By Elstro Production
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A show looking to tell stories that ask or answer the following about communities: Where are they a leading example of things done right? What should they change to be a leading example for others moving forward? Where are they a leading indicator for social, political, and lifestyle trends? It's producers and many of it's stories hail from the midwestern gem that is Cincinnati, Ohio, but the show is definitely not just for citizens of the Queen City. While looking for bellwether trends in their own communities, these stories are often a microcosm for our wider culture.
||Clean#4: Keep Our Courts||Originally Published: 9-18-2016 Find out what happens when a bunch of kids, armed with nothing but basketballs, learn a private real estate developer is trying to bulldoze and develop half a million dollar condos on their public park. For bonus content from this story visit elstroproduciton.com/blog Find out more about the Keep Our Courts movement from their Facebook page: Facebook.com/keepourcourts||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Fringe Next (Shorts)||Originally Published: 8-16-2016 The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, is a 12-day theatre and arts festival produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati. It features an accelerator program known as Fringe Next for high school actors and playwrights to produce their own original works in front of a live audience. Learn how one Cincinnati area teen used the platform to work through some of the struggles he faced during his high school years.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Welcome To Bellwether - The 2016 Presidential Primary in Ohio||Originally Published: 3-13-16 Our pilot episode focuses on the upcoming Presidential Primary Election in Ohio: In a political season rife with loud angry voices looking to shake the foundation of our political and election system as we know it, are there still cooler heads hiding under the surface? Will they prevail as the voting majority? And can we all still get along when it's over?||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
how it’s gotta be
Josh & Leyla strike an easy rapport in the first two episodes of Bellwether. They enthusiastically present 30-minute distillations of what must be hours and hours of material. As a transplant to Cincinnati, the moment in Episode 1 that first struck me was Josh’s description of the show’s namesake - the moment on Election Night 2012 when Hamilton County’s turning “blue” corresponded with all of Ohio tipping toward Obama electorally. Cincinnati is a unique microcosm of a unique country, and it’s easy to forget that when you live here - just as it’s easy to forget that there are places where your vote matters when you live in a place like my hometown, Chicago. For these reasons Bellwether will be a treasure for locals, reminding them of how darn special Cincinnati is, and a singular insight for outsiders looking in.
Also, QUEST FOR THE QUEEN IS THE GREATEST THING EVER MADE BY MANKIND.
Leading edge: The kids/teens/young adults as usual are leading the way! Playwriting and transgender issues melded into one podcast. Yes!
It's awesome to know there's people telling cool stories about Cincinnati