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Revisit the Gay Games
Turn Your Old Vehicle Into WKSU Programming
Blossom Wraps Its Season
For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success
Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'
A New Golden Age For 'Silver Bullets'? Airstreams Make A Comeback
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 Andrew Meyer Joins WKSU Staff

This week, veteran journalist Andrew Meyer becomes WKSU's news director. His duties include managing day-to-day activities in the WKSU newsroom and working with senior staff to set coverage priorities and create stronger connections in the Northeast Ohio community. Andrew will also be heard on-air as a reporter and new anchor.

Meyer comes to WKSU from public radio station WBGO in Newark, New Jersey, where he was assistant news director. Along with his management duties at WBGO, he also anchored afternoon newscasts, reported on local and regional stories and hosted a monthly issues-driven call-in program. Before working full-time for WBGO, Meyer was as a freelance reporter/producer for stations in the New York City metropolitan area.

During his time at WBGO, Meyer was recognized with a number of awards, including nationally from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) and in the New Jersey/New York area from the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and others.

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 Revisit the Gay Games

Most of the participants have packed up and returned home after two weeks of Gay Games 9, but the positive energy still remains after Cleveland and Akron hosted a long list of athletic and cultural events. The international LGBT community made Northeast Ohio its home and in return, the region got a taste of being in the media spotlight.

Amanda Rabinowitz covered the action with a series of GG9 reports - from the first gay rodeo Gay Games competitions to ongoing questions on the need for a stand-alone event for LGBT athletes. Listen to her stories at and see more on WKSU's Tumblr page.

 Turn Your Old Vehicle Into WKSU Programming

As summer drifts away and winter weather is on the horizon, you may be thinking of getting rid of your old car, boat, truck or RV. Instead of using your unwanted vehicle as a trade-in, consider donating it to WKSU. Your former vehicle will be sold with proceeds going to purchase programming and fund quality public radio on WKSU, while you receive a tax deduction for the sale amount. Donate your vehicle before Sept. 30 and earn a $50 gas card as a thank you!

The donation process is simple. Call toll free 877-897-9578 and a friendly staff member will schedule a vehicle pick-up. Or visit for more information or to fill out the online vehicle donation form.

 Blossom Wraps Its Season

The sweaters are coming out at night and the Cleveland Orchestra ends its summer residency at Blossom on Labor Day weekend with a program of Brahms symphonies on Aug. 31 that serves as the sendoff for the Orchestra's fall European tour and is a great way to use your remaining Blossom vouchers. The day before, on Aug. 30, take advantage of the final WKSU Night at Blossom with half-price tickets for a Family FunFest with children's activities and post-concert fireworks.

This weekend, the mystery of Carl Orff's masterwork Carmina Burana fills the Blossom stage on Aug. 23, followed by a Beatles tribute featuring the band Classical Mystery Tour on Aug. 24. See the full Blossom schedule at

NPR Notes
 For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

If you want to get in shape, you can join a gym. But if you want to start a food business, where do you go? Try a culinary incubator. Just as gym members share workout equipment, members of many food incubators share commercial kitchen space. Incubators also offer business support and technical assistance -- like branding, sales and distribution -- to help "foodpreneurs" get off the ground.

 Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well. Plays, poetry, novels, political tracts — all were published in Yiddish until the Holocaust. A great deal of these works can now be found at the National Yiddish Book Center in Western Massachusetts.

 A New Golden Age For 'Silver Bullets'? Airstreams Make A Comeback

Step inside an Airstream travel trailer and you'll step into a different era. The iconic trailers have the unmistakable curved aluminum exterior, giving them the nickname "the silver bullet." They look more like the fuselage of an old airplane than a modern RV. Airstreams both old and new are making a comeback — a resurgence fueled by demand for the sleek retro style.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. Aug. 23: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison after killing his own father. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. Aug. 23: Escape. The walls are closing in, you've got no way out... and then, suddenly, you escape! This hour, stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Aug. 23: (repeated Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.) This week, a summer rebroadcast from June 2012 at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre in Eugene, Oregon. Elvin Bishop sings "That's My Thing," Sam Bush performs "Freight Train Boogie," and the Portland Cello Project plays "Take Five."

