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WKSU's Community Conversations in Akron Now on March 3
Investigate the New WKSU.org
What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting?
Gospel Meets Symphony Feb. 20
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A big thank you to everyone who attended one of the first two WKSU's Community Conversations events! The next discussion, this time centering on Akron and Summit County, promises to be equally engaging. We hope you can make time to participate on Thursday, March 3 at the Akron Art Museum. There will be cookies! Find out more at WKSU.org.
This Issue's Features

 WKSU's Community Conversations in Akron Now on March 3

The date for WKSU's Community Conversations at the Akron Art Museum has been changed to Thursday, March 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The AAM is open late on Thursdays with free gallery admission, so event attendees will be able to arrive early or stay after to enjoy current exhibits. WKSU's Community Conversations are open forums with station staff. On March 3, meet WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer, Program Director Ele Ellis and Morning Edition host Amanda Rabinowitz. Your input on issues facing Akron and Summit County is the beginning of a robust discussion.

Each Community Conversations event is free with registration. Visit the WKSU's Community Conversations page under the Events tab at WKSU.org for a link to register through Eventbrite. Everyone is welcome!

 Investigate the New WKSU.org

With the successful launch of the new WKSU.org, visitors have access to all of their favorite features in a format that works equally well on desktop PCs, smartphones and other mobile devices. The new format also allows WKSU to contribute stories to the NPR One app stream. A few pointers on finding high-traffic spots in the new layout:

  • Access the Classical stream, Folk Alley and 24-hours News by toggling the down arrow up on the right of the gray bar containing the audio player at the top of the page. Click the stream you want and it will follow you to most pages on the new site (there are still some areas in transition).
  • The Classical Music Playlist is listed under the Music tab, along with a link to FolkAlley.com.
  • WKSU station events and ArtsLink are accessed through the Events tab. Drawings, pass offers, member's discounts and the full list of member benefits can be found under the Support tab.
    Social Media and HD Radio information is under the Connect tab.
  • The News tab provides quick links to special and ongoing series, such as the weekly conversations with Terry Pluto and coverage of Election 2016.

    The design of the new site is intended to spotlight news reports and to make it easier to navigate through different content areas. If you have questions or comments about the website, feel free to email letters@wksu.org.

     What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting?

    With the emergence of the Zika virus, more and more people are asking the basic question, "How can I keep from being bitten by a mosquito?" In Northeast Ohio, we have months left before the flying insects start to be a real problem, but it's never too early to plan ahead. In a blog on NPR's Goats and Soda page, a comparison of repellents shows that there are clear winners and losers when it comes to keeping mosquitoes away.

     Gospel Meets Symphony Feb. 20

    On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Akron Symphony Orchestra hosts a joyful celebration in returns to E.J. Thomas Hall with the 23rd Gospel Meets Symphony. Under the baton of Maestro Christopher Wilkins and choirmaster Jennifer Mekel Jones, Gospel Meets Symphony brings together hundreds of voices from local choirs with the rousing sound of the ASO in a festive musical event.

    This year is even more special, marking the debut of 16-year-old Kofi Boakye on the E.J. Thomas stage. Boakye was "discovered" by ASO staff playing the #playmeakron piano located outside the Akron Symphony offices near Luigi's on Akron's north side. His participation further demonstrates the spirit of community central to Gospel Meets Symphony.

    Find out more about performances by the Akron Symphony at AkronSymphony.org.

  • Program Notes
     This American Life

    Saturdays at 12 p.m. Feb. 13: My Damn Mind. Our brain is what makes it possible for us to get anything done. Except when it fails. The remarkable story of how one man’s delusions lead him to an even stranger reality. And other stories about what happens when your mind stops being helpful and leads you astray.

     Snap Judgment

    Saturdays at 2 p.m. Feb. 13: Perfect Match. You see them holding hands at the grocery store, wearing matching sweaters, referring to themselves as "We." And Snap wondered, is it a phase? Or do they know something that we don't?


    Saturdays at 3 p.m. Feb. 13: The Soul Patch. Stories of unlikely (and surprisingly simple) answers to seemingly unsolvable problems. A man who struggles, and mostly fails, to contain his violent outbursts... until he meets a bird who can keep him in check. And a senior center stumbles upon an unexpected way to help Alzheimer's patients -- by building a bus stop.

     A Prairie Home Companion

    Saturdays at 6 p.m. Feb. 13: (repeated Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.) The Old Scout is back at the mic for a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With high-octane bluegrass from Della Mae; crisp country sounds from local heroes The Cactus Blossoms; and a few duets with the host from Heather Masse and Christine DiGiallonardo.

     On Being

    Sundays at 7 a.m. Feb. 14: James Doty - The Magic Shop of the Brain. Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining.

     The Splendid Table

    Sundays at 2 p.m. Feb. 14: This week, look at the transformative power of scent with perfumer Mandy Aftel, get a primer on cast iron cookware, and of course, your questions for Lynne.

     Don't see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
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