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.


4:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Wimpy Kid" author talks embarrassment

Credit Abrams Books for Young Readers/Amulet Books

What makes Jeff Kinney look down and close his eyes because he can't bear what he's done? Check out his answer in our interview ahead of the November 5 publication of the 8th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Hard Luck.

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Arts + Life
8:24 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Nels Andrews: basis for writing is "Deep emotional pining"

Credit Six String Concerts

  October 18 Six String Concerts performer Nels Andrews tells Craft host Doug Dangler about his chauffeuring job with "The Countess of Glamor" and the "deep emotional pining" necessary to write his songs.

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8:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ohioana Book Award Winner Louise Borden

Ohioana Book Award winner Louise Borden
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  Ohio author Louise Borden will receive the 2013 Ohio Book Award for Juvenile Literature for her book His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. Listen above as she describes the story that inspired the book and her belief that one person can make a difference.

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Arts + Life
9:26 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Ohioana Book Award Winner Tells the Story of a Bird Family

Joy M Kiser with her book, America's Other Audubon.
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  America's Other Audubon won Joy M. Kiser the 2013 Ohioana Book Award for a book about an Ohioan and tells the story of the Circleville, Ohio, family of Genevieve Jones. Jones set out to add to the ornithological work of John J. Audubon by creating the lavishly illustrated book Illustrations of the Nests and Birds of Ohio.

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Broadcast Bits
8:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Singer Songwriter Vienna Teng on writing, performing, and the joys of graduate school

  Singer, songwriter, pianist, and musical experimentalist Vienna Teng has released 4 solo albums and one live album (the latter with percussionist Alex Wong). Her sixth album, Aims, is being released this month and she will play Kent, Ohio ,on September 28. More information about her can be found at I spoke to her recently about her music, performing, and the joys of graduate school, which she’s just completed.

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Arts + Life
8:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Neal Adams on the Ohio ComiCon and responsible comics

Neal Adams is acclaimed for many aspects of being a comic book illustrator, foremost among them his reinterpretation, along with Frank Miller, of Batman, turning the character and the comic book from an exercise in camp to the dark crusader better known in the recent Christopher Nolan movies. He'll be in Columbus September 20-22 with the Ohio ComicCon, along with a host of comic book creator, celebrities and vendors. I spoke to him recently about his work. 

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5:06 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Maureen Metcalf interview: Part 2

Maureen Metcalf, co-author of the Innovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations tells listeners what the hardest part of writing a book like this. Surprisingly, it's not the writing.

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Arts + Life
4:02 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Craft's First Guest, Maureen Metcalf Part 1

Maureen Metcalf, author and local business-person, discusses her background and why she decided to go into coaching (hint: it was a result of changing jobs 5 times the first 5 years of her introductory career).

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Ever looked at a piece of art, watched a play or movie, or read a book and thought, "How'd they do that?" Doug Dangler, the host of Craft, asks this question of writers, performers, and artists every week.  And they tell him about how they got into their craft, what inspires them, and what makes it worth the work. Explore creativity every Wednesday at 8:01 pm on WCBE.

3:24 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

How to Learn to Write "Filth:" An Interview with Donna McMeans

Not sure how bodily functions and acts were described in past eras? Romance author Donna McMeans can help. Also, Cinda Williams Chima discusses her books with OSU student Joe Frazier.

10:37 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Writers Talk

Writers Talk, produced by the Ohio State University’s Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, interviews a wide variety of authors, focusing on how they produce text and communicate in a variety of genres. Its purpose is to demystify and promote writing, especially for academic writers.

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Writers Talk

Note: This show is no longer in production. However, the host of the show, Doug Dangler, has created a new show, Craft, where Writer's Talk fans can still hear great interviews from authors and much more! Learn more about show Craft.