Join Columbus Unscripted for the Columbus Improv Festival on October 20-24. On the show today, Barbara Allen and Bill Sabo talk to Kelly Buttermore from the podcast From Justin to Kelly about improv, life, and how a really bad show brought Justin and Kelly to a new view on improv.
Bill Shkurti has lived a fascinating dual life at Ohio State University: as an undergraduate from 1964-68, he experienced life as a subject of the administration, but from 1990-2010 he was an important part of the administration. These two sides led him to write his latest book The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order, one of the first books from the Ohio State University Press Trillium imprint.
Join us for a discussion of how student life has changed at Ohio State, what caused the university to shut down in May of 1970, and which OSU administrator referred to Columbus Dispatch coverage of OSU events as “manufactured news stories that would make Pravda blush with envy.”
Many authors have explored the Kennedy family, but one little-explored member is Rosemary, the disabled daughter who was kept away from the public eye for most of her life. Kate Clifford Larson remedies this situation with her book, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. In it, she describes the medical errors and family desperation that doomed Rosemary to a life of problems and eventual lobotomy. Join us for a discussion of the life of this daughter of Joseph Kennedy, father of Robert and John F. Kennedy.
What’s a dog owner to do? You can live in one of the top 10 best places to live in the United States, Littlefield, and still not have freedom to let your dog off leash at the dog park. And then, events take an ugly turn.
There’s always that one guy you know in high school who has questionably sane ideas. In my high school, that guy was Jay. He liked to play “The Knockout Game,” the object of which was to be knocked unconscious. He liked to jump off moving car. He loved chaos.
I have a feeling that Robert Evans, my guest this week and author of A Brief History of Vice: How Bad Behavior Built Civilization, was that guy in high school. His book describes not only the history of vice but his personal experiences with it and how he’s introduced his friends to taking various preparations of “vice.” Join us for a discussion of how drunken monkeys may have led the path to society as we know it.
Patty Larkin is renowned for her guitar skills, songwriting and singing prowess. She’s been a staple of the folk-urban scene, with 13 albums to her credit. She’ll be in Columbus with Six String concerts on September 17.
Listen in for our discussion of what she’s been doing lately, how many hours a day it takes to have her skill on guitar, and what part of her life is “miraculous” and “enlightening.”
With over two dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Obituary Writer and The Knitting Circle, to her credit, Ann Hood, knows books. In her most recent novel, The Book That Matters Most, she asks readers to consider what book has been most important to them. Listen in to hear what book matters most to Ann Hood and what were the most common choices were from the people she asked. Surprisingly, I was the first person she’s met whose book was The Time-Life Treasury of Home Repair.
Also, invite Ann Hood to your book club!
Ann Hood will be in Columbus with the Thurber House on Tuesday, September 6.
A veteran of flash fiction, reviews, articles, and poetry, Miller shares with readers his checkered background with a jaundiced eye towards his own choices.
The book starts with this Author’s Note: “I’m an alcoholic. I’m manic-depressive. I say this only to alert the reader that I am, in fact, not willing to suggest that what you are about to read is always the factual truth; or even always what an unbiased judge might refer to as fair and balanced.”