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WKSU Airs House and Senate Hearings on HD-4
Robert Siegel Comes to Akron on April 27
WKSU and Folk Alley Sponsor CIFF Films
Shuffle: A Northeast Ohio Band Gets a Big Gig Thanks To Bon Jovi
Meet The World's Most Obsessive Fan Of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'
How America's Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn't Always Match Reality
At 5, Girl Becomes Youngest To Qualify For National Spelling Bee
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In a college basketball news, the Kent State Flashes won the MACC championship and enters NCAA March Madness Friday night with a game against UCLA. Terry Pluto talked about this surprising turn of events with Amanda Rabinowitz that resulted in Akron going to the NIT (where they won their first game - the Zips play again Monday). Hear their discussion at HERE. Go Flashes! Go Zips!
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 WKSU Airs House and Senate Hearings on HD-4

The week of March 20th is expected to be a busy one for news from Capitol Hill, as high profile hearings take place in the House and Senate. NPR News is planning live coverage, which WKSU will broadcast on WKSU HD-4 and online on the WKSU News Channel.

On Monday, March 20, the House Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. FBI Director James Comey and the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Mike Rogers, are among those who are being called to testify. On Tuesday, March 21, NPR will offer live Special Coverage of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s hearing. In addition, NPR plans to offer one hour of Special Coverage - a Recap of the Senate Judiciary proceedings - live on Wednesday, March 22, at 8 p.m.

 Robert Siegel Comes to Akron on April 27

On Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m., NPR's Robert Siegel comes to Akron for one night only. The senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered, takes the stage at Weathervane Playhouse with a talk on the current state of the media and to discuss his storied and accomplished career, followed by an interactive dialogue with the audience.

Reserved tickets are $15 for General Admission and $40 for Gold Circle (which includes a post-talk meet and greet dessert reception). Tickets are available at the Weathervane box office - (330) 836-2626 - and online at (There is a $2 - $3 service charge per ticket). Find out more HERE at

 WKSU and Folk Alley Sponsor CIFF Films

Each year, WKSU and Folk Alley sponsor films at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Use the codes WKSU or FOLK for a $2 discount on ticket purchases for all CIFF films. Find out more HERE at

This year, the sponsored films September 12th (4/1, 4/2, 4/3), a fictional story about two folk singers driving cross-country following the events of September 11, 2001, and The University (3/31, 4/1), a documentary about an intensive, future-looking think-tank.

On March 31 and April 1, CIFF 41 comes to Downtown Akron, beginning with Burn the Ships, a documentary on the Akron Racers (3/31). See the complete schedule HERE.

 Shuffle: A Northeast Ohio Band Gets a Big Gig Thanks To Bon Jovi

The classic rock band Bon Jovi is back in Northeast Ohio this week. They'll be at Quicken Loans Arena this weekend.

The gig is also giving a smaller, local band a chance to reach a bigger audience. In this week's Shuffle, Amanda Rabinowitz asks Akron Beacon Journal pop music writer Malcolm Abram about The Ohio Weather Band's big break.

NPR Notes
 Meet The World's Most Obsessive Fan Of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

The Velvet Underground and Nico changed music history — and Mark Satlof has over 800 copies of its original pressing.

 How America's Idea Of Illegal Immigration Doesn't Always Match Reality

Pew Research Center says two-thirds of those here illegally have been here for more than a decade. Their countries of origin are diverse, and rapidly changing, with increasing numbers from Asia and Africa. More of them are in management than are harvesting crops. And most probably don't live where you'd expect.

 At 5, Girl Becomes Youngest To Qualify For National Spelling Bee

The 5-year-old beat kids more than twice her age to get through her regional competition. The home-schooled Oklahoman's training regimen sounds intense: "My mommy asked me words, and every time I misspelled one, I would look at it."

Program Notes
 Snap Judgment

Saturdays at 2 p.m. March 18: Personal Jesus. Reach out and touch faith with your own personal Jesus. Storytelling with a beat.


