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Following a Syrian Family's Circuitous Path to Akron
'Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis' Continues
The NFL Wheel of Fortune
Take Your Chance at Tickets for Upcoming Concerts
The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper to Retire
You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street
Donations To Burned Texas Mosque Top $1 Million In Outpouring Of Support
The Purely Accidental Lessons Of The First Black 'Bachelorette'
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This Issue's Features

 Following a Syrian Family's Circuitous Path to Akron

The International Institute of Akron had expected to resettle hundreds of Syrian refugees in Summit County this year, though President Donald Trump's indefinite ban on Syrians disrupted those plans at least temporarily. WKSU's M.L. Schultze visited with one of the roughly 10 Syrian families who have migrated to Akron in the last six months. Johaina and Radwan al Nassar moved to Northeast Ohio with their three small children to escape civil war in Syria and life as refugees in Jordan. Listen to the story HERE.

Recent immigrants have played an important role in the revitalization of Akron. Schultze has introduced many families new to the United States, including her series on the growing Bhutanese community in the city's North Hill neighborhood. Listen to Namaste: A Past in Bhutan, a Future in Akron HERE.

 'Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis' Continues

In 2014, there were more opioid deaths in Ohio than any state in the country. WKSU News continues its extensive examination of this ongoing health and social emergency with Opioids: Turning the Tide in the Crisis. Series segments air during WKSU broadcasts of Morning Edition on Tuesdays through March 8.

This week, Kevin Niedermier reported on the connection between narcotics prescribed for pain management and the growing number of overdoses of legal and illegal opioids. His feature discusses changes being made in medical school training and new directions to help people with chronic pain. Find all of the reports in the series and an interactive timeline of opioids in the U.S. HERE.

 The NFL Wheel of Fortune

Pitchers and catchers are on their way to Arizona for spring training - but the Browns are still hijacking the conversation as yet one more prospective draft pick begs to go somewhere else. Terry Pluto sits down with Amanda to discuss the history and legacy of the NFL draft. Hear their conversation HERE.

 Take Your Chance at Tickets for Upcoming Concerts

'Tis the season for concert announcements - and special ticket give-aways! The Special Member Offers area of the Events tab at WKSU.org is your place to find details on current drawings, ticket discounts and offers for movie screenings. Go HERE to http://wksu.org/topic/wksu-member-benefits-offers/ for all offers. Entries must be to WKSU by Feb. 20.

Currently, you can enter drawings for:
Bryan Ferry at Playhouse Square on March 26
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at Blossom Music Center on June 14
Straight No Chaser and Postmodern Jukebox at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on July 16
The Met's Rusalka in HD on the big screen

 The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper to Retire

After 21 years as the host and spiritual leader of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper announced this week that she will step down at the end of 2017 to enjoy new adventures in retirement. Award-winning food writer Francis Lam, a familiar name to The Splendid Table fans, will assume the host chair.

After seven years as a guest and contributor to the show, Francis begins his new duties part-time beginning in March. He is a James Beard- and IACP Award-winning food writer, and editor at Clarkson Potter, has been a columnist at the New York Times Magazine, and a judge on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He has also served as a features editor at Gilt Taste, provided commentary for the Cooking Channel show Food(ography), and written for Salon.com and Gourmet. Find out more about the transition HERE.

NPR Notes
 You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street

An NPR investigation finds funeral homes often aren't forthcoming about how much things cost, or embed the information in elaborate package deals that can drive up the price of saying goodbye to loved ones. That can lead to situations like one found in Jacksonville, Fla., where a company charged twice as much for the same cremation services at one of its sites as at its other funeral homes.

 Donations To Burned Texas Mosque Top $1 Million In Outpouring Of Support

Four churches and a synagogue in 70,000-population Victoria have offered to host Muslim services, and the $1.1 million in donations the congregation has received surpassed its $850,000 goal. "The outpouring of love, kind words, hugs, helping hands and the financial contributions are examples of the true American Spirit and Humanity at its best," one member said. Or as an online donor chimed in: "Here's to hope and kindness."

 The Purely Accidental Lessons Of The First Black 'Bachelorette'

This week, ABC announced that attorney Rachel Lindsay will be the next "Bachelorette," the first African American to play lead in the popular Bachelor/ Bachelorette reality TV franchise. While the concept of finding "true love" as part of a televised game show will always be flawed, Lindsay will be very visible during her time on the show. Pop Culture Happy Hour's Linda Holmes explains how this move will be a test for the structural racism that has kept people of color from the program's prime position.

