The surprising inspiration for Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World

Jonathan Byrd

Imagine you’re a painter. Beyond needing natural talent, hard work, and technique, how do you find a subject? If you’re Andrew Wyeth, creator of the famous 1948 painting Christina’s World (below), you get lucky, kind of, in that your subject passes by.

“[Christina Olson’s] parents were buried in [a nearby] graveyard, and she would drag herself down there to see them. And one day, [Wyeth] saw her out the window doing that and he was intrigued and inspired to paint her.”

Christina Baker Kline took that story and a lot of research and wrote her latest novel, A Piece of the World. Tune in to hear why this book was harder to write than her bestselling novel Orphan Train and what insights she’ll give when she’s guest author on Thursday, February 23 with the Thurber House.

 

Christinas World

Christina’s World

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Matthew Sullivan: How learning about the Ocean’s tiniest creature helps humans

Jonathan ByrdEver wonder how many kinds of fish are in the sea? That’s easy compared to the task for the international Tara Oceans Expedition: what kinds of microorganisms infect those fish and other marine life? The three-year mission of Tara was to sample water around the globe and see how microorganism populations vary around the world.

Ohio State University microbiology associate professor Matthew Sullivan was part of the Tara Oceans Expedition, a logical fit given his interest in the co-evolution of microbes and viruses in environmental populations. Sullivan will speak on February 19 at the Ohio State University’s Science Sundays on the topic “Understanding ocean viruses may just save the Earth and help cure your next ailment.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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Jonathan Byrd: From bed springs to the world’s stages

Jonathan Byrd

Ever lie under a bed as a kid, hiding from adults or siblings, looking for something to do?

Jonathan Byrd did.

But unlike many other kids, he started to play the bed springs, one weird ‘”plonk” after another in a series he recognized as musical.

And so life in music was begun.

Listen in for more insights into Byrd’s life, ahead of the February 2017 release of his 10th album, Mother Tongue and his February 11 appearance at Six String Concerts.

 

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The Prometheus Protocol

Robot

Ever listen to a meditation or relaxation recording and wonder, “What do they really tell me while I’m relaxing? What if it’s something bad? How do I know I can trust being relaxed?”

Yeah, maybe I’m a little paranoid.

I wouldn’t be if you weren’t always talking about me.

At any rate, listen in to what relaxation recording made me think about with help from Shawn Gould and the incomparable voice talents of Columbus actor Christina Yoho.

Namaste

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The Mystery of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew: Julie Rubini and Marilyn Greenwald

Hardy Boys on a bookshelf

Image by Nelson Kwok

Many of us grew up reading the Hardy Boys (me) or Nancy Drew, wondering who Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene were and how they could write so many books. Julie Rubini and Marilyn Greenwald had the same questions and did some sleuthing to learn more about these authors, ultimately discovering that although they were really productive, they weren’t real people. They were in fact a series of writers, starting with Leslie McFarlane and Millie Benson and their lives are explored in Greenwald’s  The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate and Rubini’s Missing Millie Benson: The Secret Case of the Nancy Drew Ghostwriter and Journalist.

Rubini and Greenwald will unveil the mysteries behind the authors on February 2 with the Thurber House.

 

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Mark Erelli: How to grab an audience’s attention softly

Mark Erelli @ Passim

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Mark Erelli has released 16 CDs, 6 collaborative and 10 solo, including his most recent For A Song, his first solo album of original material in six years.

During our conversation, we talked about the ways that crowdfunding is changing music, how Lyle Lovett impacted his performance style, and why snowstorms are the songwriter’s blessing.

He’ll be in Columbus on Friday, January 20th with Six String Concerts.

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That time a Pulitzer Prize winner accidentally called me a journalist: Connie Schultz

CT Forum The End of Civility moderator Connie Schultz being introduced

CT Forum The End of Civility moderator Connie Schultz being introduced

Nationally syndicated columnist Connie Schultz won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her work with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, teaches journalism at Kent State University, and is the the author of two books including … and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which details her relationship with her husband, Senator Sherrod Brown. Schultz will be in Columbus on January 13th to receive the Progressive Hero award from ProgressOhio.

Listen in to hear Schultz describe her writing process, how she deals with being married to a senator, and what receiving the award means to her.

 

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Mariah Carey on Craft!

mimithemimeIt’s another A-lister on Craft: Mariah Carey! Listen in for exciting news on her new career in the Rockin’ New Year.

 

A HUGE thank you to the inestimable Shawn Gould and ayote&olympic hiphop hard by Annon (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.

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Jeff Black songs can get you out of speeding tickets (probably not)

Jeff BlackSinger-songwriter Jeff Black has a lot of fan; and some of them are policemen, at least according to his podcast, Black Tuesdays. He’ll be in Columbus on December 3 with Six String Concerts.

Listen in for the path less traveled and what kinds of fan stories make it to his podcast, like the story about how one of his songs got a fan out of a speeding ticket.

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Thanksgiving special 2016

I’ve got a lot of people to thank you for this episode:

Interviews with Loreena McKennitt (CAPA), Craig Johnson (Thurber House), Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzuto (Nest Theatre), Origins (The Ohio State University Department of History)

And thank you to folks who lent their voices to describe some of the reasons they are thankful.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Elaine Grogan Luttrull
Rebecca Flowers
Eva Dale
Nancy Petro
Andrew Miller
Cynthia Rossi
Kathy Jender
Robin Smith
Julie Moore
Artie Isaac
Brad Feinknopf
Lucy Snyder
Larry Smith
Kathy Fagan

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