When most people think of a 4th of July parade, certain images come to mind; but the Independence Day parade that, to me, most embodies the idea of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the one that happens in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside.

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In this episode of Looking Up, reminiscences of visits to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome the museum's new director, and former chief scientist at NASA, Ellen Stofan.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Only Human: A podcast about making the most of our health.
  • Kondabolu Brothers: Ashok and Hari Kondabolu dissect their experiences growing up as second generation Indian Americans and how their upbringing influences their take on pop culture and politics.
  • Fans of...: A podcast about roller derby, and the fascinating people and adventures it takes us to.

Sharon Is Karen, the newest album from Tooth Lures a Fang, displays an acutely DIY approach to recording, which allows them to take full control of the process.

The music and lyrics are a result of a tenuous balance between the absurdly funny and the uncomfortably dark.

By blending classic synth flow, improv jazz orchestration and hip-hop drive, the debut and title album by Flocks places them somewhere within the Venn diagram of Chick Corea, Childish Gambino and Frank Zappa.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Design Matters: Debbie Millman profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.
  • Couple's Therapy with Candace and Casey: Casey Neistat and his wife Candice discuss candidly the ups and downs of their marriage, friendship, parenting, and lives.
  • FC Cincinnati Fan Show: The official weekly radio show of FC Cincinnati, recorded and aired live from MadTree Taproom in Cincinnati.

Beginning June 5th at Noon, Radio Artifact, a local independent radio station based in Northside that showcases the talented musicians that perform in Cincinnati, will be broadcast on 91.7 WVXU HD-2.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Can I Pet Your Dog?: Every Tuesday, dog owner Allegra Ringo, dog wanter Renee Colvert, and producer Travis McElroy talk to guests about their dogs, discuss dogs they met this week, and brief you on dogs news.
  • The Future of Everything: Know what comes next with this in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and play.
  • We Want a Podcast: A podcast about three friends who definitely want a podcast, but can't agree on what it should be about.


Ohioan John Glenn, the first man to orbit the earth, will be honored with the opening of the John Glenn Astronomy Park inside the Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Sporkful: The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.
  • Drawn: An exploration of cartoons with an insider's perspective, including show creators, voice actors, historians, animators and business leaders.
  • Bengals Beat Podcast: Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals beat writers Jim Owczarski and Paul Dehner Jr., deliver the news, analysis, interviews and observations from inside Paul Brown Stadium.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Science Friday: Hosted by Ira Flatow, Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science.
  • Brainstuff: Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore - and explain - the everyday science in the world around us.
  • The Apple Slice: An educational podcast about education.

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It might not be the first kind of pollution you think of when you hear the word, but there are serious environmental hazards associated with light pollution.

This week on Start Hear:

  • 2 Dope Queens: Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They're black. They're BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn.
  • Brave Not Perfect: Interviews with brave change makers in tech, politics and business.
  • Heartland Running: Listen to Crystal, Andy and Chandler geek out about all things running.

Sofaburn Records

Adam Petersen who started A Delicate Motor as a solo project has now expanded his range, his repertoire and his band to include 6 people in the creation of their latest album “Fellover My Own.”

Glen Phillips, most easily recognized as the lead singer of Toad The Wet Sprocket comes to the Ludlow Garage on Friday, May 11 for a solo performance. His visit provides me a great opportunity to reprise my conversation with him from March, 2017.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Wine Down: Ben Schwartz sits down with a comedian and a winemaker each week to learn more about wine and share some laughs.
  • Buried Truths: Hank Klibanoff explores the mysteries and injustices of history through civil rights cases that few have seen.
  • Look For The Helpers: Fred Rogers said, "Look for the helpers." And that's what we are doing.

A. M. Nice: End of an Era

Apr 25, 2018

Adam Nice, along with George Marshall Jenkins and Nick Hill are keeping the sound of the 90s alive with their band A. M. Nice - and their new album End of an Era.

I got to speak with Adam about the band’s history, their recent tour, their label - Phratry Records, and about the collaborative effort involved in the record-making process.

The album release party for End of an Era is Friday, May 4 at Southgate House Revival.

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In this episode of Looking Up, it's been the subject of books, movies, TV shows, and a myriad of urban legends and country myths. Is there life beyond the planet Earth?

Our hosts, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman from the Cincinnati Observatory, delve in to the facts, science, and pop culture of alien life.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The World in Words: Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki bring you stories from the world's linguistic frontlines.
  • Change Agent: Charles Duhigg hosts this podcast that turns obstacles into opportunities.
  • King Records: A collection of stories about Cincinnati's historic King Records.

Comprador: Downstream

Apr 19, 2018

Comprador returns with their second full-length release - a massive 19-track double album called Downstream that full of insightful and explosive music. The band also has an all-new lineup that includes Jon Delvaux, Brianna Kelly & Corey Waddell joining primary songwriter Charlie D'Ardenne. 

This week on Start Hear:

  • Planet Money: Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.
  • WorkLife: Adam Grant takes you inside unconventional workplaces to explore the ideas we can all use to make work more meaningful and creative.
  • What Works for Biz: Successful small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs share their experience and expertise with their peers on effective management, marketing, and business practices.

2018 No Response Festival

Apr 16, 2018

The No Response Festival returns to The Woodward Theater for two nights of avant-garde experimental music. Co-founders John Rich and John Lorenz provide more information about the festival and other art performance events, including a screening from the Mini Microcinema and an in-store performance at Torn Light Records.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about Neil Armstrong - the Ohio native, NASA astronaut, first man on the moon, UC professor – who will soon be the subject of a major Hollywood biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

The movie is based on the biography First Man written by this episode's guest, James R. Hansen.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Battle Scars: Some firefights and bomb blasts never make the news or the history books, but they're still incidents that changed the lives of those involved.
  • Errthang! A weekly show about just that: everything that's percolating in journalist/storyteller Al Letson's brain.
  • None of Your Business: A podcast about money for people who think that sounds terrible.

This week on Start Hear:

  • How Did This Get Made?: Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it's amazing?
  • Go Rent Skip: The only show that recommends whether you should go see a film in the theater, wait for the rental, or skip it completely.
  • The Cinema Guys: They love nothing more than watching movies, especially at the theater.

In this episode of Looking Up, there are a myriad of ways to try and explain scientific concepts and answer questions about science. Adam Cole, a reporter for the NPR Science Desk and host/animator of their video series Skunk Bear, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to explain exactly what Skunk Bear is and the unique ways it tries to convey science to its viewers.

This week on Start Hear:

  • The Specialist: Who cooks for the animals at the zoo? A podcast about work we don't think about and the people who do it.
  • Today, Explained: News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it.
  • what is a woman? Celebrate the ways womanhood is at once a shared experience and a diverse one.

Blossom Hall: Parasols

Mar 21, 2018

Nancy Paraskevopoulos, Phil Cotter and Charlie Schefft form the Garage Pop trio that is Blossom Hall. Thier music has been described as "a blend of 90s alternative rock and 60s vocal harmony."

Phil and Nancy stopped by the studios to perform a couple of new songs and to talk about the band, songwriting, their new EP and their next big project.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Inheritance Tracks: Celebrating the music that special guests cherish and would like to bestow to future generations.
  • Switched on Pop: Breaking down how popular music works.
  • The Gravel Lot: Where the real conversation about all things bike and trail-related in the Greater Cincinnati area happens.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about the growing number of exoplanets being discovered, thanks to advance telescopes like the Keppler and Hubble. The TRAPPIST-1 system is the closest to our solar system and Sean Carey, the manager of the Spitzer Science Center which has the Spitzer Telescope in space, is the special guest.