Program Notes
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. Feb. 18: Grand Gestures. Stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, and a guy in Key West commits an outrageous crime in the name of love.

 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. Feb. 18: Dirty Work. You already know how it is going to turn out. The writing is on the wall. The fix is in (insert your own cliche here). It's not gonna get any easier, but you roll up your sleeves and get down to it.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. Feb. 18: Are You Sure? Walk the tightrope between doubt and certainty, and wonder if there's a way to make yourself at home on that razor's edge between definitely and not so sure. Meet a geologist whose life is rocked by a crisis of faith and hear from a gambler who's made a name (and millions) by embracing what she can't know.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. Feb. 18: (vintage show Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.) Live from the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul with guests The Avett Brothers, Jesca Hoop, and Jen Kirkman. Plus, a new song from host Chris Thile.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. Feb. 19: Margaret Wertheim. A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the story of the human self. Her L.A. Institute For Figuring reveals evocative, visceral connections between high mathematics, crochet and other folk arts, and our love of the planet.

 Milk Street Radio

Sundays at 3 p.m. Feb. 19: Eat, Cook, Love in Senegal. The food of Senegal has big flavors and big heart, and Chef Pierre Thiam reveals the culture that inspired him to cook. "In Senegal, people believe that the more they share the food with you, the more plentiful their bowl will be." Then, a recipe for Tahini Swirl Brownies, a tip for all-new compound butters and Damon Baehrel discusses his "mystery restaurant" in Upstate New York.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Akron Symphony Orchestra presents 'Gospel Meets Symphony'
Akron Symphony
Saturday, February 25th

Join the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the powerful voices of the Gospel Meets Symphony Choir in a celebration.

Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.; EJ Thomas Hall, Akron; 330-535-8131

 Stocker Arts Center presents 'Route 66'
Stocker Arts Center
Wednesday, February 22nd

Time to take a trip down old Route 66 with four snappy young pump jocks who will take you to various stops along the historic 'Mother Road.' They portray a menagerie of characters as they sing and dance to timeless pop and country tunes including all the biggest travel songs of the '50s and '60s.

Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.; Stocker Arts Center, Hoke Theater, Elyria, Ohio; 440-366-4040

 Wooster Chamber Music Series presents St. Lawrence Strings
Wooster Chamber Music Series
Sunday, February 26th

St. Lawrence String Quartet performs around the world and has served as Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University since 1998

Sunday, February 26, 3 p.m.; Gault Recital Hall, Wooster; 330-263-2115

 Players Guild Theatre Presents 'Sister Act'
Players Guild Theatre
Friday, February 24th - Sunday, March 12th

Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

February 24 - March 12; Players Guild Theatre, Canton; 330-453-7617

 Weathervane Playhouse presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, February 23rd - Monday, March 6th

One of the most honored and beloved novels of all time comes to life on stage in this tender and powerful adaptation. Set in a small town in the Deep South in the 1930s, racial injustice envelops a community and transfigures one girl's life in astonishing ways.

Feb. 23 to March 6; Weathervane Community Playhouse, Akron; 330-836-2626

 Tuesday Musical presents St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Tuesday Musical
Wednesday, March 1st

Russia's legendary St. Petersburg Philharmonic will fill EJ Thomas Hall with its soul-stirring signature sound. 'We play with our hearts,' says concertmaster Lev Klychkov.

Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.; EJ Thomas Hall, Akron; 330-761-3460

 Oberlin Conservatory presents Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Tuesday, February 28th

Tafelmusik, Canada's award-winning orchestra on period instruments, has become an internationally recognized ensemble lauded by Gramophone Magazine as 'one of the world's top baroque orchestras.'

Tuesday, February 28, 8 p.m.; Finney Chapel, Oberlin; 440-775-8200

 The Cleveland Orchestra presents Debussy's 'La Mer'
Cleveland Orchestra
Thursday, February 23rd - Saturday, February 25th

Debussy developed his love of the sea beginning with childhood visits to the Mediterranean, and this imaginative, impressionistic sketch captures all of the moods of the sea, from tranquil to ominous and stormy, dazzling and full of elemental force.

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 125, 8 p.m.; Severance Hall, Cleveland; 216-231-1111.

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