WWII

Cincinnati and WWII

Dec 8, 2014

  Sunday marked the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Peal Harbor, which brought America into World War II.

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During World War II, Army Air Corps fighter pilot Lieutenant Herschel Ponder flew 51 missions over Europe. Forty-five years later he wrote about his experience. His daughter, Carol Ponder, and her husband, Robert Kiefer, both long-time entertainers, used her father’'s memoir to create Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior'’s Story. Performances of Ponder Anew and their accompanying workshops are being used to help military personnel and combat veterans open up about their wartime experiences, and cope with PTSD and other mental or emotional problems they may face.

Joining us to discuss Ponder Anew and its role in helping members of the military, veterans, and their families, are Carol Ponder and Robert Kiefer; Sherry Walker, a social worker and therapist on the Alvin C. York campus of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Laure Quinliven, a board member of Heroes Fund, which provides support locally to active duty military serving in a combat zone and veterans who served in combat zones.

Two free performances of Ponder Anew are being presented locally November 13 and 14 by the Heroes Fund. For information, click here.

D-Day: 70 Years Later

Jun 6, 2014

  

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.”

The Girls of Atomic City is a fascinating fact-based novel about the women who unknowingly built the atomic bomb while working in the small town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Author Denise Kiernan was recently in Cincinnati and came by our studio to talk with Lee Hay about these women and this little known part of WWII history.

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University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies

  An estimated 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust. Six million of them were Jews. Of those, more than one million were children. The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, formed by a group of Holocaust survivors and their families, educates about the Holocaust, remembers its victims and acts on its lessons.

Local author David Gillham talks with Mark Perzel about his bestselling novel, City of Women, based in World War II Berlin, and now out in paperback.

Mark Perzel learns the story of Italian cycling superstar Gino Bartali, the man who not only won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, but to this day holds the record for longest time span between victories. It also shares the story of how his secret efforts helped save Jews in Italy during World War II. Aili & Andres McConnon discuss their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation which recounts Bartali’s inspirational life.

A Love Story for the Ages

Feb 1, 2013

Jane Durrell introduces listeners to a fascinating author from Cincinnati. Vivian Kline is 83 years old, a widow, mother of three and grandmother of six. She was once and artist known for her enameling, and has written three books. Her newest, Love in the 40’s When Mail Came Twice a Day, is a deeply personal look at love. After 67 years in storage, she found a box of love letters from when she was 19 and her soon-to-be husband Danny was 26. They lived 80 miles apart and phone calls were prohibitively expensive, so they wrote letters… not only proclaiming their love for one another, but with references to life during those war years.


Mark Perzel learns the story of Italian cycling superstar Gino Bartali, the man who not only won the Tour de France in 1938 and 1948, but to this day holds the record for longest time span between victories. Bartali's secret efforts also helped save Jews in Italy during World War II. Aili & Andres McConnon discuss their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation which recounts Bartali’s inspirational life.