Saturdays at 3 p.m. March 18: Epic Battles. Every day, every moment, an epic battle is raging across the globe. This hour, a look at borders accidentally drawn and warring microcosms, from ants to phytoplankton to tic tac toe.

 The Moth Radio Hour

Saturdays at 1 p.m. March 18 Chess, Romance, and Kathmandu. The first African American Grandmaster details the private chess match that defines him; a socialite accidentally crashes the coronation of the king of Nepal; and an octogenarian makes an unlikely romantic connection.

 On Being

Sundays at 7 a.m. March 19: Carlo Rovelli. Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — "quanta," "grains of space," time and the heat of black holes" — and condenses them into spare, beautiful words that render them newly explicable and moving.

 The Splendid Table

Sundays at 2 p.m. March 19: The author of The Dirt Cure talks about the connection between the soil and our health. And, ever wonder why lamb tastes like... lamb?

 Milk Street Radio

Sundays at 3 p.m. March 19: José Andrés: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Life! Chef Jose Andres, plus: cracked potatoes, Dr. Aaron Carroll on food-fad whiplash, flavored whipped cream, and Tuesday night dinner with Claire Ptak.

 Don’t see your favorite program listed here? To view a complete lineup, visit the WKSU Programs page.
Arts On-line
 Weathervane Playhouse present 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
Weathervane Community Playhouse
Thursday, March 30th - Sunday, April 23rd

A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

March 30th - April 23rd, see event details; Weathervane Community Playhouse, Akron; 330-836-2626

 Wooster Chamber Music Series presents Emerson String Quartet
Wooster Chamber Music Series
Sunday, April 2nd

The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements.

Sunday, April 2nd at 3pm; Gault Music Hall, Wooster; 330-263-2115

 Great Lakes Theater presents 'Hamlet'
Great Lakes Theater
Thursday, March 16th - Friday, March 31st

When his suspiciously widowed mother swiftly marries his uncle, amidst demands for revenge from his murdered father’s ghost, the young prince Hamlet resolves that something is indeed “rotten in the state of Denmark.” For this production, the Hanna Theatre will be transformed into an Elizabethan theater, including seating surrounding the playing area..

March 31st - April 15th, see event details; Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland; 216-241-6000

 E.J. Thomas presents 'Rent'
E.J. Thomas Hall
Tuesday, April 4th - Wednesday, April 5th

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.

April 4th & 5th at 7:30pm; EJ Thomas Hall, Akron; 330-972-7570

 Mansfield Youth Theatre presents 'Shrek'
Renaissance Theatre
Thursday, March 30th - Sunday, April 2nd

The students of Mansfield Youth Theatre stink up the stage, ogre-style with the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical, 'Shrek the Musical.' It's a 'big bright beautiful world' as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

March 31st - April 2nd; Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield; 419-522-2726

 Mansfield Symphony Orchestra present Strife and Victory
Mansfield Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, March 25th

Octavio Más-Arocas of Cleveland, Ohio will conduct the second Masterworks concert. The program will feature principal cellist of the Mansfield Symphony, Eric Graf and will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 along with Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Saturday, March 25th at 8pm; The Renaissance, Main Stage, Mansfield; 419-522-2726

 Players Guild Theatre presents 'Cabaret'
Players Guild Theatre
Friday, March 31st - Saturday, April 15th

We’re taking our audiences deep into the seedy nightlife of the Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, CABARET follows the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America, and the denizens of Berlin as they are caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society.

March 31st - April 15th, see event details; Players Guild Theatre, Canton; 330-453-7619

 Stocker Arts Center presents 'A Temptations Revue featuring Barrington 'Bo' Henderson'
Stocker Arts Center
Thursday, March 30th

A Temptations Revue Featuring former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award Winner Barrington 'Bo' Henderson (1998-2003) brings the unforgettable songs of Motown back to life.

Thursday, March 30th at 7:30pm; Stocker Arts Center - Hoke Theater, Elyria; 440-366-4040

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