Time for the Sixth Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival on Saturday, October 20. This free, family-friendly event features over 100 national and regional authors, panel discussions, book readings and a fun kid’s zone. Mark Perzel talks with two of the event organizers, Melissa Norris and Sandy Bolek, about some of the authors coming this year, the growth of the event, and plans to relocate the event to The Banks.
The tight economy and rising prices hit everyone and every business, even a national park. Joining Thane Maynard this week is Ken Barrett from the Yellowstone Park Foundation, talking about the need for private funding to help maintain the beauty and integrity of the park. He also talks about his work with the fish population there and the increase in non-native species which are impacting the ecosystem of the native cutthroat trout.
Our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo aren’t only into protecting and preserving animals; they are also into doing the same thing for plants. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on efforts to save endangered plant species by using test tube reproduction.
The Cincinnati Open Design Event (CODE) gets underway on October 17. Designers of all types, developers, stylists, all gather together to discuss trends, technology and more in the areas of Style, Consumer and Entertainment. Mark Perzel welcomes Andrew Salzbrun to discuss the scope of this year’s CODE and the effort to outreach into the community during the four day by holding events throughout the downtown, Over the Rhine and Greater Cincinnati area.
Futuristic sci-fi time travel movies have been around for a long time, but generally rely on fancy, and expensive, special effects. It’s nice that Looper is relatively low budget… a reported 30 million… for a film like this. There are no spinning gadgets or spectacular tunnels of light. In fact, Looper is primarily character driven, with an intriguing story featuring some terrific performances.
WVXU News Director Maryanne Zeleznik has an interview with President of Vision 2015, Bill Scheyer, and executive director of Agenda 360, Mary Stagaman, who share the latest Regional Indicators report. It will show how the Greater Cincinnati region compares with 12 other similar cities. The report comes out biennially, this is the second of these reports.
The Western Wildlife Corridor is working hard to improve the Ohio River Valley, specifically on the western side of Hamilton County. Stretching from Mill Creek near downtown to the Great Miami River bordering Indiana, one of the primary threats, according to WWC President Tim Sisson, is the prevalence of invasive plant species. Mark Perzel talks with Mr. Sisson about this and other threats, and how the WWC is working to improve this area of the county.