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National Geographic Travel's Offbeat Observer, Robert Reid, has traveled the globe, but as he tells Barbara Gray, his new book - Abroad At Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America - shows how to experience the world while never leaving this continent.

  Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Nuxhall was known for his kind heart and compassionate manner as well as his skills as a ballplayer and announcer. In his book inspired by Joe Nuxhall, Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, the Joe Nuxhall Way, local author Doug Coates blends fiction and sports history to show young readers the importance of good character, sportsmanship, courage and compassion.

  Miguel “"Mike"” Benito Fernandez has made two long journeys in his life. The first came when he and his family were exiled from Cuba in 1964 with no warning and no money. They soon made New York City their home and faced a new path of challenges, opportunities and lessons. His second journey came in 2013 when Fernandez made the 508-mile pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago from France through Spain to raise money for the Miami Children’'s Hospital. He tells his story in a new book, “Humbled by the Journey: Life Lessons for My Family and Yours.” Today, Fernandez is a successful businessman and philanthropist who believes in the power of giving back to others. He talks with us about his life’'s journeys.

Ron Esposito talks with Richard Loren, manager and agent for the Grateful Dead and personal manager for Jerry Garcia who has just released a new book, High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through The Doors to the Grateful Dead.

  Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. Her father, Paul Daugherty, long-time sports columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer, has just published a book about Jillian and their family. In “An Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter,” he tells stories about Jillian’'s challenges and triumphs, boundless capacity for joy, and what we can all learn from her approach to life.

Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Cincinnati, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the new book he edited, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History.

  In 1977, NASA launched two space probes, Voyager 1 and 2. Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to exit the solar system in 2013, and Voyager 2 should follow this year. It is the only spacecraft to have visited all four giant outer planets in the solar system, and is NASA's longest-running mission.

  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.

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