Around Cincinnati

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Greater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati has been bringing you local, regional and national guests weekly on Sunday evenings from 7-8pm for the past 15 years.  Local contributors and their guests have explored a wide range of subjects including books & poetry, art exhibitions, theatre & dance productions, musicians, artists, and concerts.

So, it is with great sadness that we share this message that our last show will air on Sunday, August 23rd. The programs during July will be filled with our regular informative interviews, and those in August will be some of our favorites from the archives as well as bucket-list interviews.

Some of the contributors include John Kiesewetter, Oakley Scot, Rick Pender, Anne Arenstein, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, Yemi Oyediran, Victor Paruta and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O'Donnell, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, Andy Ellis, Elaine Diehl, and Jim Nolan, staff members of Cincinnati Public Radio, also help out.

Thank you for all your support over the years.  We hope you've learned something about the wonderful arts community and enjoyed the shows.   Lee Hay, Producer/Host of Around Cincinnati, at Lhay@wvxu.org.

Curious about a piece of music you heard on Around Cincinnati? You can find more information on the Around Cincinnati playlist. Our theme music is courtesy of the Phil DeGreg Trio from their release, Table for Three.

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Anne Arenstein welcomes Sheila Williams, a Northern Kentucky-based author and librettist. She talks about her latest novel, The Secret Women, and the opera “Fierce,” that will be presented by the Cincinnati Opera in 2021.

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Don Heinrich Tolzmann is a local historian and author of four books on our area’s long, rich brewing heritage. He shares some of the stories of the beer barons and their brews in this conversation with Rick Pender.

The Renaissace Of The East Walnut Hills Neighborhood

Jul 17, 2020
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Working from home and supporting local businesses is one of the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one Cincinnati community is making the best of it. Contributor Alexander Watson discusses the redevelopment of East Walnut Hills with Caffe Vivace owner Brent Gallaher and Lori Nix, who relocated her life and photography business to the neighborhood.

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Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio born and bred author whose second novel, Betty, is coming out soon. She’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about her new book and how long she’s been working on it.

Local Favorite Danny Frazier Is Out With New Music

Jul 10, 2020
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Danny Frazier is one of the area’s favorite country singers, and he’s just dropped a new album. He spends some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his life, career, and the new Nobody Knows Where I Am.

A Poem From Sherry Cook Stanforth

Jul 10, 2020
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Local poet Sherry Cook Stanforth recites her poem My Mother’s Dulcimer from her book, Drone String.

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Matt Rollings is a Grammy Award-winning American composer, musician and record producer. His latest release, Mosaic, features a duet with bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss called Stay. The video for the song features the work of local photographer Michael Wilson and his son, editor Henry Wilson. The Wilsons talk about their involvement on this project in this conversation with Brian O’Donnell.

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While most theatres have gone dark during the pandemic, CAST (Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre) has found a unique way to present its summer musical, Newsies, featuring students from 27 local high schools. Artistic Director Jason Burgess and Executive Director Amy Burgess join Rick Pender to explain the drive-in live theatre they’ll present in the Coney Island parking lot.

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Lebanon, Ohio resident Karen Ansberry co-founded the educational book series Picture-Perfect Science for elementary school teachers to use in classrooms to help students “learn to read and read to learn.” She joins Barbara Gray to talk about the series and her latest release, Nature Did It First: Engineering Through Biomimicry.

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Get ready for some great local jazz on Thursday, July 16 when the Cincinnati Public Schools Jazz Academy livestreams a performance from the Kennedy Heights Arts Center. CPS Arts Curriculum Manager and Director of the Jazz Academy Dr. Isidore Rudnick arranges and conducts and joins Elaine Diehl for more details on the performance. To view, visit the CPS YouTube page.

Life In The Pandemic With Musician Ric Hordinski

Jul 3, 2020
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Musician, CCM faculty, and owner of Monastery Studio, Ric Hordinski  is staying busy through the pandemic, plus his photojournalist daughter has gained the family an international fan base. He joins Elaine Diehl to talk music in our current world and the “life in the time of COVID” feature his daughter Madeline, an Ohio University student, did for the BBC.

Bluegrass Music On A Washington Ferry

Jul 3, 2020
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In the late 1970’s, Al Levy, then a college student, and a friend started playing guitar and banjo on the Washington State Ferry MV Kaleetan on their way to Port Townsend. In time, their fame grew, and the legend of the Ferryboat Musicians began. Now a practicing therapist, Al Levy has written about the experience and joins contributor Alexander Watson to talk about Blue Water Bluegrass: The Ferryboat Musicians.

