Arts & Culture

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.
Ann Merrill / Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

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.

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.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "The Way The Light Slants."

Roderick Kiracofe fell in love with quilts forty years ago. At the time he was living in SW Ohio. In his new book "Unconventional & Unexpected : American Quilts Below the Radar-1950-2000" he describes how he first became aware of quilts and how he then developed a passion for this under appreciated art form. Today he is one of our leading authorities on quilts.

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem, "Winter's Heart."

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "A Christmas Carryall."

We begin a new series today called Miami Valley StoryCorps. These are interviews recorded earlier this year when StoryCorps visited Dayton. Over the next few months, you’ll be hearing interviews between local people who visited the StoryCorps recording booth in West Dayton last spring.

Lori Gravley came for an interview with her son, Marshall. She wanted to hear about about his experience living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Will Davis.

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