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Bluegrass Music On A Washington Ferry

Jul 3, 2020
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In the late 1970’s, Al Levy, then a college student, and a friend started playing guitar and banjo on the Washington State Ferry MV Kaleetan on their way to Port Townsend. In time, their fame grew, and the legend of the Ferryboat Musicians began. Now a practicing therapist, Al Levy has written about the experience and joins contributor Alexander Watson to talk about Blue Water Bluegrass: The Ferryboat Musicians.

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Walter Thompson-Hernandez, a writer for the New York Times, has returned to his home area of Southern California for a fascinating new book about urban cowboys in one of the most notorious cities in the U.S.

Turning Your Life Story Into A Written Autobiography

Apr 24, 2020
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Story Terrace is a unique ghostwriting service that takes personal autobiographies or family stories and turns them in to keepsake books. Our Kelly Blewett gets more details from the company’s founder and CEO, Rutger Bruining.

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The importance of honeybees to the world’s farming and agricultural worlds can’t be overstated, yet their numbers are shrinking because of pesticides, pollution, infections, and more. To focus attention on the plight of the honeybees, award-winning authors (and husband and wife) Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann have released Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera and join host Lee Hay by phone.

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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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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.

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He's one of the key actors in the Star Wars franchise, yet you probably wouldn't recognize him if he passed you on the street. Anthony Daniels, the man who brought life to the droid C-3PO, stopped by our studio while in town this week and spent a few minutes discussing his new memoir, I Am C-3PO, with our Jim Nolan.

Two men taking on a river adventure is the basis of Alexander Watson's new book, River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America.

He's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about this journey and about the growing fleet of wooden yachts making their home in Cincinnati.

Check out Alexander Watson's blog: River Queens: The Journey Continues.

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Environmental scientist and entrepreneur Summer Rayne Oakes has just released her latest book, How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivate Green Space in Your Home and Heart.  She joins Lee Hay to dole out some plant-related advice on how to create a flourishing space.

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Award-winning travel writer and music journalist Chris Epting is well known for some of his earlier road trip books like James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks, and Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America

"Strange Noir" From Local Author Arthur C. Jett

Jun 28, 2019
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Cincinnatian Arthur C. Jett owns his own trucking company and has taken up both painting and writing on the side. Earlier this year, he released his collection of three novellas called Strange Noir, and he's in the studio to talk about his writing with our Barbara Gray.

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Lafcadio Hearn was a popular writer in the 19th century who spent time in Cincinnati as a reporter for the Enquirer. He wound up in Japan and wrote a series of fairy tales that have now been assembled into a new book titled, aptly, Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

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.


Chef Edward Lee was recently seen as a judge on the Kentucky edition of Top Chef and is the owner of several highly-regarded restaurants in Louisville. 

The topic no one wants to discuss, but death is inevitable. 

Integrative medicine, alternative treatments, natural alternatives to drugs…these and many other topics are discussed in-depth in Nature's Best Remedies: Top Medicinal Herbs, Spices, and Foods for Health and Well-Being from National Geographic. 

Book review: Roberta Schultz reviews Appalachian Mushrooms: A Field Guide by Walter E. Sturgeon.

 

Honoring Martin Luther King Day:

Roberta Schultz reviews the book Lynching and Mob Violence in Ohio, 1772-1938 (Published by McFarland), written by David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker.

A new biography about a man who truly lived in a glass house is now out, thanks to author Mark Lamster

Acclaimed photographer Michael Wilson has captured many famous faces on film during his career, but with his latest project, he took photos of strangers at various pop-up locations throughout our area. 

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