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Sept. 27, 2004

Nicholas Meyer Scheduled For WSUI's 'Java House' Program

A discussion with director and screenwriter Nicholas Meyer on Oct. 1 kicks off "Talk of Iowa Live from the Java House" programs in October 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, 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 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 October is

-- Nicholas Meyer & Ben Schmidt - Oct.  1: On this show, director and screenwriter Nicholas Meyer will share insights about his career. The University of Iowa graduate is best known for his work with the Star Trek movie franchise. Meyer received an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay in 1976 for "The Seven Percent Solution." Meyer's other notable work was directing "The Day After," the 1983 made-for-TV movie that graphically dramatized life in a small Kansas town the day after a U.S./Soviet nuclear war. Live music will be  performed by singer-songwriter Ben Schmidt.

-- Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick - Oct. 8: Boston singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick performs live and talks about her career. Ferrick emerged in 1994 as part of a group of new female alternative singer/songwriters. Her latest CD is titled "The Other Side."  Rolling Stone writes that her "intensely personal songs dig deep emotionally and come up with pain in one hand and hope in the other."

-- Big Wooden Radio Fundraiser Kick-off - Oct. 15: Iowa favorite Big Wooden Radio returns to kick-off WSUI/KSUI's fall public radio fund drive. Music reviewer Jim Musser calls their style "a delightfully unique amalgam of original folk, country, pop and rock featuring more great singers than most choirs."

-- Tobacco, Culture, and Public Policy - Oct. 22 (Rebroadcast of an earlier show- no live event) This rebroadcast examined tobacco consumption in the U.S. and around the world, as well as new trends in marketing among the young and women, and the cross-cultural meanings of smoking. Music was performed by The  Mike and Amy Finders Band.

-- Take Back Your Time & The Human Aires - Oct. 29: This hour focuses on a major initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that some experts say threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment. Guests will include University of Iowa Leisure Studies Professors Benjamin Hunnicutt and Rich MacNeil, along with sociologist Jennifer Glass. Live music will be performed by The Human Aires.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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