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Korva Coleman Speaks Up
Community Conversations in Ashtabula County
Thank You Pam Anderson
WKSU Discount for Great Lakes Theater
The Tremont Arts & Cultural Fest Returns
'Bark Ranger' Helps Lick Dangerous Wildlife Encounters In National Park
The Choco Taco: Investigating The Mystery Behind A Classic American Treat
No, You're Not In A Common-Law Marriage After 7 Years Together
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This Issue's Features

 Korva Coleman Speaks Up

Last month, NPR sent out a profile on the media preferences of All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. The feature proved so popular that they are back again with a Q&A with NPR Newscaster Korva Coleman.

Korva has worked at NPR since 1990 where she writes, produces and delivers national newscasts airing during NPR's newsmagazines: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Coleman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University. She studied law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Among her picks are Korva's go-to Internet news sites, people who interest her on Twitter and her throw-back iPod playlist, including old-school Motown. Find out more online HERE at

 Community Conversations in Ashtabula County

As WKSU has traveled throughout Northeast Ohio presenting Community Conversations events, it has become clear that many issues - such as employment, community safety and the opioid crisis - cross geographic bounds. We have also discovered in WKSU's series of open forums and informal discussions that every city and county has unique concerns.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, News Director Andrew Meyer, Program Director Ele Ellis and Reporter Kabir Bhatia bring WKSU's Community Conversations to Kent State University's Ashtabula campus. We are looking forward to meeting and hearing from all of our listeners in the Ashtabula County area. The event is free and open to the public with registration HERE at

 Thank You Pam Anderson

At the end of September, Pam Anderson retires after more than two decades as an employee (and student) at Kent State University, including 21 years working with fundraising and communications at WKSU. Pam started at the station in 1995 as assistant director of development in charge of fundraising and membership-related communications and special events planning, moving up the ladder to director of communications and director of major gifts.

In 2014, Pam followed her husband as he transitioned his career to Virginia. She continued to serve WKSU while growing her role with Kent State University Institutional Advancement. And, now, she will step back from the travelling and finally be able to give deserved focus to her family and her poetry. Learn more about Pam HERE.

 WKSU Discount for Great Lakes Theater

WKSU listeners can purchase half-priced tickets for Great Lakes Theater productions of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical My Fair Lady on Friday, Sept. 23 and Shakespeare's comic Twelfth Night on Friday, Sept. 30.

Use the code PR4 when ordering and purchase tickets at half price for the Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 performances. WKSU listeners also receive a $10 discount for "A" level tickets for other Great Lakes Theater performances by using the code KSU.

Visit for tickets and additional information.

 The Tremont Arts & Cultural Fest Returns

Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood is rich in cultural and ethnic heritage. The Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival celebrates this diversity with fine art and crafts, children's hands-on art activities, food representing the Tremont community, displays by area non-profits, live music and dance and more. The free event takes place in Lincoln Park (near the corner of West 14th St. and Starkweather) on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. Come meet the people that make Tremont tick and experience this vibrant neighborhood first hand. Find out more HERE.

NPR Notes
 'Bark Ranger' Helps Lick Dangerous Wildlife Encounters In National Park

Deer, mountain goats, bison and other inhabitants of our national parks need to be scared of humans, for their own safety - but that's harder when park visitors are purposefully and accidentally providing them with tasty food. Enter these 'Bark Rangers,' trained dogs that put the fear of predators back into the locals.

 The Choco Taco: Investigating The Mystery Behind A Classic American Treat

NPR's food team has spent the summer investigating the origins of the country's favorite frozen treats, including Rhode Island's coffee cabinets and Philly's water ice. The beginnings of this tasty hemispheric fare are vanilla, but thoroughly American: A zeitgeist-driven marketing gimmick.

