Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.

He's the publisher/editor/chief reporter for Northern Kentucky's River City News website who spends his weeknights covering city government or school board meetings.

Ways to Connect

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Ron Jans is out as head coach of FC Cincinnati following an internal investigation related to the use of racial slurs.

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Courtesy of Xavier University

Could maternity and childlessness share a common bond? Two local authors explore how these roles in our society may be changing in tandem. How can the past inform our present knowledge of living with, and without, children?

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The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky is looking at possibly consolidating or cutting a number of routes, a pending decision that has some in the region concerned about how they will get to work or school.

Cincinnati Public Schools

Schools began implementing safety drills after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 and the practice has been growing. Now, a report released by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is calling for changes, arguing these drills cause trauma to students and teachers.

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Five counties in northern Kentucky will join students from Northern Kentucky University in researching the Licking River's connection to bourbon's original journey.

City Center Properties

In the fall of 2019, the University of Cincinnati sold the historic Emery building to developers Dave Neyer and Chris Frutkin for $8.55 million. The building, on Central Parkway in Over-the-Rhine, was constructed in 1911 as the Ohio Mechanics Institute. The purchase also includes a letter of intent from The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati to explore a possible renovation of the building's theater for future use.

Marion Lee Johnson
Courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center

Marion Lee Johnson developed a love for mathematics at a young age and pursued that subject all the way through her undergraduate studies. She assumed a math degree would ultimately land her a teaching job - though she ended up finding, perhaps, a higher calling.

Much higher. 

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Courtesy of Amazon

Some of the greatest biographies of America's most important people have been written by the likes of David McCullough, Jon Meacham, Ron Chernow, and Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others. 

Sure, there are lots of biographies about America's first president. But author Alexis Coe - an historian who has appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and who has contributed to The New York TimesThe New Yorker, and other publications - wanted to take a deeper dive.

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The year 2020 will make 100 years since American women won the right to vote in U.S. presidential elections. While many thoughts of the suffragist movement gin up images of civil protests, there was much more going on in the fight for progress before 1920.

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Jim Nolan / WVXU

Another week of news is in the books, so Cincinnati Edition gathers local journalists to talk about the big headlines from recent days.

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We have reached the middle of February, which means we are just about at the beginning of that delicious period when the sap used for maple syrup begins to seep out of maple trees.

So, what does that mean for fans of the sweet stuff?

Downbound Books

A few decades ago, it seemed the days of independent bookstores were numbered. First came Barnes & Noble chain to crush the mom-and-pop shops. Then in 1995, Amazon's arrival led to a significant decrease in the number of independent bookstores. When Amazon launched the Kindle e-reader in 2007, it seemed likely it would deal the final blow. But the unexpected happened.

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When Toys "R" Us announced its closure in 2017, the other big box retailers didn't reap all the rewards. Independent toy stores are the ones that truly stepped in to fill a void for children and their parents.

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Cincinnati-based Reverend Derek Terry appeared on OWN's Iyanla: Fix My Life over the weekend. This was a follow-up appearance for Terry who was first on the show in 2015. 

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Jordan Strauss / Invision, AP

American Factory won the Academy Award for best documentary feature Sunday night. Cincinnati Edition spoke to directors and Yellow Springs residents Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar about their recent Oscar win and the journey to make this critically acclaimed documentary, which profiles the lives of workers inside Fuyao, a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in Moraine, Ohio.

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An indoor farm in Cheviot is helping the community while also providing fresh produce to local restaurants and grocers. O2 Urban Farms, founded in 2018, uses aquaponics, a system that combines fish with hydroponics, to grow lettuce indoors. The employees who harvest the greens are from the Ken Anderson Alliance, which provides work opportunities for adults with disabilities.

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Timothy D. Easley / AP

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American to serve as the state's top prosecutor.

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As part of a program designed to spark meaningful dialogue about the tough issues surrounding race and racism, the YWCA Greater Cincinnati is partnering with local libraries, bookstores and universities to discuss the YA fictional book by author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.

MORTAR

As we celebrate Black History Month, MORTAR, a local business accelerator, is looking to the future instead of the past. MORTAR Managing Partner and 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow Derrick Braziel presents Future History Now, a day filled with impactful programming and conversations on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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