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March 30, 2004

WSUI Presents 'Java House' Broadcasts In April

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.

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 View from Abroad with T.R. Reid" April 2
In this rebroadcast from September 2003, T.R. Reid of the Washington Post discusses the view of America from abroad. The former Tokyo and London bureau chief has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio. Music was performed by Burn Disco Burn.

-"Medicine and the Humanities" April 9
Humanities in the world of medicine take the stage. Guest host Gayane Torosyan talks with Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan, editors of the anthology "Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians" (published by the University of Iowa Press); and Todd Savitt, editor of Medical Readers' Theatre, which uses readers' theatre to address contemporary issues in health care. Live music will be performed by the physician-musician band, Lazy Boy and the Recliners.


-"Iowa City International Documentary Festival" April 16
A survey of the 2nd annual Iowa City International Documentary Festival that will feature clips from some of this year's leading short documentary film entries, along with insights from their creators. The 2004 Fest will include 34 projects addressing issues and themes ranging from farming, Fairfield and faith, to Palestine and Pamela Anderson. Guests will include Festival judge Iowa City native Jim Haverkamp, (right) whose documentary "Monster Road" won the Grand Prize in Documentary at the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival. Winning films, as well as other documentaries, will be taken on the road to small Iowa communities for viewing and discussion through the spring and summer. Live music will be supplied by the traditional Irish band The Beggarmen.

-"Frank Conroy's Walk through Nantucket" April 23
Frank Conroy (left) shares the lifelong love affair with Nantucket captured in his new book "Time and Tide." Part travel diary, part memoir, Conroy recounts the island's history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates. Conroy is director of the UI Writers' Workshop and author of the acclaimed works "Stop-Time" and "Body & Soul." Mike and Amy Finders will perform on this show.



-"The Changing Face of Homelessness in Iowa" - April 30
Increasingly, homelessness is a problem faced by entire families, even in the most affluent communities. This hour will address the questions of: who are the homeless in our state, how did they become homeless and what efforts can be made to return them to independent lives. Guests will include those who've experienced homelessness first-hand, along with Crissy Canganelli, executive director of Iowa City's Shelter House and Transition Services; and Heather MacDonald, a UI associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Live music will be performed by singer-songwriter Amelia Royko (right).

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

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,