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Release: Dec. 27, 2001

Live music, lively talk on WSUI's 'Iowa Talks' broadcasts from the Java House

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Live gospel folk, jazz and harp music will be featured in January as part of Friday broadcasts on WSUI's "Iowa Talks," from the Java House, 211 E. Washington, in downtown Iowa City.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts a call-in public affairs program at 10 a.m. Fridays from the popular Iowa City coffeehouse. Throughout the month, the program hosted by Ben Kieffer will integrate live local music with lively talk about cultural and historical subjects.

Topics for the upcoming Friday broadcasts include:

Jan. 4: "Jazz with Frank Conroy, Dan Moore, and David Skorton." The hosts of "As Night Falls," a diverse new jazz program on UI public radio station KSUI FM 91.7, talk about their passion for the uniquely American art form. Frank Conroy, best known as the director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Dan Moore, UI School of Music faculty member and director of percussion studies, and UI Interim Vice President of University Relations David Skorton will also perform live music.

Jan. 11: "Once Upon a Time with the Brothers Grimm" Guests include actors from The Children's Theatre Company which is performing "Grimm Tales" at Hancher Auditorium, UI Associate Professor of German Waltraud Maierhofer, and UI Associate Professor of English Rob Latham who teaches a course titled "Revisionist Fairy Tales." The show will also include live harp music by local alternative country musician Annie Savage.

Jan. 18: "African American Heritage in Iowa." To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, "Iowa Talks" will touch on facets of African American heritage in the 19th Century. Joe McGill, director of the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa will perform a narrative of a black soldier in the Civil War. UI graduate student Sharon Carrington will shares her research on the underground railroad in Eastern Iowa. The program will also feature live gospel music by members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church men's choir of Marion.

Jan. 25: Singer-songwriter Dave Olson of Iowa City performs tunes from his latest CD titled "#80." "Olson's reedy, slightly-nasal rasp variously recalls such folk heavyweights as the young Prine, Dylan and Arlo Guthrie, yet without a trace of the affectation and self-consciousness that often comes with that turf,” writes music critic Jim Musser.

Listeners can call in their questions at 466-9100 locally in Iowa City and Coralville, and (866) 780-9100, toll free in Iowa and Illinois. Iowa Talks is broadcast Monday through Friday on WSUI, with regular studio guests Monday through Thursday.