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Books - Non-Fiction

None of us are getting any younger. But many of us are living longer lives. As the birth rate holds steady or even declines slightly older Americans will continue to make up a growing proportion of our population. How we are aging and the things we can do to try to make our aging a less difficult process are becoming increasingly crucial.

The presidential contest in 2000 came down to a photo finish between Al Gore and George W. Bush. It was too close to call. The candidate who was awarded the electoral votes for the state of Florida would be declared the winner. The results in Florida were unclear and in dispute. The eventual declaration that Bush had won was finally decided weeks after the election when the matter was finally referred to the Supreme Court. Judge Antonin Scalia cast the key vote that tipped the election to the Republicans.

One of the most peculiar interviews I have ever experienced during my years hosting the program took place about 20 years ago. In those days the program aired live from our studios every weekday afternoon and the majority of my guests came out to the station to be interviewed.

I had been contacted by a fellow named Andrew Jones. He called himself "The Flying Wine Man." I had no idea what he meant by that appellation but I was about to find out.

Andro Linklater came out to Yellow Springs to talk about his study of the history of land surveying in our region. This fascinating book shows readers how our landscape was formed by the survey methods that were employed and how those measurement techniques varied in different regions. Down south they did things rather differently.

John Mauceri was heading to Dayton to be the guest conductor for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and that presented a wonderful opportunity to interview this eminent artist. We discussed his book "Maestros and Their Music - the Art and Alchemy of Conducting" and it was truly invigorating and educational to hear what he had to say about his views on the art of conducting and some of his experiences from a long and distinguished career.

Do you love animals? Have you had some companion animals in your life that were really special creatures? Then you need to check out my interview for this truly wonderful book.

The city of Dayton has changed a lot over time. In his book "Lost Dayton, Ohio" Andrew Walsh describes many of the forces that have impacted neighborhoods and buildings in the Gem City. Some of the things that have caused the greatest changes to the layout of Dayton and the structures in the city have been urban renewal, the construction of highways, and the massive destruction that was caused by the Great Dayton Flood of 1913.

I just looked up Dave Barry's new book on Amazon and noticed that it is the #1 best seller in the "Mid-Life Management" category. I wish I had known to mention that to Dave when I interviewed him. I'm certain he would have had something funny to say about that.

If you are someone who looks for author interviews on the radio, TV, internet or wherever then you probably have noticed many programs tend to feature mostly fiction or primarily non-fiction. Over the years that I have been talking to authors I have tried to include a variety of selections from both fiction and non-fiction categories.

The Miami Valley has been a hotbed for aviation ever since the Wright Brothers were making test flights on a prairie that is now located on Wright Patterson Air Force Base. One of the lesser known local aviation stories is that of the pioneering aviator Neal Loving.

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