Arts & Culture

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Mitchner's poem, "The Cards."

Jason Trout began writing songs at a very early age. Performing with a variety of bands over the years, Trout has recently shifted his focus to releasing music as a solo artist under his own name.  Jason Trout visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording.

Jennifer Stalvey

Scott Soifer and Jordan Hampton have been performing together for years.  Under the name The Left Hooks, the duo has released a full length album and continues to forge ahead musically.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleiodscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about their musical past and future.

The Left Hooks will perform at Canal Public House on Friday, December 5th.

Conrad Balliet reads Eric Blanchard's poem, "Peter Pan Must Die."

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Knipfer's poem, "The Wall."

The WYSO Archives

Between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, about three and a half million people migrated from Appalachia to the urban manufacturing centers of the Midwest. Over 40,000 came to the Dayton area from West Virginia, Tennessee, and especially Eastern Kentucky, seeking work at companies like National Cash Register, Frigidaire, and General Motors. They brought their culture and their music along with them. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us the rich mountain heritage in the WYSO audio collection, preserved through the efforts of three local brothers.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Creation."

Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "A Matter of Time."

After a busy summer of live performances, Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks return to the WYSO studios.  The band performed a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about their latest lineup, writing and recording and their plans for 2015.

Jonny Dreads and the Mystiks will perform on Friday, November 28th at Peaches Grill in Yellow Springs.

Gary Shteyngart's memoir "Little Failure" has recently  been issued in a paperback version. The book came out last year in hardcover. At that time I tried to book another interview with Gary (more about that later) and I reviewed it for the Cox Ohio newspapers. Here's my review:

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