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.

  For a long time, in most parts of the world, people saw Americans as cowboys. Mainly because that'’s how we saw ourselves. From 1955 to 1964, adult Westerns made up as much as 25% of all prime-time television. Wagon Train, Maverick, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and dozens of other programs painted the rough justice of the American West. At least the popular version of it.

On Highway 61 is the new book from Dennis McNally, subtitled Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, and he’s on the phone with David Lewis to talk about the importance of music during the 1960’s civil rights turbulence.


Cincinnati and WWII

Dec 8, 2014

  Sunday marked the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Peal Harbor, which brought America into World War II.

Author Anne Valente has released a new collection of her short stories entitled By Light We Knew Our Names, and she’s with our Kelly Blewett to talk about the connective theme of the stories, why she dedicated the book to her parents and her recent Huffington Post piece about young adult books for adults.

  Comedian and author Steven Dupin, better known as Stevie D, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 44. The self-described "“hillbilly hellraiser"” from Owensboro, Kentucky was scared, and decided the only way he was going to survive was to keep his sense of humor. So he wrote a book about his experience, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.