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The National Political Discussion at Kent State
How Akron's Clayton Murphy Went From Pig Farmer to Olympic Medalist
WKSU's Community Conversations Move to Ashtabula
'Hillbilly Elegy' Recalls A Childhood Where Poverty Was 'The Family Tradition'
New Strategies Are Tried in the Ageless Mosquito Wars
When Swimmers Get Out Of Sync, The Result Can Be A Kick In The Head
The Best Schools In The World Do This. Why Don't We?
Why The World Isn't Close To Eradicating Guinea Worm
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The Rio Olympics are winding down, but not before plenty of drama - on the field and off. From big wins by U.S.A. athletes in women's gymnastics and in the pool to unexpected losses by the women's soccer team and Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross' beach volleyball team, there has been lots of action for Tom Goldman and Lulu Garcia-Navarro to cover for NPR. Find all of their stories and more on The Torch page at NPR.org. Click HERE for more.
 
This Issue's Features


 The National Political Discussion at Kent State

On Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., On Point host Tom Ashbrook brings his program live to Kent State University's Kiva - complete with a panel of guests and a chance for you to submit questions. The show includes live music from Johnny and the Apple Stompers and a discussion about the current political scene and how the next generation - many of whom are voting for President for the first time - are reacting to the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The live event on Sept. 15 will be recorded, edited and broadcast as part of On Point during its regular air time on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. when Ashbrook broadcasts from WKSU's studios in Kent.

Gold Circle tickets are on sale now for $40 and include a pre-event reception featuring Ashbrook and the On Point staff at 5:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony. Free tickets will be available for Kent State students with valid ID beginning Aug. 22. More information on the program and links to reserve seats are HERE at WKSU.org. Tickets are limited!


 How Akron's Clayton Murphy Went From Pig Farmer to Olympic Medalist

The University of Akron is celebrating its first ever track and field Olympic medalist. Clayton Murphy, 21, won the bronze in the 800-meter final in Rio on Monday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Akron standout is also an Ohio native, growing up on pig farm in a small village near Dayton. Murphy graduated high school in a class of just 50 students. Pluto says he ended up at the University of Akron because an Akron baseball coach saw him run in high school and put in a word with Akron's track coach. They went to scout him and invited him to Akron. Hear Pluto's full story HERE.


 WKSU's Community Conversations Move to Ashtabula

After turning south for a trip to Wooster, WKSU's Community Conversations are making the move north for an event at Kent State University's Ashtabula campus on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This open forum is your chance to learn more about the WKSU newsroom and offer your opinion on the important issues facing Ashtabula County. During each Community Conversation, all contributions are collected and posted on WKSU's Community Conversations Facebook page. Read highlights from Wooster HERE and make your reservation for the discussion on Sept. 29 in Ashtabula HERE.


 'Hillbilly Elegy' Recalls A Childhood Where Poverty Was 'The Family Tradition'

J.D. Vance grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, in a family from the hills of eastern Kentucky. His new memoir, Hillbilly Elegy details the social isolation, poverty and addiction that afflict poor white communities. He sat down with Fresh Air's Terry Gross for an interview about his childhood and how his book offers a window into white poverty in America and the continuing conditions that have given rise to the current political climate. Listen to the interview HERE.


 New Strategies Are Tried in the Ageless Mosquito Wars

Yellow fever, malaria, Zika virus. Mosquitoes have been bringing misery to people for as long as there have been people. That’s also how long people have been devising ways to fight back. The first strategy was probably a swat: effective, if short-ranged. Human technology would have likely come into play early, too. Control of fire and the idea of smoking mosquitoes out would have made range better although, depending on where the village was and which way the wind blew, there were ‘hit-or-miss’ issues that needed watching. Now, researchers at the OARDC in Wooster are trying a different approach to stop the centuries-old scourge. Tim Rudell reports HERE.


 
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 When Swimmers Get Out Of Sync, The Result Can Be A Kick In The Head

Mariya Koroleva and Anita Alvarez stride in unison to the edge of a large swimming pool. Their swimsuits are spangly; their eye makeup, heavy. They wear nose clips. After a series of choreographed poses on the pool deck, they dive in. They were the only U.S. pair competing in the synchronized swimming duet event at the Rio Olympics. On Monday, their technical routine qualified them for the next day's finals. The Americans finished in ninth place.


 The Best Schools In The World Do This. Why Don't We?

A group of lawmakers and staff with the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures spent a year and a half studying the best school systems in the world. Here's what they learned.


