Erin Foley: Outside Her Comfort Zone

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Comedian Erin Foley, appearing in Columbus on September 3-5 with the Arch City Comedy Festival,  has done many things: toured extensively as a stand up comedian, hosted the popular podcast Sports without Balls, and released a CD, Lady with Pockets. But when the topic turns to writing erotic fan fiction, she was “way outside [her] comfort zone.”

Listen in to our discussion of her comic mind, the ways she’s not Taylor Swift, and how being Irish-Catholic gave her the vocabulary to work with erotic fan fiction (or not).

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Stewart Huff – On the Road and in Danger

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Stewart Huff

Comedian Stewart Huff, also in town September 3-5 with the Arch City Comedy Festival, has an unusual approach to comedy. First he’s on the road for hundreds of dates per year, hitting comedy clubs across the US. Second, he describes it as  ”I want to say what I want to say,” even when this may create conflict – sometimes a dangerous amount of conflict. Listen in to what I thought was a fascinating discussion of his style as a comedian. And then catch him in Columbus!

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Arch City Comedy Festival just a week (or so) away!

I’ve had the good fortune to talk to several of the comics with the Arch City Comedy Festival and it’s shaping up to be a great event. Beth Stelling headshot

Listen in to my talk with Beth Stelling to learn more. This week, WCBE will broadcast my talk with Stewart Huff. Check back in a few days for that talk, which includes a discussion of how he’s used confrontation in his act for comedy as well as occasional police action. And then, the very fun Erin Foley makes her third appearance on Craft.

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Saturday MegaSpecial with Cokie Roberts, Larry Smith, Erin Foley, and Ali Wentworth


Saturday, July 11, tune into WCBE, 90.5FM, to hear NPR and ABC correspondent Cokie Roberts, 6-word memoirist Larry Smith, comedian Erin Foley, and writer/actor Ali Wentworth.

Listen in to my talk with all of these fine people at the top of their Craft.


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The Speakeasy Saturday afternoon Special

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Tune into WCBE on Saturday, June 27, to hear my talk with the fine folks from Columbus Speakeasy.


Jillian Corron, Barbara Allen, Karl Boettcher, Pam Cummings, and Sarah Fulmer tell me about their stories, what being storytellers means to them, and how others can get involved.

Here’s a sneak peak

That’s Saturday at 3pm only on WCBE

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The Complex Legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

FDR_in_1933“‘That’s what presidents do these days,’ we think nowadays, ‘They cover things up.’”

James Tobin, professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University and speaker of the above quotation, offers The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency, a fascinating look into the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one that seeks to discover why a belief has arisen in the past few decades that there was a conspiracy to keep quiet about Roosevelt’s polio.

Tobin’s research into the changing legacy of FDR leads him to hypothesize that scandals and cover-ups by presidents from JFK onwards have jaded our views towards presidents, making the American public all too ready to believe that conspiracies exist at all levels, now and in the past.

Tobin will speak at the Thurber House on June 17.

Listen in to learn more about FDR and how he learned to live with polio.

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Jeff Shaara’s History of Writing

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All fourteen of Jeff Shaara’s novels have been New York Times bestsellers, starting with his first, Gods and Generals, in 1996.

It’s an impressive track record and he’s got an impressive family history, too. His father, Michael Shaara, won a Pulitzer Prize for Killer Angels, the source material for the film Gettysburg and the impetus for Jeff writing  Gods and Generals, a prequel to Killer Angels.

Listen in to hear Shaara describe

  • The difficulty researching the Civil War without being overwhelmed by the amount of information on it.
  • Accurately portraying different time periods in novels.
  • Writing a novel about the Korean War, under the shadow of MASH

Shaara will appear as part of the Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors on June 3.

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Journalist makes the supernatural personal

-Tyler Clementi

Do you believe in ghosts? First time and Thurber House guest author Janis Heaphy Durham does. Listen to our interview with her, and you might too.

Durham is the author ofJanis Heaphy Durham web the story of her husband’s passing, the seemingly impossible events that took place in the aftermath, and Durham’s journey to make sense of it all.

In May 2004, Durham’s husband Max died from esophageal cancer. Soon after his passing, a series of mysterious events occurred. Clocks stopped on his time of death, Durham heard her husband’s voice, and finally, a powdery hand print appeared on their bathroom mirror on the anniversary of Max’s death.

Durham was curious, but skeptical. Having spent her career in the heavily scrutinized newspaper industry, she approached these seeming attempts at supernatural communication with caution. To investigate the events that had occurred in her life, Durham began research into the afterlife.

Durham’s research visited upon several scientific fields and interests, ranging from consciousness studies to quantum physics. Her book attempts not only to share her story, but also to use her research to open up a larger conversation into the difficult subject of life after death.

Listen in to our interview with Janis Heaphy Durham to hear all about her adventure in detail.

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Columbus Unscripted, part 3

And here’s part three of my talk with improv performers from Columbus Unscripted.


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Columbus Unscripted, Part 2

And here’s part two of my talk with improv performers from Columbus UnscriptedaBTYLeft

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