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Local illustrator and author Will Hillenbrand has just released his latest children's book, Santa's Story, in time for the holidays. He's in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the story and the feelings he gets when he's drawing the jolly old elf.

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Local author Randy Overbeck (Leave No Child Behind) is out with his second novel, this time delving into the world of murder mysteries/ghost stories/touch of romance stories. He joins Barbara Gray to talk about Blood on the Chesapeake, the first in his Haunted Shores Mysteries series.

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Don Tassone left the corporate world to dedicate his time to creative writing and teaching. He recently released his third collection of short stories entitled Sampler and he's with Barbara Gray to talk about his work and his fondness for the short story format.

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A.J. Ullman is a local writer, lawyer, and nurse practitioner whose latest novel is set during Cincinnati's April 2001 race riots. He's with Barbara Gray to talk about And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery Of Leah Marcus.

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The value of Ohio and its electoral votes are debated every four years as political pundits consider the necessary path for a presidential candidate to lay claim to the White House. But the Buckeye State is important to the rest of the country in many ways, writes author David E. Rohr.

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"What you do matters. What we do matters."

This is the simple thesis by the former Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, which he hopes to spread with his latest book It's Up To Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change

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In Brian Wray's new book Max's Box, a little boy's parents give him a box that will hold everything, including his feelings. Max fills the box until it grows so large, it gets in the way of everything he wants to do. Eventually, Max discovers a way to turn his box into something beautiful. Wray hopes his children's book is a conversation starter for children to to share their feelings with adults.

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Small Silent Things is the debut novel from Cincinnati native and current California resident, Robin Page. She's on the phone with Barbara Gray to talk about the book and the impact of growing up here on her work.

Marie Marvingt: Fiancée of Danger

Oct 4, 2019

Called “the most incredible woman since Joan of Arc,” Marie Marvingt was the world’s first female bomber/fighter pilot, one of the only women to fight in trenches on the front lines in WWI, the inventor of the air ambulance, a world class athlete, and so much more.  But hardly anyone knows her name.

Author Rosalie Maggio joins Barbara Gray by phone to discuss her new biography, Marie Marvingt: Fiancée of Danger.

You Are Home: An Ode To The National Parks

Oct 4, 2019

Kelly Blewett reviews the book You Are Home by Evan Turk, a picture book that provides a tour of the United States’ National Parks.

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In her new book, Debbie Harry invites you in for an in-depth and personal look at the forming of the band Blondie, her close relationships, her troubles, and her successes.

A new book from writer John William Law chronicles the stardom of two of Hollywood's most iconic actresses - Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day – through the lens of one film production they both shared.

Law talks with John Kiesewetter about Goddess and the Girl Next Door which details the last days of Marilyn Monroe and the production of her incomplete film, Something's Got to Give, and how the film would resurface a year later starring Doris Day under the name Move Over, Darling.

Planted by the Signs

Sep 27, 2019
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The Flea Market As Architectural Journey

Sep 23, 2019
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Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright may be the Midwest's (and the nation's) most famous architects, but the region has always been a fertile ground for builders master and amateur. 

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.

Journalist Beth Macy has chronicled the origins of the opioid crisis in Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.

In the new paperback edition's discussion guide, she argues again for greater emphasis on medical treatment for addicts.And she discussed President Trump, lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and other issues in an interview with The Daily Yonder, which covers rural America. For some excerpts, read on.

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The ever-changing Cincinnati landscape of places to go and experiences to be had made a 2nd edition of 100 Things to Do in Cincinnati Before You Die inevitable. Local theatre critic and Around Cincinnati contributor Rick Pender is the author of both editions and he joins Brian O'Donnell to talk about what's new and what's gone in this updated version.

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