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Marking Year's End
Here Comes Blossom!
A Delicious Way to Silence Those Noisy Little Cicadas
Politics in Cleveland, Past and Present
Kent/Blossom Music Returns
Remembering NPR Photojournalist David Gilkey
Child prodigies don’t exist and never did, says this author
One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame'
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This Issue's Features

 Marking Year's End

As WKSU approaches the end of its fiscal year on June 30, you have a great opportunity to help the station you count end the year on top. For more than 65 years, WKSU has focused on the news and community issues that are important to people living and working in Northeast Ohio.

In the next two weeks, you will hear many reasons why it's important to support WKSU. The best motivator is that station staff members live in your communities and tell real stories that matter.

As an incentive, everyone who makes a pledge to WKSU before June 27 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing for an all-inclusive luxury trip to Charleston, South Carolina! It's a city that really has it all - history, culture and beautiful beaches!

Start your membership now at $8 or more per month and you will also earn Blossom Festival vouchers, good for one pavilion or two lawn seats to summer performances by the Cleveland Orchestra. This is a chance to take advantage of one of region's cultural treasures!

Make a donation online and find out more about Blossom Vouchers - and available tickets to see David Sedaris on Oct. 16 and Tom Ashbrook and On Point on Sept. 15 on WKSU.org HERE.

 Here Comes Blossom!

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to its summer home at Blossom Music Festival with three concerts on July 4th weekend, complete with fireworks. The Independence Day concert led by Blossom Festival Band Director Loras John Schissel is the first of five special WKSU member nights. Anyone who donates $5 or more a month is eligible for a WKSU member card that allows the purchaser to buy up to eight half-priced tickets for Blossom Festival concerts on July 4, 16, 23, August 7 and 27 (discount available with WKSU member card in person at the Blossom and Severance Hall ticket offices).

Find out more about all of the 2016 WKSU Member Nights at Blossom at WKSU.org HERE. See the complete Blossom Festival schedule at ClevelandOrchestra.com.

 A Delicious Way to Silence Those Noisy Little Cicadas

As many of us have heard, the invasion of the 17-year cicada is well underway in Northeast Ohio. The cicada mating call is loud, incessant, and to many humans, infuriating. But there may be an upside. We can't beat them, but as WKSU's Vivian Goodman reports in last Friday's Quick Bite, we can eat them. Nosh on the crunchy cicada story HERE.

 Politics in Cleveland, Past and Present

The political season shifted into another gear this week as the TV airwaves started to swell with candidate ads. The shocking events in Orlando, FL, also changed the tone of the campaign trail. As Democrat Hillary Clinton visited Northeast Ohio, WKSU M.L. Schultze was in Cleveland to cover a speech that emphasized gun control (listen to the story HERE). Schultze also reported on Republican Sen. Rob Portman as he worked on a Senate bill addressing weapon bans for suspected terrorists.

The history of Ohio politics was remembered after the death at 79 of former statesman George Voinovich. Karen Kasler reported from the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau on a man who believed in public service, whether as Mayor of Cleveland, Governor of Ohio or U.S. Senator. Hear more HERE.

 Kent/Blossom Music Returns

Kent/Blossom Music launches its 49th season with a subscription series of performances by its world-class faculty and free student concerts. The Kent/Blossom Music Festival Chamber Orchestra will also play side-by-side with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center on July 30.

The Faculty series begins on Wednesday, June 29, with violinists Jung-Min Amy Lee and Peter Otto performing works by Bach, Widmann and Ysaye. Other concerts include the Miami String Quartet with Spencer Myer on July 6, Kulas Guest Artists Time for Three on July 13, works by Shostakovich on July 20 and works by Morricone, Reinecke and Widor on July 27. See the full schedule HERE.

NPR Notes
 Remembering NPR Photojournalist David Gilkey

NPR photojournalist David Gilkey, whose images documented both tragedy and hope, was killed in Afghanistan this month, along with NPR's Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna. NPR pulled together a monument to David's work, one remarkable image at a time.

 Child prodigies don’t exist and never did, says this author

Masters of their crafts? To be sure. Hard workers? Clearly. Naturally gifted? Not so fast. Anders Ericcson says the secrets for helping kids develop superior skills are motivation, great coaching and a ton of hard work

 One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame'

Robert Gordon, 18, spearheads fundraising, plans the senior class trip, helps students with serious personal problems. He knows every student and faculty member and how to get a hold of them, and intervenes in their disputes. Soon, he'll also graduate.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. June 18: Tell Me I'm Fat. Stories about being fat. About embracing it, and feeling ashamed of it. About trying to change, or refusing to. About our obsession with it and our inability to talk comfortably about it.


