Kate Sweeney, a producer for NPR, has just released her fascinating book, American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, and she’s on the phone with Lee Hay to share what she learned about visiting cemeteries on Memorial Day, green cemeteries, roadside memorials and more.

Barbara Gray talks with author Soman Chainani, a Harvard-educated fairy tale expert whose new book, A World Without Princes, attempts to shatter the preconceptions and stereotypes of Boys and Girls.

Author Dane Huckelbridge has taken a “shot” at writing the definitive history of the beverage once distilled by George Washington and enjoyed by soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit takes readers through centuries of distilling, imbibing, fighting, mixing, and outlawing. The author stopped by our studio to talk all things bourbon with our Mark Heyne.

Phil Nuxhall is the official historian for Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery, the second largest in the country and the resting place for many famous local and national names. He’s written a book about some of the history of Spring Grove, Stories in the Grove, and Brian O’Donnell talks with him about some of those stories.

If a trip to Paris is in your future, you’ll want to be ready for the exciting food scene in that city. Frank Johnson spends a few minutes with Paris authority and author Patricia Wells about her new book.

Edward Roach is a historian at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and author of The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry, which details Orville and Wilbur’s business side of building and selling airplanes. The author talks with our Lloyd Bryant about the post-Kitty Hawk business world of the Wright Brothers.

Dr. Maya Angelou's new book about Nelson Mandela

Feb 7, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou speaks by phone with our Barbara Gray about the late Nelson Mandela, her history with him, and her new book about this iconic world leader, His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute.

As we salute the accomplishments and vision of Dr. King this weekend, there was, of course, another side of the man. A unique aspect of his, and 3 other influential men of the 1960’s, is the music they loved, that inspired them, or that entertained them. In his book, Popology: The Music of the Era in the Lives of Four Icons of the 1960s, author Timothy English takes a unique look at Dr. King, John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Thomas Merton through the music in their lives. The author joins Lee Hay by phone to share what their taste in music said about them.