Jeremy Dobbins

Different Generations Of Veterans On Learning To Share Their Stories

Jeremy Dobbins served four years as an infantry rifleman in Afghanistan, and when he got out in 2012 he found it difficult to talk to people about his military experience. But when he was ready, he chose to tell his stories to an old family friend from Springfield named Charlie Dyke. Jeremy had joined the Marine Corps at age 17. Charlie enlisted during World War II shortly after his 18th birthday. Both men returned to Springfield after their service ended to raise families and begin new lives...
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One hundred years ago President Woodrow Wilson was doing everything in his power to keep the United States out of the First World War. Wilson had experienced a miraculous ascent from virtual obscurity to claim the highest office in the land. His remarkable story has been meticulously researched and described by A. Scott Berg in his masterful biography "Wilson."

The low-lying Serpent Mound winds over a hilltop in souther Ohio, and you can't quite see the head from the tail.
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The Serpent Mound in Adams County is probably the most famous of Ohio’s many sacred earthworks constructed by prehistoric Native American peoples.

As part of our series WYSO Curious, which lets you ask questions we answer on air and online, Barbara Bayliff of Dayton wrote in to say this:

I am curious about the Serpent Mounds! Is there spiritual power there? What do they mean? How old are they?

Today on Excursions, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and longtime film-friend, George Willerman look at Christmas/holiday films in a segment called 'Beyond It’s A Wonderful life.'  Below you'll find a list of the films they talked about.

Police Break Up Protest At Mall At Fairfield Commons

Dec 24, 2014

State and local police have broken up a protest at a shopping mall in the southwest Ohio city where a 22-year-old man was fatally shot by police in August.
 
The Dayton Daily News reports that several protesters were arrested Wednesday afternoon. State police said there were no injuries.
 
Dozens of people were staging a "die-in" protest and a large banner hung inside the mall in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek stated: "Black Lives Matter." The Daily News reports the Mall at Fairfield Commons was crowded with holiday shoppers.

Rediscovered Radio: Harold Wright's "Christmas Leaves"

Dec 24, 2014
courtesy of Antiochiana / Antioch College

One of the best things about the WYSO Archives is the sheer variety of recordings we have. There are news reports, documentaries, radio dramas, and concerts, many from the early years of WYSO. Jocelyn Robinson of Rediscovered Radio brings us yet another holiday special, this one recorded over three decades ago, about a boy looking forward to celebrating the holidays with great anticipation.

The People's Pope and the Changing Face of Catholicism

Dec 24, 2014

Join hosts Patrick Potyondy and Leticia Wiggins and their guests, historians David Brakke, Tina Sessa, and Daniel Watkins as they discuss Pope Francis—the “people’s pope”—and how his actions fit into the Church's traditions and its commitment to social justice.

Robert de Gast / courtesy of Antiochiana (Antioch College)

Many families have Christmas traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. From deep within the WYSO vault comes one family’s holiday ritual to share with our listeners once again: a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Dylan Thomas was a colorful and influential writer of the mid 20th century, and 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Welsh poet’s birth. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us a look at one of his most famous literary works.

Gay Marriage Cases Teed Up For Justices' Action

Dec 23, 2014

Gay marriage cases have been added to the Supreme Court's agenda, with enough time for them to be argued and decided by late June.

The justices, following Tuesday's move, could decide as early as Jan. 9 to add same-sex marriage to their calendar this term. That date is the first time the justices will meet in private in the new year to consider adding new cases they actually will hear.

Most cases they accept for review by mid-January will be argued in late April. The court would then have about two months to reach a decision.

Police: Teen Shot by Shopper Tried To Steal Shoes

Dec 23, 2014
Dayton Mall
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Police are studying mall surveillance video as they investigate the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Ohio boy after authorities say he tried to rob a shopper in a quest to obtain popular, limited-edition athletic shoes.

Miami Township police say a man with a concealed weapon permit fired his gun after he and another man were accosted Saturday morning by three teens on a sidewalk outside the Dayton Mall.

Police say one teen showed a gun and demanded the men turn over their newly bought shoes before he was shot.

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“We live in memory, and our spiritual life is at bottom simply the effort of our memory to persist, to transform itself into hope…into our future,” states the philosopher, Miguel de Unamuno.

Of course, once you have uncovered the span the year's cycle, you can see the past and tell the future. Stasis and passage become inseparable. Awareness of landmarks in the seasons encompasses not only what was but what still may be.

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