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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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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin by Dan Dourson and Judy Dourson.

A Day Of Music And Food To Celebrate Good People

Jul 12, 2019
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On Sunday, July 21, The Good People Festival will be celebrating its 6th year of encouraging hard work and positive influences in the community. Founder of the Good People Festival, Rachel DesRochers, joins Elaine Diehl to talk about her non-profit and the success that she attributes to gratitude.

Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews S'mores! Gooey, Melty, Crunchy Riffs on the Campfire Classic by Dan Whalen.

Meet Steve Berlin Of The Legendary Band, Los Lobos

Jul 12, 2019
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Los Lobos band member Steve Berlin reminisces about the band’s early days as he joins Elaine Diehl to talk about upcoming shows, new music and his own touring experiences. Los Lobos and The Mavericks will co-headline a show at the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Tuesday, July 23.

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Award-winning poet Brian Brodeur, a professor at Richmond, Indiana's Indiana University East, has published his latest collection called Every Hour is Late. He talks about the thematic elements of these works and shares one of his poems in a conversation with Kelly Blewett.

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The 2019-2020 season of Broadway in Cincinnati features compelling music, fantastic characters and even special engagements for the holiday season. General Manager Genevieve Holt joins Jim Stump to talk about the most popular upcoming shows, theatre revivals, and season discounts.

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On August 4, Cincinnati's The Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet will perform at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival. Before they go, our Elaine Diehl welcomes the group into our studio for a conversation and performance. Here is an additional live performance recorded at Cincinnati Public Radio:


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Award-winning travel writer and music journalist Chris Epting is well known for some of his earlier road trip books like James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks, and Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America

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Authors John and Lottie Christian have long been influenced by Scottish, Irish and English cultures. Joining our Barbara Gray, they discuss their new book, Isle of Man: Fear agus deithe (Men and Gods) as they reflect on the historical value of that time period and their writing process.

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Kentucky Speedway will be hosting a weekend of activities July 11-13 in celebration of 20 seasons of racing, ranging from family friendly camping to pre-race concerts. Lee Hay learns more about what to expect from the event and the special guests set to make an appearance in this conversation with the Speedway's Tim Bray.

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Elaine Welteroth, editor of Teen Vogue and best-selling author, has solidified her role as a titan in her industry with her new memoir, More Than Enough; Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say). Recounting her own journey and ideals, she joins Barbara Gray as they delve into how far her “relentless character,” has taken her.

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Angel's Paws is a local organization dedicated to providing end of life care for pets and support to their owners. They have now branched out to start a new non-profit, Angel's Watch Military and Police Dog Fund. The founder of both organizations, Tammy Wynn, is with our Kelly Blewett to explain their origins and missions.

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When you think of Cincinnati ambassadors, no list is complete without the city's Queen of Mixology, Molly Wellmann. She's in the studio with David Delegator to talk about her life, her career, her book, and her new passion project, Kind Is The New Cool, which addresses bullying in schools.

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