Scarlet Tanagers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Indigo Buntings. Beautiful birds all, and all spotted recently in parks and neighborhoods in our area, along with the more common Cardinals, Goldfinches, Juncos and Carolina Wrens. You just have to look, and listen. Cincinnati Nature Center Chief Naturalist & Adult Program Manager Bill Creasey, and Nature Center Visitor Services Coordinator and Naturalist Lester Peyton, are with us with tips and thoughts on birding in the Ohio Valley. Another great source for information is the American Bird Conservancy.
The debate over voting rights in Ohio rages on, unabated.
Democrats argue that the Republicans in the legislature and the Republican secretary of state, Jon Husted, have done everything in their power to make it difficult for Democrats – particularly African-American voters – to cast a ballot.
Husted and the Republicans argue that you would be hard-pressed to find a state that gives its people more opportunities to cast a ballot, with its 28-day early voting period for both mail-in absentee ballots and early in-person voting at the state’s 88 county boards of elections.
Cincinnati Opera is preparing for its first production of Silent Night, based on the movie Joyeux Noel, recounting the story of WWI soldiers celebrating Christmas together in the midst of battle. Composer Kevin Puts tells our Anne Arenstein about this story and how he went about writing this, his first opera.
Sports historian Scott Rowan has written a fascinating book looking at the ways the Chicago Cubs have altered politics, society, race relations, innovation, entertainment, vices and baseball. He’s on the phone with Mark Heyne to talk about The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.
Local children’s author Michele Wright has created a series of four books based on the seasons in order to share the magic of nature with her young readers. As she tells our Kelly Blewett, most of the photos illustrating these books are local scenes including the Cincinnati Zoo, Miami Whitewater Forest and more.
Drummer Ron Enyard has been a fixture in the local jazz scene for many years, and has a regular gig at Om Eco Café in Clifton every Monday night. He’s with Frank Johnson to talk about a CD from a 1967 gig at the old Herbie’s (a club that was on the corner of Taft and Hackberry) with saxophonist Bobby Miller, pianist Sam Jackson, and bassist Burgoine Denny.
Have you entered the Dooniverse yet? Local authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon have created a series of fantasy books, the Doon series, with the first novel, Doon, now available and the second, Destined for Doon, due out September 2. The authors are with Barbara Gray to discuss the series, the characters and plots, and a unique connection to a 1950’s era Broadway musical.