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Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who has just released her first novel. She joins Barbara Gray via Zoom to talk about The Daughters of Erietown.

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In David Pepper's third novel, The Voter File, foreign interference threatens our elections. Recently unemployed political reporter Jack Sharpe follows a lead about a special election in Wisconsin with a suspicious outcome and uncovers a plot to change the results of U.S. elections all over the country.

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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.

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A new novel based in 1950’s Wooster, Ohio tells the tale of a nosy switchboard operator and the lives and loves of the locals. Author Gretchen Berg joins our Barbara Gray via Zoom to talk about her new release, The Operator.

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What’s it like inside the Cincinnati Zoo when it’s bedtime for the animals? Apparently, Fiona the Hippo can’t sleep until she’s said goodnight to her animal friends. Children will enjoy this third installment of Fiona books from award-winning illustrator Richard Cowdrey. He joins our Barbara Gray by Zoom to talk more about Fiona, It’s Bedtime.

What If Hillary Never Said Yes To Bill?

May 21, 2020
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What is left to say about a woman who has faced endless scrutiny on the written page and the world's stage?

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During this political season, it seemed like a good time to revisit host Lee Hay’s 2013 conversation with acclaimed presidential historian and author, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Bestselling author David Baldacci is out with the latest installment in his Memory Man series, this one called Walking the Wire. He talks about this latest adventure plus how COVID-19 has changed his life and travel schedule in this chat with Barbara Gray.

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Richard Cordray was the nation's first director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) when it was created a decade ago during the administration of President Barack Obama. 

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Last month, we shared a poem from local poet and physician, Brian Volck, for National Poetry Month. Now we revisit a conversation Dr. Volck had with our Kelly Blewett in 2016 about his fascinating book, Attending Others: A Doctor's Education in Bodies and Words.

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More than just a designer, Betsey Johnson is a fashion icon who has injected her exuberant personality into her clothing. She’s out with her first memoir, simply titled Betsey, and she spends a few minutes with our Jim Stump to talk about it.

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Stephanie Duesing is a former music teacher who understands, especially in these unusual times, how important music can be, especially for children. Besides calming or entertaining them, music helps with brain development and cognitive growth. She’s with our Elaine Diehl to talk about the importance of music (and programs like WGUC’s Classics for Kids) and her new memoir, Eyeless Mind.

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Book Review: Elaine Diehl reviews musician Jorma Kaukonen's (from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna) autobiography, Been So Long: My Life and Music. He now lives in southeast Ohio and runs the Fur Peach Ranch music venue.

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Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett shares her thoughts about several children’s books, old and new for springtime enjoyment, including In a Jar (Deborah Macer), Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Charlotte Zolotow), and On Wings of Words: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson (Jennifer Berne).

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Around Cincinnati kicks off National Poetry Month with local writer and poet Quanita Roberson. She’s in the studio with Barbara Gray to talk about the genesis of her two volumes, Soul Growing and Soul Growing II, written for 13-year-old boys and girls.

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It’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, so Kate Bolick and three of her author friends have published a new book celebrating their attachment to the book and the four sisters. Our Kelly Blewett speaks with her on the phone about the unique format of March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication.

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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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A locally produced book shares 28 stories of parents who lost a child. The editor, Mary Langford, and one of the mothers in the book, Heidi Bright, join our Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about Loss, Survive, Thrive.

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Dani McClain's first book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, was recently published and she was named the next Writer-in-Residence at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The author joins our Barbara Gray to talk about her book and her goals for her year as writer-in-residence.

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Prohibition took away legal alcohol in America, but brought with it opportunity for clever criminals, including George Remus, who built his bourbon empire with feet on both sides of the Ohio River. He lived in a grand mansion in Price Hill, and later died in the care of a nurse in Covington.

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