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Release: Oct. 30, 2001

WSUI's Iowa Talks continues live broadcast from the Java House

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Starting Nov. 2, WSUI will continue its live Friday broadcast of its call-in public affairs program "Iowa Talks" from the Java House, 211 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City.

WSUI AM 910, A University of Iowa public radio station serving eastern Iowa, has signed a one-year agreement with Java House to host the live broadcasts at 10 a.m. Fridays. Iowa Talks, which explores political, cultural and economic issues, will often integrate live local music on the Friday edition.

WSUI tested the live format during a four-week trial period in September and found it encouraged audience participation at the Java House, and spurred call-in comments and questions from listeners.

"Ben Kieffer, our newest WSUI Producer, has found a way to take Iowa Talks on the road, and the results have been a lively and entertaining program from one of Iowa City's most interesting gathering places," said Dennis Reese, WSUI program director.

Topics for the upcoming Friday broadcasts at 10 a.m., hosted by Kieffer, include: -- Nov. 2: Ethan Canin will discuss his new novel, "Carry Me Across the Water," and his approach to teaching writing at the UI Writers' Workshop. Iowa City cellist Jay Gantz will perform short works of unaccompanied Bach.

-- Nov. 9: David Hamilton, editor of "The Iowa Review" and "Hard Choices: An Iowa Review Reader," discusses his new book, "Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm." "Deep River" uncovers the layers of history – both personal and regional – that have accumulated on a river-bottom farm in west-central Missouri. Local alternative country musicians Annie Savage and Stacy Webster will provide a down-home musical backdrop for the discussion.

-- Nov. 16: Professor Salome Raheim, director of the University of Iowa School of Social Work, will discuss the findings of a study on the process of empowerment from the perspectives of women who have chosen self-employment as a route out of poverty and off of welfare.

-- Nov. 30: The classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling, among others, are discussed by book and movie reviewer Duncan H. Brown and Patty Brogan, a UI graduate student who is researching fantasy literature for her PhD.

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.