Arts & Culture

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions to preview the 2015 Madden Road Music Fest.  The festival is in Mutual Ohio at the Madden Road Farm, and was started to bring their own musically inclined family back together once a year, but is open to the public to listen and play on August 15, 2015.

On her way to a gig in Dayton, Ellie Lee talks to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about Blues Fury, the band she leads and plays guitar for. She also talks about taking 25 years off from music to raise a family, and the music she is playing now. Find more about her music at

Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on August 6th.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech in which he enumerated the four freedoms that every American should be able to recognize and realize. Do you know what those four freedoms were? Of course it has been many years since FDR delivered that speech, you cannot be expected to know what they were, right? Can you name even one of those four freedoms that FDR cited? You cannot!? (sigh)

On The Verge Music is the brainchild of local musician Steve Makofka.  This developing organization seeks to help at-risk teens through music.  Makofka, Heather Bailey and Michael Shine visited the WYSO studios to talk about On The Verge Music and the upcoming Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience event to benefit the organization.

The Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience is August 7th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

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For the follow up to their 2014 release, To No End went with a double album to highlight the different, contrasting aspects of their music.  Remora's first disc shows off the band's familiar, harder rock sound while the second disc presents more a acoustic, intimate version.  The band visited the WYSO studios to share live and recorded songs from the new album and talked with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the process of putting it together.

To No End will celebrate the release of Remora on Saturday, August 8th at Middletown's Old Crow Bar.

Jerry Bechard is the pie guy. That's my nickname for him, at least. Bechard is the owner of the Norske Nook restaurants in Wisconsin. The Norske Nook is famous for their pies. This cookbook is filled with recipes for these magnificent desserts. In this interview I asked Jerry how many pies they bake in an average day? You will be amazed by his response. Bear in mind that every pie is made by hand. And after all these years and all those pies Jerry still has a sweet tooth. Don't read this book on an empty stomach.

Lori Gravley reads Julie Moore's poem, "The First Time I Saw A Shooting Star."

Olen Steinhauer is my favorite writer of espionage novels. There, I said it. His "Tourist" series featuring Milo, his reluctant spy has catapulted the author to the front of the queue. He has no peers in my view. Sorry, Daniel Silva.

Lori Gravley reads Anna Cates' summer haikus.