FolkOhio Radio Feature: "From Purcell to Pastry"

June 17, 2016
Plum Kuchen made at Laughlin's Bakery

WOSU and OSU’s Center for Folklore Studies continue with their occasional series - “Folk Ohio” – which looks at the state’s traditional culture. 

In the latest feature, Rachel Hopkin- folklorist/radio producer and the current CFS Graduate Archivist - introduces us to Jonas Laughlin.  Jonas was a professional opera singer when a passing cold left his right vocal cord permanently damaged, forcing him to rethink his chosen career path.  As he strove to envisage a life outside of the musical world, pastry-making became both a therapy and a substitute for the art of bel canto.  Over time, it evolved into a passion in its own right.  Now Laughlin has his own European-style bakery in the Short North (which opened following a successful Kickstarter campaign). In this piece, Rachel visits Jonas at his bakery. She finds out what led the former singer to turn to pâtisserie after losing his voice and and about the parallels Jonas sees between his former and current career choices. Listen here.
The first feature in the series took the listener inside Carousel Works, the world’s largest maker of wooden carousels, based in Mansfield, Ohio. You can catch up with all the aired features online via the FolkOhio on the Radio Webpage and WOSU website.

FolkOhio on the Radio is a product of a new collaboration between the Center for Folklore Studies and WOSU Public Media’s 89.7 NPR News.  The Center is producing a series of short radio features, which each focus on a different aspect of traditional culture within the Buckeye State.