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Bestselling singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge is in concert at the Taft Theatre on August 19, but first she's on the phone with our Elaine Diehl for a wide-ranging conversation. She talks about how she stays positive after all these years on the road, her various albums, and how much her show experience has changed since her 1988 debut.

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Television personality and author John Edward (Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic Intuition to Take Charge of Your Life) is bringing his Crossing Over with Psychic Medium John Edward Live show to the Sharonville Convention Center on August 18. He's on the phone with host Lee Hay to talk about what the audience will experience during his show, his psychic readings, and relaying messages from the other side.

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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews: Pop Shakespeare Series by Ian Doescher, a series of Shakespearean dramas born out of cult-classics like Get Thee Back To The Future, and Much Ado About Mean Girls.

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The upcoming season at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will celebrate their 60th year and the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage. Artistic Director Blake Robison previews the entire season, including their kick-off production of the calypso-flavored musical Once on This Island, during this conversation with Rick Pender.

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In the final interview he recorded for Around Cincinnati, Frank Johnson spoke last fall to Darren Blase of Northside's Shake-It Records about their just released Cincinnati Musical Legends Trading Cards, Set #1. This project, a collaboration with ArtWorks, celebrates the rich diversity of Cincinnati's music scene through the years with 36 cards featuring the likes of Lonnie Mack, Katie Laur, The Cotton Club, and more.

Update: You can see the original artwork in an exhibition at the Public Library of Cincinnati entitled, "Cincinnati Musical Legends: Art from the First Deck."  In this exhibition, you'll see the source materials artists used for their portraits.  The exhibition is located on the second floor connector in the Main Library downtown and will be up through December 31st.

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Aprina Johnson spends her days helping transform Cincinnati's Walnut Hills neighborhood as the community outreach coordinator for the Redevelopment Foundation, but after hours, she is an accomplished musical/communal activist with an album coming out in the fall. She is in our studio with Elaine Diehl for a conversation about her life and work, plus she performs her song “Ima Pick You U Up."

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One of the area's most popular live music duos are Jeff and Misty Perholtz, better known as The Newbees. This year, they are celebrating 15 years of the band known for outstanding originals and a love for performing The Beatles songbook. They visited recently with our Elaine Diehl for conversation and a performance, engineered by Cincinnati Public Radio's Rick Andress, in advance of their anniversary celebration on August 10 at the Southgate House Revival.

We weren't able to air the entire conversation with Misty and Jeff or all the music they performed, so here's the full interview with more music from The Newbees:


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One of the longest running community theatres in the Tristate is The Drama Workshop, starting in 1954 on Cincinnati's west side. Performing now in the former Glenmore Bowl in Cheviot, their season opener is the comedy Nana's Naughty Knickers. Joining our Rick Pender to talk about the group's history and upcoming season are board President Eric Thomas and Vice-President of Production, Dennis Murphy.

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Book Review: Barbara Gray reviews Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio by Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz, both Assistant Professors at Ohio University.

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Featuring more than 20 new acts, the Bellwether Music Festival returns with a change of venue August 9-10, with an array of great music and fun activities for all ages. Join Elaine Diehl as she speaks with co-founder Bill Donabedian about tickets, artists, and his inspiration for the event.

"The Ghosts Of Eden Park" By Karen Abbott

Jul 26, 2019
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Kelly Blewett talks with Karen Abbott, author of The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America. The author will appear at a book signing and reading at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Rookwood on August 6.

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From the bestselling 60’s pop duo Chad & Jeremy, Jeremy Clyde joins Lee Hay to talk about the current tour in support of his new five-volume set, The Bottom Drawer Sessions, and his upcoming show on August 14 at the York Street Café in Newport.

The Long, Lore-Filled History Of Shapeshifters

Jul 26, 2019
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Author John Kachuba discusses the various myths and research that went into writing his latest novel, Shapeshifters: A History. He speaks with Barbara Gray on how modern times have adapted to reflect a secret desire for the occult.

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Environmental scientist and entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes has just released her latest book, How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart.  She joins Lee Hay to dole out some plant-related advice on how to create a flourishing space.

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Under the direction of John Morris Russell, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra has released Voyage, their first CD recorded in the newly refurbished Music Hall. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the title track, from Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, draws inspiration from the stars.  Also from the CD, from that same composer, we present his theme music from the new "Star Trek" films.

The Japanese kimono has been incredibly influential on western dress for generations. Now, the kimono is featured in a new exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum's chief curator, Cynthia Amneus, joins our Anne Arenstein with more details about Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style.

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Ira Resnick is an acclaimed photographer who worked for, among others, Rolling Stone magazine and concert promoter Bill Graham. His latest book looks back at a tumultuous, memorable decade, the 1970's. He's on the phone with our host, Lee Hay, to talk more about The Seventies: A Photographic Journey.

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Otis Williams is the founding, and only surviving, member of the original, legendary, super-group The Temptations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are currently on tour with The Righteous Brothers and will be in concert at Cincinnati's PNC Pavilion on Friday, July 26. Elaine Diehl had the chance to speak with Otis Williams about the history, music, and legacy of The Temptations.

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Jean Harper is a writer currently living in southeast Indiana who writes essays, poems, and often about her love of horses. Her latest book is about her relationship with her beloved horse, Buddy, and she's with our Kelly Blewett to talk about Still Life with Horses: A Memoir.

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Author Renée Rosen's Park Avenue Summer has been hailed as one of the best summer reads of 2019. It's the fictionalized story of Helen Gurley Brown's assistant during those early days of the salvation and controversary surrounding Cosmopolitan magazine. The author is on the phone with Barbara Gray with more about her protagonist, Alice Weiss.

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