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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. 

Summer In The City With Wump Mucket Puppets

May 24, 2019

Looks like it's going to be a busy summer for Terrence Burke and his fuzzy friends known as Wump Mucket Puppets. He, along with his alien pal Q'Weezl, are in the studio with Jim Stump to talk about their summer of performances at local libraries.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform an intimate concert of old and new favorites on Thursday, May 30 at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. She's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about her career, the music business today, and what her fans can expect when they come to her show.

Playwright Sara DeLappe uses the world of girls' high school soccer to tell her contemporary tale of life as a young woman today in her play, The Wolves. This Pulitzer Prize finalist will be the final production of the season for Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati starting June 1. 

Local author Dee Garretson is back with a new young adult novel set during WWI. She is in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about her work and her latest, All is Fair.

Coming to the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta for the first time this year is the Hot Rod Power Tour, a showcase of classic cars and hot rods for fans of all ages. Tim Bray from the Speedway is with Lee Hay with more information on the June 11 tour stop.

"Let It Go!" is the theme for an upcoming exhibition from the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists at the Women's Art Barn in Mariemont. Local fiber artists Nancy Gamon and Sally Lloyd are in the studio with our Barbara Gray to preview this display, opening on June 6.


Cincy Fringe Festival 2019: Still Kinda Weird

May 17, 2019

Coming back to venues all through Over the Rhine is the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, kicking off May 31. The festival producer, Chris Wesselman, shares some of the changes, highlights, and what the Fringe experience is all about in a conversation with Jim Stump.


Queen City Opera Presents Weber's "The Magic Bullets"

May 17, 2019

Queen City Opera, producer of some of the most intimate, least-performed operas, continues that tradition when they present Weber's The Magic Bullets, which was a favorite of composer Gustav Mahler. Artistic Director Isaac Selya joins Anne Arenstein with information about this rare performance, happening twice (May 31 and June 2) at a new venue, the Finneytown Performing Arts Center.


Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray is back with another novel in her Walnut Creek series, set in Ohio's Amish Country, The Patient One. Formerly a Cincinnati-area resident, she tells our Barbara Gray that her recent move to Colorado won't change her writing as she's found several Amish communities there.


Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass…all those musical styles and more will be featured this summer at Covington's Behringer Crawford Museum's Music@BCM concert series. Organizer Mark Schlachter and Executive Director Laurie Risch are in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about the diversity of local music that will be heard on Thursday nights.


Book Review: "Baby Of The Family" By Maura Roosevelt

May 17, 2019

Book review: The great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, recently released her debut novel. Roberta Schultz reviews Maura Roosevelt's Baby of the Family.


For Mother's Day: Former Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel reads her poem When She Was Done from her book Coal Town Photograph.

One of the area's most popular fundraising concerts returns to The Carnegie in Covington when Suits That Rock takes the stage on June 22 and 29. 

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