Doug Dangler

Host/Producer Craft: Exploring Creativity

In another life, Doug Dangler hosted Writers Talk. Now, he hosts Craft: Exploring Creativity, which goes beyond where WT could go in talking to people involved in the creative arts throughout central Ohio and beyond. If there's a craft involved in the creation of something, it will be covered on Craft.


Arts + Life
8:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Craft Reactions special with Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng

Image of Walter White by Dominic LaRiccia
Credit Dominic LaRiccia / Spork Design

In this hour-long special, broadcast on January 17 at 3 pm, I explored creativity with reactions from Columbus illustrators Dominic LaRiccia and Drew Robinson and Ohio State University Associate Director of University Bands Scott A. Jones via quotations from Craft guests Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng. Wonder what makes someone creative tick? Listen here.


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Arts + Life
11:16 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Matt Burgess: Writing Great Characters and Ambition

Before graduating from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. His hometown has served as the location for both his first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and his latest novel, this January’s Uncle Janice.

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Arts + Life
8:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Matt Fraction to speak at CCAD

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Credit Laurenn McCubbin

Matt Fraction (Twitter) writes comic books and won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels.

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Arts + Life
9:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

It's One Night you should attend

Amy Tillinghast in the WCBE studio
Credit Doug Dangler

Got an itch to buy some new art to go with your collection, but your bank account is a little low? Make plans to attend One Night,  the main fundraising event for the Ohio Art League. One Night will happen on Friday, October 10, and you can learn more about it by listening to my talk with Ohio Art League board member Amy Tillinghast, or watching our YouTube video, which features many great images courtesy of the Ohio Art League.

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8:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Clevelander David Giffels wears The Rust Belt well

Author David Giffels

Journalist and essayist David Giffels has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street JournalGrantland, and Redbook among others. His most recent book is The Hard Way on Purpose, a collection of essays about growing up near Akron and Cleveland, an area he sees as embodying a sense of place, but “a weird, surreal place,” The Rust Belt.

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Arts + Life
9:47 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Time for a Switchback to Celtic music

Celtic band Switchback, Martin McCormack and Brian FitzGerald will be in Columbus for two concerts this weekend, June 13 and 14: Friday night at Hoover House Concerts (contact Nancy Tomei at 740-965-3935 for tickets) and Saturday night at Hey, Hey Bar and Grill. Brian filled me in on songwriting, Celtic music and how my cruelty as a writing teacher was ruining students.

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Arts + Life
5:36 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Charlene Fix: Poet and paper lover

Charlene Fix

How can you tell when a poet is getting ready to do a lot of writing? Like birds nesting in the spring, he or she will start to gather paper. Or so it was with Charlene Fix, Columbus College of Art and Design professor of English and featured author at the 2014 Ohioana book festival.

Check out other habits of poets in my interview with poet Charlene Fix.

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Arts + Life
8:05 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Richard Shindell: The International Monetary Fund is a great basis for a song

Richard Shindell

"Living in Argentina, I've learned a lot about how the world works. You live in The States and a dollar's a dollar," says Richard Shindell. That's not the case in other countries, where "the IMF, Moody's and what they say about a country is important information for normal people."

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Arts + Life
11:57 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Carl Hoffman talks cannibals and what gifts to bring your children from your travels

Carl Hoffman's Book cover

Travel writer Carl Hoffman will be at the Thurber House on March 31 to discuss his new book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art.  We talked about how Hoffman followed up on his journalistic hunches to unravel this fascinating tale.

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Science + Technology
10:41 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Creative Commons’ Cable Green Opens Up about Content

Interview with Cable Green
Credit Creative Commons

Cable Green received his doctorate in educational psychology from Ohio State and started its first online doctoral program.

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Arts + Life
9:40 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Craft Humor Special!

PJ ORourke
Credit James Kegley

What's REALLY March Madness? WCBE giving me a full hour on March 22 at 3 pm (daytime, even) to delve into the nature of humor and humor writing with an array of great writers:  

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Arts + Life
8:51 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Cleveland native Kelsey Kinney hits town with Second City Improv

Second City Touring Cast

Witness the triumphant return of Ohio native Kelsey Kinney with the Happily Ever Laughter tour with Chicago’s Second City on March 21 and 22. In addition to revisiting classic sketches from the 54-year history of Second City, Kelsey and the rest of the cast will engage in improvisation with the audience, during which she will guarantee that they’ll "make comedy gold happen right before your eyes."

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6:27 am
Sun March 9, 2014

How to Liv Forever with Amy Talkington

Liv Forever author Amy Talkington

Magazine and screenwriter Amy Talkington's novel Liv Forever debuts this week. We talk about how she got started on the book, what kinds of supernatural experiences led (or didn't lead) to this paranormal thriller, and how she feels about doing an elevator pitch for a novel.

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9:22 am
Sun March 2, 2014

J. A. Jance: How to plan a murder

Interview with mystery writer JA Jance, in Columbus on March 10 with The Thurber Hosue

  JA Jance will be in Columbus with the Thurber House on March 10. We talked about how she got started, why she doesn't like the word "prolific," and why you shouldn't plan even fictional murders in restaurants.

And don't forget to comment on the Craft website for a chance to win her book.

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9:58 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Chang-rae Lee discusses his latest, On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee books

Pulitzer-prize finalist Chang-Rae Lee tells me about his latest novel, working with students, and the potential for going into writing as a money-making career (his advice: don't).

First person to comment at the Craft website gets two free books!

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Arts + Life
5:52 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Aaron Jay Kernis's trumpet concerto Ohio premiere in Columbus

Credit Kim Pluti / Parallel Productions

The Ohio premiere of composer Aaron Jay Kernis's trumpet concerto, "A Voice, a Messenger" will be February 25 by the Ohio State University Wind Symphony, featuring Michael Sachs, principal trumpet player for the Cleveland Orchestra. Commissioned by the NY Philharmonic and Big Ten Band Directors Association, the work reflects Kernis's interest in biblical references to the sound of the trumpet or horn. 

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Arts + Life
9:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Steel Wheels Roll into Columbus with Six String Concerts

Steel Wheels in Concert
Credit Dylan Duvall


An interview with The Steel Wheels, Or How A Play about the Pastor of a Dying Church Who Is Losing His Religion Led to an Upbeat Gospel Song.

Six String Concerts hosts The Steel Wheels on Saturday, February 15 at 8:00 PM at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus

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Arts + Life
1:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Broadcaster Jane Pauley terms me “adorable”

Image of cover from Jane Pauley's book

Iconic broadcaster Jane Pauley will be in Columbus on January 9 with the Thurber House, and we talked about her career, her latest book, Your Life Calling, and how I’m “adorable.”

This may be the high point of my career.

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8:22 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Decreasing your risk of breast cancer: A talk with surgeon and author Dr. Christine Horner

Dr. Christine Horner helped led the fight to make insurance companies pay for breast reconstruction after mastectomies. The third edition of her book Waking the Warrior Goddess has just come out and she joins me to discuss steps that women can take to decrease the risk of breast cancer.

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Arts + Life
7:55 am
Sat January 4, 2014

The very funny Erin Foley stops by to talk sports and laugh at my pain

Erin Foley poster
Credit NatBookings / Nat Bookings

Stand up comic, actor, and podcaster Erin Foley will be in Columbus on February 8 at the Woodlands Tavern. I talked to her about comedy, her Sports without Balls podcast, and my inability to understand sports or do stand-up.

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