The Book Club @ 91.7

Sep 15, 2014

Maureen Corrigan, who can be heard reviewing books on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, may have said it best: “It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book.”

  Jacob Dolson Cox was a divinity student, Ohio governor, University of Cincinnati president, attorney, a contemporary of James A. Garfield and James Monroe, military historian, and a battlefield commander in the Union Army, rising to the rank of major general. A new biography of prominent Ohioan Jacob Dolson Cox by Eugene Schmiel reveals for the first time Cox’s remarkable Civil War service. Dr. Schmiel joins us to discuss his new book, Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.

  THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown, tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. Daniel James Brown joined us to talk about the improbable story of nine working-class boys from the American west who beat the odds and found hope in the most desperate of times.

A Boy and a Jaguar

Jul 11, 2014
Provided, Panthera

  Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been called ‘The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation’ by TIME Magazine. He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and is responsible for the world's first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the mountains of Belize. The Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard had a chance to talk with Alan Rabinowitz about his work, and A Boy and a Jaguar, his picture book that tells the real-life story of his own childhood.

Provided, Patrick Burke

  Patrick Burke, CPA, attorney and author, says everyone has  a number, that number, if invested wisely, that results in zero financial worries for the rest of your life. The number that provides “exit velocity” from the gravitational pull of your financial needs. A number, he says, few of us will reach in traditional salaried jobs.

Provided, Triumph Books


Provided, Clerisy Press

Local award-winning freelance writer and editor Wendy Hart Beckman joins us to discuss her latest book, Founders and Famous Families Cincinnati, a Who's Who, and a When and Where, of Cincinnati's origins. John Cleves Symmes, President Benjamin Harrison, Nicholas Longworth, Founders tells their stories and more, including details about our city’s many firsts, from the first professional baseball team to the first concrete skyscraper. On Wednesday, May 28 as part of the Cincinnati Museum Center's Insights Lecture Series, Ms. Beckman will be presenting: A Glass of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and Wow!: Nicholas Longworth’s Many Contributions to Cincinnati. For more information, click here.

Provided, Chicago Review Press

In September, 1955 Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person, man or woman, to walk it twice, and three times. Grandma Gatewood, as reporters called her, started her first hike along the trail after telling her family she was going out for a walk. The next anybody heard from her she had hiked the first 800 miles of the 2,050-mile trail. Ben Montgomery, enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website, scoured Emma Gatewood’s diaries, trail journals and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and people she met along her hike, to unveil the story behind this 67-year old grandmother and her journeys. He talks with us about his book, Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.


Only 20% of 18 to 29-year-olds were married in 2010, compared with 59% in 1960, and 40% of 18 to 34-year-olds are living with their parents, even though most would prefer to be on their own. GETTING TO 30: A Parent's Guide to the 20-Something Years is designed to help parents manage this new reality. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, research professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University, co-authored the book with Elizabeth Fishel,  he joins us to explore ways parents can successfully meet the challenges of emerging adulthood