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Hear journalists and reporters share the stories behind some of Cincinnati's biggest news stories.
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Our panel talks about the Black economy in Cincinnati, employment opportunities at an upcoming job fair, and new Covid-19 restrictions. Next, reporter Jasmine Minor joins the podcast to discuss her series, "The Game," where local Black athletes spoke about trauma that racism leaves behind. Finally, I-Team reporter Paula Christian explains the charges and arrest of P.G Sittenfeld, the third Cincinnati City Council Member arrest for corruption this year. Notable Links: Is Cincinnati 'not the place' for Black success? Kroger, Cintas, Cincinnati Bell and more are part of this huge career fair -- sign up now NKY libraries alter services to follow new pandemic restrictions Kentucky business owners adapt plans as latest round of COVID-19 restrictions announced Wednesday The Game: Local Black athletes speak on trauma that racism leaves behind Feds: Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld solicited $40K in exchange for votes 'It's time to clean house': Mayor Cranley, City Council react to third public-corruption arrest P.G. Sittenfeld: 'I do not give up. I will not give up,' after arrest on federal corruption charges Twitter: @hearcincinnati See for privacy information.
Our panel discuss rising homelessness, local schools changing course on Covid-19, and some optimism for the Bengals. After a chemical fire Wednesday, the Brent Spence Bridge remains closed for the foreseeable future. Reporter Courtney Francisco explains what inspectors are looking and what to expect next. Cincinnati Council Member Jeff Pastor was arrested Tuesday morning and faces corruption charges. I-Team reporter Paula Christian explains the indictments against Pastor and the possible repercussions. Notable Links: Her landlords had her Black Lives Matter sign removed; now she and her son must move, too As pandemic rages, this winter could be worst in years for homelessness in Greater Cincinnati Rampant COVID-19 may force Cincinnati-area schools to move online Illness, quarantine force some Northern Kentucky school districts to go back to virtual Staff at Boone County Schools concerned district's return to in-person teaching isn't safe right now Zac Taylor still seeking a Bengals winning streak despite early-season losses Brent Spence Bridge closure: What are engineers, inspectors looking for? Brent Spence Bridge: Full coverage Feds: Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor took $55K in exchange for votes on two developments Did Councilman Jeff Pastor record 'shakedown' talks with developers ahead of corruption probe? Mayor Cranley: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost will try to suspend Councilman Jeff Pastor from office Twitter: @HearCincinnati More at See for privacy information.
Senior reporter Larry Seward and senior manager Meghan Goth discuss the outcome of some of the Tri-State's biggest elections and how WCPO's election coverage differed from years past. Our panel discusses a rise in suburban poverty, a booming housing market, and the continued local spike in COVID-19 cases. Notable Links: As poverty grows in Greater Cincinnati's suburbs, one community considers ways to help How to stay cool in Cincinnati's impossibly hot housing market DeWine appoints new health director, Ohio hits nearly 5,000 cases in a single day Gov. Mike DeWine tells NPR he wishes President Trump 'had a more happy relationship with masks' Beshear renews mask mandate for another 30 days Democrat Charmaine McGuffey elected next Hamilton County Sheriff Prosecutor Joe Deters wins reelection in Hamilton County WCPO partnership helping provide in-depth, watchdog journalism on election security Problems at the polls? Here's how you can report issues that prevent people from voting Ohio invites hackers to try to break into voting websites See for privacy information.
Our panel discusses a free newspaper distributed in detention centers, locating hard-to-find supplies during the pandemic, and the recent COVID-19 spike in Ohio. Next, Pat LaFleur discusses the new modern-looking bridge design submitted to replace the Western Hills Viaduct. Later, Mariel Carbone explains Cincinnati's new stimulus program to help local bars and restaurants struggling during the pandemic. Notable Links: Free RISE newspaper explains rights and resources for incarcerated people while offering hope 9 items still in short supply after 6 months of pandemic DeWine: Ohio's COVID-19 numbers 'getting worse by the minute' City, county unveil proposed design for new, single-deck Western Hills Viaduct 'Taste of Cincinnati All Winter Long' aims to keep restaurants afloat through colder months Twitter: @HearCincinnati See for privacy information.
