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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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The local choral music group known as Cincinnati Camerata is putting the finishing touches on their annual Marian Concert, presenting sacred works in sacred spaces. Their artistic director, Trevor Kroeger, joins our Suzanne Bona to preview Cincinnati Camerata's two "Mystical Rose" concerts.

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Downtown's Lloyd Library, a research library and exhibit space, has quite the collection of rare and treasured books that will be on view starting December 6. The library's executive director, Patricia van Skaik, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the Treasures of the Lloyd exhibit featuring a first edition of Darwin's "Origin of the Species" and a book once owned by Harry Houdini.

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The Fillmore Wind Band is Cincinnati's official wind band and is comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians from around the area. They have been invited to perform at New York City's Carnegie Hall in May, so their upcoming Christmas concert will help fund that trip. Stewart Blatt, President of the band, and Assistant Conductor Avious Jackson join Lee Hay with more on their December 7 concert featuring special guest emcee, Nancy James.

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After its initial exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, has moved to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. 

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For many in our area, their knowledge of the Camp Washington community begins and ends at Camp Washington Chili. But this neighborhood, while undergoing some changes in demographics and new businesses, still has residents struggling. Our Barbara Gray learns more from Rev. Dr. Aaron Maurice Saari, pastor at Washington United Church of Christ in Camp Washington who sees the changes, and those left behind, every day.

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Kate Fadick shares her poem, Winter Storm.

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