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One of the area's busiest arts center has a full calendar of performances, classes, and events coming up during the first half of 2020. Joining Anne Arenstein for a conversation about all that's happening at Hamilton's Fitton Center for Creative Arts is Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley.

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Longtime Hamilton Journal-News writer Ted Pollard is now retired and writing fiction. His book, Grant's Wish, is the tale of a historic inn that's fallen on hard times and one man's effort to save it, despite many obstacles. The author (whose pen name is T.S. Pollard) discusses his past and current writing with our Media Beat reporter, John Kiesewetter.

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Cars have always been a popular subject for musicians, but do you have any idea how rich and prevalent that connection is? The folks at Digital Third Coast were curious so did a deep dive analysis and the results are fascinating. Host Lee Hay talks with Collin Czarnecki from Digital Third Coast about the premise, methodology, and results of this study.

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Cincinnati native Jay Moriarty grew up watching TV and knowing he wanted to be a writer. He wound up writing and producing Norman Lear's groundbreaking comedy The Jeffersons and he's recounted his journey in his new book, Honky in the House: Writing & Producing The Jeffersons and he's with our John Kiesewetter.

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University of Cincinnati Professor Emerita Cynthia Lockhart has received great acclaim for her art quilts, which are now featured in an exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art. The artist joins host Lee Hay for a conversation about her work and the exhibit Journey to Freedom, on display through March 15.

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In honor of Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, University of Dayton Professor Emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin recites one of his poems.

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Dr. Mark Lomax II is an innovator, composer, musician, percussionist, and storyteller who created and performs 400: An Afrikan Epic Suite, an 8 ½ hour journey through the African American experience since arriving on these shores. Dr. Lomax, from Columbus, Ohio, has been sharing his musical storytelling throughout the area in collaboration with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and joins Lee Hay to discuss the origin and creation of the piece.

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David Choate is an SCPA graduate who has created Revolution Dance Theatre, an African American troupe now in residence at the Aronoff Center. He discusses the genesis of the group and his ultimate mission with RDT in a conversation with Elaine Diehl.

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The life of iconic 50's rocker Buddy Holly is coming to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park starting January 18.

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Local poet Megan Mary Moore has received great acclaim for her first published collection, Dwellers. She spends a few minutes with our Barbara Gray to talk about this "love letter to a girlhood that is often overlooked: the girlhood that occurs in poor, rural America."

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In preparation for warmer days ahead, Loveland's Oasis Conference Center will play host to the annual Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show on February 1. David Delegator learns more about this addictive recreation in a conversation with Jim Vota, president of Buckeye United Flyfishers, and Haruko Mizoguchi, a female club member active in their women's activities.

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From LBJ's unexpected swearing in after the Kennedy assassination, through his effort to carry out his predecessor's plan for a national civil rights act, All the Way tells the story of a unique and tumultuous time in America's history. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company takes on Robert Schenkkan's drama starting January 24, and to learn more, our Rick Pender sits down with the company's artistic director, Brian Isaac Phillips.

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Local chef Gail Lennig thinks cooking is for everyone and that food is what brings people together, so she's written her first cookbook, Fabulous Food Made Easy, for amateur chefs to enjoy. She spends some time in the studio with Elaine Diehl talking about her food philosophies and some of the recipes in the book.

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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews Pauletta Hansel's latest book of poems, Coal Town Photograph, and previews an upcoming musical/spoken word presentation of the book at the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library.

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The story of gifted young pianist Benjamin Carlson-Berne and how his untimely passing led to the creation of a memorial scholarship fund in his name is recounted in this conversation between Ben's mother, Susan Carlson, and our Elaine Diehl. There is a fundraising concert featuring acclaimed pianist Terrence Wilson taking place January 12 at the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

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Longtime journalist and PR practitioner Dan Pinger is out with a new book that tells of those tawdry years in Newport. He's with our Media Beat blogger John Kiesewetter to talk about A Reporter's Memoir: When the Mob Ruled Newport.

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Some may have forgotten but there was an influential Apple long before Steve Jobs and iPhones. Apple Records was the home of the Beatles for many years and one of the people who helped grow Apple into the force it became was musician-turned-executive Peter Asher

Book Review: "The Letters Of Cole Porter"

Jan 3, 2020
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Book Review: Roberta Schultz shares her thoughts on The Letters of Cole Porter by Cliff Eisen & Dominic McHugh.

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In the bucolic community of Yellow Springs, Ohio sits a wonderous little shop with a most unique specialization. The Little Fairy Garden sells all a person will need for their indoor or outdoor fairy garden. Our host, Lee Hay, learns all about fairy gardens and what you'll find in the shop in this conversation with owner Kim Lemkau.

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Noah Wotherspoon is one of the busiest blues musicians in the area and he recently spent some time with our Elaine Diehl to talk about his new music and touring. He also performs a couple of his songs, "Hip to Your Jive," and "Don't Let the Darkness."

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