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Help Change the Course of Hunger in Northeast Ohio
The 31 Days of WKSU
The Sounds of the Holidays
Rachel Martin Moves to 'Morning Edition'
Community Conversations at WKSU
Crash Test Dummies Show The Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.
NPR Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs
Robbie Robertson On 'The Last Waltz,' 40 Years Later
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As if the whirl of holiday and end-of-year activities isn't enough, the crew from NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is setting up shop for the week at Cleveland's Playhouse Square! The big show is Thursday (12/8) and WKSU still has a few VIP packages for a contribution of $360. And, everyone can listen to the final product next Saturday (12/10 at 10 a.m.) and Sunday (12/11 at 1 p.m.) on WKSU. The special Not My Job guest (joining by phone) will be Bernie Sanders!
This Issue's Features

 Help Change the Course of Hunger in Northeast Ohio

At this holiday time of year, people often stop to think of those in need. But, the need doesn't disappear when the tinsel comes down. Food banks are charged with feeding the hungry 12 months a year, turning $1 into four healthy meals.

This week, donations to support WKSU will be matched with contributions to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

This is a great time to support reliable local and national news on WKSU while helping to change the lives of people living with food insecurity in communities across the region. Learn more and make a donation HERE.

 The 31 Days of WKSU

In 2016, the WKSU news staff reported on hundreds of people places and things that helped to shape news events this year in Northeast Ohio. It was an exciting year for sports, a big year in politics and a noisy year marked by the return of cicadas. To revisit the news of the past 12 months, a story from the WKSU archives will be posted on Facebook each day in December.

The 31 Days of WKSU begins today with Kabir Bhatia's coverage of the celebration party at Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary as alum LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a national title. See more on WKSU's Facebook page at WKSU.FM HERE. Find the latest from the WKSU newsroom online at

 The Sounds of the Holidays

Tis the season for streaming holiday music from WKSU! Now through the month of December, make your celebrations even merrier with holiday classical and holiday Folk Alley streams, available online or through the WKSU and Folk Alley mobile apps.

To listen from, go to the player at the top of any page. Look for a carrot to the right of the speaker icon. Click it and all of WKSU's audio streams - WKSU on-air, WKSU News, Folk Alley, HD3 Classical, Folk Alley Holiday and Classical Holiday - will all be displayed. Learn more or try out the streams HERE.

 Rachel Martin Moves to 'Morning Edition'

After five years as host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Rachel Martin will be getting up early as the new addition to the Morning Edition team, alongside Steve Inskeep and David Greene.

Prior to moving into the host position in the fall of 2012, Martin started as National Security Correspondent for NPR in May 2010. She traveled regularly to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense.

Martin was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning news show, The Bryant Park Project, and in 2006-2007, she served as NPR's religion correspondent. Based in Berlin, Germany, Martin worked as a NPR foreign correspondent from 2005-2006.

Martin started her career at public radio station KQED in San Francisco, as a producer and reporter. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Learn more about Rachel HERE.

 Community Conversations at WKSU

WKSU's Community Conversations comes home with a Dec. 15 event at the WKSU Broadcast Center at Kent State University. The free event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and offers you the chance to meet All Things Considered host Jeff St. Clair, News Director Andrew Meyer and Program Director Ele Ellis.

The panel will talk about the daily activities in the newsroom and invite you to discuss issues affecting Kent, Portage County and Kent State University. Find out more and register for the Kent event HERE.

NPR Notes
 Crash Test Dummies Show The Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

One Nissan crumples like an accordion. The other Nissan is crushed, too, but its frame is left relatively intact, its dummy relatively safe. Guess which one was made for which market?

 NPR Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs

This father of two is 40 years old, soft-spoken — and responsible for much of the fake news churned out in the closing months of the election. He says his fake-news stories work well — to the tune of more than 1.6 million visitors for even a single story — because they fit easily into existing conspiracy theories.

