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The Unseen Forces of 'Invisibilia'
Apollo's Fire Celebrates Bach's Birthday, Again!
'Morning Edition' Hosts a Book Club
Request Passes for 'Swan Lake'
Humor and the Emotions of Aging
Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives
A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED
Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone
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This Issue's Features

 The Unseen Forces of 'Invisibilia'

Take a glimpse into a world you can't see with Invisibilia, a new program about the unseen forces that shape human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts. The show is scheduled to run Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. for five more weeks and is produced by NPR's Science Desk.

Invisibilia explores how people's lives are shaped (and sometimes even controlled) by ideas and feelings that are powerful and rarely examined. Creators and co-hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller, who helped to create the groundbreaking radio programs This American Life and Radiolab, combine powerful storytelling and cutting-edge research from the pages of scientific journals to bring listeners a unique audio experience. Read more about the program at WKSU.org and listen to last week's debut episode at NPR.org.

 Apollo's Fire Celebrates Bach's Birthday, Again!

Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, presents Bach's Birthday Party - Part 2: Family Frolic on Jan. 22-25. This multi-generational music party features Apollo's Fire principal players along with the Young Artist Apprentices in a musical story of a day in the Bach family home. The production is offered as a fireside concert, a cozy 90-minute performance followed by coffee and conversation with the artists.

WKSU members can use their member card for a $12 discount on full-price B-level tickets for the Friday, Jan. 23 concert at First United Methodist Church in Akron. Other performances are Jan. 22 at CIM's Mixon Hall, Jan. 24 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights and Jan. 25 at Rocky River Presbyterian Church. See ApollosFire.org for details.

 'Morning Edition' Hosts a Book Club

Last month, NPR's Morning Edition started the Morning Reads Book Club, a quarterly project that asks a guest curator to pick a book and then invites listeners to read along. The debut pick was Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free by Hector Tobar that curator and Ann Patchett (author of Bel Canto says it is "a riveting story" that tackles "all of the big issues of life."

If you are already reading Deep Down Dark, you can ask questions or share thoughts about the book via Twitter @morningedition #MorningReads or by commenting on the Reddit page. The first on-air book discussion with Patchett and Tobar is scheduled for Morning Edition this Tuesday, Jan. 20. There's still time to join the conversation, and a handy study guide to download, at NPR.org.

 Request Passes for 'Swan Lake'

With Tchaikovsky's famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried. White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets.

To request two passes to Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 12:55 p.m. in area theatres, send an email with your name and mailing address to letters@wksu.org with "BOLSHOI" in the subject line. Please request a specific theatre preference - and make sure you include your mailing address in your email! We reserve the right to serve all requests with full information first. Limited passes are available for the following locations: Cinemark Valley View, Solon Cinemas, Crocker Park Cinemas, Tinseltown N. Canton, and Southpark (Strongsville). Because passes will be mailed, all requests must be made before noon on Jan. 19

 Humor and the Emotions of Aging

New research at the University of Akron explains why older people don't laugh at the same things as younger adults. And it's not because they don't get the joke. In this week's Exploradio, WKSU's Jeff St.Clair looks at the emotional underpinnings of aging.

He introduces Psychology professor Jennifer Tehan Stanley who runs the emotion and aging lab at The University of Akron, where she's studying how aging effects one's sense of humor. She says it's a complex topic and difficult to analyze. "You have to consider so many things both cognitive and emotional." One goal was to figure out how age affects what adults find funny, and why. Find all of Jeff's Exploradio reports at WKSU.org/exploradio.

NPR Notes
 Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

The Fender Stratocaster turned 60 last year. When it came out of the factory in 1954, it didn't sound — or look — like any other guitar. Leo Fender's small company was looking to improve the Telecaster, its groundbreaking solid-body electric, first introduced three years earlier. But far more than a tweak here or there, Fender created an entirely new instrument that's become almost synonymous with the phrase "electric guitar."

 A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam — the first since 2002 — the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test, according to local and state educators and the organization that runs it. In addition, at least 16 states have begun offering or plan to offer new, alternative tests. Combined, these changes represent a dramatic shift in the equivalency landscape dominated by the GED since its inception during World War II.

 Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Many of us reflexively grab our phones at the first hint of boredom throughout the day. And indeed a recent study by the research group Flurry found that mobile consumers now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes each day on mobile devices. Are we packing our minds too full? What might we be losing out on by texting, tweeting and email-checking those moments away?

