Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lineup Set For Fifth Chagrin Documentary Film Fest

Chagrin Doc Film Festival

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is in its fifth year, and is already being lauded as one of the best events of its kind.  That's in large part to the inspiration behind the festival and the passion of its director, Mary Ann Quinn Ponce. Her late son was a passionate young filmmaker whose documentary about an AIDS orphanage in Africa was finished posthumously.

 The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort, which has won several awards, will be screened along with nearly 70 other films from 20 different countries at this year's festival. In this interview, Mary Ann describes the compelling subject matter of some of the documentaries scheduled for the 2014 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.

See The Space Station As The Sun Sets

The International Space Station can be seen this week from Northeast Ohio as it orbits the Earth.  Cleveland State University Astronomer Jay Reynolds, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA tells us when to look up, and in which direction.  And he explains why we won't be able to see it again until early October.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Avenue: At The Corner Of Culture and Entertainment

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The Avenue, a program heard on Sunday nights at 9:00 on AM 1420 The Answer boasts a diverse cast of characters, who meet at the corner of culture and entertainment.

Four of those characters took part in this interview: Darvio "The Kingpin" Morrow, who conceptualized the show, Brittany Williams and Doug Magill of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, and producer Antwaun Murray.  Their diverse views, along with those of "The" Andre Cato help make "The Avenue" entertaining and informative.

Parents Push To Ban Caffeine Powder Sales Online

Even Dr.Christina Delos Reyes of University Hospitals Case Medical Center had not heard of powdered caffeine before the death last May of Logan Stiner, and she's an addiction psychiatrist.  Logan was a high school senior, about to graduate from Keystone High school when he died of a caffeine powder overdose.
Dr. Delos Reyes discusses Logan's parents' efforts to ban the sale of the stuff on the internet.

Friday, August 15, 2014

You Know Jack; Jack Knows Depression


It has been widely publicized that Robin Williams suffered from depression prior to his death this week. Veteran television journalist Jack Marschall has also suffered from depression, and wrote about it in one of the six books he has published.

Jack talks about his battle with depression in this interview, and about donating a kidney to a stranger.  He is no longer on television, but remains in Greater Cleveland with his family.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Inside the Park Home Run Fundraiser for Furniture Bank

J.R. Lucarelli and Tom Gaghan/Photo credit: Jim McIntyre

The Cleveland Furniture Bank helps give many Clevelanders a fresh start by providing them with the furnishings they need to make a house a home.  Most of the furniture is donated, but the Furniture Bank must raise funds to buy childrens' beds.  Much of that money is raised through the Inside the Park Home Run fundraiser on August 10th.

Runners and walkers will have a chance to be on the same playing field as the Cleveland indians at Progressive Field.  Minute Men Staffing Services is the main sponsor of the Inside the Park Home Run event.  J. R. Lucarelli is Vice President of Minute Men Staffing, and he joins Furiniture Bank Executive Director Tom Gaghan in this interview.

Clevelanders Learn Cultural Competence For Gay Games

Hundreds of Greater Clevelanders have completed a cultural competency training program developed by the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, in preparation for the Gay Games, being held next week in various venues throughout Cleveland and Akron.

Up to 30,000 people are expected to either participate or attend one or more of the games or related events.  Christen DuVernay is Director of Programs for the Diversity Center, and in this interview, she explains gender fluidity, non-conformance, and why the word "queer" is no longer considered an offensive term among members of the LGBTQ community.

She defines LGBTQ, too.