WCPO sports reporter Mike Dyer speaks with former Big Red Machine members Ken Griffey Sr. and Pete Rose about their thoughts and memories of their friend and teammate Joe Morgan, who passed Sunday at age 77. First, our panel discusses a local group shining light on our nation's history of racial divide, a local neighborhood's history of physical divide, and the worst week for COVID-19 in Ohio yet. Notable Links: New funding aims to help people keep beloved pets through COVID-19 economic crisis Eager to learn about the nation's racial divide and how we got here? New Women's Fund analysis can help West End school’s slated renovation sparks memories of neighborhood’s history of gentrification Colts say COVID-19 results were false-positives, Sunday's game still scheduled 'Every alarm going off' in Ohio's COVID-19 data, but DeWine resists talk of new shutdown Child advocates seeing more shaken baby, broken bones, severe physical abuse as pandemic goes on Joe Morgan, member of the Big Red Machine, dies at 77 Cincinnatians mourn the death of baseball great Joe Morgan See for privacy information.
What is systemic racism?

What is systemic racism?


What is systemic racism? It's hard to define for some and lived daily by others. On this special episode of the Hear Cincinnati podcast, reporter Lisa Smith is joined by a Zoom panel of community leaders to discuss how racism is rooted in our society and what it will take to bring about healing. You will hear thoughts from Ellen Katz, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; Dr. Kyra Shahid, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Xavier University; Darryl Peal, chief diversity officer at Northern Kentucky University; Christopher Miller, senior director of education and community engagement at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; and Patricia Pope, CEO & chief creative officer at Pope Consulting. The panel is included in part along side several other stories in WCPO's special "From Protests to Solutions - The Movement for Change," airing at 7:30 Tuesday night on WCPO 9 and available to stream afterwards. Later, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Goth to discuss the latest news of the week. Notable Links: 'From Protests to Solutions - The Movement for Change' airs Tuesday on WCPO Nonprofit's injection van helps ensure patients get the medication they need during COVID pandemic Why Cincinnati business leaders are working to attract more minority entrepreneurs to the Tri-State Vandal targeting houses in College Hill with Black Lives Matter signs Dayton PD: Moeller graduate Michael Currin died after falling from a moving truck Flying Pigskin: Cincinnati Bengals tie in Philadelphia after 'nobody wanted to win the game' See for privacy information.
The panel discusses a new multimillion-dollar fund that aims to save businesses, COVID-19 in nursing homes, flags getting football players in hot water, and more. Later, WCPO I-Team reporter Craig Cheatham joins the podcast to discuss a decades-old mystery solved by the identification of human remains found in 1997. Notable Links: Empty shelters mean higher costs as Bethany House assists homeless families during COVID-19 crisis Virtual Young Women LEAD conference aims to boost young women's confidence and ambitions Business Legacy Fund aims to help employees buy companies from retiring business owners Which Ohio nursing homes have had COVID-19 deaths? State government refuses to tell Little Miami football players no longer suspended for flag incident Decades old mystery solved: Butler County Coroner identifies human remains found in 1997 See for privacy information.
Six Miami University students who were cited for breaking a city ordinance against mass gatherings after a student threw a 20-person house party a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Courtney Francisco joins the Hear Cincinnati podcast to discuss.  Notable Links: New ArtWorks mural aims to open hearts and minds to the importance and power of second chances DeWine's choice for director of the Ohio Department of Health withdraws name from consideration Madeira debating removing 'Thin Blue Line' symbol from city's police cruisers FAQ: What you need to know about Cincinnati's plastic bag ban Bengals deep at receiver with Green, Boyd, Tate and more Miami student threw 20-person house party a week after COVID-19 diagnosis Miami University sees 159 new positive COVID-19 cases over Labor Day weekend See for privacy information.