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Aug. 24: Dan Barber. Celebrated Chef, thinker and social visionary Dan Barber talks about finding stories to connect people with the food they eat so that they taste ingredients in new ways.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Aug. 24: Long before Detroit was known for its cars or music, it was famous for its frog legs -- frog leg salad, frog leg pie, frog leg ravioli. Local, sustainable... so what happened? That story, and so much more.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. Aug. 24: End of the Line. Amazing stories from real people who just don't know when to say quit.

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Arts On-line
 Cleveland Museum of Natural History Presents 'Animal Secrets'
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, September 14th

Ever wonder where a chipmunk sleeps, or what an eagle feeds its young? In Animal Secrets, families can learn the answers to these questions as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Children can experience nature from an animal's point of view as they explore a cave, stream, meadow, and the woods.

Saturday, May 17 through Sunday, Sept. 14, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Dr., Cleveland, (216) 231-4600

 Rabbit Run Theatre Presents 'The Odd Couple'
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
Friday, August 15th - Saturday, August 30th

Compulsive neat-freak Felix Ungar is kicked out of his house by his wife and moves in with slob Oscar Madison. Felix and Oscar quickly find themselves at odds in the laugh-out-loud production of Neil Simon's classic comedy!

Friday, Aug. 15 - Saturday, Aug. 30, Rabbit Run Theater, 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, (440) 428-7092

 Stan Hywet Presents 'Playgarden'
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Wednesday, June 25th - Saturday, August 30th

Stan Hywet presents Playgarden. This outdoor sensory play experience features six exciting interactive adventures, including a splash fountain, a kid-powered antique Model A truck, archaeological dig and a Tudor Revival playhouse. Come and enjoy the 5,000-square-foot multi-generational garden!

June 25 - Aug. 30, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, (330) 315-3294

 Akron Civic Theatre Presents Wilco
Akron Civic Theatre
Thursday, September 4th

Wilco's brand of classic roots rock incorporates folk, pop and genre-spanning experimentalism. The band's 10-album catalog includes 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (named one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone), 2005's Grammy award-winning A Ghost is Born, the Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) and more. NPR has called Wilco "the best rock band in America."

Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m., Akron Civic Theatre, 182 South Main St, Akron, (330) 253-2488

 Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Tuesday, September 2nd - Sunday, June 28th

This academic year, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will feature its Latin American collection in a comprehensive exhibition organized by Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer. The works range from Mexican Revolution-era prints to recent conceptual installations, organized into thematic groupings.

Sept. 2, 2014 to June 28, 2015, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, 87 North Main St, Oberlin, (440) 775-8665

 There's No Business Like Show Business: Spider Saloff Sings Irving Berlin
Stocker Arts Center
Friday, August 29th - Saturday, August 30th

With a personal endorsement from the Berlin Family, acclaimed chanteuse Spider Saloff offers a concert of Irving Berlin. The show is about the true American Dream of Irving Berlin's life and career from impoverished immigrant to wealth and fame. Songs include "There's No Business Like Show-business," "Cheek to Cheek," Blue Skies," Puttin' On The Ritz" and many others.

Aug. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., Stocker Arts Center, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, 1-800-995-LCCC

 Erie SeaWolves at Akron Rubber Ducks
Akron Rubber Ducks
Friday, August 29th

The Akron Rubber Ducks host the Erie SeaWolves in one of the final regular season games of 2014. Root for the home team and arrive early for a Main Street Festival. Elton John fireworks fill the sky after the final out. Say hello to WKSU staffers at the station's table in the concourse.

Friday, Aug. 29 at 7:05 p.m., Canal Park, Akron,

 Art on the Green
Hudson Society of Artists
Saturday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 24th

The Hudson Society of Artists is pleased to host its 34th Annual Art On the Green, going strong since 1980, with more than 150 artists showing original artwork. This show is held outdoors, rain or shine, on the South Green of beautiful historic Hudson, Ohio.

Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the corner of Rtes. 303 and 91, Hudson,

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