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WKSU Examines Airport Hubs in May
WKSU's Community Conversations in Geauga Next Thursday
WKSU Member Nights at Blossom Announced
David Sedaris Tickets Selling Quickly
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Come to Weathervane
In Shakespeare's Plays, Mealtimes Were A Recipe For Drama
Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles
Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away
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This Issue's Features

 WKSU Examines Airport Hubs in May

In 2014, less than four years after Continental and United announced they were merging, United shut down its hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The number of nonstop flights offered by United is now a quarter of what it once was. This loss of direct access to many destinations around the country was just the latest blow to air travel in the region. In the last decade, Pittsburgh also lost its hub status, and Cincinnati has seen the number of direct flights reduced drastically.

For four Tuesdays in May during Morning Edition, the WKSU reporters examine the ramifications of the loss of the Continental/United hub - positive and negative. Airing between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. from May 3 - 24, stories include a history of the hub system, how Cleveland Hopkins has been altered by the loss of the hub, Akron-Canton Airport's changing role in the region, and a look into the future.

See more about the series online at WKSU.org and find an interactive timeline covering changes in the airport industry in Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh.

 WKSU's Community Conversations in Geauga Next Thursday

WKSU's Community Conversations event at the Kent State University Geauga Campus is next Thursday (April 28) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.! Join WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer, Program Director Ele Ellis and Reporter and Quick Bites Producer Vivian Goodman for a lively conversation about the subjects you feel deserve attention. This free event is intended as a platform for you to offer your impressions of the challenges facing Geauga County and Northeast Ohio!

Although the April 28 event in Burton is free, please register through the Eventbrite link on the Community Conversations page at WKSU.org to assure enough seating - and refreshments! All comments from the audience will be captured on charts and posted on Facebook at WKSUCommunity. The event will also be recorded. Please make your reservation now and we will see you on Thursday!

 WKSU Member Nights at Blossom Announced

Show your WKSU member card at time of purchase and buy up to eight half-priced tickets for select Blossom Festival concerts. Tickets may be purchased with this offer in person with your WKSU member card at the Severance Hall or Blossom Music Center box offices. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts.

Summer 2016 WKSU member nights at Blossom:
Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m.: A Salute to America
Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m.: London Symphony
Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m.: Thibaudet Plays Grieg
Sunday, August 7 at 7 p.m.: Mendelssohn's Scottish
Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m.: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Plays Bach

Find details on these concerts and a link to the full Blossom Festival schedule in the Benefits & Offers area at WKSU.org.

 David Sedaris Tickets Selling Quickly

On Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., humorist David Sedaris returns to Akron after a lengthy hiatus. While he has taken the stage in Cleveland, this appearance in Akron was a special request in response to his many fans who would like to see him further south.

Tickets to see David Sedaris at the Akron Civic Theatre on Oct. 16 are now on sale through Ticketmaster. The best seats are selling fast - please reserve your tickets now to assure your place for what is sure to be an entertaining - and outrageous - evening!

 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Come to Weathervane

Weathervane Playhouse presents the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from April 21 to May 8. Comic playwright Christopher Durang borrows character names and plotlines from Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and his other plays — but he remixes them with glee in this gently wacky family comedy set in the present day.

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her hot young boyfriend, Spike, and threatens to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose presence irritates the imperious Masha.

WKSU members can use their member card to purchase 2 for 1 tickets for the first Sunday matinee of all Weathervane mainstage productions, including the April 24 performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. See the full list of WKSU Member Benefits HERE.

NPR Notes
 In Shakespeare's Plays, Mealtimes Were A Recipe For Drama

It's difficult to name a play in which Shakespeare doesn't cook up a bit of conflict around the table. It's a good excuse for the playwright to get a lot of people onstage at the same time, to bring friend and stranger together, and to do it all in a close space where the characters have no choice but to talk and interact. And create dramatic tension.

 Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner recently announced a plan to send interstellar probes to the Alpha Centauri star system. The audacious project would use a giant laser on Earth to accelerate scores of postage-stamp-size spacecraft to nearly the speed of light. They would cross the void in just 20 years -- virtually no time on the scale of interstellar travel.

 Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today. Typing your notes is faster -- which comes in handy when there's a lot of information to take down. But it turns out there are still advantages to doing things the old-fashioned way.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. April 23: In Defense of Ignorance. Exactly how incompetent you are. The time that you will die. Some things are better not to know. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode – examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. April 23: I Hart K-Pop. Travel to South Korea where first-ever paparazzi photos turned the world of K-pop upside down and introduced sort of a puzzle... how much do you want to know about the people you idolize, and when is enough enough?


Saturdays at 4 p.m. April 23: Gunshots and Big Data. From high-tech gunshot detectors to a controversial plan to pay would-be criminals, explore out how big data is being used to address gun violence in America. Gunshot detection technology is used in dozens of cities and costs taxpayers millions. But does it really help reduce gun crime?

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. April 23: (repeated April 25 at 10 a.m.) Live from Austin, Texas, at the Bass Concert Hall. With troubadour and rambler Joe Ely, Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs on the bajo sexto and accordion, and Heather Masse is back once more to sing a few duets with the host.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. April 24: Michelle Alexander. Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is waking us up to structures most of us can't fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the "new Jim Crow," and is making it visible out of a belief in our collective capacity to engender the transformation to which this moment is calling.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. April 24: The poignant story of Nicolai Vavilov, a botanist who collected more seeds than any other person in history, and who ended his days in Stalin's Gulag.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
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 Canton Symphony presents 'Transformations'
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, April 23rd

Hidden in each of this program's pieces is a story of transformation - a change of heart, grief turned to hope, lives linked through generations, and music refreshing itself. Associate Conductor Rachel L. Waddell, CSO Director of Chorus Britt Cooper and the Canton Symphony Chorus take the audience through this journey.

Saturday, April 23 at 8 p.m., Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton, 330-452-2094

 Dobama presents 'Marie Antoinette'
Dobama Theatre Company
Friday, April 22nd - Sunday, May 22nd

Things are about to be different for France's isolated young queen, Marie Antoinette. Things are about to be different for everybody. How's a queen to keep her head in the middle of a revolution? In a humorous and haunting 'Marie Antoinette' for the 21st century, idle gossip turns more insidious as a country revolts, demanding liberte, egalite, fraternite!

April 22 - May 22, Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3396

 Wooster Chamber Music Series presents Gryphon Trio
Wooster Chamber Music Series
Sunday, April 24th

Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world's preeminent piano trios.

Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m., Gault Recital Hall, The College of Wooster, 330-263-2115

 Magical Theatre Company presents 'Lyle the Crocodile'
Magical Theatre Company
Friday, May 6th - Sunday, May 15th

What happens when a friendly crocodile turns up in a bathtub in a New York City apartment? Basic hilarity. Everyone loves Lyle (except Mr. Grumps who can't stand anyone)! All sorts of adventures ensue with Lyle, of course, saving the day. Join the fun!

May 6 - May 15, see event details for times. 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, 330-848-3708

 DANCECleveland presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Friday, April 29th - Sunday, May 1st

Founded two years after DANCECleveland, visionary choreographer Alvin Ailey sought to bring African American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to the world. From a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was born.

April 29 & 30 at 8 p.m., May 1 at 3 p.m. Playhouse Square, State Theatre, Cleveland, 216-241-6000

 Performing Artist Series: Jim Brickman
Stocker Arts Center
Sunday, April 24th

Experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic solo concert events of the year. Brickman's engaging stage presence seamlessly blends mood and music to touch the heart in a special way, letting fan's imaginations take them wherever they want to go.

Sunday, April 24 at 7:30pm, Stoker Arts Center, Elyria, 1-800-995-LCCC

 The Cleveland Orchestra presents 'The Bride of Frankenstein'
Cleveland Orchestra
Tuesday, April 26th

She's alive!!! The 1935 classic horror film with legendary film composer Franz Waxman's evocative score played live by The Cleveland Orchestra. Frankenstein (Colin Olive) and Dr. Pretorius go back into their laboratory, exhume more bodies, and converts a female corpse (Elsa Lanchester) into a bride for the Monster (Boris Karloff).

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., Severance Hall, University Circle, Cleveland,

 Kent Reggae Jam
Crooked River Fine Arts Council
Friday, April 22nd

Get ready for a Funky Reggae Party in Kent! Enjoy feel-good reggae rhythms and other island sounds at 13 downtown venues. Free performances by Dreadlock Dave, Umojah Nation, Outlaws I&I, JiMiller Band, Danny Jah and more!

Friday, April 22, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., venues throughout downtown Kent,

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