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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.

Book Review: "A Pilgrimage To Eternity"

Jun 12, 2020
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Book Review: Kelly Blewett reviews Timothy Egan’s A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith.

New Poetry From Our Contributor Roberta Schultz

Jun 5, 2020
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Around Cincinnati contributor Roberta Schultz has just released her latest poetry chapbook. She joins our Barbara Gray for a conversation about the poems in Touchstones.

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Have you visited the new Art Climb yet? Jill Dunne, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Cincinnati Art Museum, shares the information about this public art project and what adornments are yet to come in this conversation with Anne Arenstein.

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Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a writer for the New York Times, has returned to his home area of Southern California for a fascinating new book about urban cowboys in one of the most notorious cities in the U.S.

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On Around Cincinnati, our literary contributor Kelly Blewett reviews Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An Antiracist.

What's Happening This Month In Cincinnati Parks

Jun 5, 2020
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Now that we’re into the early part of June, what is the status of the Cincinnati Parks and what events and activities are they hosting this month? Lou Sand, a region manager for the Parks, joins Elaine Diehl with a full update.

The Musical History Of The Ink Spots

Jun 5, 2020
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The Ink Spots were one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1930’s and 40’s. With a history that includes singing on Cincinnati’s WLW, we revisit this musical history of The Ink Spots from our friend David Lewis.

A Talk With Bass Pioneer Jack Casady

May 29, 2020
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Recently, Elaine Diehl had the opportunity to interview Rock Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen about his career, including his bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He mentioned that his good friend and bandmate, bassist Jack Casady, would be a good one to talk with about music and his career, so that’s what Elaine has done. Join her for this conversation with one of the most influential bass players in rock history.

Katie Laur's Memories From The Hills Of Home

May 29, 2020

We revisit another one of our friend Katie Laur’s stories in this episode of Memories from the Hills of Home. This one’s about Curly Ray Cline, fiddler for Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass band.

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A new novel based in 1950’s Wooster, Ohio tells the tale of a nosy switchboard operator and the lives and loves of the locals. Author Gretchen Berg joins our Barbara Gray via Zoom to talk about her new release, The Operator.

Book Review: "In Search Of Appalachia"

May 29, 2020
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz has a review of Nancy Brown Diggs’ exploration of the people and culture closer to her own, In Search of Appalachia.

A Profile Of The Mills Brothers

May 29, 2020
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Profile: We return to the archive for David Lewis’ fascinating commentary about the lives and careers of Piqua, Ohio’s popular jazz and pop quartet, The Mills Brothers.

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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in response to the pandemic closures and to continue the celebration of their 125th Anniversary, have commissioned some of today’s finest composers to write short fanfares for performance by CSO musicians and to share virtually. Joining Elaine Diehl with additional details on the CSO Fanfare Project and his contribution is composer Peter Boyer. (See Peter Boyer’s message about his composition here; see Elizabeth Freimuth’s performance here.)

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The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, presented by the Know Theatre, has always proclaimed that it’s “Kinda weird. Like you.” In this age of COVID-19, those words may never ring truer as the 2020 festival goes totally virtual. How this online event will happen and how audiences can join in are a couple of the topics discussed when our Jim Stump speaks by Zoom with the Know’s Producing Artistic Director Andrew Hungerford.

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What’s it like inside the Cincinnati Zoo when it’s bedtime for the animals? Apparently, Fiona the Hippo can’t sleep until she’s said goodnight to her animal friends. Children will enjoy this third installment of Fiona books from award-winning illustrator Richard Cowdrey. He joins our Barbara Gray by Zoom to talk more about Fiona, It’s Bedtime.

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Applications are now being accepted for the February 2021 Over the Rhine International Film Festival, organized by LADD Inc. The festival’s film programmer, TT Stern-Enzi, joins our Anne Arenstein via Zoom to discuss the uniqueness of this festival, focusing on films from around the globe that celebrate inclusion, diversity, and shared humanity.

Fresh Music From The Voyager Jazz Ensemble

May 22, 2020
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A collaboration of local jazz players known as The Voyager Jazz Ensemble was able to finish up their first recording just before the pandemic lockdown. Elaine Diehl talks with the entire ensemble and plays a piece from the CD called Rites of Passage

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