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Book Review: "After The Last Border"

May 1, 2020
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Book Review: Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett reviews Jessica Goudeau’s After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America.

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Stephanie Duesing is a former music teacher who understands, especially in these unusual times, how important music can be, especially for children. Besides calming or entertaining them, music helps with brain development and cognitive growth. She’s with our Elaine Diehl to talk about the importance of music (and programs like WGUC’s Classics for Kids) and her new memoir, Eyeless Mind.

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National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray speaks with local poet Don Bogen about his latest collection, Immediate Song.

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Playhouse In The Park

Apr 24, 2020
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Theatre contributor Rick Pender finds out how Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is doing during this pandemic. In a conversation with Artistic Director Blake Robison, he learns about changes in the upcoming season and the progress on their building renovation.

Turning Your Life Story Into A Written Autobiography

Apr 24, 2020
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Story Terrace is a unique ghostwriting service that takes personal autobiographies or family stories and turns them in to keepsake books. Our Kelly Blewett gets more details from the company’s founder and CEO, Rutger Bruining.

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Jason Diakité is better known as bestselling hip hop artist Timbuktu. Our music correspondent Yemi Oyediran recently spoke with Jason about his upbringing in Sweden, his music, and his new autobiography, A Drop of Midnight.

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Book Review: Elaine Diehl reviews musician Jorma Kaukonen's (from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music. He now lives in southeast Ohio and runs the Fur Peach Ranch music venue.

Great Parks Of Hamilton County On Home Composting

Apr 24, 2020
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As we all are spending more time at home, Kimberly Whitton from Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering tips on how to start a home composting program.

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National Poetry Month: Local physician and poet Brian Volck reads his poem Why Dogs are Better Than People from his collection Fresh Becomes Word.

National Poetry Month: A Roundtable With Local Poets

Apr 17, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray leads a roundtable conversation with three local poets who discuss how their diverse backgrounds provide inspiration and read some of their poems. Joining Barbara are Tyrone Williams, published poet, Professor of English at XU; Valerie Chronis Bickett, published poet, teacher of writing classes; and Luz Villeda, published poet.

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Each year, the International Thespian Society (a part of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), based here in Cincinnati), hosts a festival for high-school actors, directors, and teachers at Indiana University in Bloomington. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year will be a virtual conference as Rick Pender learns in this conversation with EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald.

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Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett shares her thoughts about several children’s books, old and new for springtime enjoyment, including In a Jar (Deborah Macer), Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Charlotte Zolotow), and On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson (Jennifer Berne).

A New Story From Katie Laur

Apr 17, 2020
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Our friend Katie Laur takes this Memories from the Hills of Home story to the city this time as she recounts “Easter in Detroit.”

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Local author and music raconteur Randy McNutt joins our Elaine Diehl to talk about his friend and one-time writing partner Wayne Perry, probably the second most successful modern local songwriter (behind Troy Seals.) Perry, whose music has been recorded by Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and others, completed his first song 50 years ago this year.

National Poetry Month: Robert Murphy

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: a conversation and reading with poet and publisher of Dos Madre Press, Robert Murphy, about his new book, Among the Enigmas, with our Barbara Gray.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month: our contributor and poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shaper’s Harp.

National Poetry Month: Susan Glassmeyer

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Ohio’s 2018 Poet of the Year Susan Glassmeyer joins Barbara Gray for a conversation about her work as a therapist and her collection, Invisible Fish.

National Poetry Month: Linwood Rumney

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett speaks with Linwood Rumney about his life and his collection entitled Abandoned Earth.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Dick Hague reads The Beast of Beer from his book Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

National Poetry Month: Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Acclaimed Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar and University of Dayton professor emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin joins our Barbara Gray to talk about Dunbar’s writings and recites a couple of his poems.

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