Our panel discuss the latest exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the latest back-to-school reporting, and brown clouds in New Richmond. Later, WCPO reporter Pat LaFlour joins to explain why Cincinnati City Council voted Wednesday afternoon to make the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar fare-free. Notable Links: Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition explores themes of justice and equality in works by Hank Willis Thomas WATCH: WCPO 9 takes a look at local schooling in the era of COVID-19 New Richmond residents worry about blowing dust clouds as cleanup of former Beckjord site begins Cranley: Use Cincinnati streetcar fare revenue to fund more 'police visibility' City Council votes to make streetcar fare-free See for privacy information.
Our panel discusses how changes in poverty are affecting communities, a Bengals player's missing father, a postponed Reds game and more. Later, near the 20-minute mark, Brian is joined by WCPO anchor and reporter Evan Milward to discuss his collumn 'This is not a time to be quiet, Thom Brennaman, help me understand,' written in response to Brennaman's use of an anti-gay slur during a Reds broadcast. Notable Links: You could name the zoo’s new baby rhino! When poverty and pandemic collide, back to school strains families already struggling Federal judge's order paves way for 2018 lawsuit over Cincinnati's tent cities to proceed Father of Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander found safe in Florida Reds, Brewers decide not to play Wednesday game to protest police shooting of Jacob Blake Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman suspended 'effective immediately' for using homophobic slur on-air Broadcaster Thom Brennaman removed from NFL broadcasts following homophobic slur COLUMN: This is not a time to be quiet. Thom Brennaman, help me understand. See for privacy information.
Our panel discuss a local pharmacist-turned-tech-CEO, a judge's sex scandal, a group advocating to replace Cincinnati Police with a "public safety" department, and more. Next, near the 25-minute mark, WCPO reporter Monique John joins the podcast to discuss her report on the Alexandra Apartments complex, what it means to Walnut Hills, and why its future is uncertain. Notable Links: Ohio Values: How this pre-pandemic cruise picture represents the values Shannon Jones holds dear Peerro: This pharmacist-turned-CEO has an app to connect young people with jobs and brighter futures Cincinnati-based First Student removes its claim that school bus disinfectant 'kills' COVID-19 for up to 30 days WATCH: WCPO 9's Safely Back to School Special examines Tri-State districts' plans Judge Dawn Gentry's alleged sex and drinking partner hasn't testified in her misconduct hearing Group seeking to replace Cincinnati Police with ‘public safety’ department It's the 'heart' of Walnut Hills. But will the residents who call it home soon be asked to leave? See for privacy information.
WCPO reporter Josh Bazan joins the Hear Cincinnati podcast to discuss Cincinnati Public School's plan for five weeks of distanced learning and the concerns of local parents and teachers. Plus, our panel discusses tech for at home learning, quarantine gambling addiction, roundabouts and more. Notable Links: When learning is virtual, what happens to the kids who don't sign into class? Best laptops for online Zoom learning Cincinnati-area small businesses: We need help, now Gambling addiction experts: Quarantine isolation could drive some to online gambling addiction Officials: Roundabouts, so easy a kid can drive them Ohio bars, including 16-Bit, lose bid to block DeWine's liquor curfew These are the six Cincinnati bars with the most mask, distancing complaints Cincinnati Public Schools moving ahead with remote learning plan for first 5 weeks Parents wary as CPS plans to discuss reopening plan Monday Brown, Portman disagree on which school districts deserve more funding for COVID-19 safety upgrades Back to School | WCPO 9 News See for privacy information.
