Arts & Culture

Although the members of Big Time Pharaohs have been playing together off and on for years, they've only officially been a band for a short while.  With a debut album just released, the band is now gearing up for live shows and visited the WYSO studios to share some album tracks and talk about what's coming up this spring.

Big Time Pharoahs will perform on March 7th at Blind Bobs with Andy Gabbard and MeTime.

Since his last visit to the WYSO studios, Mack McKenzie has released is new album and started work on the next release.  He returned to Kaleidoscope with bandmates Scott Houchens and John Roby to share some acoustic songs and talk about working on new material and a very special upcoming live show.

Mack McKenzie will perform on March 7th at Oddbodies opening for Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws along with Jamie Suttle.

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we hear Yellow Springs resident Kurt Miyazaki interview his mother Lucille about her journey from Hawaii to the Midwest.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Artists Frustrated With Being Put in a Black Box

Mar 2, 2015
David C. Barnett / WCPN

For the past month, local arts and cultural organizations have been busy telling stories about African American history. But, some Ohio artists and cultural leaders find Black History Month to be a double-edged sword.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Remembering the Sabbath."

With a newly revamped lineup, Ole No. 9 is moving forward into 2015 with live shows and a new album in the works.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about their plans, progress on the album and a special upcoming gig.

Ole No. 9 will perform on February 27th at Canal Public House with Shrub and on March 14th at the Artists' Theatre in Fairborn. 

Multi-instrumentalist Stelth Ulvang (Lumineers, Dovekins) recently released his latest solo effort, And As Always The Infinite Cosmos, and is embarking on a tour in support of the release that will bring him to the Miami Valley in early March.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Ulvang about performing solo as opposed to with a band, writing and recording the album and his upcoming tour.

Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House in Dayton on March 11 and Taffy's in Eaton on March 12th with Starving in the Belly of the Whale.

Maziar Bahari is a journalist, film maker and human rights activist from Iran. His work landed him in an Iranian prison for several month’s in 2009. His memoir Then They Came for Me was the basis for The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. In 2014 Bahari produced and directed the documentary film To Light a Candle about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran. 

To find out more about the film and its maker, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dr. Jim Malarky, Chair of Humanities at Antioch University. 

Celebrating Black Women Writers

Feb 26, 2015
courtesy of the Central State University Archives

In the mid to late 1970s, WYSO broadcast the voices of three remarkable black women writers, and these tapes are preserved in the WYSO Archives. The work of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Alice Walker still resonates today. Rediscovered Radio’s Jocelyn Robinson reflects on these writers and their work.

One of my first tasks as the WYSO Archives Fellow was to listen to hours of digitized historic tape in order to mine the collection for hidden jewels, like a recording of the unmistakable voice of Maya Angelou reading her poem Harlem Hopscotch.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Ships That Pass."

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