 Why The World Isn't Close To Eradicating Guinea Worm

Health officials thought they were close to wiping out the parasite. It's been President Carter's dream for decades. But the dogs of Chad have turned out to be a major problem.


 
 
Program Notes
 
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Aug. 20: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms. The odd result of taking a P.I. firm, then adding in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, official sponsorship from Glock, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Aug. 20: Fortress of Solitude. There's a place of power, of dreams, of strength, of courage. It's hard to reach, but it's not far away. When the world because too much, you need a safe place to regroup.

 Radiolab

Saturdays at 3 p.m. Aug. 20: Colors. Meet a sea creature that sees a rainbow way beyond anything humans can experience, and track down a woman who can see thousands more colors than the rest of us. And end with an age-old question: why is the sky blue?

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Aug. 20: (repeated Aug. 21 at 10 a.m.) A rebroadcast of a June 2013 visit to Los Angeles, California. Colin Hay sings and the Royal Academy of Radio Actors gets an infusion of Hollywood, with Paula Poundstone, Martin Sheen, and Lily Tomlin.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Aug. 21: Running As Spiritual Practice. For the Summer Olympics, explore running. Not just as exercise, or a merely physical pursuit - running as a source of bonding, contemplation, survival and healing.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Aug. 21: J Kenji Lopez-Alt of "Serious Eats" introduces zhug, the Yemenite hot sauce that could topple sriracha from its perch. Molly Birnbaum from America's Test Kitchen and Anya Fernald, author of Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook.

 
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Arts On-line
 
 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, August 25th - Sunday, September 11th

Tony Kirby and Alice Sycamore are newly engaged. His family can't seem to see what he sees in Alice, her eccentric grandfather, her mother (who writes erotic plays) and her father (who manufacturers fireworks...in their basement!). Will love trump family loyalty, and can both families learn a little something from each other?

Aug. 25 - Sept. 11, Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, 330-836-2626

 PorchRokr Music and Art Festival
Highland Square Neighborhood Association
Saturday, August 20th

Highland Square’s annual PorchRokr Music & Art Festival transforms the verandas of one of Akron's most historic and eclectic neighborhoods into art studios and concert venues. Rock out to 130 diverse musicians and artists, using both area residences and business establishments as their personal stage.

Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Highland Square Neighborhood, Akron, www.highlandsquareakron.org

 Lakeside presents River City Brass
Lakeside
Saturday, August 27th

River City Brass, an all brass orchestra, will perform a special concert titled "Brasstacular." The concert will feature superb soloists and a powerful repertoire, including classical, pops and jazz marches. Founded in 1981, River City Brass, with its 25 members, performed their first concert in Carnegie Music Hall.

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, 419-798-4461

 The Kent Stage presents Brewer & Shipley
Kent Stage
Friday, August 26th

Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley are still as passionate as ever, they continue to blend guitars and voices and perform for audiences 40 years after they carved a niche in America's soundboard. Brewer & Shipley's Top 10 hit "One Toke Over The Line" was largely responsible for introducing them to the masses, yet their music careers neither began nor ended with this one song.

Friday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m., the Kent Stage, Kent, 330-677-5005

 Celebrate 100! Party in Your National Park
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Sunday, August 21st

The weekend before the nation celebrates the official 100th birthday of the National Park Service, you're invited to join the revelry at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Everything you love about Music in the Meadow... and more! Bring your family and friends out to Howe Meadow for live music, family-friendly activities, and a picnic.

Sunday, Aug. 21 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Howe Meadow, Peninsula, 330-657-2909

 Downtown@Dusk presents Half Cleveland
Akron Art Museum
Thursday, August 25th

The "Akron Sound" never really died, it just got full time jobs and hung up the sticks and axes for awhile. Now, Half Cleveland brings together musicians from your favorite bands - Tin Huey, The Waitresses, Unit 5 - to create a sound they call "Geezer Hipster Rock." Purchase snacks and libations at the AAM cafe.

Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Akron Art Museum, Akron, 330-376-9185

 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Plays Bach at Blossom
Cleveland Orchestra
Saturday, August 27th

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra creates extraordinary musical experiences that enrich lives and empower individuals through collaboration, innovation, and a passion for artistic excellence. They NYC-based group performs Bach's Brandenburg Concertos at Blossom for the final WKSU member half-price night of the season.

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, 216-231-1111

 An Evening with Kurt Elling
PlayhouseSquare
Saturday, August 27th

GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. Kurt will bring original compositions and standards in a concert not to be missed. Comedian Moody McCarthy will open in this evening benefiting Parkinson's research through Shaking With Laughter.

Saturday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, 216-241-6000

 
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