Richard M. Nixon fascinates us. He rose to the pinnacle of political power in 1968 when he was elected President of the United States of America by a narrow margin in a closely contested race in which he defeated Hubert Humphrey. In 1972 he won by a landslide in defeating George McGovern. He didn't get much of a chance to enjoy that resounding reelection victory. The event that ultimately led to Nixon's downfall had already taken place, a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.
The 6th annual FilmDayton Festival gets underway this weekend with a mix of locally connected films, international features, documentaries and more. WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with FilmDayton board president, Nicole Richter, who is also the coordinator of the motion picture program at Wright State University. She says the festival has a variety of events that will appeal to film buffs, actors, and writers alike.
These artists, shown above in order, are: Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, PR), Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn, NY), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Austin, TX and Lagos, Nigeria), Miré Regulus (Minneapolis), Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle (LA), Gabrielle Civil (Antioch College) and Duriel E. Harris (Chicago).
Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance at Antioch College, came to WYSO today to talk about the second part of the Call and Response event, or dynamic of black women and performance. In July seven black women artists, each with a different relationship to the words black, women, and performance, came to Antioch to develop a call to the community; a prompt to make art in a different way. The call that they came up with is to conduct experiments in joy.
Musician, songwriter and producer Kyle Dunaway visited the WYSO studios the week his new album, Necessary Evil, was released. Dunaway performed an acoustic set live on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about his writing and recording process.
Kyle Dunaway's new album, Necessary Evil is available a variety of online outlets. Learn more here.