Multitalented: The Accidentals visit Columbus

​Violinist Savannah Buist, cellist Katie Larson, and percussionist Michael Dause make up The Accidentals, who will perform in Columbus on March 12 with Six String Concerts. I spoke with Sav and Katie about their time as musicians, how the pandemic changed their musical abilities (think: engineering), and how they got to cowrite with some of their musical heroes on the Timeout Project.

“The timeout project is actually kind of a side project …[and] a bunch of cowrites that we do with people who inspire us to become writers, such as … Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Tom Paxton, Gretchen Peters, Gary Burr, and Georgia Middlemen.”

-Sav Buist
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Can contact with the earth heal you? Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra thinks so.

Withered Ground – James Frid, Pexels

Cardiologist and author of Heartbreak and Heart Disease Dr. Stephen Sinatra believes that some habits could unexpectedly impact your heart health. During our conversation, we discussed the many ways that how much not getting enough sleeping at night can negatively impact your cardiac health before covering his interest in grounding, aka earthing, the idea that electric currents in the earth can be access by direct physical contact. Listen in for Dr. Sinatra’s health advice.

The sweet spot for getting to sleep [is] between 10 and 11 o’clock at night

Stephen Sinatra, MD
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Christmas with Capriccio: A time to reflect

Larry Griffin co-founded Capriccio Columbus 13 years ago and still serves as its artistic director. He’ll present this year’s Christmas with Capriccio concert on December 19 at Worthington United Methodist Church. Listen in as he describes the songs they’ll play, which ones make Larry cry, and the involvement of his musically gifted family. If you like Vivaldi, this one’s for you.

[This concert will remind you of] “when you were a kid, what Christmas meant to you”

Larry Griffin, Capriccio Columbus artistic director

Note: COVID safety protocols will be used for this concert.

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Red Herring Theater: The Thanksgiving Play

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By Romi Azulay

Every year, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey and stuffing, with perhaps a thought of Native Americans briefly glancing their minds. Perhaps. Mark Mann and Michael Herring of Red Herring theater acknowledge these two separate angles of the holiday in their rendition of The Thanksgiving Play. The two creators joined Craft and guest host Elizabeth Falter to discuss their process. 

You think about eating and watching football.

Guest host Elizabeth Falter

The story by Larissa Fasthorse, a Native American playwright, centers around four white Americans trying to create a Thanksgiving play that is inclusive and politically correct, but are stalled by the fact that they do not know any Native Americans. Mann, the director of the play, explains Fasthorse granted him a strong message to build off. “All I had to do was help guide the performances toward the end zone,” Mann explained. “You let the human characters in the play create a situation in which the themes kind of sneak up on an audience member.”

Michael Herring described their journey and goals in trying to portray a message through theater. “Our mission is to produce plays that are profound- we like to make people think; provocative- we like to stimulate dialogue and debate,;professional- our production values are top notch.”

While they are serious about their work, they know how to have fun as well. Much of the play’s humor  “derives from these very earnest people trying to create something that’s over their heads,” Mann explained. “I don’t think there was a night in rehearsal that we all didn’t burst into laughter.”

You can find more information and purchase tickets to the play at www.redherringtheater.org. The play runs through November 21.

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2021 Ohioana Book Awards: Be there (virtually) on October 14

The 2021 Ohioana Book Awards will be presented on October 14 at the Ohio Statehouse. Listen in to find out who received an award and how you can get tickets to the free, open to the public virtual event.

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Craft goes to the dogs: How’s It Going? with dog groomer Lauren Powers

Continuing with my How’s It Going? series on local small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, I spoke with Lauren Powers from The Buckeye Dog Grooming in Clintonville. Listen in to hear about the changes necessary to keep pets and their owners safe, as well as what the best way to keep your dog looking good between groomings (hint: it’s something you should be doing anyway).

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What REALLY happens in local radio stations?: Ask Rachel Lynn Solomon

Well, what really happens in fiction, at least. Author Rachel Lynn Solomon has written four young adult books and her debut adult novel. The Ex Talk, is a Library Reads January 2021 pick. Solomon worked in public radio in college and in her 20s, and she drew on this experience for the book.

I really tried to plug in as many details as I could to make it feel real for a radio fan. So there are a lot of references to specific radio shows, you know–This American Life, Fresh Air, Car Talk–as well as trying to freshen it up with some newer podcast references.

Rachel Lynn Solomon

Listen in as we discuss what motivates Solomon as an author and how she can tell when she’s got the right plot for the story.

Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Steve Berry’s new Cotton Malone novel goes to WWII

Steve Berry on The Kaiser’s Web

Steve Berry is a former attorney, an internationally renowned thriller writer, and founder of History Matters. He has over 20 million books in print in over 50 countries and 40 different languages. As part of his tour for his latest, The Kaiser’s Web, he will appear virtually with the Thurber House on February 26.

I’ve been wanting to send my recurring character Cotton Malone into an adventure that deals with World War Two for a long time. That subject fascinates me. And I just couldn’t come across anything that was fresh or new or different. And I stumbled onto something a couple of years ago, while I was researching another novel, and it it just became the Kaiser’s Web.

Steve Berry

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Love and loss in the Gulf Coast: Columbus author Karin Cecile Davidson gives insight into her new novel

If you’re looking for a break from the various crises filling our lives right now, you might find some solace in reading up on a volatile moment in the United States’ past. This week we talk to Columbus author Karin Cecile Davidson on her first novel, Sybelia Drive, which released on October 6th from Braddock Avenue Books. Sybelia Drive is interwoven with the perspectives of characters living in the Gulf Coast through the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s as they attempt to grapple with the Vietnam War and its impact on their communities.

Sybelia Drive is interwoven with the perspectives of characters living in the Gulf Coast through the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s as they attempt to grapple with the Vietnam War and its impact on their communities.


Davidson holds an MFA from Lesley University, is the interviews co-editor at the Newfound Journal, and is the recipient of several awards for her writing, including an Ohio Arts Council Residency and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Karin’s favorite things to write are short stories (many of which have been published in Five Points, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere), and she explained that her Sybelia Drive “started out as a story” until her graduate adviser helped her realize she wasn’t “writing linked stories—[she was] actually writing a novel.”
Listen in to learn all about the Vietnam War, how Karin crafts a vivid image of a Gulf Coast lake town, and what it’s like to write a novel.

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How Are You Doing? Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza

The incredible impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone but few have been hit as hard as restaurants, live performance venues, and other public gathering place. In a series I’m calling “How Are You Doing?,” I’ll be talking with central Ohio businesses to find out how they’re weathering the storm.

My first guest is Charlie Jackson, part owner of Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington and Grandview. We discuss the impact of the shutdown and the innovations this local business has put in place. Listen in to hear a success story that’s music to our ears.

Charlie Jackson with Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza

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