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Antioch College Student Recounts Charlottesville Violence

An Antioch College student who joined counter-protesters in Charlottesville this weekend says he was disappointed by police response to the violence. Spencer Lee Glazer joined other anti-racism activists in protesting the rally led by white nationalists, who chanted Nazi slogans and carried Confederate flags.

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Poor Will's Almanack: August 15 - 21, 2017

When the lilies were still in bloom a month ago, I went counting lily blossoms every day. I knew that my practice had almost no socially redeeming value. I knew that no one else cared about the number of lily blossoms in my yard, and that the actual number did not interest me so much as the counting itself. I recorded the results of counting in my daybook, but the record did not support theories of climate change. In fact, it supported nothing at all. So why did I do it, really? First, when I...

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Astrea Taylor returned to our studios to discuss her latest book, "Belle Dame Sans Merci," an urban fantasy novel that showcases the author's vivid imagination. The main character is a woman who has become a demon. She is trying to improve her karma enough to be admitted to heaven. Until she does so she'll continue with her lethal labors for a truly devilish boss. Taylor's vision of the precincts of hell is complex and profoundly amusing.

Songwriter Jeremy Pinnell returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the release of his new album Songs of Blood & Affection on SofaBurn Records. Pinnell performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album.  They were joined in studio by SofaBurn Records' Chris Mueller who gave an update on the label's latest releases. 

Having released his latest album, London Southern, earlier this summer Jim Lauderdale will headline an evening of music at Miamisburg's Star City Brewing Company.  He'll be joined onstage by emerging country artist Kaitlyn Baker.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Baker and Lauderdale ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley.

The nearly 1,100 members of the Dayton Education Association teachers union are expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a tentative contract deal. If the union approves the contract, it would put an end to months of tense negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools administration and avert a planned strike.

Negotiations ended overnight Thursday after more than 18 hours of talks, resulting in a collective bargaining agreement. Details have not yet been released.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel at 4:30 p.m. 

Darrell Dean
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In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from Darrell Dean, who works at a disability services organization in Dayton. Darrell is 45, and was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. As WYSO’s April Laissle explains, at first, Darrell struggled to find a job after he graduated from high school.

Highlights from the interview include:

"There's nothing I can do about my disability. I've got it, you know. So I have to live with it. It doesn't bother me or anything. I just cope with it and go on.”

Karen Kasler

After years of big numbers, attendance at this year’s Ohio State Fair plummeted to its lowest number in 13 years.

During its 12-day run the fair brought in 801,031 people – the lowest number since 2004 and a 13 percent drop from last year.

Spokesperson Alicia Shoults says attendance fluctuates every year, but the breakdown of a Midway ride that left one person dead and several seriously injured was a factor. “I think that obviously, opening day’s tragic accident certainly contributed to that and accompanying that, the fact that the rides were closed for a few days.”

Levitt Pavilion Dayton
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Construction is expected to begin in September on a new live music venue in downtown Dayton. The Levitt Pavilion project is moving forward after organizers Tuesday reached their $5 million capital-funding goal.

The project has also received funding and support from the city of Dayton, Montgomery county, foundations and corporate sponsors.

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is pushing back against a decision by the Pentagon to close an office overseeing key defense manufacturing programs in the Dayton area. The programs have been headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the last 30 years.

Department of Defense officials recently announced a plan to relocate more than a dozen jobs to the Pentagon.

Brown and other members of the House and Senate have sent a letter to DOD Secretary James Mattis urging him to keep oversight of the programs in Ohio.

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The Perseid meteors bring starfall to the northeastern portion of the sky on the nights of August 12 and 13, and the arrival of those shooting stars marks high tide of the Dog Days. Rising out of winter’s Taurus and Orion, they cut across Perseus and Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pegasus, piercing the illusion of endless summer.

Throughout the countryside, Queen Anne's lace, chicory, goldenrod, Joe Pye weed, sundrops, bull thistles, mustard, black-eyed Susans, wingstem, mullein and ironweed arein full bloom along the roads.  Soybeans are deep green, corn lush.

David Payne returned to the WYSO studio for an acoustic set on Excursions with Niki Dakota ahead of the release of his new EP, Cheaper Than Therapy.  

David Payne will celebrate the release of Cheaper Than Therapy on Saturday, August 19th at the Yellow Cab.  Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm.

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