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Jason Diakité is better known as bestselling hip hop artist Timbuktu. Our music correspondent Yemi Oyediran recently spoke with Jason about his upbringing in Sweden, his music, and his new autobiography, A Drop of Midnight.

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Book Review: Elaine Diehl reviews musician Jorma Kaukonen's (from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music. He now lives in southeast Ohio and runs the Fur Peach Ranch music venue.

Great Parks Of Hamilton County On Home Composting

Apr 24, 2020
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As we all are spending more time at home, Kimberly Whitton from Great Parks of Hamilton County is offering tips on how to start a home composting program.

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National Poetry Month: Local physician and poet Brian Volck reads his poem Why Dogs are Better Than People from his collection Fresh Becomes Word.

National Poetry Month: A Roundtable With Local Poets

Apr 17, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray leads a roundtable conversation with three local poets who discuss how their diverse backgrounds provide inspiration and read some of their poems. Joining Barbara are Tyrone Williams, published poet, Professor of English at XU; Valerie Chronis Bickett, published poet, teacher of writing classes; and Luz Villeda, published poet.

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Each year, the International Thespian Society (a part of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), based here in Cincinnati), hosts a festival for high-school actors, directors, and teachers at Indiana University in Bloomington. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year will be a virtual conference as Rick Pender learns in this conversation with EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald.

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Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett shares her thoughts about several children’s books, old and new for springtime enjoyment, including In a Jar (Deborah Macer), Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Charlotte Zolotow), and On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson (Jennifer Berne).

A New Story From Katie Laur

Apr 17, 2020
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Our friend Katie Laur takes this Memories from the Hills of Home story to the city this time as she recounts “Easter in Detroit.”

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Local author and music raconteur Randy McNutt joins our Elaine Diehl to talk about his friend and one-time writing partner Wayne Perry, probably the second most successful modern local songwriter (behind Troy Seals.) Perry, whose music has been recorded by Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and others, completed his first song 50 years ago this year.

National Poetry Month: Robert Murphy

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: a conversation and reading with poet and publisher of Dos Madre Press, Robert Murphy, about his new book, Among the Enigmas, with our Barbara Gray.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month: our contributor and poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shaper’s Harp.

National Poetry Month: Susan Glassmeyer

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Ohio’s 2018 Poet of the Year Susan Glassmeyer joins Barbara Gray for a conversation about her work as a therapist and her collection, Invisible Fish.

National Poetry Month: Linwood Rumney

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett speaks with Linwood Rumney about his life and his collection entitled Abandoned Earth.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Dick Hague reads The Beast of Beer from his book Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

National Poetry Month: Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Acclaimed Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar and University of Dayton professor emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin joins our Barbara Gray to talk about Dunbar’s writings and recites a couple of his poems.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet and president of Fountain Square Publishing, Jinny Powers Berten, joins us to read her poem, That Dog from her book, We Dance.

National Poetry Month: Manuel Iris

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz welcomes 2018 Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris to the studio for some readings of his poetry in addition to her review of his work.

A Message of Hope from Guatemala native and naturalized American citizen, Rene Micheo, a former principal dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet.

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Around Cincinnati kicks off National Poetry Month with local writer and poet Quanita Roberson. She’s in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the genesis of her two volumes, Soul Growing and Soul Growing II, written for 13-year-old boys and girls.

A Conversation With Pianist & Author Stephen Hough

Apr 3, 2020
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Stephen Hough is a talented pianist and accomplished author who has recent releases of a Brahms CD and a collection of essays on music and life. His April appearance in Cincinnati has been cancelled, but he joins Elaine Diehl by phone to talk about his new CD (Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces) and book (Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More).

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