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Beth Macy was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she saw the photo. It was a picture that had been taken nearly a century ago, a photograph of two brothers. Macy recognized them. They were the Muse Brothers, George and Willie. Over a century ago the brothers had been taken away from their home and family and then were made to perform as freaks in a circus sideshow.
Macy had first become aware of the bizarre tale of the Muses when she had been a newspaper reporter in Roanoke...

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Snowflakes."

On occasion I like to ask authors for tips on books that they have enjoyed recently. The other day I asked Lee Child for some reading suggestions. He said he always can count on John Sandford and Michael Connelly to provide him with entertaining reads. Then he suggested that I should read "The Drifter," a debut novel by Nicholas Petrie. I just finished reading it and I enjoyed it. Petrie's protagonist is a bit like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
I have interviewed John Sandford twice during...

Lori Gravley reads Julie Moore's poem, "Ohio"

A holiday radio classic returns to the stage at the Loft Theater this year with the Human Race Theatre's presentation of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries . Actor Tim Lile once again stars at Crumpet in this one-man comedy that's for more mature audiences. Lile joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in studio on Excursions to talk about the upcoming show. The Human Race Theatre's presentation of the Santaland Diaries is December 8 - 17th at the Loft in downtown Dayton. More information here:...

Larry Kosson

Acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan will return to the Miami Valley with her band for a holiday performance at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg. Ahead of her visit, Ryan spoke with WYSO's Cindy Funk about Irish and American holiday traditions, songs of the season and more. Cathie Ryan will perform The Winter's Heart on Wednesday, December 14th at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg. More details and tickets available here: https://sunnyskies.ticketleap.com/cathie-ryan/

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Two Notes From the Universe."


"Night School" is the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. Child is one of the hottest authors on the planet. This book went straight to #1 in the United Kingdom and the USA. Child's many fans know what they will be getting in every book; non-stop, seat of our pants, relentless thrills and entertainment.

This latest novel is actually a prequel. It is a massive flashback to Reacher's last days as an elite military policeman. It is set in the mid 1990's and Reacher is...

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidsocope ahead of the release of their sophomore album, Wolves . The band chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, plans for 2017 and more. McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate the release of Wolves on Saturday, December 3rd at Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton.

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "Breath"

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