Rebecca Redux: Frazier back in town with Six String Concerts

Rebecca Frazier

The last time Rebecca Frazier was in Columbus with Six String Concerts, we talked about her transportation, the most dangerous tour bus in America. This time, we talked about the impact her kids have on her touring schedule and writing and why she’s a “Christmas nerd.” Catch her in town on December 4 with the Six String Concerts.

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How can business goals and social conscience co-exist?

Mike Sayre

Mike Sayre

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Guest host Maureen Metcalf is on a mission to find parallels between the arts and business. This week, she talks to Michael Sayre,  Co-Founder, President, and CEO of NexDefense, about how his 25 years in the technology and industrial control systems industry has influenced his social mission and vice versa.

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Donald Templeman and allegorical science fiction

Looking for allegory and science fiction? Donald Templeman has your hero: Crilen. Here’s a sneak peek at Crilen’s creator, Donald Templeman, at the Ohio ComicCon.

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Jason Gay: Little victories add up

Jason Gay is the sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Seriously. I didn’t know that The Wall Street Journal covered sports. I originally imagined that it only covers polo, but no, Jason Gay covers a variety of sports, after previously writing about celebrities and common folk. His recently released book Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living chronicles the small but validating successes of everyday life.

Tune in to hear what constitutes a Little Victory, and why this doesn’t include sit ups.

He’ll be in town with the Thurber House on Thursday, November 19.

Follow him on Twitter and at his website.


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Fourth Messenger and the Migration Crisis

To celebrate the release of The Fourth Messenger, I’m hosting the Craft Book Giveaway Bonanza during the Saturday, November 14, broadcast of my interview with Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng!

The broadcast is paired with a great discussion of the 2015 Migration Crisis from Ohio State’s History Talk.

To receive one of the 6-book bundles, be one of the first people to post a comment below, something like “I love WCBE!” or “Vienna Teng rocks” (for pickup at 540 Jack Gibbs Blvd during normal business hours).

Here’s the list of great books I’ll be giving away!

1411 Quite Interesting Facts To Knock You Sideways John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, And James Harkins
 A Taste For Killing Nikkol Jelenic
 Ask Him Why Catherine Ryan Hyde
 Bad English: A History Of Linguistic Aggravation Ammon Shea
Beyond On The Horizon Ryan Ireland
Bullshit: A Lexicon Mark Peters
 Capital Dames Cokie Roberts
 Come Away With Me Karma Brown
 Dear Mr Essay Writer Guy: Advice And Confessions On Writing, Love, And Cannibals Dinty W Moore
 Field Guide To Awkward Silences (2) Alexandra Petri
Hangman’s Game: A Nick Gallo Mystery Bill Syken
 Hitler At Home Despina Stratigakos
 How To Start A Fire (2) Lisa Lutz
I’m From Nowhere Suzanne Myers
 In Some Other World, Maybe Sheri Goldhagen
 Pain The Board Game Simpson Starkweather
 Scrapper Matt Bell
 Sleep Walker Catherine Frazier
 Taste Of The Town Todd Blackledge
 The Dead Key DM Pulley
 The Gilded Life Of Matilda Duplaine Alex Brunkhorst
The Girl With The Wrong Name Barnabas Miller
 The Good Girl Mary Kubica
The Guard Peter Terrin
 The Gurkhas’ Daughter Prajwal Parajuly
The Last Summer At Chelsea Beach Pam Jenoff
 The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned From A Remarkable Bird Tom Michell
The Tears Of Dark Water Corban Addison
The Walking Dead Wizard World Exclusive Comic
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Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler’s Wife author brings the ghosts

Ray Bradbury and the apocalypse. Edgar Allen Poe and pet abuse. Nothing sentimental or lovely: Audrey Niffenegger’s latest book, Ghostly, will haunt your reading hours. Listen in for her discussion of the writing, loss, and which story she’d have most liked to have authored. CAUTION: ghostly interfere shortened our interview, so take special care with your computer when downloading this episode.


Catch her in Columbus with the Thurber House on November 11.

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Mike Vial: Balancing joy, sadness, and teaching as a songwriter

Having, like Sting, left the teaching of English to follow his passion as a singer-songwriter, Mike Vial has developed a variety of new songs, new techniques, and new artistic outlets to enhance his music. Lately, he’s turned to writing haikus to stay sane and he shared some of these, along with the most requested performer in his set once listeners learn he’s from Michigan (nope, sadly it’s not Bob Seger).

Mike Vial will be in town with Six String Concerts on Friday, November 13th.

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Top two reasons to be fearful: The Craft Halloween 2015 Show Stories

DOug2Happy Halloween. It’s time to face your fears: not run from them like this guy. –>

So listen to the Craft Halloween special with stories from Lucy A Snyder and Doug Dangler, and voice work from Columbus actor Christina Yoho, OSU student Roxanne Knepp,  WCBE’s Heather Anderson, and WCBE intern Claire Green-Lauber.

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Get Wicked with Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the author of the bestselling novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a reimagining of the Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch’s point of view. It’s also the basis for the very popular Broadway musical. He’s out with a new novel, After Alice, his take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Listen in to hear his take on children’s literature designed to “save their little rotten souls” and religious value of a lethal peach pit.

Catch him in town this Thursday, October 29, at the Thurber House.

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Herb Bellamy and David Brown at Ohio Comic Con

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 3.22.13 PMPart one of my video interviews at the Ohio Comic Con this fall. Herb Bellamy and David Brown tell me about comics, how they work and how they started reading them. Enjoy!

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