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Pluto Raises a Flag for Playoff Fever
Amanda's Anniversary Top 10
Fuel Cells, the Technology that Never Quite Made it, Makes Another Run
EarthFest Returns this Saturday
Akron Band Relaxer Sells Pedals By Day, Rocks Out By Night
The 'Grammar Vigilante': Defender Of Truth, Justice And The Grammarian Way
Kansas Student Newspaper's Fact Check Results In New Principal's Resignation
Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership
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This Issue's Features


 Pluto Raises a Flag for Playoff Fever

Last year was a tough act to follow. The Cavs finally winning a national championship and the Indians improbably making their way to the World Series soon after. What happens now? The Cavs are back in the playoffs, but have not been their sparkling selves. The Indians' season has just begun and however good they look now, there are a lot of games between here and October.

Both teams have been the center of recent conversations between Terry Pluto and Amanda Rabinowitz. Listen HERE for a discussion of the hard road to "Defend the Land" and click HERE to learn about the Indians' unbroken record for selling out Opening Day.


 Amanda's Anniversary Top 10

April 2017 marks Amanda Rabinowitz's 10th anniversary in the WKSU newsroom. Throughout her amazing award-winning career, Amanda has covered hundreds of stories and we asked her to choose the 10 that really stood out to her.

Amanda's favorite pieces include multi-part reporting on mental health in Ohio jails, heroin addiction in rural Ohio, and her extensive coverage of Gay Games 9. Other stories that made the list: a student athlete losing his battle with pain medication, women in rock, a lesbian Cub Scout leader, an East Liverpool pottery making Starbucks mugs, Northeast Ohio racinos, the reopening of the Goodyear Theater, and concerns about concussion and pee wee athletes.

See the full list and listen HERE


 Fuel Cells, the Technology that Never Quite Made it, Makes Another Run

There's more than one-way to power an electric vehicle. The one most people are familiar with is through batteries. However, there’s another way to generate electricity for cars that these days is more science fact than fiction.

Fuel cells create electricity by chemical reaction. Their only emissions are water vapor, so environmentally the technology is very attractive. But, its development has been slow because of cost and infrastructure challenges. That is changing, says Sunita Satyapal, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

Listen to Tim Rudell's report at WKSU.org HERE.


 EarthFest Returns this Saturday

The 28th Annual EarthFest returns to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds this Saturday (April 22) from 10 AM to 7 PM with a celebration of vibrant green space. The all-day event offers food trucks, live music and entertainment, children’s rides and a petting zoo, and more than 270 exhibitors in nine eco areas: Vibrant Green Space, Clean Transportation, Clean Water, Community Works, Environmental & Energy Science, Family Fun, Green Home & Garden, Health & Fitness and Local & Sustainable Food (exhibit areas close at 5 PM).

Other family-friendly activities include a pop-up streetscape with interactive tree canopy, free tree giveaways, Midwest Evolve electric vehicle ride and drives, sheep dog herding demos, Jungle-Bob with his animal friends, pony rides, microbrewers and vintners and much more.

Learn more at EarthDayCoalition.org HERE.


 Akron Band Relaxer Sells Pedals By Day, Rocks Out By Night

An Akron band that mixes business with its psychedelic prog rock is getting ready to release a new album next month. In this week's Shuffle, Devil Strip Magazine music editor Brittany Nader introduces Relaxer, a four-piece group made up of musicians who have been in different bands in the Akron area since the 1990s. The band's founding member, Jamie Stillman, owns guitar pedal maker EarthQuaker Devices based in Akron.

Listen to Amanda Rabinowitz and Brittany Nader discuss Relaxer at WKSU.org HERE.


 
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 The 'Grammar Vigilante': Defender Of Truth, Justice And The Grammarian Way

This "Banksy of punctuation" has been anonymously correcting punctuation on the signs of Bristol, England, for years. "People might say what I am doing is wrong, but it is more of a crime to have the apostrophes wrong in the first place," he says.


 Kansas Student Newspaper's Fact Check Results In New Principal's Resignation

The Pittsburg, Kans., school board was excited to be hiring a leader with decades of experience. But a group of young journalists looked into her credentials and found that advanced degrees on her resume came from a university that seems shady at best.


 Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

Comments about diversity in superhero comics made last week by a Marvel executive unleashed an online firestorm. But heroes who look more like the growing comics readership are here to stay.


