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Magi-Fest 2019: Josh Jay talks about the power of magic

1/17/2019
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Columbus Dispatch features editor Ryan Smith and reporter Ken Gordon speak with Joshua Jay regarding the 2019 Columbus Magi-Fest. During this episode we discuss what makes magic so powerful, the history of this festival, and why Magi-Fest is home to Columbus, Ohio.

Duration:00:20:49

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn more than just dueling banjos

1/10/2019
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Unique banjo stylings of married couple coming to McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio.

Duration:00:24:35

Building a better burger in central Ohio with Swensons

1/4/2019
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Crystal Griffith, a spokesman for the Akron-based fast-food chain Swensons that recently opened a restaurant in Dublin, talks about what makes a great burger - and how not to embarrass yourself when ordering at a drive-in.

Duration:00:29:06

Talking hoops with Briana "Hoops" Green of the Harlem Globetrotters

12/27/2018
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Briana "Hoops" Green, who became the 15th female member of the legendary squad three years ago, talks about the team's upcoming games at Value City Arena.

Duration:00:09:56

The year in music

12/20/2018
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Two music writers break down the Columbus concert scene from 2018 and offer highlights for next year.

Duration:00:20:40

Christmas comes to life at Ohio Village

12/12/2018
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Emmy Beach of the Ohio History Connection talks about "Dickens of a Christmas" at Ohio Village and how it reflects holiday traditions from the Victorian era.

Duration:00:16:28

The secrets of 'The Nutcracker'

12/5/2018
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BalletMet artistic director Edwaard Liang offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on a holiday classic.

Duration:00:20:48

Remembering the Harlem Renaissance

11/28/2018
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The Columbus Museum of Art's Nannette Maciejunes discusses the Harlem Renaissance and the ongoing exhibition celebrating its centennial. Exhibit: Centennial of black artists’ Harlem Renaissance celebrated at Columbus Museum of ArtPodcast: Author Wil Haygood tells story close to home in new book

Duration:00:23:29

Going behind the scenes of Butch Bando's Fantasy Of Lights

11/21/2018
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Dispatch assistant features editor Ryan Smith speaks with Dante Bando on what we can expect to see from the Butch Bando's Fantasy Of Lights 3 mile long holiday drive-thru show.

Duration:00:13:57

TEDxColumbus: Great ideas in 18 minutes or less

11/14/2018
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Co-organizer Meagan Buren talks about the idea fest that is TEDxColumbus as it celebrates its 10th year with the theme "On the Edge."

Duration:00:17:49

Novel mystery series shows other side of Africa

11/7/2018
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Dispatch reporter Steve Stephens speaks with author Alexander McCall Smith on his new book being released. We further discuss the 19th book in the series, "The Colors of all the Cattle," and what readers have to look forward to. Finally, we talk about Smith’s thoughts on the United States, how he enjoys coming here, and list a couple places of where he has traveled throughout the world.

Duration:00:15:57

Astronaut discusses year in space

10/30/2018
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Astronaut Scott Kelly, author of "Endurance," talks about the challenges of spending 11 months away from Earth.

Duration:00:16:23

Local professional wrestler coming home

10/25/2018
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Dispatch features reporter Eric Lagatta speaks with Ashley Lomberger who gives a no holds barred view of the wrestling world. We further talk about how her career in wrestling got started, where it once was and where it’s heading.

Duration:00:18:31

Horror film festival aims to inspire better nightmares

10/17/2018
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Dispatch assistant features editor and movie writer Terry Mikesell speak with Jason Tostevin, co-founder of the Nightmares Film Festival taking place Thursday through Sunday at the Gateway Film Center. On this episode we go in depth on what we can expect to see at this year’s festival, what the screening process is like for Tostevin, and talk about the relationships that are built between filmmakers who are attending.

Duration:00:18:07

Previewing the Shock Around the Clock 24-Hour Horror Marathon

10/10/2018
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Dispatch weekend editor Terry Mikesell speaks with Joe Neff, co-producer of the Shock Around the Clock 24-hour horror-movie marathon at the Drexel Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. We discuss which films are going to be played at this event, which ones are favorites, and provide event information regarding this movie marathon.

Duration:00:12:01

Columbus Symphony's youth orchestra and the magic of music

10/3/2018
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CSO's Andres Lopera talks about making today's youth into the musical leaders of tomorrow. Lincoln Theatre concert to be first for Columbus Symphony’s new assistant conductor

Duration:00:18:06

10 Ways to Celebrate Hitchcocktober

9/26/2018
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OSU professor John Hellmann talks about the master of suspense in anticipation of Gateway Film Center's upcoming series consisting of 10 Alfred Hitchcock classics.

Duration:00:24:31

Author Wil Haygood tells story close to home in new book

9/20/2018
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Wil Haygood's book "Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart and a Magical Season of Healing" released earlier this week, and he stopped by The Dispatch to discuss why the story about East High School's basketball and baseball state championship teams might be more relevant now politically than when he began writing it two years ago. The author and Columbus native, who now lives in Washington, D.C., also talks about NFL anthem protests, the personal nature of the book and...

Duration:00:19:12

Hulk smash! Stuntman talks about life as an Avenger

9/13/2018
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Dayton-native Josh Davidson describes what it's like to portray the Hulk in the upcoming "Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes" show at the Schottenstein Center.

Duration:00:13:52

Sharing the stage

9/6/2018
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Former WCMH-TV (Channel 4) anchor Cabot Rea and his youngest daughter, Cassie Rea, both have leading roles in the musical "The Fantasticks" which opens on Friday at the Northland Performing Arts Center. Father and daughter talk about their shared love for musical theater and what it's like to perform with each other.

Duration:00:12:37