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Roger Abell is a longtime set decorator for Hollywood films and TV shows, including Friends, Two and a Half Men and The Pirates of the Caribbean. He's an Oxford, Ohio native and recently returned to the Butler County community after his retirement. 

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There must be a story behind a musician and woodworker who now owns an art gallery in O'Bryonville. Brian O'Donnell spends some time getting that story from Joe Stewart, the man behind the Joe Stewart Gallery.

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A fascinating photo and video project from one day earlier this year has now resulted in a book and documentary that shows the wonderful world of The Walt Disney Company, from studios to theme parks. The author of One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe, Bruce Steele, speaks with Lee Hay about the genesis of this project and the logistics of such an undertaking.

"A Very Fiona Christmas" Is Perfect For The Holidays

Dec 13, 2019
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Cincinnati native and New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey has again teamed up with the Cincinnati Zoo for a holiday follow-up to the successful Fiona the Hippo children's book. He's in the studio with our Barbara Gray to talk about A Very Fiona Christmas.

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From Johnny Mathis to Baby Shark to The Office and more, there's a little bit of everything coming to town compliments of the Cincinnati Arts Association in 2020. Joining Jim Stump for a preview of the entire line-up is Van Ackerman, the CAA's VP of Marketing and Communications.

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Looking for some fun, retro ways to celebrate the holidays? Then author Charles Phoenix has you covered. He's with our host, Lee Hay, to talk about his latest throw-back inspired book, Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes.

Book Review: "Prada: Catwalk" By Susannah Frankel

Dec 13, 2019
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Book review: Elaine Diehl reviews the 600+ page retrospective of the fashions designed by Prada, compiled in Prada: Catwalk by author Susannah Frankel.

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One man defines the medical thriller genre in novels, and that's Robin Cook. He's back with a new heart-stopper, Genesis, and he spends a few minutes in conversation with our Barbara Gray.

Book Review: "Wildlife Adventure" from Coyote Peterson

Dec 13, 2019
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Book review: A great gift for the young adventurer in your life, Roberta Schultz reviews Wildlife Adventure: An Interactive Guide with Facts, Photos, and More! by Coyote Peterson.

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For the holiday, we bring you a recording of the late, great jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Tanner and her version of I'll Be Home for Christmas.

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One of Around Cincinnati's favorite guests, University of Dayton Professor Emeritus Herbert Woodward Martin, recently released his latest book of poetry, The Shape of Regret. He joins our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about his use of the word "regret" and to read some of his work.

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Longtime Columbus Dispatch sports columnist Bob Hunter, a Hamilton native, retired in 2016 after a storied and award-winning career. He's now assembled some of his best and favorite columns into a collection called Players, Teams, and Stadium Ghosts: Bob Hunter on Sports and he's with our John Kiesewetter to discuss how he took decades of writing and chose the entries for his book.

A Poem From Lynn Robbins

Dec 6, 2019
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Poet Lynn Robbins reads Hurry Up and Wait from her collection, When You Sit to Write.

New Vision UMC Presents Their 7th Halle-Bration

Dec 6, 2019
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Combine the words hallelujah and celebration and you have the name of one of the area's largest holiday markets and community festivals, Halle-Bration. Now in its 7th year, co-chair Kathye Lewis Norman tells Elaine Diehl how the two-day event combines shopping, local businesses, entertainment, food, kids' activities, and health into a fun holiday event at New Vision UMC on Reading Road.

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Author David Baldacci is known for penning some of the most suspenseful and character-driven mysteries and thrillers, and his latest novel is no exception. The author joins Barbara Gray by phone to talk about A Minute to Midnight, featuring the return of his first female lead character, Atlee Pine.

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The internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil returns to the ice with their latest touring show, AXEL. Elizabeth Brown, one of the acrobats in the production, joins Jim Stump to preview this new spectacular prior to its visit to Cincinnati's Heritage Bank Center on January 23-26.

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Book Review: Roberta Schultz reviews two books by John I. Gilderbloom: Chromatic Homes: The Joy of Color in Historic Places and Chromatic Homes: The Design and Coloring Book.

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Cincinnati's No Promises Vocal Band is ready to kick off their schedule of Christmas performances around the area. Members Nat Comisar, Josh Steele, and David Baum, along with the other five members of the group, join Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio for a conversation about singing, choosing songs for this tour, and a performance of Joni Mitchell's "River."

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati continues its tradition of presenting a locally written and performed family musical during the holidays. ETC's Producing Artistic Director D. Lynn Meyers previews this year's David Kisor-Joe McDonough musical, The Frog Princess.

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Visionaries + Voices, Cincinnati's all-inclusive arts creation space, is perpetually busy with studio activities, exhibitions, murals, and more. Barbara Gray finds out more about the history and mission of V+V along with the story of the new mural they created on the building across the street during this conversation with participating artist Tyler Spohn, Creative Director Karen Boyhan, and Exhibition Director Skip Cullen.

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