Arts & Culture

Dan Patterson Archival Collection

The most famous photograph in the world captures the moment manned flight began in 1903. Orville Wright is flying the plane, his brother Wilbur stands expectantly off to the side. It’s a windy day, and the plane is just lifting off the sand at Kitty Hawk. Aviation commentator and photographer Dan Patterson says that one detail from that picture shaped what aviators came to look like.

Ryan France

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Dayton Music Fest, a two-day celebration of local music.  This year's event features 29 bands performing 5 different venues during the first weekend in October.  Co-organizers Kyle Melton and Don Thrasher visited the WYSO studios to preview some music from the festival and talked to Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the festival's past and present as well as make a big announcement about the festival's future.

Conrad Balliet reads Peter Caccavari's poem, "Thirst."

Dayton Literary Peace Price/Anne Rasmussen
Dayton Literary Peace Price/Anne Rasmussen

The winners of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and non-fiction have been announced and it was a big year for women writers.

Each year, Dayton Literary Peace Prizes are awarded to authors who’s stories center on peace, and social justice. Author Bob Shacochis will pick up the best fiction award for “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul.” It's a novel that ties together catastrophic events in four countries over a span of fifty years—leading to the U.S. war on terror.

Zoot Theatre And The Magic Of Puppetry

Sep 24, 2014
Mojgan Samardar

Puppetry is an ancient art form and here in the Dayton region, a contemporary theater group, known as the Zoot Theatre Company, is keeping the art form alive. Community Voices producer Mojgan Samardar spent time with the company members this spring as they prepared their version of George Orwell’s classic story: Animal Farm. 

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Brimm's poems, "Ordinary Things" and "The Beauty Of It."

Janeal Ravndal reads Marian Schwilke-Thomas' poem, "I Am"

Family Reunions: A Tradition in Decline?

Sep 21, 2014
Ashley Appleman

Family reunions are a common summer tradition for many Americans. But what happens when a family tradition, spanning generations, starts to fade? WYSO Community Voices producer, Ashley Appleman, tells us the story of the 49th and final Over Family Reunion.

In July I traveled home to Woodbury, PA for the final Over Reunion. I must admit, I hadn’t gone for the past 10 years –school, moving out of state—it wasn’t a priority. However, attending this one was important to me– the end of a tradition I had known since childhood.

Conrad Balliet reads John Booth's poem, "Circle."

Herb Martin reads his poem, "Ballad."

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