A Tribute to Kenny Poole

Mar 25, 2015

Cincinnati jazz guitarist Kenny Poole played with a number of jazz greats including Mark Murphy, Jack McDuff, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. To honor Poole on the anniversary of his passing, friends and fellow musicians join Lee Hay for a special two hour jazz special to celebrate his music. Performers include local jazz musician, Steve Schmidt, as well as Chicago guitarist Andy Brown. Among others sharing stories will be Fred Hersch, Larry Kinley, Phil DeGreg, Larry Goshorn, Bob Nave, April Aloisio, Larry Nager, and Phil Burkhead. 

Program Summary:

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Popular humorist and columnist Erma Bombeck went about her life living in a modest 1959 ranch-style house in Centerville, Ohio. Now, that home is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Martha Boice, who helped found the Landmarks Foundation of Centerville-Washington Twp., says she thought it was just a pipe dream at first. At a University of Dayton writing conference last year, she asked Bombeck's children if they'd be okay with her pursing the designation. She was delighted when they said yes.

Adjusting curriculum for kids in poverty

Mar 25, 2015
Mark Urycki / StateImpact Ohio

In January, an analysis of federal data found that for the first time in at least 50 years more than half of the public school children in America are living in poverty. In Ohio, the number is only 39 percent, but it still concerns school officials here who know that poor kids come to school carrying extra burdens. In recent years education officials have been looking to brain research for answers.

  Former Ohio Governor and six-term US Congressman Ted Strickland and P.G. Sittenfeld, now serving his second term on Cincinnati’'s City Council, are in the Democratic primary race to decide who will challenge Republican Senator Rob Portman in the November 2016 general election. WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson interviewed each candidate, and joins us as we listen to what they had to say about key issues in the race.

A playwright turns drones into drama

Mar 24, 2015
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A play from George Brant, called "Grounded," has struck a nerve with audiences from Australia to Israel. 

The drama revolves around a female F-16 fighter pilot who finds herself pregnant. She's reassigned to duty as a military drone operator, but she has difficulty rediscovering her old fighter pilot swagger from an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. Then it slowly dawns on her that although she's an "eye in the sky," she's also being watched. 

Courtesy of Tulip Mazumdar

There may be some good news coming from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa — the number of new cases is way down and some schools have even re-opened — but the crisis is far from over.

Noor Khamis/Reuters 

Kenyan officials have arrested the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi — after it stopped most Africans from entering after 5 p.m.

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In 2007, at the height of the war in Iraq, American officials scrambled to identify their enemies and contain the violence tearing Iraq apart. But among all the confusion, one man continually pulled strings from the background, making life hellish for the soldiers and diplomats deployed there: Qassem Soleimani.

"I do not know of a single figure that has done more, and is doing more, to shed the blood of Westerners," says Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Iraq.

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The war in Syria is taking place in Israel’s shadow. Syrian government forces, with Hezbollah in the lead, are poised to capture a strategically vital region that borders Israel.

And that’s ringing alarm bells among Israelis.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite group, an old enemy of Israel, which came out openly in support of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad almost two years ago. Both Assad and Hezbollah are allies of Iran, another Israeli enemy.

Israel and the US are in a game of spy vs. spy

Mar 24, 2015
Reuters/Brian Snyder

Though Israel is not part of the Iran nuclear talks, the Israeli intelligence agencies have been working hard to spy on the negotiations.