 No, You're Not In A Common-Law Marriage After 7 Years Together

That's right, friends: The whole idea is a bogus myth. For one thing, common-law marriage isn't even a nationwide thing. And even in states where it does exist, it can be an awfully hard thing to prove.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Sept. 17: The Problem We All Live With People are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that accidentally launched a desegregation program.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Sept. 17: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes?" Could you change the world just by changing the tone?


Saturdays at 3 p.m. Sept. 17: Yellow Fluff and Other Curious Encounters. The quest for scientific knowledge is one of the great and noble pursuits of humankind. It's also one of the most dangerous, frustrating, ego-driven, transcendent, dirty, sublime, tedious, demoralizing, and inspiring.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Sept. 17: (repeated Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.) A rebroadcast from October 2004 from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mark Knopfler, folk and blues singer Geoff Muldaur and accordionist Dan Newton sits in with The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band for a medley of Bob Dylan tunes, polka-style.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Sept. 18: Ruby Sales. A conversation with civil rights veteran and public theologian Ruby Sales on reckoning with the spiritual crisis of White America. Krista and Ruby on the unfinished work we are living now.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. Sept. 18: This week Lynne brings you the story of salt - from a most unexpected place – Appalachia. And, take a look at how the endangered Gravenstein apple could be making a comeback.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Tuesday Musical presents the Emerson String Quartet
Tuesday Musical
Tuesday, September 27th

The season’s opening concert features the world premiere of a composition by English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, commissioned to celebrate Emerson’s 40th anniversary. The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: 30+ acclaimed recordings, 9 Grammys, 3 Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year."

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., E.J. Thomas Hall, 330-761-3460

 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Wednesday, October 5th - Sunday, October 9th

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls. This inspiring event draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the US and the world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.

Oct. 5 - 9, various venues throughout Chagrin Falls, 440-247-1591

 The Heritage Series presents The Railsplitters
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Wednesday, September 28th

The Railsplitters offer a fresh, modern take on bluegrass that pushes the genre forward with an adventurous spirit. They write hip, lyrical, and catchy music for the open road, the open dance floor, and the open ears – music of the American West, made for all to enjoy. Also available Dinner in the Valley at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m., Happy Days Lodge, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 330-657-2909

 KSU Stark Guitar Weekend
Kent State University - Stark Campus
Friday, September 30th - Sunday, October 2nd

Kent State University at Stark’s Guitar Weekend is a three-day festival celebrating all styles of guitar playing. This free event is open to guitar enthusiasts at any level. Join us for exciting, intimate concerts and hands on workshops given by some of the most respected guitarists in Ohio and from across the country.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, Fine Arts building, Kent State Stark, N. Canton, 330-244-5071

 Akron Symphony Orchestra's Opening Night
Akron Symphony
Saturday, September 24th

Christopher Wilkins and the ASO launch the 2016-2017 season. Three icons of the late Romantic age. Elgar’s ceremonial classic opens, then Sibelius’s most personal symphony, created to reflect nature’s wonders. Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto is prized for its technical bravura and haunting beauty.

Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m., E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, 330-535-8131

 Kent Creativity Fest
Kent State University
Saturday, September 24th

This free event offers an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art. Activities include dance, cartooning, artistic journaling, hula hooping, steel drum workshop, storytelling, felt-making, sculpting - and much more! Plus, a variety of performances.

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lester Lefton Esplanade, Kent State University, Kent,

 Cleveland Chamber Music presents Montrose Piano Trio
Cleveland Chamber Music Society
Tuesday, September 27th

Formed in 2014, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Plymouth UCC Church, Shaker Heights, 216-291-2777

 Coach House Theatre presents 'A Thousand Clowns'
Coach House Theatre
Thursday, September 22nd - Sunday, October 16th

In this classic American comedy, free-spirit Murray is an unconventional, unemployed television comedy writer, who is raising his precocious nephew, Nick. When social workers come to interfere with their situation, Murray unwittingly stumbles upon love, purpose, and a new course in life.

Sept. 22 - Oct. 16, Coach House Theatre, Akron, 888-71-TICKETS

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