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If one food continues to define our city, it’s Cincinnati-style chili. Brian O’Donnell is joined in the studio by Dan Woellert, author of the new book, The Authentic History of Cincinnati Chilli, which traces this specialized dish from early inception to the growth of a variety of chili parlors. Also joining in the conversation are Chris Kiradjief and his Uncle John Kiradjief from the Empress Chili restaurants.

Historic flood now detailed in a new book

Jun 21, 2013

Local author Geoff Williams has written an extensive look at one of this area’s major natural disasters. He’s in the studio with our Barbara Gray to talk about his interest and research into the book Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever. While the city of Cincinnati wasn’t terribly impacted, surrounding areas like Loveland, Cleves and Dayton took the brunt.

Mark Perzel talks with author David Herlihy about his book The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. It’s the fascinating tale of Frank Lenz, a young man who left home in Pittsburgh in 1892 to cycle around the world on a new-fangled "pneumatic safety" bike, a prototype of the modern bicycle, only to disappear mysteriously in Turkey two years into his epic journey.

New technology meets America’s pastime in sports photographer Brad Mangin’s new book: Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin. As he tells Mark Heyne, he spent the entire 2012 baseball season, from spring training through the World Series, photographing the game and the players with Instagram on his iPhone4s, not his usual Canon cameras.

In advance of Father’s Day, Mark Perzel speaks with Jeffrey Brown, who has written and illustrated a charming book, Darth Vader and Son, which takes an amusing look at what would happen if Darth Vader took an active parenting role with 4-year old Luke Skywalker.

If you don’t know the story of a Kentucky-bred colt that upset the racing world in 1954, then you are going to want to hear about Never Say Die at the famed Epsom Derby in England. Author James Nicholson weaves a fascinating story of this international upset and how it impacted the thoroughbred racing industry in the Bluegrass State. James Nicholson is on the phone with our Stuart Holman to discuss Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry.

"Last Ape Standing" from science writer Chip Walter

May 24, 2013

Scientists have determined that at least 27 different species of humans have evolved on planet Earth, yet only one still survives. Why are we still here and our 26 predecessors aren’t? In his fascinating new book, Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived, acclaimed science writer Chip Walter attempts to answer that question as he discusses with Thane Maynard in this week’s Field Notes.

Just off I-40, west of Knoxville, Tennessee, drivers note the exit signs for Oak Ridge and, probably, think very little of it. But this one-time secret city, a Manhattan Project site, employed thousands of small-town southern women during World War II to work on the atomic bomb. A new book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, shares interviews and personal stories of some of these women in a fascinating tale of secrecy, first-time independence, even romance. Author Denise Kiernan joins Mark Perzel to talk about these extraordinary women from an extraordinary time.

Geoffrey Rossano is the award-winning editor of the acclaimed book Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace. As Brian O’Donnell learns, David Ingalls had Cincinnati roots: his mother’s side of the family were Taft’s. Ingalls died in 1985, but this book traces his incredible naval career in his own words.

Sally Jenkins is a veteran sports journalist, previously writing for Sports Illustrated and now as a columnist for The Washington Post. Her newest book is called Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, A Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective and it’s all about the life and current health battle of former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt. On this week’s The Front Row with Betsy Ross, Sally Jenkins talks about writing the book with Coach Summitt and how she is courageously facing the early-onset Alzheimer’s that forced her off the bench.

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