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Release: Jan. 24, 2002

Music & Talk On WSUI's 'Iowa Talks' Broadcasts From The Java House

Love, death, music and the atomic bomb will be topics for some stimulating discussion in February during Friday broadcasts of WSUI's "Iowa Talks" from The Java House.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the public affairs program at 10 a.m. Fridays from the popular Iowa City coffee house at 211 E. Washington in downtown Iowa City. Friday's "Iowa Talks" programs, hosted by Ben Kieffer, integrate live local music with lively talk about contemporary arts and issues.

Upcoming Friday broadcasts include:

-- Feb. 1: "The Far Side of Funerals" takes an alternative look at funerals in conjunction with Riverside Theatre's production "The Memory of Water," a dark comedy in which three sisters reunite for their mother's funeral. Guests include Michael Lensing of Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, and UI English Professor Miriam Gilbert, and actors from the production. Annie Savage and Stacy Webster will perform live music.

-- Feb. 8: Live music and conversation with local singer and songwriter Jennifer Danielson. Musician Greg Brown calls her "a hell of an angel." Reviewer Jim Musser says Danielson draws heavily on the jazzy folk-pop tradition established by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Ricki Lee Jones and Van Morrison and "definitely has the big league vocal arsenal required for inclusion in that rarified company."

-- Feb. 15: Folk/blues/bluegrass musicians Mike and Amy Finders. In tune with Valentine's Day, Mike and Amy Finders say their story is one of music, love and fruit. The show will feature live music and conversation with the creators of some highly acclaimed original folk-rock and prairie blues.

-- Feb.22: "Copenhagen and the Dawn of the Atomic Age" A discussion about our world since the dawning of the Atomic Age in conjunction with "Copenhagen," Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning thriller of international intrigue and intellectual power to be performed at Hancher Auditorium. Guests include UI Physics and Astronomy Professor Amitava Bhattacharjee, playwright Art Borreca, and Burns Weston, director of the UI Center for Human Rights. Violinist Hee Won Lee performs live.

The live Friday "Iowa Talks" show is free and open to the public at The Java House. It is also broadcast in streaming audio at http://wsui.uiowa.edu. Past shows are archived in Real Audio on the website as well.