Middle Ground's 9/27/13 pilot 1 episode
- A man in Detroit wants an annual Jimmy Hoffa Day, and hopes to send everyone outside with a shovel to find the long-missing labor leader. Celeste talks to Mike Wallace and Hoffa expert Dan Moldea about the never-ending search for Hoffa.
- People in New Orleans are up in arms over noise. The city is trying to revise a decades-old noise ordinance and the debate is pitting homeowners against musicians.
- Celeste talks to Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English about how to talk like a native Ohioan.
- Who are the people you rely on every day but don't notice? Celeste talks to journalist Jeanne Marie Laskas about her book Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.
- Blogger Aaron Foley explains why Detroiters don't mind of the rest of the country doesn't like their city.
- The new movie The Suspect is an edgy thriller that deals with issues of racial identity and profiling. Celeste talks to Stuart Connelly, the director of the film, and gives her own thoughts about growing up mixed race, never fitting into any one category.
Middle Ground's 9/27/13 pilot 2 episode
- Are Midwesterners the best people on the planet? Mike Draper thinks so. Celeste talks to the author of the book The Midwest: God's Gift to the Galaxy.
- We talk to two gun owners about why there's so much disagreement between people who believe passionately in the right to bear arms. Celeste is joined by Robert Gelinas of the American Pistol and Rifle Association and Jim Irvine of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
- Reporter Thomas Walsh of station WWNO in New Orleans brings us an audio postcard from an auction in the Crescent City.
- Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie, joins Celeste to talk about politics in middle America.
- 3D printing is revolutionizing the way engineers make models and even medical devices. But it's also become an important tool for some fine artists. Celeste talks to Pete Prodoehl of Milwaukee Maker Space and artist Ioan Florea about creating art with 3D printers.
- For our occasional series "Why Do You Stay?," Celeste talks to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips about why he still lives in Oklahoma City.