NPR reporter Noah Adams in Columbus with WCBE, July 26

Mark SingerNoah Adams will bring his 30+ years of radio experience to Fort Hayes on July 26 for “An Evening with Noah Adams,” a benefit for WCBE, 90.5 FM.

I talked with Adams about how he got his start in NPR, how he learned to edit, and what unusual skill sets his generation apart from today’s NPR reporters and producers. Hint: it’s partly a facility with razor blades.

Ticket information for the event is available at the WCBE website.

 

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Mark Singer on Donald Trump: Unmolested by the rumbling of a soul

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“Who is Donald Trump?”

Mark Singer unsuccessfully (he says) sought the answer to this question in 1997 when assigned to write a profile for The New Yorker. His conclusion, that Trump “had aspired to and achieved the ultimate luxury, an existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul” started a two-decade long feud with Trump and ultimately led to the publication of Singer’s latest book, Trump and Me.

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“Weird Al”: still the best way I know Michael Jackson songs

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“Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour will tear the roof off the Palace Theater in Columbus on July 6. I got a chance to talk to the man behind “Eat It,” “White and Nerdy,” and tons of other songs that have impacted my twisted sense of humor since high school. And here’s the strangest thing: Over the phone, Al Yankovic sounds like Jeff Goldblum. Don’t believe me: listen in.

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Late One Night with Lee Martin

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Guest interviewer Sam Tucker sits down with Pulitzer finalist Lee Martin and gets the scoop about Late One Night,his latest novel. Listen in for an in-depth look at how this novelist works, and what voice he’s always ready to deploy.

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Guest host Whimsy Slattershot talks with Tony Anderson about surviving The Road

Joe HillThinking about a family vacation? Guest Tony Anderson has pretty of great advice about what to take with you before you pull out of the driveway.

Warning: some of Tony’s ideas may not be legal in all states.

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Jim Obergefell visits Columbus with the Pride brunch

This week’s tragedy in Orlando brings special urgency to Craft guest Jim Obergefell’s interview and visit to Columbus. Obergefell is a June 19 guest of the Columbus Pride brunch and spoke with guest host Byron Edgington about the book Obergefell co-authored with Debbie Cenziper, Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. The book covers the Obergefell v Hodges case that established marriage equality throughout the United States.

 

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Joe Hill: the fireman is coming to your town

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Author Joe Hill has blazed a trail in horror fiction with 4 novels, and his latest, The Fireman, is burning up bookstores near you. Special guest author interviewer Lucy A Snyder (Craft fans–both of you–will remember Lucy’s great 2015 Halloween story) fans the flames of Craft listenership with this interview with Joe. (And yes, I do feel slight guilt for all of these terrible puns. Kinda feverish with them, you might say.)

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John Scalzi: Ohioan for the drama

John Scalzi at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival

John Scalzi at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival

Author John Scalzi appeared at the 2016 Ohioana Book festival to discuss his latest novels and assure the world that Ohio is a hub of literary content. In return, I assured him that Ohio is less frequently incarcerating our literary superstars. Check out the full YouTube interview.

 

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Jessica Knoll: working through anger

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Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive was the best-selling debut of 2015 and was optioned for a movie by Reese Witherspoon. Knoll recently wrote an article “What I Know” about some of the experience-based events of Luckiest Girl Alive. Join us for a discussion of the book and how it helped her deal with her past.

 

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John Hegenberger at the Ohioana Book Festival

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From science fiction to hard-boiled detectives to westerns, Ohio author John Hegenberger has written them all. We met at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival and talked about his novels, why he never gets writers’ block, and the best way to get things into space (hint: it’s not a rocket). Also, why a horse causes headaches for a writer.

You can see John in person at these upcoming dates:

  • Barnes and Noble Pickerington, May 28
  • Cinevent (at the Renaissance Hotel), June 4
  • The Book Loft, June 5

His latest book, Iceslinger, is available on Amazon.

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