Sumukh Torgalkar is back in Columbus

Comic Sumukh Torgalkar will return to central Ohio after a few years on the West Coast to record his second comedy album at Madlab on June 3. Listen in as we discuss his comedy interests, the impact of the pandemic, and what kind of comedy he prefers to do.

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Get Blacklisted with Jeff Black at Six String Concerts

Singer-songwriter Jeff Black will appear on June 3 with Columbus’ Six String Concert series. He brings a back catalog of 12 albums and a new one that he’s in the process of writing, so be prepared for something potentially new. We talked about his career, his childhood musical interests, and how the pandemic may have played to his strengths of being something of an introvert, a feeling to which I can relate. We also discussed the genre he’s often placed into – roots/Americana-and what this means for him.

And thanks to the magic of Zoom, you can now watch Jeff Black. I once again play the role of the hidden interviewer as I do on WCBE, 90.5 FM every Wednesday at 8 PM.

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Vance Gilbert: 107 online concerts makes him ready for a live one!

Vance Gilbert has released 13 albums so far, with another one on the way that he’s been working on live in concert. When the pandemic struck, he switched to the live streaming concerts every Monday at 7:30pm. For the past 107 weeks, he’s donated 10% of his live stream tip jars to charities with 107 checks sent out so far. Vance Gilbert will appear with Six String Concerts on May 6.

One of the things that I’m excited about is doing a show with pants on because, you know, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer doing shows.

Vance Gilbert

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Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis and Love and Loss: The Storied Nature of Nursing Home Care

In and out of care facilities for many years, Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis persevered and became director and general manager of OUB public media at Ohio University in Athens, where she served for 13 years as the first woman and first African American to lead this entity and the first woman to be emerita. While recovering in different health care facilities, she decided to write a book about her experiences and those around her, which became Love and Loss: The Storied Nature of Nursing Home Care. Listen in to hear her remarkable journey of healing and writing.

Over 26 years, I’ve been in six nursing homes and seven hospitals. In 1995, I had a spinal cord tumor that completely paralyzed me, so I had to learn how to walk [and] just about everything all over again.

Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis

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Generational Poverty in Ohio and Beyond: Christina Dorr

Author, speaker and media specialist Christina Dorr, PhD, will appear as part of the Ohioana virtual Book Festival on April 29-May 1. Her most recent book is Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty. Dorr started work on this book after discovering that librarians who had grown up in middle class or higher income homes had difficulties understanding children living in generational poverty. Since Dorr identifies with growing up in poverty, she brought her insight into the issues that the books explore.

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I have The Talk with Brendan Kiely

I think I became aware of The Talk that African American parents have with their children a few years ago, most likely during the start of the Black Lives Matter movement. This is probably one of the surest signs that I have lived a life of white privilege. I’d grown up around casual racism with the N-word being an accepted part of many people’s vocabulary, so my not knowing about The Talk was par for the course.

Brendan Kiely had in some ways a similar and in others a very different kind of youth, and that’s led him to confront racism and write The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege. He’ll appear with at this year’s virtual Ohioana Book Festival from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, 2022.

Listen in as we discuss his book and efforts at understanding racism and how he feels he’ll deal with it with his children.

I said, “But it wasn’t me. It wasn’t me. I didn’t do that exact thing.”

And my father said, “But Brendan, did you stop your friends?”

-Brendan Kiely
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How to have a Big Voice through voice acting with Ron Allan

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Ron Allan from Big Voice Productions in central Ohio has performed and taught voice acting throughout the Midwest and has over 30 years of experience. As he said during our discussion, “somewhere, right now, this minute, I’m on a radio commercial, a TV commercial, an industrial narration, a phone message, or an audio book.”

We discussed the background needed for voice acting and the potential careers that are available. Currently, there’s less demand for the traditional announcer voice and more for conversational voices, or as Ron put it: roles from “a grandfather to a child, and any age in between: the soccer mom, the stereotypes, the football coach in the locker room, the cop, the lawyer, the professor. There’s tons of roles to be played, even voices of aliens and animals.” Is there a voice acting role for you? Check out our discussion and decide for yourself.

 [Voice actors are] the man and woman behind the green curtain.

Ron Allan, Big Voice Productions
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George Bilgere at Ohioana 2022

Cleveland poet George Bilgere’s latest collection is Central Air, which was released March 2022. He hosts “Wordplay” on Cleveland Public Radio, which has been described as the car talk of poetry. He joins the Ohioana virtual Book Festival on April 29 through May 4.

Bilgere writes poems about his life and locations from Berlin to Cleveland Heights and all stops in between.

The last time we spoke, 10 years ago, he “was gloriously free.” Listen in to find out what’s happened since then and why it’s never funny when ribs are involved.

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Tempest hoists the Jolly Roger at Burns’ Pub on April 8

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Celtic Folk rock group Tempest has a history of playing pirate songs and playing at WCBE. They will be in town on April 8 at Byrne’s Pub. I spoke with founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, about how the band writes. music, especially during downtimes like the pandemic.

[Trying out new music live] is fun because the songs come alive in a different way… it’s a lot fresher, too… because you don’t really know what the song is going to sound like until you have it mixed and mastered.

Lief Sorbye

So listen to the interview and then get to Byrne’s Pub where you can do your imitation of a pirate.

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Who is in that car tailgating you? Lisa Scottoline says to be afraid; be very afraid

On her way to selling over 30 million books, Lisa Scottoline has had plenty of time to imagine what’s the worst that could happen in any situation. And fortunately, she’s written about it.

This time, it’s tailgating that turns into carjacking that sends a family into hiding. Her latest novel What Happened to the Bennetts looks at what happens to a family under pressure. She’ll be in Columbus virtually on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 pm with Gramercy Books in Bexley.

Honestly, I hate tailgaters. And so I’m driving around and I drive the speed limit. I don’t drive slow; I drive the speed limit. And if someone gets behind me, I go in the slow lane. But what could go horribly wrong now?

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is a pleasure to talk to and I recommend her books. Listen in to the podcast and then get her latest, What Happened to the Bennetts.

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