The first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan in 1945. Shortly thereafter another bomb was detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Our war with Japan ended shortly thereafter.

Much has been written about what happened at Hiroshima. Much less has been said about Nagasaki. Susan Southard conducted extensive interviews with some residents of Nagasaki who survived that nuclear blast.

Wallace Stroby returned to the program to talk about his latest novel featuring Crissa Stone, the third in this series. These books are crime novels and Crissa is a criminal. She's always looking for the next big score and in "The Devil's Share" she might have gotten a lot more than she bargained for. Crissa gets involved with some shady characters who are smuggling stolen art from a war zone in the Middle East. It is always good to learn from your mistakes especially when your errors can prove to be fatal ones.

Merritt Tierce has published one novel, "Love Me Back," which was recently issued in paperback. On the strength of this one book she has become one of my favorite writers. 

This is the story of a waitress named Marie. Marie works hard and she's also very good at her job. Unfortunately her life is also a complete mess. I won't get into the details. Listen to the interview then treat yourself to an incredible read. This book was one of my favorite novels of 2014. You will be amazed.

Here's another example of a double dip interview. If I'm really excited about a book I do have a hypothetical opportunity to interview the author for the original hardcover release and then once again for the paperback. Of course I do have to convince various people, publicists, my producer Peter Hayes, and then the author to go along with my diabolical schemes. Fortunately, I got lucky again and was able to manage a second interview with the author of "Young God."

In 2003 Luisa Lang Owen appeared on the program to discuss her memoir "Casualty of War: A Childhood Remembered." After World War Two ended and the Germans were defeated many members of the German ethnic minority in Yugoslavia were placed in concentration camps by Marshall Tito's victorious partisans. Luisa Lang Owen was one of those internees. She was only a child and the painful memories of the experience are at the heart of her memoir.

Sara Solovitch had aspirations when she was younger; she wanted to become a really great pianist. She worked at it but at an early age she realized that there was an insurmountable impediment to her achieving that goal; she simply could not play before an audience. Many years later she decided it was time to get to the bottom of her stage fright. She spent a year researching it and working hard to overcome it.

We don't have that many self-help books on the program. There are just so many of them, how do I decide? This one with the name I cannot say on the radio deserved some air time. The author doesn't dance around the issues. I liked that!

Over the years I have interviewed a number of romance writers. Nora Roberts has been on the show (I loved her!) and we even had the late Janet Dailey on the program (you might recall that she had famously been caught plagiarizing Nora Roberts).

I do love a good romance. Catherine Haustein has written a great one. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Steve Bennish is a great photographer. During his third visit to the program we talked about his third published collection of black and white photographs. His subjects are the residents of Dayton, Ohio. I like the challenges presented in trying to describe images, in making them come to life for you through your radios. When we are doing this well we are creating indelible images in your minds. Sounds becoming visions. Words making pictures. Steve Bennish knows his way around a camera. Click on this interview and see if anything flashes for you.

On August 9, 1974 Richard M. Nixon resigned from the office of President of the United States. It was that, or be impeached. Nixon flew off to California in disgrace.

I had been fascinated with Dick Nixon long before that. Perhaps it was his notorious Checkers speech during the 1950’s that first got my attention? There was just something about him. In 1960 when he ran against John F. Kennedy and lost we had the black and white images of Dick Nixon debating JFK on television. Nixon had a five o’clock shadow and he seemed to be perspiring profusely. Meanwhile Kennedy was calm.