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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.

"Strange Noir" From Local Author Arthur C. Jett

Jun 28, 2019
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Cincinnatian Arthur C. Jett owns his own trucking company and has taken up both painting and writing on the side. Earlier this year, he released his collection of three novellas called Strange Noir, and he's in the studio to talk about his writing with our Barbara Gray.

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He's widely regarded as one of the premier jazz bass players and David Friesen will be bringing his quartet to The Greenwich in Walnut Hills on July 5. He joins Ron Esposito on the phone to talk about his career, some of his recordings, and the players joining him at this gig.

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CAST (Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre) provides area high school students the summer opportunity to be involved in challenging plays and musicals. This summer will bring the play "Mr. Burns…a post-electric play" and the musical "Spring Awakening."

Celebrating Independence Day With The Cincinnati Pops

Jun 21, 2019
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For many, July 4th wouldn't be the same without a trip to Riverbend Music Center for the annual Cincinnati Pops Red, White and BOOM! concert and fireworks. Joining Anne Arenstein with a preview of that concert and a look ahead at the Pops' 2019-20 season is Conductor John Morris Russell.

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Richmond, Indiana native Jeff Hamilton is one of the most respected and sought-after drummers in jazz today. He's on the phone with Yemi Oyediran to talk about his June 26 appearance at Walnut Hills' Caffe Vivace with the legendary Blue Wisp Big Band.

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Lafcadio Hearn was a popular writer in the 19th century who spent time in Cincinnati as a reporter for the Enquirer. He wound up in Japan and wrote a series of fairy tales that have now been assembled into a new book titled, aptly, Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

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Banjoist/composer/bandleader Bela Fleck has reconvened his world famous Flecktones for a new album and tour. They will appear at Cincinnati's Taft Theatre on June 30, but first he's on the phone with Elaine Diehl with details of their 30th anniversary and getting the band back together.

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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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