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Tracking the Political Process
It's Blossom Voucher Time
Enter a Drawing for the Milk Carton Kids at PlayhouseSquare
WKSU's Community Conversations in Salem Next Week
Grounded: The Dehubbing of the Region's Airports Continues
How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice
'70s High School Art Project Mistakenly Valued At $50K On 'Antiques Roadshow'
Is Breakfast Really The MOST Important Meal Of The Day?
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 Tracking the Political Process

By the time Election Day 2012 finally rolled around, the citizens of Ohio had been subjected to a grinding political system that left many feeling drained and cynical. Elections in the U.S. are supposed to be about choosing the person you feel best addresses your concerns and can do the job. However, all too often these days, it's the candidates and their campaigns who are deciding what they believe are the driving issues, not the voters. During the 2016 elections, the Ohio Media Project will work to shift the focus back to you. WKSU News is collaborating with newspapers, radio and television stations across the state to give you an opportunity to reengage in the political process and help get your voice heard.

The Your Vote Ohio Project will continue through the conventions and the November elections. Early stories include M.L. Schultze on parsing the ads that are already filling the airwaves and newspapers (read HERE for tips on taking ads apart and finding additional context) and a deeper look at the actual impact this barrage of advertising has on voters and election results (listen HERE). Find all of WKSU's Your Vote Ohio stories online at

 It's Blossom Voucher Time

One sure sign that summer has arrived in Northeast Ohio is the appearance of The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. The Blossom Festival kicks off July 4th weekend with Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and Scheherazade (7/2 and 7/3) and a grand Salute to America with fireworks on July 4th. For a limited time, make a contribution to WKSU of $90 or more and take home vouchers for these or other Blossom Festival concerts featuring The Cleveland Orchestra.

Each voucher is good for one pavilion or two lawn seats for select Blossom Festival concerts running through Aug. 27. Pledge now and see the complete list of available concerts online. DONATE HERE.

Blossom Voucher Levels:
$90 - 1 voucher
$180 - 2 vouchers
$365 - 4 vouchers
$600 - 6 vouchers
$1000 - 8 vouchers

CLICK HERE for the list of WKSU half-price nights at Blossom - available to all WKSU members - on the Member Benefits & Offers page at

 Enter a Drawing for the Milk Carton Kids at PlayhouseSquare

Enter a drawing for one of five pair of tickets to see the Milk Carton Kids at PlayhouseSquare on Wednesday, May 25. One winner will be drawn each day from May 19 through May 23 - beginning with tickets in the fifth row moving forward to the first row! Send your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS to DRAWING@WKSU.ORG before noon on May 23 for your chance to win. Non-winners in each daily drawing will be entered in the following draws. Tickets will be at the PlayhouseSquare ticket office.

An understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids. Often cited as the second coming of Simon and Garfunkel for their close harmony vocals – and the Smothers Brothers for their witty, between song banter – The Milk Carton Kids have Grammy nominations and Americana Music Award wins under their traditional black leather belts. Watch an exclusive video from Folk Alley HERE.

 WKSU's Community Conversations in Salem Next Week

This Thursday, May 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., WKSU's Community Conversations move to Kent State University's Salem Campus. Past events have produced lively interchanges between WKSU listeners and members of the station's programming staff. Everyone is welcome to the free event and, although the plan is to focus on issues in Columbiana and Mahoning counties, all topics are fair game. If you plan on attending, please register online HERE or on to assure that there are plenty of refreshments. All audience responses will be captured and posted at

For this edition of WKSU's Community Conversations, WKSU News Director will moderate with Program Director Ele Ellis and Reporter/Producer Tim Rudell. Find additional information and find details on future events at

 Grounded: The Dehubbing of the Region's Airports Continues

WKSU's four-part series Grounded: The Dehubbing of the Region's Airports continues with the final segment airing on Tuesday, May 23 during Morning Edition. This week, Kabir Bhatia visited Akron Canton Airport (CAK) to learn more about the challenges it faces in the current air travel marketplace and on ambitious plans for the future. Next week, Tim Rudell wraps the series with a story with on how underserved regional airports have actually benefited from the loss of Cleveland Hopkins' hub status. Find all of the Dehubbed reports HERE.

NPR Notes
 How The Narrator Of 'Jane The Virgin' Found His Voice

Anthony Mendez's ability to turn an omniscient narrator into one of Jane the Virgin's funniest characters has gotten him plenty of attention. He's been described by people as "the best thing about the show" and "one of the show's most entertaining characters," and is growing a small cult following on the Internet. His success, and the success of the show, points to a cultural shift that wasn’t present when he was starting out and found that his Dominican-New York-New Jersey upbringing made finding jobs complicated.

 '70s High School Art Project Mistakenly Valued At $50K On 'Antiques Roadshow'

"The potter has used an impressive array of techniques to come up with this extraordinary texture," the appraiser said of the grotesque vase covered in faces. True, for the pitcher purchased for $300 at an estate sale. But it's not an antique - and the "artist" doesn't understand the fuss.

