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Runway Fest is Friday, from 6-10pm and it includes aircraft static displays, airplane rides, inflatables, food vendors, hot air balloons, face-painting, and it is capped off with fireworks at 9:30pm.

Now in its 34th year, the Germanfest Picnic is a  celebration of the Miami Valley's rich German heritage. It is at RiverScape MetroPark and will feature the great food, the great beverages, and entertainment. It is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

WYSO Curious Looks At Racial Gap In Local Policing

Aug 11, 2017
Dayton residents chat with police during a Coffee With a Cop event at Benjamin's the Burger Master.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

On this installment of WYSO Curious, we tackle a question asked by Talis Gage, "Why don’t more black people become police officers?"

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. 

Founding Fathers made their WYSO debut ahead of their performance at Wham Bam Thank U Jam.  The band performed live on Kaleidoscope and were joined by event organizer Tracy Sax to talk with host Juliet Fromholt.

Wham Bam Thank U Jam is August 18 and 19.  Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/whambamthankujam/

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
Basim Blunt / WYSO

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
Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton

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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