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The new novel by Raul Ramos y Sanchez is quite different from his previous books. In his latest effort "The Skinny Years" Sanchez has mined his memories of being a young Cuban immigrant living in Miami during the 1960's. While this fiction has some elements of autobiography they primarily serve to make this story ring true. Sanchez was there and his protagonist, a youth with the nickname of "Skinny" is slowly becoming a man. We follow Skinny's adventures over a ten year period.
 

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

Libby McClin

As the seven members of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra tour through the Midwest, the band made a stop in Yellow Springs for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions. 

Find more information on Burnt Sugar  Arkestra at: http://burntsugarindex.com/

Fiber Artists Prepare for 21st Annual Woolgathering

Sep 16, 2016
Yarn spun and died by Laura Krugh
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the 16th century, if a person said you were woolgathering, it meant you were daydreaming. This came from the act of peasants ambling along sheep paths and gathering up the tufts of wool where it had snagged on fences and thorny bushes. This weekend woolgathering is being proudly used to describe one of the largest gatherings of fiber artists with over 100 vendors from across the country. They’ll converge on Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the 21st Annual Woolgathering.

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Night Music."

Songwriter Wheatley Matthews returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions as he prepares to release his latest full length album, Taken the Wrong Way

Wheatley Matthews will celebrate the release of the his newest album on Saturday, September 24th at the Oregon Express.

courtesy of Tecumseh Land Trust

Tecumseh Land Trust is working to protect 100,000 acres of land in Clark and Greene counties forever.  Executive Director Krista Magaw visited the WYSO studios to talk about the organization's latest work and its upcoming auction fundraiser. 

Tecumseh Land Trust's 12th Annual Auction is Friday, September 16th at the Hollenbeck-Bayley Center in Springfield. 

Local Growers Bring Flowers From Field To Vase

Sep 13, 2016
A worker harvests lillies at the Little Miami Flower Company
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In 2015 floriculture sales made up a $31.3 billion dollar industry according to the Society of American Florists. 78% of those flowers came from Colombia, which became a competitive market thanks to the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, that gave the country duty-free access to the U.S. market. Low wages make imported flowers cheaper than U.S. produced. The average flower worker in Colombia makes $6 a day and can work up to 70 hour weeks without overtime.

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.

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