Juanita Demchak / Flickr Creative Commons

These last days of early autumn, I hear starlings chattering and whistling in the trees every morning. I watch the drying of goldenrod until it blends with the Bermuda grass, foxtail, smooth brome, orchard grass and timothy all gone to seed. The black walnut and cottonwood trees along my block are bare.

Jerry Kenney

Last week began introducing you to some of the speakers at this year’s TEDxDayton conference. It happens Oct. 16 at the Victoria Theatre, and our purpose is to give you a small taste of who some of the speaker are and what they plan to talk about. Today you’ll meet Harriet Kamakil-Brown.

Harriet works and studies at the University of Dayton. She moved here 10 years ago and attended Sinclair Community College and Wittenberg University. Today she tells us about growing up in Kenya’s largest slum, how she came to Dayton and what she’ll tell TEDx audiences.

Mark Ensalaco
Jerry Kenney

On October 2nd and 3rd, the University of Dayton will host an international human rights conference. Representatives of leading human rights and philanthropic foundations, and other educational and advocacy institutions will convene for two days of lectures and discussions on sustainable development, climate justice, corporate social responsibility, and the funding of human rights and development projects. 

Lake Erie Algae Blooms May Have Peaked For Season

Sep 28, 2015
Satellite view of toxic algal bloom on Lake Erie
NASA Earth Observatory

The algae blooms in Lake Erie around Northeast Ohio may have reached their peak for the season. Heavy spring rains washed large amounts of phosphorous into the lake prompting concerns of serious toxic algae problems.

Laura Johnson, a researcher at the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University in northwest Ohio, believes the algae peak has passed, citing shorter days, cooler temperatures and much of the phosphorous in the water being used up.  Johnson says the only thing that could possibly cause the algae blooms to re-generate would be very heavy rain.

Bill Coperthwaite was a most unusual fellow. This beautiful book is a tribute to this very unique and special individual. Listen to the interview and you'll hear what I'm talking about.

In this week's edition of WYSO Weekend: It’s all about kids. Well, mostly about kids.  Kids growing up in slums and where life takes them, kids Rocking the Walk for Alzheimer's. Kids getting empowered and recognized for their talents, and talented kids performing on a hundred year old stage. See full details below.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The cost of maintaining pipes and treatment plants to keep drinking water flowing across Ohio is projected at $12 billion over the next two decades.


The staggering price tag dwarfs the $550 million that the U.S. government has given Ohio since the mid-1990s under the largest federal loan program for improving the nation's drinking water systems.


Boehner's Exit Could Affect Ohio Directly

Sep 28, 2015
John Boehner
Gage Skidmore / Flickr/Creative Commons

The departure of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner might mean a slight change to the way federal policy affects Ohio.

Boehner has been speaker of the House for nearly five years.

But David Niven, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati says that, in that time, Ohio has not seen a clear, tangible benefit to having one of its own members at the helm.

Niven says, however, that Boehner was a first line of defense for the state.

HIV Summer Camps Rethink Their Identities

Sep 27, 2015
Camp Sunrise in Clinton County has seen a steep decline in enrollment. hiv summer camp
Paula Katz / Camp Sunrise

In the mid 1990s, summer camps for kids affected by the AIDS epidemic sprang up all over the country.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "Light Year."