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A new date, a new location, but the same quality blues return to the Cincinnati riverfront on July 13 when this year's Cincy Blues Fest takes over the Schmidlapp Lawn next to Moerlein Lager House at The Banks

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Acclaimed music journalist Peter Doggett recently released his much-anticipated biography of the seminal rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. One of the early supergroups, the band's songwriting and harmonies took them to record heights of popularity. Brian O'Donnell is joined by the author on the phone from England to talk about the four very individual elements of this legendary band.

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For Father's Day, Cincinnati's former Poet Laureate, Pauletta Hansel, reads two of the poems from her latest collection, Coal Town Photograph.

For 55 years, the Rosie Reds organization has been supporting the hometown baseball team, first existing as a way of getting women interested in the game, and today includes men and community fundraising efforts. A program celebrating the Rosie (Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest & Enthusiasm) Reds happens on June 22 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and joining John Kiesewetter with more are Dale Silver from the Rosie Reds and Brian Powers from the library.

Book Review: "Wild Yet Tasty"

Jun 14, 2019
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Wild Yet Tasty: A Guide to Edible Plants of Eastern Kentucky by Dan Dourson and Judy Dourson.

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Andrew Watts is a former naval officer and helicopter pilot from Cincinnati who has become a successful author and veterans' advocate. His latest book is Overwhelming Force and he joins our Barbara Gray to discuss his military service and how that led to his writing career.

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On Sunday, June 23, there will be a gathering of some of Cincinnati's finest musicians, performing in support of adult literacy. Reach for the Stars is a fundraising concert for the Literacy Council of Clermont and Brown Counties, organized by Suzanne Bona, host of public radio's Sunday Baroque. Brian O'Donnell learns more about the line-up of performers and the mission of the Literacy Council in this conversation with Suzanne.

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The Nashville Sound is unmistakable, no matter what genre of music you enjoy. The plethora of outstanding musicians, live music venues, and record companies has kept the Tennessee city a force in the music industry for decades. Author Don Cusic joins Lee Hay to talk about the years of great music he chronicles in his book, Nashville Sound: An Illustrated Timeline.

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Many Cincinnatians remember the tragic and disturbing case of Donald Harvey, the notorious mass murderer who hid in plain sight and may be responsible for up to 87 deaths. That story, along with several others, are detailed in a new book by former profiler and FBI Special Agent John Douglas

SummerSing Wants You To Join In The Choral Celebration

Jun 7, 2019
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If you like to sing but have never had the opportunity to join a choral celebration with a real live orchestra, Collegium Cincinnati has your chance. Anne Arenstein is joined by Christopher Eanes in the studio and Megan Boyd on the phone to find out more about being a part of July's SummerSing at beautiful Christ Church Cathedral.

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Author Crystal Wilkinson, who daylights as an Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has received great acclaim for her most recent novel, The Birds of Opulence. She speaks with our Barbara Gray about this multigenerational story of women in a bucolic southern black township.

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You can catch great live jazz music at the Lane Library in Hamilton on six Tuesdays at noon this summer. Brian O'Donnell has details on the performers and dates.

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present its Season of the Woman in 2019-20, featuring women in traditional male roles (such as Hamlet and Sherlock Holmes) and productions of "August: Osage County" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." To provide a full rundown of the upcoming season, Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips is with Jim Stump in the studio.

Book Review: "Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life Of Bone"

Jun 7, 2019
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone, a look at the history and stories our bones can tell us, by author Brian Switek.

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Popular local musicians Robin and Joani Lacy will celebrate 30 years of their band, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, with a concert benefitting Play It Forward on June 9 at Southgate House Revival. They are in the studio with Brian O'Donnell to talk about the history of the band and how they've kept it going all these years.

Book Review: "The Regency Years" By Robert Morrison

May 31, 2019
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Book Review: Kelly Blewett reviews Robert Morrison's The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern.

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In her very personal memoir, author Margaret McMullan begins an unexpected journey into her family's history of war, the Holocaust, and how the mysterious Richard fits into the story. Barbara Gray is on the phone with the author to learn more about her amazing story, Where the Angels Lived.

New Music From Cincinnati's Own Freekbass

May 31, 2019
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He's still on the radio at Radio Artifact and has a new album out. The one and only Freekbass is in the studio with our Ron Esposito to talk about All the Way This. All the Way That. The release party is happening on June 6 at Top Cats in Corryville.

On Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m., local music legend Bootsy Collins will talk with Freekbass about the new album on Facebook Live.

Their conversation (split into 2 parts) include subjects like the “popping sound on the bass,” his bass-playing techniques, why he doesn’t have a guitarist in the band, photo shoots, endorsement of a new line of basses & a trip to New Zealand to record a video for it, why he plays a 4-string bass, and Questlove.

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Ani DiFranco is one of the most acclaimed, most celebrated singer/songwriters of a generation, and she has just released her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. She's on the phone with WGUC host Elaine Diehl to talk about her life of music making, social activism and motherhood. 

He's been on the big and small screen for decades, including films like "St. Elmo's Fire," "The Outsiders," "Austin Powers," and the TV drama "The West Wing." Rob Lowe has a new show on Fox this fall, but first he'll be in Cincinnati with his one-man show Stories I Only Tell My Friends Live at the Aronoff Center on June 1. 

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