 
 
Program Notes
 
 This American Life

Saturdays at 12 p.m. April 22: It'll Make Sense When You're Older. At first, it's super annoying, getting told it'll make sense when you're older. But, by the time you're actually old, you do know a bunch of stuff — and you're desperate to hold onto it. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt and featuring SNL's Sasheer Zamata.

 The Moth Radio Hour

Saturdays at 1 p.m. April 22 More Women In The World. A group of daughters bear the weight of a family death; a young girl is told to keep her religion quiet; a doctor struggles to stay afloat; and a woman experiences a fairytale romance.

 Radiolab

Saturdays at 3 p.m. April 22: Known Unknowns. People who are trying to measure and make sense of things they can't quite grasp - from the quest to pin down a standard measurement for pain, to a pair of performers who, night after night, step on stage with absolutely no plan.

 A Prairie Home Companion

Saturdays at 6 p.m. April 22: (vintage show April 23 at 10 a.m.) A rebroadcast from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee with guests Amos Lee, Jenny Lewis and Nate Bargatze. Plus: Chris Thile with his Song of the Week and Noam Pikelny joins in to play "Waveland."

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. April 23: Helen Fisher. As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. She wields science as an entertaining, if sobering, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. April 23: A look at what feeding family is all about. From a weekly red beans communal dinner in New Orleans, to the angst parents feel over what their kids will eat, to the "American" food that writer David Leite wanted his Portuguese family to feed him.

 
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Arts On-line
 
 Alarm Will Sound presents Ten Thousand Birds by John Luther Adams
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Sunday, April 23rd

Experience the birdsong of the American Midwest through at this one-of-a-kind modern chamber music experience. Move freely among the musicians of this leading contemporary ensemble as they fill the meadow near Happy Days Lodge with sound. Ten Thousand Birds is a musical masterpiece based on the calls of birds who are native to or migrate through our region, an exploration of the relationship between nature and music.

Sunday, April 23rd at 3pm; Happy Days Lodge, Peninsula; 330-657-2909

 Weathervane Playhouse present 'The Flick'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, May 4th - Sunday, May 14th

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. With a keen insight and finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

May 4th-14th, various showtimes; Weathervane Playhouse, Akron; 330-836-2626

 Canton Symphony Orchestra presents 'Verdi Requiem'
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, April 29th

The season concludes with this monumental work by Verdi featuring four soloists and a 225 voice choir made up of the Canton Symphony Chorus and several local college choruses.

Saturday, April 29th at 8pm; Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Canton; 330-452-2094

 CMNH Explorer Series, 'Restoring Endangered Songbirds'
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Friday, April 28th

In a world where humans have decimated seabird populations, a beacon of hope shines from recent efforts to restore puffin and tern populations on Maine islands. Learn how methods for restoring puffins and terns are helping rare seabird species worldwide and how new tracking technology is revealing ocean habitats that are essential to seabird conservation.

Friday, April 29th at 5:30pm for social hour, 7pm for presentation; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; 216-231-4600

 Dobama Theatre Company presents 'Hand to God'
Dobama Theatre Company
Friday, April 21st - Sunday, May 21st

The children of Cypress, Texas are taught to evade Satan’s hand. But this becomes difficult for students at a Christian puppet ministry when one young man’s puppet takes on a devilish personality. A foul-mouthed sock puppet named Tyrone is at the center of this play that was a Broadway hit.

April 21-May 21, various showtimes; Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights; 216-932-3396

 Tuesday Musical presents Escher String Quartet
Tuesday Musical
Wednesday, April 26th

Inspired by artist M.C. Escher’s interplay among individual components working together to form a whole, this string quartet has emerged as a favorite of Tuesday Musical audiences. That popularity has led Tuesday Musical to name the Escher String Quartet as its first-ever Quartet in Residence, a multi-year performance and education initiative beginning with this concert season.

Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30pm; EJ Thomas Hall, Akron; 330-761-3460

 Playhouse Square presents 'Something Rotten'
PlayhouseSquare
Tuesday, April 25th - Sunday, May 14th

Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

April 25th - May 14th, various showtimes; Playhouse Square, Cleveland; 216-241-6000

 Apollo's Fire 25th Anniversary Festival - Beethoven & Schubert Rediscovered
Apollo's Fire
Thursday, April 27th - Sunday, April 30th

Apollo's Fire assembles 50 of the finest period-instrument specialists of North America for this event – a rare and revelatory opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments. World-class soloists, including Noah Bendix-Balgley (concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic), join Apollo’s Fire.

April 27th-30th; See event details at apollosfire.org; 216-320-0012

 
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