 Robbie Robertson On 'The Last Waltz,' 40 Years Later

The Band's epic final concert included stars like Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan — and the venue even served Thanksgiving dinner.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Dec. 3: Course Correction. A new idea. A new mission. Stories about individuals who change course mid-stride for the protection of themselves and others.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Dec. 3: Rivals. It's always that person you can't stand, who is just like you, who pushes you to be better. You can be best friends or worst enemies, but there is one person who will always get under your skin and make you a winner.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. Dec. 3: Choice. Logic and emotion aren't the only forces that guide our decisions. From a steaming cup of coffee to brain surgery to the kindness of casino workers; the voices in our head don't necessarily equal free will.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Dec. 3: (vintage show Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.) Live from The Town Hall in New York City, with guests Marcus Mumford, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Trevor Noah. Plus: a Song of the Week from Chris Thile, and the band (singer Gaby Moreno, music director Rich Dworsky, guitarist Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas on fiddle, bassist Paul Kowert, and Ted Poor on drums).

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Dec. 4: James Martin. Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and for him that means being a writer of books, an editor of America magazine, and as a wise and witty presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Dec.4: Just how far can a person push a cookie? Baking doyen Dorie Greenspan takes-on that challenge, and time to update your spice cabinet -- put down the oregano and pick up the annatto!

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Arts On-line
 Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, December 15th - Sunday, December 18th

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

December 15-18, Greystone Hall, Akron; 1-888-71-TICKETS

 Heritage Series: Cherish the Ladies
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Wednesday, December 14th

With their spectacular blend of instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, Cherish the Ladies combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and presents it in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.

Wednesday December 14, 2016, 8 p.m. Happy Days Lodge, Boston Township, (330) 657-2909 option 4

 Cleveland Chamber Music Society presents the Juilliard String Quartet
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Tuesday, December 6th

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, welcomes its new cellist, Astrid Schween, and celebrates its 70th anniversary during the 2016/17 season with return engagements in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, Louisville, Cleveland, Tucson, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall. The JSQ premieres Fragments, String Quartet No. 6 by renowned Argentine-American composer Mario Davidovsky, jointly commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and the Juilliard School.

December 6, 2016, Plymouth Church, Shaker Heights, 216-291-2777

 Cleveland Museum of Art presents 'Pure Color'
Cleveland Museum of Art
Saturday, November 19th - Monday, March 20th

'Pure Color: Pastels from the Cleveland Museum of Art' celebrates pastels made from the second half of the 19th through the early 20th century, a remarkably creative period of richness, diversity, and experimentation in the use of the medium.

November 19, 2016 - March 19, 2017; Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle, Cleveland, 216-421-7350

 Wooster Chamber Music Series presents The Chiara Quartet
Wooster Chamber Music Series
Sunday, December 11th

The Chiara Quartet has adopted a new way of performing: from memory, without printed sheet music, or “by heart.”

Sunday, December 11, at 3pm, Gault Recital Hall, The College of Wooster, 330-263-2115

 E.J. Thomas presents 'Once'
E.J. Thomas Hall
Tuesday, December 6th - Wednesday, December 7th

ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

December 6 & 7, 7:30pm; E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, 330-253-2488

 Canton Museum of Art presents 'Dream Worlds'
Canton Museum of Art
Wednesday, November 23rd - Sunday, March 12th

'Dream Worlds: The Art of Imaginative Realism' assembles award-winning artists from around the country who play a pivotal role in the art of cinema, television, set design, 3D animation, gaming, and costume design—pushing the boundaries of contemporary realism through the guise of surrealism.

November 23, 2016 – March 12, 2017; Canton Museum of Art, Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton, 330-453-7666

 Dobama Theatre Company presents 'Peter and the Starcatcher'
Dobama Theatre Company
Friday, December 2nd - Saturday, December 31st

This prequel to 'Peter Pan' introduces us to 13-year-old Molly Aster who finds herself in the company of pirates, a giant crocodile, and angry Mollusks as she and three orphan boys (one of whom happens to be unnamed) attempt to return a trunk of precious starstuff to her father.

December 2 - 31, Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, (216) 932-3396

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