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We're on hiatus this week and taking a look back at some of the engaging stories from 2009. Episode 6: Homeless in Cincinnati is one of our favorites.
This episode of the CityBeat Podcast features voices from the Drop Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine. Staff members Pat Clifford and Kenny Havens discuss their work, providing shelter and restoring dignity to homeless men and women. (Read the related CityBeat news story here.)
The gangster’s paradise of old Newport sleeps beneath the family-friendly veneer we’ve come to know in recent years.
The brothels, speakeasies, wise guys (and girls) and bootleggers are fleshed out in an eight-block walking tour. In this episode, you'll learn how Newport almost trumped Las Vegas (nearly becoming the nation’s gambling capital), about the local man who was the inspiration for The Great Gatsby and hear stories of the people who ran the city as well as those who ran the gangsters out.
Proceeds benefit Global Service Learning, which funds local high school service learning trips. You can check out the tour for yourself and find a schedule of upcoming events at the Newport Gangster Tour's Web site.
On this episode we'll hear two stories from Cincinnati author Mark Flanigan and an interview with The Harlequins. The Harlequins have a CD release party this Friday at Southgate House. Rich Shivener, who conducted the interview, has a Locals Only story in this week's CityBeat on the band.
This week's episode is an audio recording of a 311-mile bicycle tour along the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, from Cleveland to Cincinnati.
The Ohio-to Erie Trail is a network of regional, off-road trails in Ohio that's more than three-quarters complete. The leg near Cincinnati runs 78 miles and is paved over an old railroad line. Near Cleveland, the trail follows the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath. It also passes through Amish country in Holmes County, on rural highways and along many small, regional trails.
This four-day journey was completed by Bill Williams and Stephen Carter-Novotni on Labor Day weekend 2009.
CityBeat Managing Editor Jason Gargano discusses the films of 2009, how the recession has hit the film industry and his favorite works of the past 12 months.
Read Gargano's related end-of-year feature story here.
CityBeat News Editor Kevin Osborne discusses the top political and news stories of 2009. Read his related story here.
Jerry Gels, who was interviewed for the tour of haunted Newport was also our guest on our thirteenth podcast, the Newport Gangster Tour.