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.

Ways to Connect

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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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.

Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of Drive and a great TED talk, returns with his latest, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. In this interview, he talks about his thesis that almost everybody is trying to sell themselves at work. And then I take him off topic to talk about how these techniques can be used to get kids to clean their rooms.

Dar Williams has been singing, playing, and writing great music for a while, but Columbus has a special place in her heart since it’s where, in 1994, she opened for another well-known singer at Six String Concerts and gained a duet partner for her cover of a great Pink Floyd song. First person to ID the song or the partner gets a free book (pick up at WCBE 90.5FM in Columbus, Ohio). Catch her in Columbus with Six String Concerts on November 9th.

What's the Password?

Oct 31, 2013

Valerie Plame came to the spotlight when her cover as a CIA operative was revealed by conservative columnist Robert Novak.

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See you Thursday

Barbara Allen and Bill Sabo from Columbus Unscripted tell me about how they got infected with the improv bug and why just the mention of a city, a color of paint, and a fruit can set them off into improv-ing. Be careful, listeners, the improv bug is spreading in Columbus, especially at the Second Annual Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival on October 24-27.

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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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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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Ohioana Book Awards

  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.

Joy M Kiser with her book, America's Other Audubon.

  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.

  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.

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. 

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.

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).

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.

Writers Talk

Aug 24, 2012

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.