Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin cd cover

Singer-songwriter Patty Larkin is renowned for her guitar work as well as songwriting. She is touring in support of the release of her 14th recording, Still Green, the writing and recording of which we discussed on Craft.

CAPA presents Patty Larkin at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St.) on Friday, April 25, at 8 pm.


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Charlene Fix: Poet and paper aficionado

Charlene Fix

Charlene Fix

How can you tell when a poet is getting ready to do a lot of writing? Like birds nesting in the spring, he or she will start to gather paper. Or so it was with Columbus College of Art and Design professor
 English and featured author at the 2014 Ohioana book festival, Charlene Fix.

Check out other habits of poets in my interview with Charlene Fix.

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Confirmed: JK Rowling interview next week!

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The Wand of Power given to me by JK Rowling’s publishing company

I’ll interview JK Rowling next week about her new book, Wizarding for Dummies! This will be her first non-fiction book and the first to lay bare the physics and real-world applications of many of the events within her books. Harry Potter will join us via three-way connection near the end to discuss the Afterlife.


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Ready to take a bike ride across the United States?

cover of Bruce Weber's book

Bruce Weber was. And his book Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America is the result. We discussed why anyone would want to undertake such a trip, especially when one has already done it once. And what kind of retribution the state of Ohio visited upon him for revealing that he is a Wolverine.

He’ll be in Columbus on Wednesday, April 9, with the Thurber House and our interview will air next week on WCBE, 90.5 FM.

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Time To See a Starry Night

Starry Night participant

Starry Night participant

Part 2 of the double header this week on Craft: My interview with Amy Raubenolt.

On Sunday, April 6 from 2-6pm, Westerville South High School will host Starry Night, which its organizers, Amy Raubenolt and Michael Wander, describe as a multi-disciplinary festival for elementary and middle school families, combining art science and engineering to encourage innovation creativity and critical thinking.

Check out my Columbus Underground article on the event and my audio interview with Amy.

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In which I successfully resist larceny

Years ago, I interviewed John Green, whose excellent novel The Fault in Our Stars has been made into the proverbial “Major Motion Picture.” Yesterday, I successfully resisted the urge to steal the signed copy of TFIOS that I borrowed from my local library.

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Image of the Fault in Our Stars and John Green’s signature

If you haven’t read the book, do it. And if you haven’t watched John Green and his brother Hank on YouTube as the Vlog Brothers, give that a try as well. Sadly, I’m most fond of the rapid jokes posts.

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Richard Shindell: The International Monetary Fund is a great basis for a song

Richard Shindell

Richard Shindell

“Living in Argentina, I’ve learned a lot about how the world works. You live in The States and a dollar’s a dollar,” says Richard Shindell. That’s not the case in other countries, where “the IMF, Moody’s and what they say about a country is important information for normal people.”

Shindell’s life and songwriting craft made up a large part of our discussion, but we also talked about what happens when he decides to change on the fly how a song is played on stage. Hint: it’s sometimes stressful for his band mates.

Shindell will bring his perceptive and conscious songwriting to Six String Concerts on April 4 and is part one of this week’s Craft Double Header on WCBE.

First person to comment gets a free Richard Shindell CD.



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Carl Hoffman talks cannibals and what gifts to bring your children from your travels

Carl Hoffman 's book cover

Travel writer Carl Hoffman will be at Thurber House on March 31 to discuss his new book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.  We talked about how Hoffman followed up on his journalistic hunches to unravel this fascinating tale.

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Creative Commons’ Cable Green Opens Up about Content

Cable-GreenCable Green received his doctorate in educational psychology from Ohio State and started its first online doctoral program. He is now the Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, a nonprofit for open access. He will deliver the keynote address at Ohio State University’s Innovate 2014 conference.

We discussed what Creative Commons does and what benefits it has for education.

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Craft March 22 Humor Special

What’s REALLY March Madness? WCBE giving me a full hour on March 22 at 3 pm (daytime, even) to delve into the nature of humor and humor writing with an array of great writers:

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