We discuss a possible wave of evictions in Hamilton Co., trouble with Interstate 75, a local bar closed by police due to 'drug sales,' and more. Around 23 minutes, Evan Milward  oins the podcast to discuss the arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in a $60 million federal bribery case connected to a taxpayer-funded bailout of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. Notable Links: A new wave of evictions could soon hit Hamilton Co. Her story shows how devastating that could be Tri-State residents on landmark law's 30th anniversary: 'The ADA is the floor, not the ceiling' Longtime trucker quits job to avoid driving Interstate 75 Cincinnati police close Northside's Knowlton Tavern due to ‘drug sales, trafficking’ Lounge Acts: Cincinnati shoegaze band Slow Glows readies new album during quarentine Ohio House speaker, 4 others arrested in $60M bribery case Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reverses course, calls for repeal of nuclear bailout law at center of scandal LaRose: Speaker Householder, associates violated Ohio campaign finance laws at least 19 times See for privacy information.
This week on the Hear Cincinnati podcast, I am joined by real-time editor Sarah Walsh and senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant to discuss this week's guidelines and updates from Gov. DeWine, a chance to play football for those with cochlear implants, and vandalization of the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Cincinnati. Later, near the the 23 minute mark, WCPO senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant and news producer Sarah Sikora join to discuss WCPO's town hall special that featured educational leaders from several schools and discussed back-to-school procedures and plans for the fall semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the town hall special at Notable Links: Gov. DeWine issues no new COVID-19 orders, implores all Ohioans wear masks to avoid shutdown DeWine takes Hamilton, Butler counties off 'watchlist,' upgrades threat level for others The sound of a dream: New technology helps deaf teen play football Black Lives Matter mural in front of Cincinnati City Hall vandalized with red paint City working on ideas to repair, protect Plum Street mural after vandalism 'Whose streets? Our streets': How disrupting Cincinnati traffic has steered George Floyd protests See for privacy information.
This week on the Hear Cincinnati podcast, I am joined by community reporter Lucy May and senior manager of broadcast Kennan Oliphant to discuss the use of doulas to reduce pregnancy risks, King's Island reopening with restrictions, Kroger's new Covid tests and more. Later, at 26:00 mark, WCPO reporter Keenan Singleton joins the podcast to discuss what Black coaches at Xavier University are doing to become leaders and teachers in fight against systemic racism. Notable Links: Maternal mortality: Could doulas help keep more Black moms and babies alive? Kings Island institutes new coronavirus safety measures as part of delayed season opening Kings Island's Orion first ride: Thrills, chills and, oh, what a drop Kroger gets emergency FDA approval for at-home COVID-19 test kits Black coaches at Xavier University want to be leaders, teachers in fight against systemic racism See for privacy information.
Cincinnati City Council meetings have been cut with tension recently.  WCPO's Mariel Carbone and Pat LaFluer join the Hear Cincinnati podcast to explain why. This week on the Hear Cincinnati podcast, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Goth to discuss tax breaks on expensive homes, Ollie's Trolley, the COVID surge in Ohio and more.Later at the 24:40 mark, WCPO reporters Mariel Carbone and Pat LaFluer join the podcast to discuss the recent drama at several city hall meetings, plus the debates on police funding and the streetcar. Notable Links: No more tax breaks awarded to million-dollar homes? Despite the odds, Black-owned restaurant thrives because of COVID and gentrification WATCH 'From Protests to Solutions,' A WCPO 9 News Special WCPO 9's second night of 'From Protests to Solutions' examines reform, defunding police 'You can't let your guard down': Younger patients driving Ohio's spike in COVID-19 Hamilton County sees biggest spike in new COVID-19 cases since pandemic began Calls to defund police as public hearings on 2021 budget begin at Duke Energy Center Protesters block off Elm Street after Cincinnati City Council budget hearing breaks down Tensions rise inside Cincinnati City Hall as budget process comes to a close City Council approves budget that fully funds police; veto will keep streetcar running without riders Proposed year-long suspension of streetcar service has some OTR business owners worried Memo: Complete streetcar shutdown will cost more than keeping 'skeleton crew' amid COVID-19 See for privacy information.
