Broadcast Bits

CEA President Rhonda Johnson is tonight's guest as we begin the 2013/2014 school year. We welcome back our students and the teaching staff. We also discuss recent personnel changes, the new interim superintendent, and the November levy.

Sue welcomes returning guest  Mark Real, President of KidsOhio.Org an online educational resource center. Mark will give us the latest on Dr. Dan Good, interim superintendent of the Columbus City Schools, explain the ramifications of HB 167, and discuss the need for a combination school levy/bond issue in November 2013.

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Only A Game's 20th Anniversary

Jul 26, 2013

Usually, mention of "secret sauce" in regards to sports is met with derision and disappointment. Not so with Only A Game. The "secret sauce" of public radio's nationally syndicated sports show is a special blend of the love of sports, both watching and playing, and a history of excellent journalism. How long a history? Oh, twenty years this broadcast.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Big Bad Wolf"

Jul 26, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

This week's look into Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition recalls the famous fable about three pigs.  In the tale, the three pigs, each with a house of their own, are tested when the big, bad wolf tries to blow the houses down.  The first pig’s house, which is made of  straw, it is destroyed.  The second house, made of wood, is also destroyed.  The third house, made of brick, challenges the wolf and he cannot blow the house down.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Phone Book Swing"

Jul 26, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

The only time a phone book seems useful is when looking for the number to a plumber or a Chinese restaurant.  I'm sure you've never even considered how strong a phone book actually is; I know I haven't.  However, after visiting Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, I knew the answer to this question.  It took two army tanks (8,000 pounds) to pull 2 phone books apart, and COSI has the evidence to prove it. 

Elizabeth Miller

On the TV show Mythbusters, the cast and creative team often pose questions unlikely to cross our minds, and their answers and methods draw us in to watch and learn about things we've never even imagined. Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, now at COSI, is no exception.


Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Tablecloth Chaos"

Jul 19, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

It’s a famous stunt: a magician pulls a tablecloth from under a table full of dishes without disturbing a single one. Would you believe physics is at work in this trick?


With “Tablecloth Chaos”, one of several interactive activities at COSI's Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, you can put your skills to the test. Using Newton's first law of physics, one can find the best and easiest way to pull the tablecloth without disturbing anything. There may be several ways to pull the tablecloth successfully, just make sure you don't mess up the dishes!


Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Killer Card Toss"

Jul 12, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

This week’s look into Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition is all about the Killer Card Toss, an interactive that tests one’s ability to throw a card so quickly that it sticks into a target.  The success in this activity depends on the card’s angular momentum, which is created by the angle at which you throw the card and the flick of the wrist.  

Find out how quickly you can toss a card at COSI’s Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, featured at COSI through September 2, and keep watching www.wcbe.org for more about this exciting new exhibit.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Dodge a Bullet"

Jul 12, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

For those daredevils out there, this week's look into Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition will be sure to thrill. Even for other, more timid people, this week's interactive activity is not as dangerous as it sounds.  This activity tests the myth of whether one can dodge a bullet.  


Can you dodge a bullet? How long can you hang from a ledge with just your fingers? Is it possible to pull the tablecloth off of a set table without moving a dish?

Find out all these answers and more, without the risk, at COSI's new Mythbusters exhibit. Through September 2, you can be a part of the Emmy – nominated hit TV show that examines and answers everyday questions and legends.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Cliffhanger"

Jul 5, 2013
Elizabeth Miller

Have you ever wondered how long you can hang onto a cliff before falling to your untimely demise?

The answer to this (minus the risk of imminent death) is at COSI’s newest exhibit, Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition and Cliffhanger, an activity that tests your ability to hang onto a "cliff" for as long as you can stand it.

Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition - "Blind Driving"

Jul 5, 2013

In this week's look into Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition, is it possible to drive successfully while "blind"?

In this interactive activity, the participant is driving on a course that they cannot see. They must rely on a partner who can see the course to give instruction. The activity is not about who has the most driving experience, it is more about how to relay directions in a helpful, organized fashion.


Be sure to keep your radio dial set to 90.5 FM while you celebrate Independence Day. Here's a rundown of the special programming:

Top 10 Summer Songs

Jun 28, 2013

1. Singing Sweet Home Alabama All Summer Long-Kid Rock



This song is really good. It's about being on the beach and hanging out with friends which summer is all about.



