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Jan. 29, 2004

Photos: Singer-songwriter Deb Tiemens; members of the African-American band Doliho of Des Moines; singer-songwriter William Elliot Whitmore and the cover of his latest CD, "Hymns for the Hopeless"; storyteller Steve Thunder-McGuire; and rhythm and blues artist Kevin "B.F." Burt.

'Java House' Broadcasts Set For February On WSUI

WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" begins its February programming with a show on Feb. 6 about HIV/AIDS and our society, followed by a look at rich tradition of African Americans in the Midwest on Feb. 13. On Feb. 20, singer-songwriter William Elliot Whitmore performs live and talks about the inspirations for his new CD "Hymns for the Hopeless," followed by UI Professor Steve Thunder-McGuire talking about the art of storytelling on Feb. 27.

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 St. in Iowa City. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues.

Details about the February lineup are:

--HIV/AIDS and Our Society, Feb. 6
A quarter of a century after the first reported cases of AIDS in the United States, the disease has claimed over 20 million lives. This hour will feature a live scene from the UI Theatre production of "Angels in America," Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning play set in the Reagan years as the AIDS epidemic spreads. A variety of guests, including a man living with HIV, will give their perspectives on the disease. Singer-songwriter Deb Tiemens will perform.

--African-Americans in the Midwest, Feb. 13
This show is a look at the rich tradition of African-Americans in the Midwest. Guests will include Professor Leslie Schwalm of the UI history department, Tom Moore of the African-American History Center of Iowa, and Bruce McKeeman of the National Park Service. Live music will be performed by the African-American band Doliho of Des Moines.

--William Elliot Whitmore, Feb. 20
Singer-songwriter William Elliot Whitmore performs live and talks about the inspirations for his new CD "Hymns for the Hopeless." Raised on a horse farm outside of Keokuk, Iowa, Whitmore says, "Each song is its own church and one can't help but step inside and share a seat. Expect no judgment, for the judge does not exist." If you love the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou," you won't want to miss this show.

--The Art of Storytelling, Feb. 27
We all know a good story when we hear it, but what actually goes into the art of storytelling? Steve Thunder-McGuire, who teaches a storytelling class at the University of Iowa, discusses the how and why of storytelling in our lives. Students from Thunder-McGuire's class will also perform their original works. Live music will be performed by rhythm and blues artist Kevin "B.F." Burt.

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

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