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. Jan. 17: Reunited (And It Feels So Good). Stories about getting back together with your spouse, your country, your... Brahman bull. And how it never goes the way you think it's going to.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. Jan. 17: Translation. Crazy things happen when you translate crazy texts. How close can words get you to the truth and feel and force of life? Sometimes, the right words can have the wrong meanings and the best translations can lead to an understanding that's way deeper than language.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Jan. 17: (repeated Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.) This week, it’s back to the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for a live broadcast with special guests, bluegrass siblings The Gibson Brothers, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joe Newberry, and vocalist Heather Masse. Plus, pianist and musical director Richard Dworsky with drummer Bernie Dresel, Richard Kriehn on mandolin and fiddle, Gary Raynor on bass, and guitarist Chris Siebold.

 Krista Tippett On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Jan. 18: Congressman John Lewis. Congressman and Civil Rights legend John Lewis. When he was involved in Civil Rights actions in the '60s, it was "love in action. We do it, not simply because it's the right thing to do. But we love our country and so we have to move our feet."

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Jan. 18: When it comes to basic flavors, bitter is a dare from nature. Bittersweet chocolate, beer, strong coffee... why does it become so appealing the older we get? This episode offers some ideas.

 Snap Judgment

Sundays at 4 p.m. Jan. 18: The Path. Just because other people don't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. Storytelling with a beat.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Severance Hall presents St. Olaf Choir
Severance Hall
Monday, February 2nd

The world-renowned St. Olaf Choir, on their national tour, performs at Severance Hall. Anton Armstrong, celebrating his 25th year as the ensemble's conductor, leads the Choir in an eclectic program of classical, sacred and world music. Hear what the New York Times called "an even wall of sound... words clear, notes true.”

Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Severance Hall, University Circle, (216) 231-1111

 Coach House presents 'Towards Zero'
Coach House Theatre
Thursday, January 29th - Sunday, February 22nd

In true Dame Agatha Christie fashion, an elderly lady is murdered during a weekend house party at her cliff-side mansion, and every guest has a reason to want her dead.

Jan. 29-Feb. 22, Coach House Theatre, 732 West Exchange St, Akron, (330) 434-7741

 The Dorian Wind Quintet
Wooster Chamber Music Series
Saturday, January 31st

The Dorian Wind Quintet is recognized worldwide by professional musicians and audiences alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances. Audiences consistently take with them memories of compelling, energetic and dramatic music-making.

Saturday, Jan. 31, Gault Recital Hall, The College of Wooster, (330) 263-2115

 Twenty Five Years of Change Within Lake Erie Coastal Wetlands
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Friday, January 23rd

The first Explorer Series lecture of the new year features Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany and Director of Conservation. He'll reveal new plant discoveries made while conducting inventories of coastal marshes in Ohio and Pennsylvania for more than a quarter century.

Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m., Cleveland Museum of Natural History, University Circle, (216) 231-1177

 Tuesday Musical presents Jonathan Biss
Tuesday Musical
Tuesday, January 20th

Tuesday Musical's annual concert in honor of Margaret Baxtresser, American pianist Jonathan Biss performs works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Schumann and Berg. An artist with a flourishing international reputation, The Chicago Sun Times called Biss, "A young virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order."

Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m., The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall, (330) 972-7570

 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Magical Theatre Company
Friday, January 23rd - Sunday, January 25th

A glittering night... a magical forest... lovers, actors, fairies and foes. Paths cross in a mystical, merry, star-filled confusion. All this and more make for the most dazzling comedy Shakespeare ever wrote. Most enjoyed by families ages 12 and up.

Jan. 23-25, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, (330) 848-3708

 'East Meets West'
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, January 24th

Experience the Far East in Canton when The Canton Symphony Orchestra presents the Ohio premiere of Zhao Jiping's Pipa Concerto No. 2. This stunning orchestral work features Wu Man, a virtuoso of the Chinese stringed instrument – the Pipa. Also hear Brahms' lush Symphony No. 4 and Grieg's Holberg Suite.

Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton, (330) 452-2094

 Spectrum Series presents Simple Gifts
Ashland University Spectrum Series
Saturday, January 31st

Ashland University Spectrum Series presents the award-winning ethnic folk duo Simple Gifts. These two women on 12 instruments play songs ranging from lively Irish jigs and American reels, to hard-driving Klezmer tunes, haunting Gypsy melodies, original compositions and more.

Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, Ashland University, (419) 289-5125

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