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In this edition of WYSO Weekend: The latest information on a startling rise in overdose deaths in the Cincinnati area in the last few weeks. And we’ll talk local politics with Wittenberg Political Science Professor Rob Baker and stories from two of our newest Community Voices producers. See the full details below. 

Recently Rob Baker, a political Science professor at Wittenburg University, penned an op-ed for the Dayton Daily News about some important issues taking place in local governments.  To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke to Baker by phone this week.

Rob Baker’s book Government in the Twilight Zone is available from Suny Press and Amazon.

Recently I had another opportunity to interview James Lee Burke. The first time I interviewed Jim was in 1997 when he came out to our studios in Yellow Springs for a live interview for his novel "Cimarron Rose."
 

Over the course of our many conversations I have gotten to know him a little bit. He's a wonderful writer because he has such a great mind and a swirling imagination. He's also a scholar. Jim's breadth of knowledge of history, literature, and his craft never ceases to impress me.

The New Old-Fashioned has stayed busy since the release of their last full-length album, Low Down Dirty Summer Nights. The band has been writing new songs and performing live gigs and is preparing for local and regional gigs this fall.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

The New Old-Fashioned will perform at Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival on September 17th at Gilly's. 

Tonight, Saturday, & Sunday Shakespeare in South Park is doing "As You Like It," a madcap romantic comedy set in the 1920s. Gender reversal of some principal roles will leave you thinking Shakespeare assigned the wrong genders in the first place. Bring your chair or blanket.

Over the last several years we have been encountering some rather unreliable narrators in novels. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins featured the most notable one so far. Fiona Barton gave us another one in "The Widow." And now Camilla Way is tantalizing readers with dueling unreliable narrators in her tense psychological thriller "Watching Edie."

Heroin Fentanyl Pills.
Drug Enforcement Agency

A recent spike of heroin related overdose deaths in southwest Ohio has officials across state lines concerned and looking for answers. To get more details on what those possible answers might be, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Terry DeMio, a reporter on the heroin beat for the Cincinnati inquirer to get the latest details.

Dayton Peace Museum Reaches Out to Youth with TIPS Program

Sep 8, 2016
Students in the Dayton Peace Museum's TIPS program
Michael Kelly / WYSO

As children of a Jordanian-American mother and a Syrian-American father - both parents practicing Muslims, sisters Jenna and Selma feel fortunate not to have experienced serious racism or bullying at school or in their neighborhood. The Dayton area teens feel lucky they are in a school that supports diversity and enforces a policy of zero tolerance for bullying and racism. They know too, many teens in the Miami Valley face schools and communities where intolerance and even violence are sadly common.

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The head of a Cincinnati-area drug task force is calling on the state to declare a public health emergency to free up more resources for fighting heroin.

After a recent spike of overdoses, Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan, who heads the task force, is calling the situation a public health crisis. 

Local Hot-Rodders Seek Land Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Sep 7, 2016
Deb Pleasant

Have you ever wondered what happens in those drab metal buildings clustered together in faded industrial parks? Newly minted Community Voices producer, Jim Kahle, discovered preparations for the Bonneville Salt Flats races going on in one of those buildings not far off I-75, just north of Dayton.

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