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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.

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Around Cincinnati won't be around much anymore. WVXU's Sunday night arts and entertainment show ends Aug. 23.

It premiered in August 2005, shortly after Xavier University sold the station to Cincinnati Public Radio.

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.

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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.

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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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Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who has just released her first novel. She joins Barbara Gray via Zoom to talk about The Daughters of Erietown.

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