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Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "Big Fat Poem."

Clark County Historical Society

Tom Stafford is a journalist with more than 35 years experience at the Springfield News Sun. The reporter-turned-playwright has written a play about the closing of Crowell-Collier Publishing in Springfield. The closure meant the loss of 2,250 jobs just before Christmas of 1956. It was a major blow to the city and its residents.

The nation’s medical colleges are predicting a looming shortage of doctors. That has a state representative proposing some changes to the laws on certified, higher-level nurses.

It’s estimated that over the next decade, the U.S. could be short by 90,000 doctors. Specialized nurses say changing state laws that govern them can help with that shortage. Candy Rinehart is a family nurse practitioner and director of Ohio State’s College of Nursing. 

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It is the time when the high foliage finally becomes complete, when tea roses bloom in gardens, when clustered snakeroot hangs with pollen in the shade, and parsnips, goat’s beard and sweet clovers take over the fields.  Grasses along the riverbank are waist high and seeding. Poison hemlock reaches chin high, angelica over your head in the wetlands.

The Wright-B Flyer
Jerry Kenney/Wright State University

Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough, has written a new book about the Wright Brothers – it’s a window into the world of the two young men who gave mankind one of it’s greatest achievements – flight.

On today’s program:  We’ll talk to journalist and now Playwright, Tom Stafford about his play "Before the Bricks Fell," about the closing of Crowell-Collier Publishing in Springfield, just before Chritmas in 1956.  And We’ll talk about the Wright Brothers’ legacy with Dawne Dewey - head of special collections at the Wright State University archives. Miami Valley StoryCorps, Dayton Youth Radio and more. See full details below.

Cleveland Streets Calm After Weekend Protests

May 25, 2015
Sarah Jane Tribble / WCPN

Cleveland Police arrested 71 protestors Saturday night for charges ranging from felonious assault to unlawful congregation. A member of the Greene County Black Lives Matter was among them. 

Cleveland’s Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday that the strategy to protect the city after a judge acquitted Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo was to stop violence before it began. 

When a protestor threw a sign into a restaurant in downtown Cleveland, there was an arrest. When protestors gathered in mass and refused to disperse, there were MORE arrests.  

Lori Gravley reads Marian Schwilk-Thomas' poem, "Abundance of Silence."

Always Moving, Ever Rooted

May 24, 2015
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This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contest inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them. Tess Greene won the grand prize in the high school category.

I believe living on the land can take endless forms—save for living in a space station or on a boat.

Big Change Coming For Next Year’s Round Of PARCC Tests

May 22, 2015

A consortium of state education leaders have voted to make a big change to the standardized test known as the PARCC. The PARCC’s Governing Board, which includes state education commissioners and superintendents from around the country, has decided to scale back on testing to just one window late in the year. This year there were two testing periods, with the first in February.

Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, said the two-window system did not leave a lot of time for actual instruction.

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