24 years ago Rebecca Skloot was in her high school biology class when her teacher mentioned the case of a woman who was being treated for cancer in 1951. Her doctors had taken a sample of some cancerous cells from her. There was something unique about these cells; they kept on growing. They continue to be used today for medical research.
The Richter Uzur Duo features Viktor Uzur on cello and Brad Richter on guitar. Uzur and Richter visited the WYSO studio ahead of their performance at the University of Dayton and performed several live songs on Excursions. The duo chats with Niki Dakota about what brought them together as musical partners and how they make their two instruments work together in composition. Their latest album, String Theory, is available now.
Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick met in music school at Yale. Now the classically trained guitarists perform under the name Threefifty Duo. They visited the WYSO studios for a live performance ahead of a performance at Wittenberg University.
In 1979 a mysterious author called Trevanian published a spy novel called "Shibumi." Trevanian was the pen name for an author who wrote numerous best-sellers including "Shibumi' and "The Eiger Sanction." The author died in 2005.
Téa Obreht has written one of the most highly anticipated novels of the year. "The Tiger's Wife" is a mingling of 3 seemingly unrelated threads; a mythic legend about a tiger that escapes from a zoo during a war, a folk legend about a man who cannot die, the "deathless man," and the author's grief over the death of her grandfather.