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.

The Fairest One of All

Jun 14, 2013

To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Disney's film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mark Perzel speaks with J.B. Kaufman, author of The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Astronomer Michael Sitko from UC

Jun 7, 2013

In this month’s Looking Up, Dean Regas from the Cincinnati Observatory welcomes in Michael Sitko, a professor of physics at the University of Cincinnati who teaches astronomy and has a special interest in the process of planet formation.

Dr. Jared Diamond

Jun 7, 2013

He’s a world acclaimed author, speaker, professor of geography, evolutionary biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner. His book, Guns, Germs and Steel, is a worldwide bestseller and argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. In this episode of Field Notes, Thane Maynard talks by phone with the fascinating Dr. Jared Diamond.

Louisville-based author Brian Leung joins Mark Perzel to discuss his historical novel, Take Me Home, set in the 1880’s Wyoming and based on the racial tensions between white and Chinese coal mine workers.

Movie Review: Stories We Tell

Jun 7, 2013

In 2006, talented Canadian actress Sarah Polley took a chance on making her first feature as a writer-director. The film was Away From Her, a sad yet hopeful story about a woman with Alzheimers, which managed to nab Oscar nominations for both Polley for her screenplay, and her star Julie Christie for Best Actress. Now Polley is back with another journey of discovery, but more about her than anyone else, in Stories We Tell. Polley’s mother died early, and as she grew up, kept hearing rumours that her father might not actually be her father. Both parents had been actors and stories abounded. Dad was an introvert, who could do well without a lot of people around. Mom was a loving, living free spirit who needed to express herself.

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The large numbers of Canada Geese in and around the tri-state are causing more and more damage to property, but a Cincinnati company has developed a humane way to keep them away. Tom Wells, president of Away with Geese, joins Thane Maynard on this week’s Field Notes to discuss their method and their recently announced partnership with the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy.

WordPlay

May 31, 2013
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The Northside neighborhood is home to WordPlay, a relatively new children’s literacy non-profit, giving neighborhood kids a place to go to ready, write and find new ways to express themselves. Libby Hunter, co-founder and executive director, is in-studio with Mark Perzel to discuss how WordPlay came into being and the organization’s mission and goals.

A.G. Lafley has just returned to his role as chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, His book, Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works, is his look at successful business practices from his years of corporate leadership and he shares some of his thoughts with Mark Perzel.

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6

May 31, 2013

You would think any movie franchise with the number 6 after its title would have ended up on my screening list along the way. Not so with Fast & Furious 6. I have never seen entries one through five. So at least I can report from a reasonably fresh perspective, instead of just more of the same.

Starting May 28, it’s the 10th anniversary of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. It’s become one of the fastest growing and most popular stops on the fringe circuit, and this year will provide 12 days of unique, creative, and provocative theater, dance, art and more. Producing Artistic Director Eric Vosmeier joins Mark Perzel with a preview of what to look for at this year’s Fringe Festival.

Here’s a great adventure for train lovers of all ages…a visit to Tower A, overlooking all the train tracks that come in and out of Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center. The men and women of the Cincinnati Railroad Club are always in Tower A during the museum hours to talk trains with every visitor. John Rockwell and Jack Haap from the club join Mark Perzel to talk about their love of trains and some of the amazing history of rail transportation here in Cincinnati.

"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.

The Big Story

May 24, 2013

Although elections are quite some time away, in several races the campaigning has already begun. Maryanne Zeleznik speaks with Howard Wilkinson about how some of the races are shaping up.

A new book provides detailed information about the Freedom Summer Monument on the campus of Western College at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, which was dedicated in 2000. Finding Freedom: Memorializing the Voices of Freedom Summer commemorates Western’s role in Freedom Summer and memorializes James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman, the Freedom Summer trainees subsequently murdered in Mississippi. The book’s author, Jacqueline Johnson, is the archivist of the Western College Memorial Archives, and she talks with Mark Perzel about this tragic time in American history.

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In the Taft Museum of Art’s current side-by-side exhibits, visitors will discover the long and rich history of the photographic arts in Cincinnati, dating back to the mid-1800’s and the introduction of daguerreotypes, as well as see an amazing collection of rare and historical daguerreotypes. Mark Perzel welcomes in Assistant Curator Tamara Muente to talk about the impact the daguerreotype made, why Cincinnati become such a hub for the art form, and what visitors can expect to see in the exhibits Local Exposures: Cincinnati Daguerreotypes and Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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