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The 12th Story

A podcast produced by the Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, OH. Most episodes contain spoilers, so please read the book before listening.

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Episode #70 - Introducing the Adaptation Book & Movie Discussion Group

The Mercantile and the Mini Microcinema are teaming up to offer a new discussion group exploring films and the books that inspired them. In this episode, Hillary talks with Lillian and Michael of the Mini Micro to introduce the series. For more information, visit the Library's website.


2 May 2019

Rank #1

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Episode #64 - Eli Meiners of 21C Museum Hotels

A conversation with Eli Meiners, Director of Museum Operations for 21C Museum Hotels. Eli was also part of the team that worked on the renovation of the Mercantile Library's Reading Room in 2010, as part of the celebration of our 175th year.


15 Oct 2018

Rank #2

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Episode #5 - Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

John Faherty, Cedric Rose, Brendon Cull, and Michael Link discuss Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One".CONTAINS SPOILERS


25 Aug 2015

Rank #3

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Episode #69 - Jheri Neri and April Hester of the GCNAC on There There by Tommy Orange

Hillary discusses Tommy Orange's There There with Jheri Neri and April Hester of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.The discussion continues at the Main Library at 6:30 on 4/15/19, followed by a panel with Native American community leaders:https://www.facebook.com/events/public-library-of-cincinnati-and-hamilton-county/panel-discussion-of-there-there-by-tommy-orange/399886087474353/


9 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Episode #71 - Katherine Durack on The Genius of Liberty podcast

Katherine Durack discusses The Genius of Liberty, a podcast series about the crucial yet forgotten role Ohio played in the fight for woman suffrage. The Genius of Liberty is produced in partnership with the Mercantile Library.


30 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Episode #68 - Linda Seiter of Caracole on The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Mercantile Book Advisor Hillary Copsey discusses Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers with Linda Seiter, Executive Director of Caracole, Greater Cincinnati's nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization.This episode contains minor plot spoilers.


22 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode #3 - A God In Ruins - Kate Atkinson

A discussion of Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins by Brendon Cull, Deborah Ginocchio, Albert Pyle, and Cedric Rose CONTAINS SPOILERS


5 Aug 2015

Rank #7

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Episode #6 - Go Set A Watchman - Harper Lee

Chris Messick, Abby Moran, and Paula Boggs-Muething discuss Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman. CONTAINS SPOILERS


31 Aug 2015

Rank #8

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Episode #4 - Book Recommendations

Brendon Cull, the Mercantile's John Faherty and Cedric Rose, and Michael Link of Joseph-Beth talk about the books they've enjoyed recently, and their most anticipated upcoming releases.


14 Aug 2015

Rank #9

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Episode #67 - August Wilson's Two Trains Running at Playhouse in the Park

The Mercantile's Hillary Copsey talks to Timothy Douglas, who is directing CIncinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Preview performances begin on March 2, 2019. Visit cincyplay.com for more information.


15 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Episode #66 - Reeling in Moby Dick preview with Matt Kish and Bob Wallace

The Mercantile's Reeling in Moby Dick discussion group begins on January 10, 2019. To help listeners prepare, NKU professor Dr. Robert Wallace and artist Matt Kish talk about ways to approach the novel and why it's worth reading.


14 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Episode #65 - Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

The Mercantile's Hillary Copsey talks to Andrew Fallaize and Ayana Workman, who are appearing in Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. The play, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Eleanor Holdrige, runs through November 10, 2018.


30 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Episode #63 - Sara Clark and Steve McGowan - 1984 at CSC

Hillary Copsey, the Mercantile's resident Book Advisor, talks to Sara Clark of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Steve McGowan of Brave Berlin about CSC's production of 1984.


5 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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Episode #62 - James R. Babb - Editor Emeritus at Gray's Sporting Journal

In a conversation recorded last spring, Tim Guilfoile of Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers talks to Jim Babb, author and former editor-in-chief at Gray's Sporting Journal


25 Jul 2018

Rank #14

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Episode #61 - The Eclipse

Sam Nelson and Kat Reynolds, both of whom appeared in the Mercantile's April 2017 production of All Day Permanent Red, read selections from Virginia Woolf's "The Sun and the Fish" and Annie Dillard's "Total Eclipse".


1 Jun 2018

Rank #15

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Episode #60 - C. Jacqueline Wood - The Mini Microcinema

The Mercantile's Chris Messick talks to C. Jacqueline Wood, Director of the Mini Microcinema in Over the Rhine. Note that this conversation was recorded in late April, so some of the screenings mentioned have already happened... all the more reason why you should sign up for the Mini Micro's email list!


18 May 2018

Rank #16

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Episode #59 - Kamal Southall - Discoveries from the Stacks

Mercantile member Kamal Southall has a knack for finding odd, obscure, and interesting books deep in the Library's stacks. In this episode, he shares two of his most recent discoveries with the Mercantile's Adam Kosan.


11 May 2018

Rank #17

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Episode #57 - Ana England and H. P. Lovecraft's From Beyond

Just in time for Halloween, the Mercantile's Collector Cedric Rose heads to the Cincinnati Art Museum to discuss H. P. Lovecraft's From Beyond with CAM's Russell Ihrig. Ced and Russell talk about the ways Lovecraft's short story relates to themes explored in the work of Ana England, whose work is currently on display at CAM.This discussion also appeared in an episode posted on the museum's podcast, Art Palace.


23 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Episode #56 - The Year of the Pitcher - Sridhar Pappu

John Faherty, Jack Greiner, and Jay Stowe talk to Sridhar Pappu, author of The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball's Golden Age


29 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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Episode #53 - The Founders Series - Ry Walker of Astronomer

Ben Greenberg talks to Ry Walker, Founder and CEO of locally based data engineering platform Astronomer.


9 Jun 2017

Rank #20