Road Trip!

Sundays during WYSO Weekend, Mondays duing Morning Edition and Excursions

In 1940, the Federal Writers Project produced a massive book detailing the scenic treasures and everyday life along Ohio’s roads - roads that went through the big cities as well as through farmland and tucked-away places. Seventy years later, the roads have changed and the pulse of the people is different – in some places. Picking up where the Federal Writers Project left off, the Ohio Humanities Council has announced the launch of the Road Trip! radio series and The New Ohio Guide Audio Tours at SeeOhioFirst.org. This new guide takes those older routes and gives them a 21st century twist, recreating them as free downloadable audio tours, and the Road Trip! radio series.

 

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10:35 am
Sun June 17, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Art and Utility - East Liverpool

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East Liverpool is the Pottery Capital of the US. It’s been the capital since the 1880s. Sarah Webster Vodrey is the Director of the East Liverpool Museum of Ceramics. She showed me around the museum.

"Doorknobs, inkwells, pie pans - it was very utilitarian n at first and then as time when on people were able to combine utility with beauty. And even from the very start, the human impulse is to make it attractive," says Vodrey.

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Road Trip Series
10:40 am
Sun June 10, 2012

New Ohio Guide: A City of Neighborhoods – Ethnic Enclaves in Cleveland

As musicians strike up traditional Chinese cymbals, gongs, and drums, the crowd at Cleveland's Asia Plaza parts - to reveal a gold-spangled, white-furred Chinese lion. The lion whips and gyrates to the music as it circles the audience. The lion's red-tongued mouth plucks red -and-gold, cash-filled envelopes from the hands of giggling children.

 

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Road Trip Series
10:35 am
Sun June 3, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Where North Meets South

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The Pontifical College Josephinum is one of more than 180 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States. But it’s the only seminary in the U.S. that’s run by the Vatican.

"There are only 15 pontifical seminaries in the world. 14 of them are in Italy and then Columbus, Ohio. That makes us a unique seminary in the United States," says Father James Wehner, the Josephinum’s president.

About 200 men are enrolled at the Josephinum. While the seminary offers academic degrees, Wehner says there’s a larger purpose.

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Road Trip Series
10:34 am
Sun May 27, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Minerals, Mining, and Reclamation

This part of Meigs County has seen over 150 years of extractive industries. Scars that are - just now - beginning to heal. Some Meigs county residents are looking at more sustainable ways to use the land. One of them is Paul Strauss

Over 40 years ago he left New York City and bought 80 acres near the Meigs County town of Rutland.

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Road Trip Series
10:35 am
Sun May 20, 2012

New Ohio Guide: Akron Rubber Industry

United Rubber Workers of America Building near Old Main St. in Akron
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Native Americans knew that the land where Akron now sits lay between two waterways – the Cuyahoga and the Tuscarawas rivers. The Indians had established a portage path through the area to carry their canoes from one water route to the next. What they probably did not know is that they were crossing a continental divide.

"Everything North of Akron the rivers flow towards Lake Erie and ultimately out toward the Atlantic ocean. Everything South of Akron flows South to the Ohio River, Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico," says Jennie Vasarhelyi of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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