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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet and president of Fountain Square Publishing, Jinny Powers Berten, joins us to read her poem, That Dog from her book, We Dance.

National Poetry Month: Manuel Iris

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz welcomes 2018 Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris to the studio for some readings of his poetry in addition to her review of his work.

A Message of Hope from Guatemala native and naturalized American citizen, Rene Micheo, a former principal dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet.

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Around Cincinnati kicks off National Poetry Month with local writer and poet Quanita Roberson. She’s in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the genesis of her two volumes, Soul Growing and Soul Growing II, written for 13-year-old boys and girls.

A Conversation With Pianist & Author Stephen Hough

Apr 3, 2020
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Stephen Hough is a talented pianist and accomplished author who has recent releases of a Brahms CD and a collection of essays on music and life. His April appearance in Cincinnati has been cancelled, but he joins Elaine Diehl by phone to talk about his new CD (Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces) and book (Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More).

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It’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so Kate Bolick and three of her author friends have published a new book celebrating their attachment to the book and the four sisters. Our Kelly Blewett speaks with her on the phone about the unique format of March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication.

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Tim Perrino, Executive Artistic Director of Cincinnati Landmark Productions, shares his Message of Hope commentary.

Cincinnati Jazz Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Cunliffe

Apr 3, 2020
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The Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame 2020 induction has been postponed until May or June, but the new class is an impressive lineup of local jazz legends. One of those inductees, pianist and Grammy-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe, joins Ron Esposito for a conversation about his music and career.

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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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