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According to a study by the Center on Education Policy, 81 percent of public school teachers believe their students spend too much time taking tests mandated by their state or district. The study also found that many teachers are losing their commitment to their field, citing multiple frustrations including pressures around testing.

Patricia Hampl, you had me at your title: The Art of the Wasted Day.

Imagine a book that celebrates daydreaming, that sees it not as a moral failing, but as an activity to be valued as an end in itself. To be clear, this is not a self-help book; nor is Hampl talking about meditation, yogic breathing or mindfulness — those worthy New Age practices that, well, have to be practiced.

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More and more backyard gardeners are discovering the benefits of composting, from reducing waste going to landfills to providing rich organic matter for healthier and more productive plants.

Local author Michelle Balz has recently published a comprehensive guide for gardeners, "Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond."

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"Voices from the Rust Belt," edited by Belt Publishing Founder Anne Trubek, is a timely and directly told collection of essays by 24 writers about the lives and issues – such as the opiate epidemic, school segregation, and lead poisoning – in cities like Flint, Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit, which make up the heavily politicized and diverse region of America referred to as the Rust Belt.

Cincinnati will soon play host to a 1970 VW Bus with no heat and no air conditioning, but a couple of guys wanting to talk with you and help everyone find a better balance in their lives. It's the Oola Dream Bus Tour and Drs. Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun talk with Elaine Diehl about how this all started and what their visit on May 17 is all about. 

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Author Wil Haygood is Miami University's 2018 convocation speaker, and incoming students will be the first to get copies of his upcoming book "Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street."

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While the events of 9/11 are etched into the minds of most adult Americans, teenagers have no real memory of that tragic day. Most of them weren't even alive. 

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In her latest book, "Lost Science: Astonishing Tales of Forgotten Genius," popular science writer Kitty Ferguson uncovers the stories of scientists and their achievements that have been all but ignored in scientific literature.

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With the Fourth of July coming up next week, we take a look at the world of finance through the eyes of our country’s founders – a “Founding Fathers Finance Party,” so to speak.

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Author Patricia Schultz has almost four million copies of her 1,000 Places to See Before You Die books now in print. She recently released an updated third edition of "1,000 Places to See in the United States & Canada Before You Die," a collection of the many fun, interesting and diverse destinations to be found virtually in our own backyard. She talked with Mark Heyne about this latest edition and how she discovered the places and events she included in her must-see list. 

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The HBO series “The Wire” has received critical acclaim for its accurate and unglamorized portrayal of crime and law enforcement in the city of Baltimore. University of Cincinnati English and History professor Dr.

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Note: This interview originally aired on August 15, 2016.

Judge Nathaniel Jones was the first African-American to be an assistant United States attorney in Ohio. He was an assistant general counsel for the Kerner Commission, which looked into the causes of the 1967 racial unrest in the U.S.   As NAACP general counsel he led the fight against school segregation. In 1979, he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Jimmy Carter.

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Pete Rose has a downtown street named after him, but there are many once-famous Cincinnatians who have been all but forgotten. For example, our city is home to the first black Olympic champion, the artist who created the comic strip and the inventor of the Magic 8 Ball. Cincinnati Enquirer librarian and history writer Jeff Suess uncovers details about these individuals, as well as some of the many forgotten events that took place here, in his book, “Hidden History of Cincinnati” – which goes back to a time before Cincinnati was even Cincinnati. 

Hunting Ghosts And Haunted Places In Ohio

Oct 28, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, find out more about the many haunted places in Ohio. 

The 10th Annual Books by the Banks Cincinnati Regional Book Festival will happen Saturday, October 15 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. 

Book lovers who are looking for local books and authors have a new resource available to them. 

Robert F. Kennedy is remembered as a racial healer, a defender of the poor and a progressive champion of the Sixties. But Kennedy's political journey began in the conservative Fifties. In his new book, "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon," author Larry Tye chronicles Kennedy's transformation from cold warrior – he began his public life as counsel to the red-baiting senator Joseph McCarthy – into fiery liberal. We spoke with Larry Tye about Robert Kennedy's life.

Dinner Solved!

Jul 7, 2016
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Most of us look forward to the summer months and being able to spend more time enjoying the warm weather and extra hours of sunlight. But with gardening, going to the pool, baseball, camps and, well, work, finding the time, and the desire, to cook and prepare meals can prove a challenge for many families. Katie Workman offers an answer to that problem. In her latest cookbook, "Dinner Solved! 100 Ingenious Recipes That Make the Whole Family Happy, Including YOU," she provides tips on how to easily prepare multiple dishes using simple ingredients, and how to create variations on a single recipe to satisfy everyone at the table.

July 19, 2016 - UPDATE - Congratulations to local author/illustrator Loren Long for winning the 2016 Ohioana Book Award in the Juvenile Fiction category for his book Little Tree!

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Last June in the landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court  held that the right to marry is guaranteed to same sex couples under the Fourteenth Amendment. The lead plaintiff in the case, Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell, and Washington Post investigative reporter Debbie Cenziper have just released a book about the struggle to make same-sex marriage legal.

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Personal finance is something that leaves a lot of us scratching our heads as we ponder questions like how to save, what to invest, and how to do all this while reducing debt. University of Chicago professor Dr. Harold Pollack and his co-author, financial journalist Helaine Olen, say it really isn't as difficult as some would have you believe. 

  Born into post-apartheid South Africa, the young women of the townships around Cape Town still face daunting challenges. Their families and communities have been ravaged by poverty, violence, sexual abuse, and AIDS. Yet, as Kimberly Burge discovered when she set up a writing group in the township of Gugulethu, the spirit of these girls outshines their circumstances. 

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  Kimberly Burge, author of The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu, will be participating at an event tomorrow evening at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. The discussion will include guests from local service agencies that work in support of women’s needs, and focus on raising women’s voices at the local, national and international levels. 

This interview originally aired May 8, 2015.

The new book, Walking Cincinnati, by Danny Korman and Katie Meyer, is a guide through the historical, architectural, and culinary sites in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The book focuses on the human-interest stories connected with the places noted along the book’s 32 walking tours, and unveils some of the more fascinating aspects of Greater Cincinnati. 

It all began when Professor Javy Wong Galindo received an email containing a simple question, asked at the right time: “How can I be happier?”  Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails 

Commentator and George Mason University economics professor Dr. Walter Williams takes on a range of issues in his new book, everything from the Constitution to foreign policy. 

 

 The Emmy-award winning Orange is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, depicts her arrest, conviction and incarceration for drug-trafficking. But the book and Netflix series are from only Kerman’s perspective. Now, Cleary Wolters, the real life Alex Vause from the show, tells her side of the story in a new book, Out of Orange. She joins us to discuss her experiences.

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Campbell County is joining in the Little Library craze.

Forty shelters for free books will soon begin popping up around the county thanks to a program from the public library. Community members could buy the boxes for ten dollars and then were asked to decorate them. They're often placed in neighborhoods or outside someone's home.

Council member Ryan Salzman helped get Bellevue involved. He thinks it's the simplicity that draws people to the Little Libraries.

  The Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers, came to Ohio in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The Quakers played a major role in nineteenth-century reform efforts including the temperance, women's rights, and abolition movements.

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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has released a list of the most popular books in 2014.  They are the titles that were checked out most often between January and November of this year.  (December’s numbers weren’t available.)

Top 10  Adult Book Titles:

1.       Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

2.       Invisible by James Patterson 

3.       The Target by David Baldacci

4.       Unlucky 13 by James Patterson 

5.       The Collector by Nora Roberts 

6.       A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith 

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