Cincinnati Edition Sunday

Charity Defence Council

NOTE: This interview originally aired on December 12, 2013

  One of the greatest challenges facing nonprofits and advocacy groups is communicating the importance of their work. Howard Wilkinson talks with former Cincinnati Enquirer Editor Tom Callinan about Charitable Words, an organization he started to serve as a resource to help organizations tell their stories effectively.

Charlotte Adelman, co-author of The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants talks with Mark Perzel about the importance of the plants in your own backyard and how they play a role in a much larger ecosystem.

In a fascinating look at our propensity to lie, Mark Perzel talks with behavioral economist and author Dan Ariely about his book The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves.

Houston Zoo seeks answers to fatal elephant disease

Jun 28, 2013

In a follow-up to our recent interview about the discovery of, and research into, elephant herpes, Lauren Howard, staff veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes with more details of the devastating discovery that this disease killed on of the Zoo’s elephants and the critical research now taking place to assure it doesn’t happen again.

Movie Review: The Bling Ring

Jun 28, 2013

Did you ever wonder where the faux famous come from? You know… the ones who are famous for just being famous. Perhaps you may get some insight from Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring. It’s based on true events in Los Angeles, with, as they say, only the names changed.

The Big Story

Jun 28, 2013

The Big Story with Maryanne Zeleznik

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.

Author Kambri Crews joins Mark Perzel to talk about her provocative bestselling memoir, Burn Down the Ground, about her life as a hearing child of deaf parents and her father’s subsequent arrest and prison sentence.

Shorebird protection efforts near Fort Myers, Florida

Jun 21, 2013

Former Cincinnatian Penny Jarrett joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes to talk about her current work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and their efforts to protect the shorebirds that live and breed in the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area near Fort Myers.

Movie Preview: Mindbenders Film Series

Jun 21, 2013

There’s something new coming up next weekend on the cinema scene in Cincinnati. The Art Academy of Cincinnati in Over the Rhine is hosting “Mindbenders Film Series: A Far-Out Film Series,” presented by Pumpkin Productions and the newly reinvigorated Cincinnati Film Society. Screenings will be held Friday through Sunday, June 28-30, in the Art Academy’s auditorium, with a different film each day. There are two Cincinnati premieres, and the premiere of a restored classic.

The Big Story

Jun 21, 2013

This week we present two stories from the Statehouse New Bureau.

Ohio lawmakers are close to a new State Tax Reform Plan.  Jo Ingles reports:

A new bill that would ban indoor tanning for anyone under the age of 18  even if they have parental consent - is being considered.  Karen Kassler has more:

He started as a paper mill worker in Chillicothe, living in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and now, 30 years later, he has published two books to great critical and audience acclaim. Mark Perzel talks with author Donald Ray Pollock about his first novel, The Devil All the Time.

Two outstanding organic gardeners have written a two-in-one book just in time for spring planting and menu planning. The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook has recipes for all seasons, plus a garden guide to help you plant what’s perfect for your personal garden. Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman are the authors, and they talk about all the benefits of organic gardening with Mark Perzel.

Dr. Paul Ling is associate professor in the Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor University and is working on two projects: one human related (the latency of the Epstein-Barr virus) and one animal related. As Thane Maynard learns from Dr. Ling in this episode of Field Notes, he is working with the Houston Zoo on the growing problem of elephant herpes virus and its sometimes fatal impact on the animal.

Movie Review: Now You See Me

Jun 14, 2013

Four street magicians answer a mysterious summons and within a year have been transformed into The Four Horsemen, a big, new glitzy Vegas act that promises to rob a bank in France while standing on the stage. As in all works of illusion, nothing is really what it seems. But in the film Now You See Me, the talented cast pulls off this scam in a very enjoyable manner.  The Four Horsemen are played by Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco… yes, James Franco’s younger brother, Isla Fisher, and Lebanon’s own Woody Harrelson, in what is probably his best performance since The People vs. Larry Flynt. Working for the law we have Mark Ruffalo as an FBI agent, who is saddled with a novice partner from Interpol, played by Melanie Laurent who gained worldwide attention in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. And naturally there has to be a couple of elder statesmen to follow the action, comment on and drop clues to what’s going on. Or so we think. Those roles fall to hard-working old pros Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.