2. Surfin' USA


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Coming up this Sunday, JazzSet remembers pianist Mulgrew Miller (1955-2013) as Artist-in-Residence at the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival. Picture it: outdoors and downtown on Labor Day weekend, Miller is everywhere, playing and teaching and being interviewed, and he's smiling. From that weekend, he leads his group Wingspan and plays two-piano duets with Kenny Barron on JazzSet.

Tune in for this special edition of JazzSet, as we remember Mulgrew Miller, this Sunday at 2pm on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus, followed by Jazz Sunday starting  at 3pm.

9am: Backstory: Mission Accomplished - How Wars End
The declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq was famously premature. But have America's other wars had neat or definitive endings?  In this episode, BackStory looks at prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war -- both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination.

WCBE was a fan of American sports and civil rights hero, Jackie Robinson,  before being one was "cool."

Back in early winter 2007, WCBE music history reporter Jack Marchbanks researched, wrote and produced a retrospective on Jackie Robinson to note the 60th anniversary (April 15, 2007) of Robinson breaking the "color barrier" in major league baseball.

The WCBE Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 1st starting at 8am in front of our studios at the Fort Hayes Campus, located at 540 Jack Gibbs Blvd in Columbus. You can donate Goodwill acceptble items beforehand for the sale from May 27th through May 31st. All proceeds benefit WCBE! Any items not sold at our yard sale will be given to Goodwill. Don't forget to mark your calendar! See you there!

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Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on America Abroad, it's an update of a previous program. While largely Muslim today, the Middle East is also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and other religions. They're in the minority, along with many Muslim sects. With the rise of Islamist political parties, what rights and protections can minority religious groups expect? We'll look at the Alawites of Syria, Jewish life in Tunisia, Christians and Baha'is in Egypt, and more this Saturday, May 11th at 3pm, on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus!


It's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like you've never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can't see it -- it's a radio show.

Watch the TRAILER here.


Coming up this Saturday, March 2nd at 3pm, it's "Life in 2030": Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness—are they the stuff of science fiction? Or are they more likely than we think? “Life in 2030,” a one-hour special from the radio series Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest discoveries to give listeners an idea of how technology will shape our lives in the not-too-distant future. 

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Coming up on the next America Abroad: From unrest in the Middle East, to a rising China, to Europe's economic woes, the next Obama administration will face a series of foreign policy challenges. As President Obama's second term gets underway, we'll examine the major foreign policy issues on his plate.

Tune in for this edition of America Abroad this Saturday, February 23rd, on 90.5 FM WCBE FM and HD Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark!

We're back in Newark!  After years of searching, researching, and wrangling, WCBE is on the air in the Newark/Granville area once again.  Our return required a frequency move:  we're now broadcasting there at 106.3 FM.

The geography of the area blocks our main frequency of 90.5 FM.  When we had to power down several years ago due to interference with a new rock station in Columbus, listeners in that "blacked-out" region could no longer tune in to our dulcet tones and tunes.  We're persistent broadcast buggers, though, and we've kept working at the issue ever since.


Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, it's The Blue Note Sound! It's our third special for African-American history month. The Blue Note record label attracted many of the true giants in jazz, bringing African-American artists into the attention of the mainstream, changing the direction of jazz forever.


Join us this Saturday, February 9th, at 3pm for this hour-long Black History Month radio program. This special features milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou. Guests include:

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Coming up this Monday, Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen co-hosts with Ira Glass as This American Life explores cases of doppelgangers, doubles, evil twins and not-so-evil twins. Tune in for This American Life Monday night at 7pm, on 90.5 FM!

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org / American RadioWorks

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on WCBE, it's American RadioWorks: Keyboard College. Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. On the next edition of American RadioWorks, Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning. Tune in January 12th at 3pm on 90.5 FM to hear more!

http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org / American RadioWorks

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on  American RadioWorks, correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of education. For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players. More than one in 10 college students attends a for-profit.

9pm New Year's Eve -  Toast of the Nation:  Host Rhonda Hamilton brings us music from coast to coast this New Years Eve on Toast of the Nation! With John Scofield in Boston, Wynton Marsalis in New York, Dee Alexander in Chicago and from California: Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band. Say 'Hello 2013' with Toast of the Nation, a mixture of live and historic performances  starting at 9pm on December 31st lasting until 5am on New Year's Day on 90.5 FM!