Jeff St. Clair

Northeast Ohio has some of the best medical care available in the U.S., but parts of Cleveland also have some of the nation’s highest rates of infant mortality.

First Year Cleveland is a new effort to reverse those trends.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how race factors into infant mortality and what’s being done to change it.

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Nearly 25 million Americans , about 8 percent of the population,  have asthma. It affects more than 1 million Ohioans.

While people suffering from asthma may not be aware of it, a Cleveland researcher has discovered that there's a potentially protective aspect of the disease.

He was Egypt’s most famous composer, a pioneer in modern music, and a creative force at Kent State University for more than four decades.

Composer and music researcher Halim El-Dabh died over the weekend. He was 96 years old.

A career in music came as sort of a surprise for El-Dabh. In 1940’s Cairo, he was training to be an agricultural engineer, but all the while he studied and wrote music

Nearly 25 million Americans -- about 8 percent of the population -- have asthma.  It effects more than one million Ohioans.

While people suffering from asthma may not be aware of it, a Cleveland researcher has discovered, there's a potentially protective aspect of the disease.

On this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at what may be asthma’s silver lining.

On Monday, the moon will cross in front of the sun and cast a shadow across the length of the U.S., sweeping east from Oregon all the way to the Carolina coast.

A narrow band between those points will experience a total eclipse, but even Ohio will see about 80 percent of the sun covered by the moon starting around 1 p.m. on Monday.

NASA is gearing up for the big event, NASA Glenn Director Janet Kavandi joins us.

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It’s the namesake of the mythical goddess and synonymous with feminine beauty, but the reality of the planet Venus is anything but gentle.

It’s the namesake of the mythical goddess and synonymous with feminine beauty, but the reality of the planet Venus is anything but gentle.

Conditions on the surface are so harsh that all of our efforts to study it over the decades have provided only scant details.

But researchers in Cleveland are trying to change that.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at efforts to bring a little bit of Venus to planet Earth.

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Bats are the only flying mammal.

But that's just one of a long list of bats' unique attributes, including an unusually long life and the ability to avoid the effects of aging. In Northeast Ohio, researchers searching for the fountain of youth by studying bats.

Bats are the only flying mammal. 

But that's just one of a long list of bats' unique attributes, including an unusually long life and the ability to avoid the effects of aging.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets local researchers searching for the fountain of youth by studying bats.

A bat sees with sound. It sends out high frequency chirps, and then listens for the faint echo of a leaf, a telephone wire or a tasty mosquito.

Violinist Jennifer Koh began her career at the age of 11 when she debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

She has since performed with the world’s major orchestras, recorded more than a dozen albums, and had over 50 original works written for her.

Last year Musical America named Jennifer Koh instrumentalist of the year.

As an Oberlin grad she comes back to Ohio periodically, and this week Koh is teaching master classes at the Kent Blossom Musical Festival, and performing a solo concert tonight at Kent State.

Just a few years ago, Koh came perilously close to losing all of this after suffering a concussion.

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