This week on the Hear Cincinnati podcast, host Brian Niesz is joined by community reporter Lucy May and senior manager of enterprise/investigative Meghan Goth to discuss the Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival going virtual for 2020, a petition for University of Cincinnati to remove Marge Schott's name from a stadium, the 'Black Lives Matter' mural downtown and more. Later, at 23:20, Brian is joined by WCPO reporter Monique John to explain what Lincoln Heights' history of economic exclusion and police corruption reveals about what she described as America's "watershed moment in reckoning with police violence." Notable Links: Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival goes virtual for 2020 with hopes of drawing more interest than ever Living in the shadows University of Cincinnati 'actively examining' petition to remove Marge Schott's name from stadium Schott Stadium an opportunity to decide: 'What do we allow?' St. Ursula Academy removing Marge Schott's name from stadium, campus building Cincinnati artists will paint street-spanning 'Black Lives Matter' mural in two days BLM mural, Juneteenth flag over City Hall mark 'day of determination' for Black Cincinnatians Cincinnati's Black Lives Matter mural is a family project for husband-wife team of artists Lincoln Heights leaders say current unrest is black America reaching its boiling point See for privacy information.
WCPO reporters discuss their experiences and stories from covering the protests and their effects on the city of Cincinnati. Notable Links: Local tattoo artist arrested with protesters, despite not being involved Religious leaders, activists gather in Washington Park to discuss policy change Wednesday protests peaceful, full of dialogue with officers, protesters Bond Hill teacher marches against police brutality, carrying her students' words Some protesters arrested in Cincinnati say they were denied food, water for 10 hours Deputies deny protesters' claims about harsh treatment, being held without food or water Protests against police brutality have emerged in cities across America following the death of George Floyd, including in Cincinnati. Hear Cincinnati podcast host Brian Niesz is joined by WCPO reporters Kristen Swilley and Josh Bazan to talk about covering the protests and their effects on the city. WCPO reporters Larry Seward and Paolo Suro join to discuss why arrestees were held outside overnight and address reports that arrestees were deprived of food and water while detained. See for privacy information.
You may know Ben Schwartz from our popular series, Ben Asks a Question, in which Schwartz poses viewer questions during Gov. Mike DeWine's daily press briefings about the coronavirus.  Schwartz is a recent graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and just finished his fellowship at WCPO's Statehouse News Bureau. But our audience liked him so much, we decided to keep him around as a freelancer. We're happy for the ability to be a mouthpiece for the public during this time.  This special edition of the Hear Cincinnati podcast features an interview with Schwartz from the ScrippsTalks podcast. ScrippsTalks is a podcast where director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University Bob Stewart talks to Scripps School students, faculty and alumni about their coronavirus experience. Notable Links: Ben Asks a Question: What do you want to ask Gov. Mike DeWine? Ben Asks a Question: Why are some Ohioans still waiting for unemployment benefits? Ben Asks a Question: Can caterers begin serving private events? See for privacy information.
Our panel discusses the story behind this month's featured artist at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center, the trial of Springboro gym teacher accused of sexual imposition, Cincinnati Police's noisy shooting range and more. Later, at 20:30, WCPO 9 news director Mike Canan, entertainment reporter Brian Mains, and real-time reporter Sarah Walsh join the podcast to discuss WCPO's coverage of coronavirus and how the pandemic is impacting Greater Cincinnati. Notable Links: His art pulled him up from his lowest point. He's hoping it can push him to new heights, too Detective: Springboro gym teacher was 'manipulating,' 'grooming' children in his class Report presents options to reduce noise from Cincinnati police shooting range LIST: Local events that are canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 LIST: How some local schools are dealing with COVID-19 Four confirmed COVID-19 cases in Butler County DeWine confirms 9 new cases of coronavirus in Ohio Coronavirus: Complete coverage See for privacy information.
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