During a time when the country was bitterly divided over the issue of slavery, the newspapers of the Civil War era frequently crossed the line that separates politics from journalism. It was a period when partisanship was enthusiastically embraced and readers often aligned themselves with party newspapers as eagerly as they aligned themselves with political parties.

Andrew McCarthy is perhaps best known as an actor in several iconic films like St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink and Weekend at Bernie’s. He is now an author, traveler and editor-at-large for National Geographic. His newest book is Journeys Home, a collaboration with other writers who dug into their past in search of their ancestry, and he joins our Barbara Gray by phone.

David Linden's new book explores our sense of touch

Feb 6, 2015

Barbara Gray is on the phone with neuroscientist David Linden to talk about his fascinating new book about one of our more complex senses: Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

Author Tess Gerritsen is the writer behind the characters on TNT’s hit series, Rizzoli & Isles. As Barbara Gray learns in this interview, the author has put her female protagonists in the middle of another mystery in her latest novel, Die Again.

Barbara Gray speaks with Guy Johnson, the only son of the late poet Maya Angelou, who talks about his mother and the book Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou which includes some of his mother’s most powerful sayings that, until now, were just for her family.

Roberta Schultz has a review of the new book from the University Press of Kentucky, The Letters of Thomas Merton and Victor and Carolyn Hammer: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

Cincinnati author Mary Curran Hackett’s latest book, Proof of Angels, is a novel with a distinctly personal narrative, loosely based on her own struggles with disease and mental illness. She joins our Barbara Gray for a conversation about the cathartic nature of writing and some of the characters readers will encounter in the book.

"The Shape of a Box" from local poet Grace Curtis

Jan 9, 2015

Waynesville, Ohio poet Grace Curtis talks with Barbara Gray about her new book, The Shape of a Box (from Dos Madres Press), and her personal, lyrical writing.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond tells the story of how the young man who had trouble holding a job became an early voice in the environmental movement. The author, Michael Sims, is on the phone with our Kelly Blewett to talk about Thoreau’s early years, before Walden Pond.