagen, pianist Dan Knight and bassoonist Benjamin Coelho. KSUI Program Director Joan Kjaer and WSUI program director Dennis Reese will share the long, proud traditions of eastern Iowa's two premiere public radio stations. Tune in for the fun and celebration, and to find out why your public radio stations need your support now more than ever!

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

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,