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Douglas Abrams achieved acclaim for his bestselling book, The Book of Joy, which was a firsthand account of a meeting between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Now, in this time of worldwide unrest, he’s sharing his thoughts from moderating that legendary discussion in this conversation with our Ron Esposito.

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The Carnegie in Covington has, like most art venues, has been closed since the pandemic began in March. However, they are making plans to reopen with new rules, limited ticket sales, and other necessary adaptations. The Carnegie’s theatre director, Maggie Perrino, previews their new season and the adjustments they’ve made with Anne Arenstein.

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Miami University Professor TaraShea Nesbit has released her newest novel, a historical suspense tale set in the early days of the Plymouth, Massachusetts colony. She safely joins our Barbara Gray to talk about Beheld.

Bobby Mackey Is Ready To Reopen His Honky Tonk

Jun 26, 2020
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County singer & club owner Bobby Mackey has a lot to celebrate these days. Along with 50 years in the music business, he tells Elaine Diehl about the upcoming reopening of his popular Wilder, Kentucky music venue.

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The Queen City Opera is part of a summertime collaboration with the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center, the MYCincinnati Youth Orchestra, and the Price Hill Creative Community Festival. Queen City Opera’s Isaac Selya explains to Anne Arenstein that, as the young musicians learn more about the holocaust, they will join with his singers to record the Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem.

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The Mountain Minor is a film that explores how eastern Kentuckians who migrated to the Cincinnati area brought their unique music with them. Lee Hay welcomes to the studio some of the people involved in the production: writer/director Dale Farmer and local musicians Ma Crow and Mike Oberst from the band, The Tillers. The film will air on KET public television on Friday, July 24 at 9 p.m.

A Conversation With Amy Jo Burns, Author Of "Shiner"

Jun 26, 2020
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Two generations worth of Appalachian heartbreak and resolve is the basis for Shiner, the debut novel from Amy Jo Burns. She’s with our Barbara Gray to talk about the women and stories she brings to life in Shiner.

Book Review: "Tree Story" By Valerie Trouet

Jun 26, 2020
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews the latest from Valerie Trouet, Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings.

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In advance of the release of  "Backstage," a double live album recorded at Shipley’s in 1979, we bring you the crowd favorite “Amaretta” by the popular Cincinnati band, Wheels.

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Our friend Katie Laur talks about her friendship with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Hartford (“Gentle on My Mind”) in this installment of Memories From the Hills of Home.

A Poem For Father's Day From Marcus Whalbring

Jun 19, 2020
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On this Father’s Day, local poet Marcus Whalbring recites his poem “My Dad Called to Ask Why” from his collection, How to Draw Fire.

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The pandemic can’t keep rock and roll down forever. Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to reopen, with certain restrictions, so Elaine Diehl welcomes the Hall’s President & CEO Greg Harris back to Around Cincinnati.

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In these anxiety-filled days, poet John Kenney has released a new collection of light-hearted poems perfect for these times. Barbara Gray talks with the poet about his Love Poems for Anxious People. (Don't miss his recitation of his poetic tribute to "All Things Considered.")

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For the 14th year, National Pollinator Week will work to bring awareness to the need for communities and individuals to introduce more pollinator-friendly plants to their yards and parks. Joining Jim Stump with more details on the week ahead is Lisa Salehpour from Great Parks of Hamilton County.

A Commentary From Author Alexander Watson

Jun 19, 2020
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A commentary from Alexander Watson (author of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America) titled “Gay Pride and Rosa Parks.”

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Cincinnati’s own Bootsy Collins has just released a new song to support the work of MusiCares. “Stars” features an all-star collaboration with American philosopher Dr. Cornel West, drummer Steve Jordan, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and featuring EmiSunshine and Olvido Ruiz. Elaine Diehl finds out more from the Rock Hall icon and shares the song.

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The accomplishments of 19th century engineer John A. Roebling outspan his renown for the Brooklyn Bridge and its predecessor, our own Roebling Suspension Bridge. There’s a new biography called Engineering America: The Life and Times of John A. Roebling, and our John Kiesewetter recently spoke with the author, Richard Haw.

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Manifest Drawing Center in Walnut Hills and has been able to maintain many of their classes online through the pandemic, and at the same time, expanded their reach throughout the states and around the globe. Founder and Executive Director Jason Franz joins Anne Arenstein to talk about Manifest’s programming and plans for reopening.

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