Saturdays at 2 p.m. June 18: Norms. Social norms determine so much of your behavior -- how you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel. These norms are so entrenched we never imagine they can shift. But sometimes they do, and the impacts can be profound, far-reaching, and long-lasting.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. June 18: (repeated June 19 at 10 a.m.) Live from the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. Iris DeMent visits to sing a few songs from the heartland, The Cactus Blossoms travel down the Mississippi from Minneapolis and Missouri native Joe Newberry joins in with his banjo and guitar.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. June 19: Revealing Ramadan. Sixteen Muslims reveal the richness of Ramadan -- as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. June 19: The story of a college president who dismantled his football team and turned the football field into a garden -- Paul Quinn College's, "We Over Me Farm", in Dallas, Texas.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. June 18: Stochasticity. Stochasticity (a wonderful word for randomness), may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand how big a role it plays, we look at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body.

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Arts On-line
 Akron Ale Fest
Akron Ale Fest
Saturday, June 25th

From the people behind Crafty Mart, the Akron Ale Fest showcases the emerging craft breweries of Akron and the region alongside food trucks, exciting cuisine, and local artwork and great music all in the heart of downtown Akron! Nineteen breweries and counting, including Hoppin' Frog and Thirsty Dog, will bring their best brews to the event.

Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Trolly Barn, 47 N. Main St., Akron, akronalefest.com

 Lakeside presents Pavlo
Saturday, June 18th

To open the 143rd Chautauqua summer season at Lakeside, Pavlo will light up the Hoover Auditorium stage with his Mediterranean-influenced music. As a special treat to the audience, Pavlo will give away one of the Godin guitars played that evening. Next up at Lakeside, Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone on June 25.

Saturday, June 18 at 8:15 p.m., Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, 419-798-4461

 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Ohio Light Opera
Ohio Light Opera
Thursday, June 23rd - Saturday, August 13th

In his homespun musical about real-life Western folk heroes Annie Oakley and Frank Butler, Irving Berlin turned out one winsome song after another, including "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun," "The Girl that I Marry," "Anything You Can Do," and what became the unofficial entertainment anthem, "There's No Business like Show Business."

June 23 - August 13, Freedlander Theatre, The College of Wooster, 330-263-2345

 North Coast Men's Chorus presents Workin' It
North Coast Men's Chorus
Saturday, June 18th - Sunday, June 19th

Whether you're workin' "9 to 5" or if you "Need a Vacation," these are songs that you can relate to as in Workin' It, NCMC's tribute to jobs, long hours, low pay, coffee breaks, coworkers, and that much cherished two-week vacation! You'll be glad to punch the time clock and put in some overtime as NCMC closes its 28th season!

June 18 at 8 p.m. and June 19 at 3 p.m., Waetjen Auditorium, Cleveland State University, 216-556-0590

 Shakespeare's First Folio at the Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Monday, June 20th - Saturday, July 30th

The First Folio! fifty-state national tour offers those from Ohio a fabulous opportunity to experience this unique work that truly gave us Shakespeare. The book will be on display in the library, opened to Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech, and visitors are invited to visit and encounter the original 1623 First Folio text for themselves.

June 20 - July 30, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, 216-623-2800

 The 37th Annual Tri-C JazzFest
Tri-C Jazzfest
Thursday, June 23rd - Saturday, June 25th

Look for Diana Krall, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Chick Corea, David Sanborn and Maceo Parker, among many others, on the stages of Playhouse Square. Combine that with performances by local musicians on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Services Stage, food and family-friendly activities, and you have one of Northeast Ohio's premier summer destinations.

June 23 - 25, PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland, 216-987-4444

 Boston Mills ArtFest
Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort
Friday, June 24th - Monday, July 4th

A nationally recognized fine art show, the show features a variety of artists from around the country showcasing various mediums and styles. The Boston Mills Artfest is really two completely separate shows on consecutive weekends. All artwork on display can be purchased at the show. In addition to the featured artists, there is also food, wine, and craft beer.

June 24 - 26 and July 1 - 3, Boston Mills/Brandywine, Peninsula, 330-467-2242

 Ohio Shakespeare Festival presents 'The Tempest'
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Friday, July 1st - Sunday, July 17th

The Tempest tells the story of the wizard Prospero and his daughter, who have been unjustly banished by an evil and jealous duke. The action is set on an enchanted desert island, haunted by air spirits and mutant monsters. Prospero seizes his opportunity when the duke's ship happens to sail by his island prison. Romance, comedy, and some mystical chaos ensue!

July 1 - 17, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Lagoon, Akron, 1-888-71-TICKETS

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