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Nov. 24, 2004

Holiday Food, Stories And Songs Featured On WSUI's 'Java House' Program

WSUI's "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" program gets into the holiday spirit in December featuring shows about holiday food, stories and songs. The December line-up also includes a show that delves into the world of reality TV with University of Iowa communications researcher Mark Andrejevic, author of "Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched."

The program is broadcast on WSUI AM 910, the UI's public radio station, at 10 a.m. Fridays. It's 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 December is:

* Reality TV and Kathryn Musilek, Dec. 3: What does the appeal of reality TV say about our society? For this show, participants in a new reality TV dating show featuring UI students will join the discussion. Communications researcher Mark Andrejevic places the reality TV trend within a broader social context and discusses the increasing economic importance of being watched. Andrejevic, a faculty member in the UI Department of Communication Studies, is the author of "Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched." Also, singer-songwriter Kathryn Musilek will perform live. Music reviewer Jim Musser says Musilek's new CD, "Every Window in My House," is "a frank brand of internal monologue to explore interpersonal relationships and her reactions to betrayal, misperceptions and human foibles."

* A Holiday Trip down Memory Lane, Dec. 10: Listeners can take a holiday trip down memory lane in words and live music during this show. Actor Ron Clark of Iowa City's Riverside Theatre whisks us back to childhood with his "Small Miracles" monologues. The program will also feature "Christmas on the Great Plains," a new collection of Christmas reminiscences from the best storytellers in the Midwest, published by the UI Press. The jazz ensemble Spontaneous Combustion will ignite live holiday melodies and sing-a-longs.

* Festive Food, Drink and Melodies, Dec. 17: This show will give listeners some holiday tips for festive food and drink mixed in with some jazzy tunes. Guests will include chef Kurt Friese, author of the upcoming book "Slow Food in the Heartland: A Cook's Tour," and wine expert Wally Plahutnik among others. Jazz renditions of holiday favorites will be served up live by singer Betsy Hickok and pianist Evan Mazunik.

* An Iowan in Tinsel Town, Dec. 24 (Rebroadcast): Cedar Falls native Gary Kroeger shares his career in show business. The actor, writer and producer spent three years on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, writing and acting in comedy skits with Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal and Julia Louise Dreyfus. Gary and his wife, Leigh, also team up to perform live music, including Sinatra classics. This is a rebroadcast. There will be no live event on this date.

* The Eddie Piccard Trio, Dec. 31: Cedar Rapids jazz legend Eddie Piccard rings out the old year with his trio, including a special tribute to Ray Charles. Listeners who appreciate the 20th Century songbook sound of George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael and Cole Porter will enjoy Piccard's music.

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