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Rick Bass Shares His 'Traveling Feast'

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Author Rick Bass is renowned for his writing on the environment and for his environmental activism. In his latest book, The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes, Bass goes on a journey to thank the writers he considers his mentors, visiting and preparing those who accept his offer an elaborate meal. Joining him in his travels are some of his past and current writing students, and through the sharing of food, experiences and conversation, he connects his mentors and mentees.

Remembering Lost Northern Kentucky

Aug 2, 2018
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Many of Northern Kentucky's historic businesses, religious structures, homes and entertainment destinations have been lost to time.

How Yeast (Yes, Yeast) Shaped Civilization

Jul 2, 2018
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Research shows the ancient Egyptians were using yeast to produce alcoholic beverages and leaven bread over 5,000 years ago. But it wasn't until the invention of the microscope followed by the work of Louis Pasteur in the late 1860s that yeast was identified as a living organism.

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Alexander Graham Bell invented not only the telephone, but also early versions of the phonograph, the metal detector, airplanes, and hydrofoil boats. Bell was also a pioneering speech teacher and a champion of educating those with hearing impairments.   

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On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy won the California Democratic presidential primary. Minutes after giving a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, he was shot multiple times. The 42-year-old senator from New York and former U.S. Attorney General died the next day.

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Last Monday, we all stopped to recognize Memorial, or Decoration, Day.

In the process of research for his 2001 book, "Race and Reunion," Yale Historian David Blight stumbled into the story of the first Decoration Day, just weeks after the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

Reliving Ronald Reagan's Three Days In Moscow

Jun 4, 2018
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On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to an audience at Moscow State University. The speech capped his first visit to the Soviet capital, and the fourth summit between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Have you ever wanted to have more than a few flower beds and a lawn in your yard? Would you like to grow more of your own food to have ready access to fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables but didn't think you had the space, or just didn't know where to begin?

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Rick Pender’s book, "100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die," is a bucket list of entertaining and informative activities and destinations that’s great for lifelong Cincinnatians, new residents and occasional visitors. And it can be yours today when you donate to WVXU

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Dean Regas, an astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory and host of WVXU's "Looking Up" podcast, published this field guide to stargazing in 2017, and if you donate now during our spring fund drive, you'll receive Regas' book as a gift! 

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Former Hillary Clinton presidential campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri has released a book that offers advice and redefines expectations for women looking to lead, in all walks of life.

Emptying your dryer lint with every use, avoiding leather car seats, keeping your phone on low-power mode — all are ways to help protect the environment, according to Michelle Neff, author of “Simple Acts to Save Our Planet.” The book is filled with hundreds of simple — and some not-so-simple — actions that can reduce waste, bolster animal and insect populations and lower energy consumption.

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

Anyone who has followed the saga of Sen. John McCain or ever reacted with emotion to his words or actions will recognize the man speaking in this valedictory volume.

The voice and manner are familiar enough that we can almost hear and see him on every page.

It recalls his previous literary efforts (he has written seven books with longtime collaborator Mark Salter), but it also ventures deeper into our collective memories of McCain and his world — as we prepare to part with both.

Most of us know our culture's classic myths and fairytales about Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Little Red Riding Hood: But how does it feel when a young person learns the truth about the stories handed down from generation to generation. This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll find out from one teenager who has some strong feelings about how parents lovingly mislead their kids.

In Curtis Sittenfeld's short story "Show Don't Tell" — not, sadly, included in her new collection, You Think it, I'll Say It — a young woman at a prestigious writing workshop competes for funding with an annoying guy in her program. Nearly 20 years later, they have both achieved a kind of literary success, but he is the kind of writer "about whom current students in the program have heated opinions; I'm the kind of writer their mothers read while recovering from knee surgery."

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According to a study by the Center on Education Policy, 81 percent of public school teachers believe their students spend too much time taking tests mandated by their state or district. The study also found that many teachers are losing their commitment to their field, citing multiple frustrations including pressures around testing.

Patricia Hampl, you had me at your title: The Art of the Wasted Day.

Imagine a book that celebrates daydreaming, that sees it not as a moral failing, but as an activity to be valued as an end in itself. To be clear, this is not a self-help book; nor is Hampl talking about meditation, yogic breathing or mindfulness — those worthy New Age practices that, well, have to be practiced.

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More and more backyard gardeners are discovering the benefits of composting, from reducing waste going to landfills to providing rich organic matter for healthier and more productive plants.

Local author Michelle Balz has recently published a comprehensive guide for gardeners, "Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond."

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"Voices from the Rust Belt," edited by Belt Publishing Founder Anne Trubek, is a timely and directly told collection of essays by 24 writers about the lives and issues – such as the opiate epidemic, school segregation, and lead poisoning – in cities like Flint, Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit, which make up the heavily politicized and diverse region of America referred to as the Rust Belt.

Cincinnati will soon play host to a 1970 VW Bus with no heat and no air conditioning, but a couple of guys wanting to talk with you and help everyone find a better balance in their lives. It's the Oola Dream Bus Tour and Drs. Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun talk with Elaine Diehl about how this all started and what their visit on May 17 is all about. 

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Author Wil Haygood is Miami University's 2018 convocation speaker, and incoming students will be the first to get copies of his upcoming book "Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street."

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While the events of 9/11 are etched into the minds of most adult Americans, teenagers have no real memory of that tragic day. Most of them weren't even alive. 

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In her latest book, "Lost Science: Astonishing Tales of Forgotten Genius," popular science writer Kitty Ferguson uncovers the stories of scientists and their achievements that have been all but ignored in scientific literature.

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With the Fourth of July coming up next week, we take a look at the world of finance through the eyes of our country’s founders – a “Founding Fathers Finance Party,” so to speak.

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Author Patricia Schultz has almost four million copies of her 1,000 Places to See Before You Die books now in print. She recently released an updated third edition of "1,000 Places to See in the United States & Canada Before You Die," a collection of the many fun, interesting and diverse destinations to be found virtually in our own backyard. She talked with Mark Heyne about this latest edition and how she discovered the places and events she included in her must-see list. 

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The HBO series “The Wire” has received critical acclaim for its accurate and unglamorized portrayal of crime and law enforcement in the city of Baltimore. University of Cincinnati English and History professor Dr.

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Note: This interview originally aired on August 15, 2016.

Judge Nathaniel Jones was the first African-American to be an assistant United States attorney in Ohio. He was an assistant general counsel for the Kerner Commission, which looked into the causes of the 1967 racial unrest in the U.S.   As NAACP general counsel he led the fight against school segregation. In 1979, he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter.

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Pete Rose has a downtown street named after him, but there are many once-famous Cincinnatians who have been all but forgotten. For example, our city is home to the first black Olympic champion, the artist who created the comic strip and the inventor of the Magic 8 Ball. Cincinnati Enquirer librarian and history writer Jeff Suess uncovers details about these individuals, as well as some of the many forgotten events that took place here, in his book, “Hidden History of Cincinnati” – which goes back to a time before Cincinnati was even Cincinnati. 

Hunting Ghosts And Haunted Places In Ohio

Oct 28, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, find out more about the many haunted places in Ohio. 

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