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Local singer Annie Donnellon Davis recently digitally released her spiritual album, A Sacred Collection, and she’s in our studio with Elaine Diehl to talk about her life and this new project. She’s also joined by pianist Julie Spangler for a performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

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The importance of honeybees to the world’s farming and agricultural worlds can’t be overstated, yet their numbers are shrinking because of pesticides, pollution, infections, and more. To focus attention on the plight of the honeybees, award-winning authors (and husband and wife) Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann have released Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera and join host Lee Hay by phone.

Guided By Voices & Nada Surf Guitarist Doug Gillard

Mar 27, 2020
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Ohio native Doug Gillard is an accomplished guitarist for the Dayton, Ohio indie rock band Guided by Voices. The band released their latest album, Surrender Your Poppy Field, in February. At the time of Elaine Diehl’s interview, they were getting ready to go out on tour.

The History Of The Ohio Phonograph Company

Mar 27, 2020
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From 2016: The Ohio Phonograph Company was the first record company to operate out of Cincinnati, and its history involves legal battles with the father of the phonograph, Thomas Edison. Our history commentator David Lewis delves into the history and importance of the Ohio Phonograph Company.

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His name may not ring a bell, but if you’ve ever attended a Reds game at Great American Ball Park, you’ve heard his talent. Our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter sits down for a conversation with John Schutte, the GABP organist and keyboardist with popular local band The Rusty Griswolds.

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If you’ve been to a local parade, you’ve probably seen the Red Hot Dancing Queens. Touted as Cincinnati’s first New Orleans-style adult dance krewe, they are gearing up for another summer of dancing down streets all over the region. The founder, Claire Stewart, talks about why she started this group and who can join the fun in this interview with our Elaine Diehl.

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From the original Ludlow Garage to Arnold’s, Peanut Jim to the vice-mayor, Jim Tarbell has earned the title Mr. Cincinnati. There’s never a dull moment in an interview with the man featured in the big mural on Central Parkway as you’ll hear in this conversation with our Media Beat blogger, John Kiesewetter.

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It’s an organization we’ve all heard about but what do you know about the Rosie Reds? Do you think it started back when the team started? (Nope) Do you think it’s an all-female organization (Nope again) Find out everything about this group when our resident Reds fanatic and Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson talks with current Rosie Reds President Valerie Guthrie.

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15-year old singer/songwriter EmiSunshine has been lauded by Rolling Stone as one of the new country artists you need to know. Her recent album, Family Wars, is, as she describes it, “I’m looking at problems and trying to make something beautiful out of them.” EmiSunshine talks about her music and performs one of her songs in this conversation with Elaine Diehl.

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The 6th Annual Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and concert, originally scheduled for March 22, has been postponed due to current health concerns. We do still want you to hear about the plans so you'll be ready for the rescheduled date!

As the Hall of Fame's founder, Kay Casey, tells our host, Lee Hay, there will be seven new inductees, two special recognitions, four awarded scholarships, plus performances from the Jazz at Dusk combo, The Greater Cincinnati Youth Jazz Collaborative, and the legendary Blue Wisp Jazz Band.

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, who along with a successful solo career has also worked with Herbie Hancock, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, and others, is coming to Cincinnati's Memorial Hall on Friday, March 20. The three-time Grammy winner joins our Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about her music and career.

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A two-character play featuring two historical figures who had a tempestuous friendship is coming to the stage of Newport's Falcon Theatre starting Friday, March 20. The Agitators by Mat Smart tells the tale of the relationship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the actor portraying Douglass, Elliott Young, previews this production in a conversation with Jim Stump.

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A locally produced book shares 28 stories of parents who lost a child. The editor, Mary Langford, and one of the mothers in the book, Heidi Bright, join our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about Loss, Survive, Thrive.

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A very special musical event is coming to OTR's Memorial Hall on Saturday, March 21. Legendary songwriter and musician Jimmy Webb will be onstage in a multi-media tribute to his longtime friend and collaborator, Glen Campbell. Elaine Diehl caught up with Jimmy Webb to learn more about their relationship and this very personal night of music and images.

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Carrying on the family tradition, ice skater Kaela Kapeikis is one of the performers in the current tour of Disney on Ice presents Road Trip Adventures, coming to the Heritage Bank Center from March 19-22. Both of her parents also skated in Disney on Ice shows, so Kaela has seen these shows change and entertain her entire life. She's on the phone with Lee Hay to talk her life on the road and what families will enjoy in this current production.

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Dani McClain's first book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was recently published and she was named the next Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The author joins our Barbara Gray to talk about her book and her goals for her year as writer-in-residence.

From commissioned art pieces to beautiful wares for the home, Gorham Silver was the name for the finest silver and mixed-metal products for decades. The unique work of Gorham Silver will be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum starting March 13 and joining our host Lee Hay for a preview is Amy Dehan, the museum's curator of decorative arts and design.

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The Last Five Years is an intimate musical, written by Jason Robert Brown, that tells the love story of two New Yorkers in a most unusual way. It's the next production on stage at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, and joining Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio for a preview and performance are the director, Tim Perrino; actors Lauren Magness and Elliott Handkins; and the musical director, Michael Kennedy, who accompanies Lauren and Elliott on the song, "The Next 10 Minutes."

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Book Review: Roberta Schultz has a review of Backyard Farming: Growing Herbs for Food & Medicine by Kim Pezza.

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**We've just been informed that the Yale Spizzwinks(?) have postponed their Cincinnati concert until May due to current health concerns. Once the new date is confirmed, we'll post that information here.**

The Yale Spizzwinks(?), the country's oldest all-male underclassman a capella group, will be in Cincinnati on Monday, March 16 for a concert at OTR's First Lutheran Church. Anne Arenstein learns more about this group, their unusual name, and what listeners will enjoy during their upcoming concert in this conversation with Music Director John Paciga, and Athens, Ohio native Derek DeMel.

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