Evan Delahanty's business didn't get a deal from the Sharks on last Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, but Peaceful Fruits is still reaping the benefits of national exposure. The company, which makes all-natural fruit snacks, staffs people with disabilities in conjunction with Hattie Larlham and the Blick Clinic. After…
It's already a busy week in Akron, as workers began demolition Monday of a portion of the Akron Innerbelt. The work means the intersection of MLK, N. Main, and Howard will be closed for six months. This means visitors to the Northside will have to detour to Summit St. and…
Monday, 30 January 2017 18:38

AUDIO: Mandel, Walters React to Travel Ban

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Reaction to President Donald Trump's executive order pausing the refugee process and suspending visas for citizens of seven Middle Eastern countries has been swift and loud on both sides. Protesters gathered at airports across the country over the weekend while Trump surrogates took to the Sunday shows to defend the…
Monday, 23 January 2017 19:12

AUDIO: Changes Coming To Summit Lake

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If you drive on Interstate 76/77 through Akron, you've seen Summit Lake. But did you know there is only one bench at the lake and it faces away from the lake?The lack of amenities around Summit Lake could soon change thanks to the Knight Foundation and the Trust for Public…
The political discourse has been heated lately, but we didn't expect anyone to lose an ear in the process. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a debate over President Donald Trump's immigration policies ended when Salatiel Marcos Ortiz's roommate bit a part of his ear off. The Mike Tyson-esque incident occurred early…
Monday, 16 January 2017 20:26

Local Circus Alum Reacts to Ringling Bros Shutdown

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If you're a regular listener to The Jasen Sokol Show, you probably know Jessica Burkhart-Zuschin as one of the Akron Life panelists on the Weekend Preview. But before she worked for Akron Life, Burkhart-Zuschin had a career in the circus, including a year working on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey…
Thursday, 12 January 2017 17:43

AUDIO: Addressing The Issues At Oriana House

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An Akron City Council committee took time this week to address issues at Oriana House, including a recent fatal overdose. Akron City Councilwoman Tara Mosley Samples and Oriana House Executive Vice President Bernie Rochford joined Jasen to discuss the concerns and how to improve recovery programs in Akron.
Monday, 19 December 2016 20:34

AUDIO: Renacci Lays Out 2017 Priorities

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Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) is looking ahead to next year and the beginning of the Trump administration with several bills he plans to propose in the new session of Congress, including bills on infrastructure and the budget. He joined Jasen to talk about those bills, his thoughts on a congressional…
Thursday, 15 December 2016 21:14

AUDIO: Terry Pluto Talks Cavs, New Book

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Terry Pluto's new book The Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs, and Cleveland is on bookstore shelves now. It chronicles the departure and return of LeBron James and the run to the 2016 NBA championship. Pluto joined Jasen to talk about the book and some of the lesser-known stories about the Cavaliers.
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:07

AUDIO: Could Renacci Be Treasury Secretary?

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Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) was one of President Elect Donald Trump's earliest supporters in Ohio, and now his name is in the national discussion for a cabinet post. A Forbes column last week made the case as to why Renacci should receive an appointment. Renacci joined Jasen and said while…
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