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Book Review: Save Me the Plums

Jun 21, 2019

Renowned food writer and restaurant critic Ruth Reichl is well-known for her succesful years as editior-in-chief at Gourmet  magazine. In her memoir, Save the Plums, Reichl tells of her trials and tribulations at the esteemed food news outlet. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Animal

Jun 14, 2019

Since the beginning of time, humans have had an innate fascination with the images of various animals. From our cavemen days, to modern children-book illustrations, animals have been a captivating part of our art. The coffee table book Animal: Exploring the Zoological World depicts carefully selected images of the creatures of our planet. Author James Hanken combines science and art to give the full breadth of the animal kingdom through pictures. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

Book Review: Bedtime Stories for Managers

Jun 7, 2019

Are you a leader who has trouble sleeping at night? This may be the book for you! Scholar Henry Mintzberg presents 42 essays in his book entitled Bedtime Stories for Managers. Each story presents interesting ideas on how to best manage people. From business to family, this book will make leading so easy you could do it in your sleep. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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The 47th annual Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering takes place June 28-30, 2019. WBAA's John Clare speaks with Karah Rawlings, executive director about the musicians, camping, and how you can volunteer.


Book Review: Cities

May 31, 2019

Why are we so attracted to cities? How did we build them? Why do they exist? These are just a few of the questions archaeologist Monica L. Smith attempts to answer in her groundbreaking book Cities: The First 6,000 Years. There is a lot more to the urban environments than meets the eye. The wonder of cities is not only in their inception, but also in how they affect the people within them. Smith offers the detailed look at the true genius of our urban worlds. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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Friday, May 31st, and Saturday, June 1st, Lafayette Ballet presents Giselle and Cafe Olympus. WBAA's John Clare spoke with founder and director Sandra Peticolas about the spring ballroom concert.


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While Purdue University celebrates 150 years of Giant Leaps, this year the Purdue All American Marching Band is celebrating 100 years at the Indy 500. WBAA’s John Clare spoke with Dr. Jay Gephart, director of bands at Purdue about the performance.

As "Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon,"  they explore the settings, themes, and characters popularized by Arthur Conan Doyle. Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, this collection from multiple authors showcases a wide variety of forms, eras, and adherence to source material.  West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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What does a classical music director do on vacation? WBAA's John Clare spends a "bus driver's holiday" in Chicago for part of this week. His travels included speaking with some of the top classical musicians on Tuesday. 

First, at Northwestern University, John spoke with Giancarlo Guerrero about his return to his alma mater, and leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

Book Review: The Penguin Book of Hell

May 17, 2019

For over 2 thousand years, human civilization has been obsessed with the idea of Hell. In a Penguin Classic book called The Penguin Book of Hell, author Scott G. Bruce scares readers through a history on the stories of the underground afterlife. From the Bible to the stories of Dante, this book gives a comprehensive look at the Underworld. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

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The 2018-19 Season finale for the Lafayette Symphony is this Saturday. WBAA's John Clare spoke to music director Nicholas Palmer about "Rock Stars."

WBAA Public Radio is proud to make available A Theatre in Your Head, a series of three radio dramas produced by Professor Rick Thomas and Purdue Theatre Sound students:

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This Sunday night the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony performs their spring concert at the Long Center in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with conductor Adam Bodony, and soloists Sheena Tan and Aileen Huang about the performance.

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This Saturday the Lafayette Symphony presents Rock Stars including the winners of the annual Keller Competition. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Lily Kostraba, Song Kim, and Julia Kostraba about the concert and music.


Book Review: Sins of the Fathers

May 10, 2019

Sins of the Fathers by author Anthea Fraser is a mystery novel set in the countries of Scotland and England. The book follows three families seemingly unconnected except by the sins of their respective fathers. These sins continue to unravel into tragedy and mystery that one must read to believe. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Scheckel has the review.

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