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The Dayton Ballet's volunteer organization, the Dayton Ballet Barre, is partnering with over 15 local musicians for a unique musical fundraising event called This Must Be the Party.  It's a recreation of the Talking Heads' iconic concert film, Stop Making Sense, at Oddbody's.  Libby Ballengee, Brian Hoeflich and Keith Cost visited the WYSO studios to talk about the event live on Kaleidoscope with Juliet Fromholt.

This Must Be the Party is Saturday, April 15th at Oddbody's.  All proceeds benefit the Dayton Ballet.

Kayleigh Morris
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Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we have a story from Stivers School for the Arts student Kayleigh Morris about the true meaning of friendship.

Kayleigh Morris is a student at Stivers School for the Arts. Special thanks Leslie Rogers and Eva Maksutis of the Creative Writing Magnet. Learn more at the school's website: http://www.stivers.org/

Dayton Youth Radio is supported by the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation and the Armotte Boyer Charitable Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

Longstanding local band Speaking Suns has a new album in the works and in the recording process added horn player Jonathan Jacky to the lineup.  Jacky, a music major at Wright State University, will perform his senior recital with Speaking Suns.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live preview on Excursions.

Jonathan Jacky's senior recital at Wright State University is Thursday, April 13th at 5:30pm.  Speaking Suns will perform at Blind Bob's on Friday, April 14th with Manray and Me & Mountains.

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Today on Rediscovered Radio, we return to the spring of 1969, a year after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.  At that time, many Americans believed that Dr. King’s dream of equality for African Americans had died with him.
 
That spring, the Community Lecture series at Antioch College brought activist Clifton DeBerry to campus.  Producer Jocelyn Robinson has this story about DeBerry’s message to the students – about what he called the shift from civil rights to Black liberation.

John Scalzi is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded science fiction authors writing today. Scalzi, who resides in the tiny village of Bradford in SW Ohio recently published "The Collapsing Empire," the first book in his new series. In this interview Scalzi talks about the basic story lines of his new novel and how he has progressively become the writer that he is today. Scalzi is quite fortunate to have a first reader who isn't reluctant to inform him when something he has written doesn't seem to be working.

Source: Center for Health Statistics. Ohio Department of Health. 2006-2013 Montgomery County, Ohio Death Certificate Data infant mortality african american white babies pregnancy premature preemie low birth weight
Source: Center for Health Statistics. Ohio Department of Health. 2006-2013 Montgomery County, Ohio Death Certificate Data / http://ephtp.phdmc.org/page/display_map

Death-certificate data analyzed by Montgomery County epidemiologists show African Americans experience significantly higher rates of infant mortality than whites, regardless of income and education levels.

The public is invited to learn more about the risk factors for infant mortality Wednesday at a free community health forum, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the Central State University Dayton Campus. 

More than 200 people crowded into a town hall meeting with Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson Tuesday night in Troy.
Dan Gummel

A raucous mix of more than 200 Trump supporters and opponents crowded into a town hall meeting with Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson Tuesday night in Troy. The event was hosted by Tea Party organization Miami County Liberty.

Davidson is a member of the conservative and libertarian House Freedom Caucus and was elected to fill the seat of Former House Speaker John Boehner last year.

The event was one of many similar town halls planned around the country Tuesday as Congress begins a two-week recess this week.

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The older I become, the more I am aware of the sources of my moods, the more I see the almost deciduous nature of my emotions, the clear and critical relationship between the outside world, the passage of the seasons, and my mind.

I've found that my self is somehow loose, unanchored, and that it continually needs an abundance of landmarks and time tellers, needs colors, and aromas, and textures over and over in order to find meaning, orientation, and place.

Conrad Balliet reads Mary Jo White's poem, "Why Poetry."

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A recent report found the state of Ohio ranks near the bottom nationwide when it comes to the number of unsafe bridge

In Montgomery County, dozens of bridges are classified as structurally deficient and, transportation advocates say, federal and state funding used to repair and replace aging bridges just isn’t keeping up with growing demand.

The funding gap is complicating daily transportation for people who rely on deteriorating bridges across the Miami Valley.

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