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April 29, 2003

WSUI's 'Java House' broadcasts set for Fridays in May

May programs of WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" will feature a show about alternative medicine, an interview with mountaineer Dr. Chuck Huss, and a discussion with fiction writers from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. On the musical front, Bob and Kristie Black's homegrown bluegrass will be featured on May 16.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. on Fridays. The program will be live at the Java House on 211 E. Washington. Host Ben Kieffer mixes live local music with talk about contemporary arts, community, and cultural issues. The show is free and open to the public at the Java House on Friday morning. It can also be heard in streaming audio at http:/wsui.uiowa.edu.

Upcoming Friday broadcasts in May include:

May 2: "Alternative Medicine Matters" (rebroadcast) Dr. Nicole Nisly, director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinic at the UI, and Dr. Michael Santangelo, director of Eastwind School of Holistic Healing, will discuss the growing interest in alternative medicine and how traditional medical practices are beginning to incorporate alternative therapies. Music will be performed by flutist Kara Santos. No live event on this date.
May 9: "Conquering Everest" In this broadcast of a show from March that was preempted by war coverage, Iowa City mountaineer and physician Chuck Huss talks about his attempts at scaling Mount Everest. If all goes according to schedule, in May Huss, will become the first Iowan to stand on the summit of Everest. No live event on this date. Singer-songwriter Robert Morey performs on this show.
May 16: "Banjoy" with Bob and Kristie Black. Iowa banjo legend Bob Black and his wife Kristie treat listeners to an hour of live music and conversation, along with members of their Banjoy Band. "Their homegrown bluegrass songwriting is deeply rooted in their love of Iowa," says Kieffer.
May 23: Fiction writers currently at the Iowa Writers' Workshop share their experiences in the oldest and most prestigious creative writing program in America. Of the 20 Pulitzer prizes awarded for fiction and poetry in the 1990's, nine have gone to UI graduates. This year the workshop was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor possible in the field of humanities. Live music will be performed by singer-songwriter Bob Hillman.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu

OTHER INFORMATION: http://wsui.uiowa.edu/iowa_talks.htm