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Dr. Tanisha Richmond at her office in Dayton.
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Dear Mr. President: The Affordable Care Act

For the last few months WYSO has been collecting your audio letters for our Dear Mr. President project. Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley.

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Poor Will's Almanack: March 28 - April 3, 2017

In his 1989 classic, The End of Nature , ecologist Bill McKibben talks about people’s expectations that spring will come the way it always has come. There may, of course, be cold springs and warm springs, wet springs and dry springs, but what if our deeper expectations are unmet? What if spring is so cold or so warm that it becomes a different season altogether? And what happens, McKibben asks, if our certainty about the predictable sequence of nature falters? People ask me whether I have...

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What Do Kids Need to Get to School Every Day?

Mar 20, 2017

Students who miss a lot school fall behind. It seems logical, but it’s still a national problem.

Each year, between 5 and 7.5 million U.S. children are considered chronically absent. In Ohio, 15.8 percent of students miss 10 percent of the school year—about 18 days. That adds up to nearly four weeks of school missed.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Super Science Saturday series provides immersive family activities at the Museum.  The 2017 series kicks off with "March Math-ness" this weekend.  The Boonshoft's Donna Vella and Tony Cooper joined WYSO's Niki Dakota to talk about the series. 

Super Science Saturday's: March Math-ness is Saturday, March 18th beginning at 10am at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.

The loony, lovable Addams Family takes the stage when Stivers School for the Arts presents its spring musical. Featuring a live student orchestra, spooky special effects and an unforgettable cast of characters, the production showcases a talented cast of students from Dayton's public arts magnet school. Tonight & Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm.

Brian Lovely and Kelly McCracken of Cincinnati's the Flying Underground visited the WYSO studios for a preview of their performance at Blind Bob's. The duo played live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about re-forming the band from an older project, recording and more.

The Flying Underground will perform at Blind Bob's with Me & Mountains on Friday, March 17th.

Wright State University
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Wright State University President David Hopkins has announced he’ll officially leave office Friday, three months earlier than his scheduled retirement. Hopkins had said last May he planned to step down in June, when his contract officially expired. He’s served as Wright State president for about 10 years.

In a letter to students, faculty and staff Friday, Hopkins cited the university’s budget-realignment process as one reason for vacating office early. He also wrote that he wants to, “position new president, Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, for every success possible.”

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Advocates from anti-hunger groups say President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal would hurt the neediest Ohioans most. The president’s budget would boost spending for the Pentagon and make a down payment on a United States-Mexico border wall, while cutting funds for many domestic programs, including anti-poverty programs that help needy families across the Miami Valley.

Audrey Hackett reads her poem, "Maine cira 1984"

Lydia Turner
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Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we present our our first story from the students at Stivers School for the Arts about a teenager and her father's unique occupation.

The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton food truck will begin its third season with a kick off celebration at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Katie Marks, owner of the The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, visited the WYSO studios to talk about the event on Kaleidoscope, and Calamity Day provided a musical preview.

The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton's 3rd Annual Launch Party is Saturday, April 1st at the Yellow Cab.  Full band lineup available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/146683862506315/

Sherrod Brown
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Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for more support for people who provide caregiving services for military veterans. Brown is co-sponsoring legislation, called the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act, that lawmakers say would offer caregivers assistance with financial aid, child care, legal counseling and other needs. 

Such services are currently only available to veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001. The bill would also allow military veterans to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a dependent who is also a caregiver.

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