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Simon Sebag Montefiore is one of those rare writers who excels at both fiction and non-fiction. The last time I had him on the program it was for his epic history of the Romanov dynasty. The final czar, Nicholas II, died one century ago, along with his family, at the hands of Bolshevik assassins. With this centennial year underway we talked about the Romanovs for a bit as we began our conversation about Simon's new novel "Red Sky at Noon."

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem "Without Straight Lines."

Julie Moore reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Lattes for Two"

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Florida Boy 1969"

Hundreds of cassette tapes are filed away in drawers in my office. These are author interviews I recorded years ago when cassette tapes were still considered to be a perfectly respectable way to preserve sound. As I scan the names on the tapes I am often puzzled to encounter unfamiliar names. I'm sure if I listened to these mysterious authors I would say, oh, that's right, I remember this interview. I used to do 4 or 5 interviews every week and sometimes it could become a blur.

Team Void joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions ahead of their appearance at the 2018 Voodoo Carnival Masquerade.  The band performed songs from their upcoming EP, Cursed to Rock the Living and talked with Dakota about their luncha-rock roots.

Team Void will perform at the 2018 2018 Voodoo Carnival Masquerade at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.  More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/124156044796102/

Elizabeth Berg had had enough. She was tired of reading bad news and hearing about things that were upsetting. She wanted to feel good and to think pleasant thoughts. So she sat down and wrote a thoroughly charming, feel-good book, "The Story of Alfred Truluv."

Arthur, her protagonist is a pleasant older man, a widower who is grieving for his wife. Most days he heads over to the graveyard where his wife is interred and has lunch with her. He talks to her. He even talks to some of the other people who have been laid to rest there. Arthur is lonely. The woman who lives next door to him seems interested in him. She's alone, too. Arthur isn't sure if he is ready to get involved in a new relationship. His late wife is still the center of his world.

Scott Nelson (Upright Bass/Vocals), Kris Potts (Mandolin/Vocals), and Johnny Plott (Banjo/Vocals) have been performing as Flatland Harmony Experiment since 2011.  The Indiana-based trio visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about upcoming shows, their latest recordings and more.  They were joined by Charles Hartman who talked about the upcoming Rainy Day Ramble at the Yellow Cab.

Comprised of members of Buffalo Killers, Side Sleeper, Heavy Mole and Deerhead, Road Eyes pays tribute to the music of Neil Young and Crazyhorse.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a preview of their debut show live on Kaleidoscope.  

Road Eyes will perform at the Yellow Cab Tavern on Saturday, February 10. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1226796810755144/

When you enter the small lobby of the Country Kitchen on Interstate 71 in Lebanon, Ohio, the first thing you're likely to notice is a set of side-by-side bulletin boards nearly covered with business cards, flyers and brochures.

 

In the age of online advertising, it looks like more than a few people still choose this old-school method of promoting the items and services they have to offer.

 

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