Miami Township resident Brielle Maynor says it’s important for Americans to protest the current resurgence of white nationalists and neo-Nazi groups, and so-called “Unite the Right” rallies similar to the one that sparked violence in Charlottesville a wee
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Centerville Anti-Racism Rally Attracts Dozens Of Protesters And Police

No major incidents were reported on a day of multiple protests across the Miami Valley Saturday. In Centerville, more than two dozen people gathered at a rally to honor the victims of recent attacks in Charlottesville and, organizers say, to call attention to former Centerville residents who allegedly participated in the Charlottesville white nationalist rally. Centerville police have confirmed to WYSO the men no longer live in Centerville. But Miami Township resident Brielle Maynor says it’s...

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Poor Will's Almanack: August 22 - 28, 2017

I settled in to watch like I used to do when I went fishing. I used to sit for hours then, focused on my bobber and fingering the tension on my line. The bites or strikes were signs that I had understood something of the river’s mystery and its creatures. It had been a disappointing year for finding butterflies, and I had worried off and on about climate change and the disasterous Anthopocine. Throughout June and July, only cabbage whites and an occasional azure had visited the flowers. Now I...

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Stats + Stories: Gridiron...Touchdown...Field Goal...Traumatic Brain Injury

Aug 21, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Touchdowns, first downs, blocking, tackles, these are words that everyone familiar with football in the United States will recognize. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), dementia, memory loss, depression, these are words that recently have been connected to playing football. The emergence of the story connecting football with brain injury is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories.  John Bailer from Miami University's Department of Statistics, and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair, Richard Campbell, are joined by Alan Schwarz. While working as a journalist for the New York Times, Alan wrote a series of articles on concussions and football and this was credited with helping to revolutionize the treatment of head injuries and exposing the seriousness in them for the athletes. 

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Skywatchers in North America are gearing up for today’s once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse. For the first time in nearly 100 years, the moon will pass directly between the sun and the earth. People in the Dayton area will be able to see it between around 1:30 and 4pm this afternoon.  

The eclipse promises to be especially awe-inspiring for anyone located under the so-called path of totality. That’s the moon’s shadow as it tracks across the earth from northern Oregon - heading southeast across the U.S. to South Carolina.   The Miami Valley is located about five hours north of the “path of totality.” But Kevin Busarow, from high performance optics company Oberwerk says people will still be able to see the moon cover about 80 percent of the sun.   

Busarow says it’s important for eclipse-watchers to practice safety precautions and protect their eyes.

Welcome to our weekly radio magazine, WYSO Weekend. In this program we've got  the information you’ll need to view the solar eclipse taking place on the 21st, and you'll hear how a local non-profit that feeds families and individuals in need hopes to expand their services. 

This summer, we’re bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, we explore the issue of employment discrimination and access. And WYSO producer Anna Lurie introduces us to Susan Koller and Tom Webb -- who both have cerebral palsy. They say work environments often aren’t set up to accommodate disabilities. Many people with mobility issues in the workplace need special software or other assistive technology. 

Robert Paschell reads his poem, "Silence Is My Canvas"

The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has arrived — and if history is any guide, it's likely that somebody's eyes are going to get hurt.

Iveta Jusova grew up in Czechoslovakia. She wasn't that aware of feminism until she went away to college. At the university she immersed herself in learning about it and her studies became the gateway to her future career.  In this collection of essays readers will discover that the development of feminism in a socialist society and in what is now the Czech Republic bore some significant differences from the feminist movements in countries like England and the United States.

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The Great Dayton Adventure Race is tonight. The race will take you to all corners of the downtown area, and you are sure to discover new things about our city! You will navigate the city with a map, answering the questions and performing tasks on the clue sheet in this action-packed adventure. 

Let's Clear the Shelters and give a home to animals at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. On Saturday they are during their NAME YOUR OWN PRICE Adoption Event! This is Noon to 4 pm.

Organizers with a group that planned to protest a Confederate monument in the city of Franklin, in Warren County, say they'll move Saturday's rally to Centerville in light of the monument's subsequent removal by Franklin city officials.

Organizers say they received threats from white supremacist groups after they announced plans to protest the monument -- even after the monument was taken down.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poems, "Story From the Chemo Ward" and "Track 7"

A decades-old monument honoring Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has been removed from a street corner in Franklin, Ohio, a city in Warren County.

 Franklin city officials took down the stone monument, erected by Daughters of the Confederacy, overnight Thursday after protest plans were announced in the wake of recent violent events in Charlottesville. "The shaft memorial and highway straight attest his worth - he cometh to his own," the plaque reads. 

It had stood at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road for 90 years.