Michael Monks

Host of Cincinnati Edition

Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the new 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.

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In 1990, an exhibit at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center led to great controversy. "The Perfect Moment" was a collection of 175 photographs from provocative photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The images included nude children and explicit depictions of gay sadistic and masochistic (S&M) culture.

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Local author and creative writing instructor Ellen Everman takes us on a journey in Bell Bottoms to Gucci, her latest novel, which launches in the year 1964 and travels through the decades of psychedelics, protests, hippies, and the titular pants. Calling the book "an ode to baby boomers," the book's publisher notes that Everman’s story examines both sides of the political fence from an intuitive personal perspective.

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The tabletop role-playing-game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) may have gone through some growing pains during the "satanic panic" of the 1980s, but it is seeing a pop culture resurgence, with cameos in hit series like Big Bang Theory and Stranger Things. So what exactly is this game and why has it remained a staple of tabletop game players for more than 40 years?

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This May, a section of Downtown Cincinnati was closed off and transformed into the set of American Ninja Warrior as competitors attempted to master an elaborate obstacle course and qualify for the show's national finals in Las Vegas.

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Is there a reason so many of the new apartment buildings in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's urban cores look so similar?

Two Ohio students were chosen as finalists for the coveted Braille Institute of America Braille Challenge Finals. The national competition was held in Los Angeles June 21-22.

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Ripley's has been celebrating the strange and unusual for over a century. What started out as a cartoon about sports oddities called Champs and Chumps by LeRoy Robert Ripley in December, 1918, grew into an empire of museums (Ripley's calls them odditoreums), haunted adventures, waxworks, theaters, aquariums, books, radio and television shows.

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Independence Day typically inspires many Americans to re-examine our nation’s founding principles and their relevance to our current circumstances.

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Hearing aids can be a substantial out-of-pocket expense, as mothers Karen Klugo and Monica Schneider found when their children needed the devices. Klugo's health insurance didn't cover any of the cost of her 18-month-old daughter's hearing aids or aural rehabilitation. Schneider's policy only covered $500 of her son's expenses.

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Last Sunday, President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone (DMZ). The leaders agreed to revive talks on North Korea's nuclear program. Trump became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea.

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Alice Connor is an Episcopal priest who serves as a chaplain on the University of Cincinnati campus. In her latest book, How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World, Connor draws on her experiences to provide a tender and irreverent take on one of life's most fundamental questions: how to be a better human in a world dead set against it.

Alice Connor (@pastoralice) joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss her thoughts on how to be a better human and share some of her experiences as a college chaplain.

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The majority of individuals with serious mental illness express the desire to work, yet their employment rates are estimated to be 22%, with little more than half of that percentage working full-time.

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People with mental illness face heightened dangers when interacting with law enforcement. These encounters create high-situations for both the individuals and the officers, and can end in severe injuries or death. And police officers are increasingly the ones responding to people with mental illnesses who are in crisis.

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The Ohio House and Senate are nearing the deadline to pass a state budget for the next fiscal year. The General Assembly must present a budget bill to Governor Mike DeWine by June 30. Which means lawmakers have little time left to work out the hundreds of differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget, including a split over funding school services, water quality monitoring and tax cuts.

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Tensions mount between the U.S. and Iran after President Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran as retaliation for the country's downing of a U.S. military drone. The acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner resigns amid the continuing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. - Mexico border, which was brought into sharp focus this week by a photo of a father and his young daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

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Courtesy of Weston Art Gallery

Before we had the big marathon, before Artworks had a "big gig," before its likeness was everywhere, flying pigs were met with strong objection in Cincinnati. Now the iconic winged pig is a mascot to the Queen City, but how did it get its start? Artist Andrew Leicester is partially to thank, or blame, depending on who you ask.

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Thomas More University's new president, Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., took over leadership of the school at the beginning of June. He is the University’s 15th president.

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A Toronto-born cook who serves Filipino-inspired barbeque and dreams of starting a catering business. A Covington woman whose baked goods are inspired by her Appalachian heritage. A woman whose gastric bypass surgery propelled her into healthier eating. Now she wants to own a restaurant serving healthy options. A chemical engineer from Venezuela with a passion for cooking breakfast. These are some of the home cooks graduating from the FreshLo Chef Fellowship Program.

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Our changing workforce and expanding markets demand higher levels of cultural competence – the ability to shift cultural perspective and adapt behavior and communication style to successfully accomplish business results.

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More than 40 bars and nightclubs that once catered to Cincinnati's LGBTQ community have disappeared over the decades. But a piece of gay history is now part of the city's present again: the Tea Dance.

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