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If you think our exploration of Mars ended with Curiosity, think again!

A new and improved rover is heading to the red planet next year as Dean Regas and Anna Hehman learn from their guest, Ken Williford, Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars 2020 project.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Scriptnotes: Each week, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters.
  • Richard's Famous Food Podcast: A mix of journalism, absurdity & sonic delight brought to you by James Beard Award-nominated food writer, filmmaker, and audio impresario Richard Parks III.
  • That's So Cincinnati: This podcast is about you: The Cincinnatian.

The mysteries of the cosmos have led to wide array of beliefs, stories, legends and more, many of which are completely fabricated with no basis in science or reality.

Author Bob King has released a new book to try address these misconceptions and he joins our Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about Urban Legends from Space: The Biggest Myths About Space Demystified.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Dollop: Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds picks a subject from history and examine it.
  • Sick: An investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy.
  • Creators in Cincy: Featuring content creators and production extraordinaires from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Nice Try! Avery Trufelman explores stories of people who tried to design a better world - and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Epstein: This is the story of how a wealthy financier was apparently able to elude justice for financial and sexual crimes from his first days as a young man on Wall Street, until the very end.
  • Nature vs. Narcissism: Heather and her guests discuss true crimes and the narcissists who commit them.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Welcome to Night Vale: Community updates from Night Vale: local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, dark hooded figures, and cultural events.
  • Mythical Monsters: Mythical Monsters tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind.
  • Paranormal Porkopolis: A podcast about the Queen City of Cincinnati and the ghosts who haunt her.


Local singer-songwriter Molly Sullivan is a bit of an enigma. Many of her songs have, so far, gone unrecorded, and she tends to limit her online presence. When she joined me in the studio, I had very little in front of me in terms of notes or prepared questions, so, I thought, "Let’s just start talking and see where it goes."

As it turns out, this interview ranks among one of my favorites; and as you join me as a witness to this conversation, you’ll see why; and hopefully, it will be one of your favorites as well. 


As the successful run of the PBS series Star Gazers comes to an end, it seemed only right to welcome in Dean's co-host of that show, James Albury, for some conversation and reminiscences. James is the director of Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Limetown: This six-part podcast asks the question, "What happened to the people of Limetown?"
  • Office Ladies: The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you.
  • Looking Up: Hosted by Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman, Looking Up brings you the latest astronomical discoveries in a fun, quick-paced conversation.

The poet Francis Duggan called Death “The Great Equalizer.” No matter who you are, where you come from or what you believe, all of us will one day leave this existence.

Mike Oberst, one of the founding members of The Tillers, has released an 11- track solo album titled Six Feet Of Earth that examines that reality.

By combining traditional American and European folk songs with two original compositions - and an extraordinary Carole King cover, Mike explores themes that transcend our differences and finds those common bonds that define us all, ultimately, as human beings.

This week on Start Hear:

  • An Arm and a Leg: A podcast about the cost of healthcare.
  • Portraits: Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
  • Tragedy to Triumph: Amazing stories from people in Recovery hosted by Aaron Laine.

The sound of Fickle Hellcat is best described as "Vintage Indie Rock," but the music created by Rachel Maxann, Mike Wiley and Paul Swabek comes from an enormous universe of influences.

Their self-titled debut album has just been released and I had the opportunity to sit down with lead singer Rachel Maxann to talk about where all of these songs come from; and how her travels around the globe have shapeed her and the songs she writes.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Sidedoor: More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian's vaults, but where public view ends, Sidedoor begins.
  • Breaking Beliefs: Explore the internal beliefs that drive your habits that prevent you from what you want most in your life.
  • Move Norwood Forward: Norwood, Ohio is a city full of passionate citizens. Every Monday, join local resident Jon Moore as he interviews the people who are moving Norwood forward.

MOIRA: Demons + Daisies

Oct 4, 2019

MOIRA is a 3-piece dream pop band with origins in Dayton, OH. Their new EP Demons + Daisies is a follow-up to their 2015 release entitled Asleep/Repeat/Awake.

The music of MOIRA is lovely combination of traditional and non-traditional instruments intertwined with samples and the haunting vocals of lead singer Alicia Grodecki.

I sat down with the members of the band to talk about the new EP, writing songs in the cold and bartering chicken-wrangling for rehearsal space.

This week on Start Hear:

  • A Taste of the Past: Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian, takes a weekly journey through the history of food.
  • Passenger List: A missing plane, a cabin full of suspects, a search for truth.
  • Organize 365: Home organization tips, strategies and motivation with professional organizer Lisa Woodruff.

Hissing Tiles: Boychoir

Sep 27, 2019

Frank Zappa once said, “You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.”

This sentiment applies when you’re composing an entire album that tries to navigate the male archetypes in everyday life.

From social expectations about what it means to be a “real man,” to the ever-increasing presence of fascism and hate-groups in America, Hissing Tiles seeks to shine a light on the assumptions the pervade our culture and ask why they exist in the first place. Their new album Boychoir is dissonant, challenging and extraordinarily cathartic.

Sharing some truly fascinating stories from his days as a civilian test subject for NASA, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome entrepreneur Kevin Bruns into the studio. 

Hyperstatic: Witness

Sep 20, 2019

After a 16-year waiting period, there was a good amount of buzz this Summer about the return of Hyperstatic - and rightly so. 

This old-school 3-piece indie-punk band brings everything you could want to the table and more. Sonically they connect with everything from King Crimson to Sonic Youth - and with Sammy McKee on drums, Mike Fair on bass and Brian Hoffman on guitar and vocals, they have the talent to bring it all together.

The release of their new 4-song EP Witness reminds us of why this music just sounds so good.

This week on Start Hear:

  • 1619: In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.
  • Far From Home: Award-winning radio journalist Scott Gurian documents unexpected adventures and chance encounters with interesting people around the world.
  • Why Are You Like This? Jaimi Ryan and Austin Williams talk human behavior and pseudoscience under a cloud of sage as they attempt to determine why people are the way that they are.

Summer Ash is a true renaissance woman: former rocket scientist, STEAM educator, STARtorialist blogger, and freelance science communicator.