News
2:14 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

How to get right in the middle of the war in Syria — from thousands of miles away

Virtual reality was once the province of science fiction book and movies — think of the holodeck on "Star Trek." But virtual reality is becoming a practical, real-world technology, one that people are trying to find uses for in a variety of fields, including international journalism.

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Sewer district
1:52 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Cincinnati/Hamilton County pledge to improve MSD relationship

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann said they are committed to fixing the broken relationship between the city and county concerning the Metropolitan Sewer District.  Both spoke after an hour long meeting Monday at City Hall.  

Hartmann said for MSD to be successful, the county has to have a coordinated approach with the city.

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Environment
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Can I recycle this? Here's a holiday recycling check list

Workers sort paper at Rumpke's recycling facility .
Credit Emily Wendler / WVXU

As you're gathering up all the wrapping paper and bows from Christmas, Hanukah, and any other celebration this holiday season, here's a check list to help answer the question: Can I recycle this?

Note: Service will not occur on Christmas or New Year's Day. Customers with a Thursday trash day will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.

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Politics
8:11 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: The Jeb Bush Factor

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik about what a Jeb Bush candidacy would mean for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other potential GOP presidential candidates.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Social Media activated vending machine nets you free stuff

This is what you see when using an Instagram-activated vending machine made by IVS.
Ann Thompson WVXU

(This story first aired September 10, 2014) 

The concept is 21st century clever. Help companies promote their products via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  to get free products from special vending machines.

Patrick McDonald thought of this idea years ago and launched Innovative Vending Solutions in 2008. The company is based in West Carrollton. His partner is Jeff Thibodeau.

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Music
6:56 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

The Blues: 12.27.14 show

The last blues show of 2014 begins with local favorite and a world-class pianist, Ricky Nye.  There's also songs by Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Johnny Adams.  The last set features the Bluebirds Big Band, Steely Dan and Mark Murphy. 

City Lights has released a new book of the lyrics of Van Morrison called "Lit Up Inside" which came out in late October, 2014.

Music
6:52 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Swing with Bill Cartwright: 12.27.14 show

Join Bill this Saturday evening at 1opm for a great show that'll start with Chris Connor's version of "Jeepers Creepers" followed by Nat King Cole and "There Will Never Be Another You."  You'll also hear from Bing Crosby, Julie London, and Jo Stafford.  Some of the big bands featured include Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman.

Politics
4:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Does Jeb Bush complicate whatever presidential ambitions Kasich has?

If Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, swept into a second term with a massive re-election win in November, truly does have presidential ambitions, a very large monkey wrench was thrown into the mix this week.

Jeb Bush – the former Florida governor, son of one president and brother of another – did what GOP political operatives and big-time contributors have been waiting for. He announced – via a Facebook post – that he is exploring the possibility of becoming a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination.

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News
5:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Now will Cuba get better Internet service?

Man makes call in front of Cuban independence mural in Havana in 2013.

Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

Cuba, your Internet access is crap. You know it. The whole world knows it. But especially your citizens.

And to some degree, it's not a technical issue. You have a somewhat spanking new underwater cable connecting you to the global internet. We heard about it a few years ago when the people at Dyn Research spotted it.

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News
5:41 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

What we can learn from Charlie Chaplin and 'The Great Dictator'

Seth Rogen is far from the first filmmaker to take a pot shot at a notorious world leader.

Charlie Chaplin’s famous portrayal of fictitious dictator Adenoid Hynkel, a thinly-veiled version of Hitler, made waves around the world when he premiered the 1940 comedy, "The Great Dictator."

“Initially, when he proposed the film, there were fears — in Britain, particularly, where appeasement was still very much in the air — and there was talk that the film would be dangerous," says film critic and historian David Thomson.

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