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Feb. 25, 2002

WSUI's 'Java House' Broadcasts Set For Fridays In March

WSUI's "Iowa Talks Live from the Java House" continues in March and will begin the month with a discussion of poetry's role in precarious times with Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell on March 7.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station, broadcasts the program at 10 a.m. 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.

Bell is the author of 17 books of poetry and essays, the latest of which is "Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000." Called "an insider who thinks like an outsider," Marvin Bell teaches at the UI Writers' Workshop. Live music will be performed by singer/songwriter/poet Jeffrey Hedquist.

Other upcoming Friday broadcasts in March include:

*March 14: Blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith performs live and talks about his career. A two-time W.C. Handy Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album, Catfish Keith has produced eight No. 1 independent radio chart-topping albums. The 20-year veteran has toured the UK and Europe dozens of times, appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor and many others.


*March 21: Iowa City mountaineer Chuck Huss talks about scaling Mount Everest and other peaks around the world. Huss has climbed the highest mountains in 14 countries. This spring, he returns to Everest for the third time in an attempt to become the first Iowan to reach the highest point on Earth. Live music will be performed by singer/songwriter Robert Morey.



*March 28: In 1998, Mathew Shephard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was murdered in a widely reported hate crime. "The Laramie Project," which opens at Iowa City's Riverside Theatre, is a contemporary theatrical work sparked by the crime. Live excerpts from the production set the scene for a discussion about tolerance in Iowa. Guests include the director of the production Jody Hovland and Riverside Theatre actors, as well as Linda Kroon of the Women's Resource and Action Center. Live music will be performed by singer/songwriter Deb Tiemens.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu. Program: WSUI/KSUI 319-335-5730. Writer: Michelle Yong

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