 Is Breakfast Really The MOST Important Meal Of The Day?

You've probably heard the saying that breakfast is top nosh so often that it's practically dogma by now. But that doesn't necessarily make it true. Emerging science suggests what you eat matters more than when you eat it.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. May 21: The Middle of Nowhere. Stories from faraway, hard-to-get-to places, where all rules are off, nefarious things happen because no one's looking, and there's no one to appeal to.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. May 21: Elements. Scientists took about 300 years to lay out the Periodic Table into neat rows and columns. This episode enlists journalists, poets, musicians, and even a physicist to help tell stories of matter that matters.


Saturdays at 4 p.m. May 21: The Pentagon Papers. Before Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, there was Daniel Ellsberg. The U.S. government lied for years about Vietnam. Meet the man who set the record straight. Copiers, dirty laundry and weed: Hear the wild, untold story of the Pentagon Papers leak.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. May 21: (repeated May 22 at 10 a.m.) In Minnesota for a live broadcast from the historic State Theatre in Minneapolis. Sara Watkins visits with her fiddle; Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele bring the soul and gospel; Bob Douglas sings and plays spoons; Philip Brunelle stops by with VocalEssence singers; and welcome our staff blues singer, Hilary Thavis.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. May 22: Kevin Kling. Kevin Kling is a performer and an advisory council member of Interact. His works include the plays 21A and Lloyd's Prayer and the book The Dog Says How. The new PBS documentary about his life and work is called Kevin Kling: Lost and Found.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. May 22: Think about putting snack food in an inconvenient cupboard, stashing fruits and vegies at eye level in the fridge, and getting smaller dinner plates. It's strategies to stop mindless eating, this week on The Splendid Table.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Actors' Summit presents 'Tinytypes'
Actors' Summit Theater
Thursday, May 19th - Sunday, June 19th

This TONY-nominated, nostalgic, musical revue revisits turn-of-the-19th-century America and is a brew of popular songs from 1890 to 1917. Featuring a long list of great American tunes like 'Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight,' 'Meet Me In St. Louis,' 'Yankee Doodle Boy,' and 'You're a Grand Old Flag,' this American musical revue is a great family hit.

May 19 - Jun. 19, Actors' Summit Theater, Greystone Hall, Akron, 330-374-7568

 Stocker Arts Center presents December '63
Stocker Arts Center
Saturday, May 21st

The music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons comes to life in this re-creation of a Frankie Valli concert experience. December '63 showcases all of your favorite songs. This concert will have you reaching for the high notes as the cast and band take you on musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys.

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., Stoker Arts Center, Elyria, 1-800-995-LCCC

 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, June 2nd - Sunday, June 26th

Lovingly 'ripped off' from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the uproarious musical comedy Spamalot re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls — not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls?

June 2 - 26, Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626

 Cleveland Pops presents 'An American Salute'
Cleveland POPS Orchestra
Friday, May 27th

This will be the 16th celebration of The POPS' annual patriotic classic. Be prepared for the best of military-inspired music and pageantry, magnificently expressed by Cleveland POPS Orchestra, Chorus and guest artists.

Friday, May 27, 8 p.m., Severance Hall, University Circle, Cleveland, 216-765-7677

 Quire Cleveland presents 'England's Phoenix'
Quire Cleveland
Saturday, May 21st - Sunday, May 22nd

William Byrd was England's greatest Renaissance composer. Hear why with this program of glorious motets and anthems, nestled around his magisterial Mass for 5 Voices. This program features two motets that survive in a set of manuscript partbooks in Case Western Reserve's Special Collections Library, and an anthem that only came to light in 1982.

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., (pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.), St. Bernard Catholic Church, Akron; Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m.), St. Peter Church, Cleveland; 216-223-8854

 Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Plant Sale
Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
Saturday, May 21st

Purchase the healthiest plants and baskets for your own Great Garden, while supporting the Estate. You'll find beautiful annuals, succulents, tropical plants and even perennials grown from the Great Garden. Stan Hywet members get first pick on Friday, May 20.

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, 330-836-5533

 Cleveland Play House presents 'Steel Magnolias'
Cleveland Play House
Saturday, May 21st - Sunday, August 21st

At Truvy's beauty shop, the women are all sass and brass. Six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss, and enduring friendship.

May 21 - Aug. 21, Cleveland Play House, Allen Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, 216-241-6000

 PlayhouseSquare presents The Milk Carton Kids
Wednesday, May 25th

An understated virtuosity defines the Grammy-nominated harmonies of The Milk Carton Kids. In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their performances in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers' concert documentary, "Another Day/Another Time," brought the band its widest audience.

Wednesday, May 25 at 8 p.m., Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, 216-241-6000

 For more information on arts and culture organizations in Northeast Ohio, visit the WKSU Artslink page.
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