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Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear

Hosted by Rodney Lear, this weekly show examines pertinent issues facing Cincinnati with open and honest discussion. Hear interviews with national celebrities, local leaders, authors, doctors, and experts on a wide range of topics.

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Latest Episodes

Lady J._The Trouble With Socks 9-6-2020

Lady J, Spoken Word Artists, Poet and Author of The Trouble with Socks. The Trouble With Socks is a book of poetry, in which relationships are metaphorically related to socks that are mysteriously separated between the wash and the dry cycles. Delving into how life experiences dictated her relationship choices, The Trouble With Socks begins with the innocence and nuance of love and slowly spirals into self-doubt, verbal and physical abuse, then rallies back to introspection and healing.

Grace Shea 9-6-2020

Back-to-school is more confusing than ever, but lunch doesn’t need to be difficult. As a registered dietitian, Grace Shea is a mom who specializes in working with children. She has nearly ten-years’ experience in coaching parents on quick, easy, nutritious meals that your child will love and at the appropriate ages, can even make for themselves. If you are juggling home-schooling and a job, need the perfect recipe for packing lunch or are suffering from COVID cooking fatigue, Grace can help!

Elizabeth Acevedo_Recommended Summer Reading List 2020_Seg #4

About the book–Sixteen-year-old Camino Rios lives for the summer—especially the first week of June—when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land—like clockwork, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…
Roughly 1,500 miles away, in New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, which is no big deal at first, because a girl who “meets expectations” and never causes trouble doesn’t flinch when she’s summoned. But, when she meets her “Ms. Universe perfect” mother with her hair in rollers waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash, her entire world changes.

Candace Bushnell_Recommended Summer Reading List 2020_Seg #3

About the book–Marin has always been good at navigating these unspoken guidelines. A star student and editor of the school paper, she dreams of getting into Brown University. Marin’s future seems bright—and her young, charismatic English teacher, Mr. Beckett, is always quick to admire her writing and talk books with her.
But when “Bex” takes things too far and comes on to Marin, she’s shocked and horrified. Had she somehow led him on? Was it her fault?
When Marin works up the courage to tell the administration what happened, no one believes her. She’s forced to face Bex in class every day. Except now, he has an ax to grind.
But Marin isn’t about to back down. She uses the school newspaper to fight back and she starts a feminist book club at school. She finds allies—and even romance—in the most unexpected people, like Gray Kendall, who she’d always dismissed as just another lacrosse bro.
As things heat up at school and in her personal life, Marin must figure out how to take back the power and write her own rules.

Karyn Parsons_Recommended Summer Reading List Show 2020_Seg #2

About the book–In the small town of Alcolu, South Carolina, in 1944, 12-year-old Ella spends her days fishing and running around with her best friend Henry and cousin Myrna. But life is not always so sunny for Ella, who gets bullied for her light skin tone and whose mother is away pursuing a jazz singer dream in Boston.

So Ella is ecstatic when her mother invites her to visit for Christmas. Little does she expect the truths she will discover about her mother, the father she never knew and her family’s most unlikely history.

And after a life-changing month, she returns South and is shocked by the news that her schoolmate George has been arrested for the murder of two local white girls.

Bittersweet and eye-opening, How High the Moon is a timeless novel about a girl finding herself in a world all but determined to hold her down.

Tom Toro Recommended Summer Reading List Show 2020_Seg #1

About the book–The title says it all: this fun debut is a comedic take on potty training with a clever message at the end. Two children bring home a pet porcupine, but they can only keep her if she’s house-trained! After a whirlwind of increasingly zany approaches, the kids learn that sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to ask nicely. While the “How To” concept is not new in the picture book genre, the porcupine and potty-training mash-up is fresh and funny, and the popularity of these books does not seem to be waning.

Race Relations_David Matthews_Ace of Spades_Segment 3 (6-7-2020)

David Matthews, Author, Ace of Spades. Growing up as a bi-racial child, who could pass as either African American or white, Matthews says he knows first-hand how Americans can be racist. Matthews admits he slipped in and out of the black and white worlds, never really knowing who or what he was. Having a true identity crisis, Matthews says he swung from virulent white racist to pontificating black militant. As a guest on Sunday Morning Magazine, he revealed how he was treated differently when he was perceived as a black man as opposed to a white man.

Race Relations_Nic Stoner_Dear Martin_Segment 2

Nic Stone, Author, Dear Martin. As a guest on Sunday Morning Magazine, Mrs. Stone explained that it was extremely important to write this book and to tell this story about race and race relations in America. She is hoping the novel will spark a conversation among teens.