After performing together and interacting in a variety of bands and genres throughout their musical careers, the members of Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway decided to form a band together.  One year later, the band is preparing to release their self-titled debut album and visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of the official release.

Stats + Stories: Slavery in the Modern World

Feb 28, 2018
Davina P. Durgana (@DavinaDurgana) is Assistant Professor and Senior Practitioner Faculty at SIT Graduate Institute , human rights statistician who has developed models to assess risk and vulnerability to modern slavery.
Stats + Stories

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

News stories have been circulating for months about Human Trafficking and Slave Markets with reporting tying the movement of refugees from North Africa into Europe to the emergence of a Slave Market in Libya. What the international reporting often obscures are the reality that Human Trafficking takes place in the United States as well. According to Polaris, an organization that collects data on human trafficking, there were more than 8,000 reports of Trafficking in the US in 2016 that includes report of both labor and sex trafficking, although Polaris points out that labor trafficking is underreported in the United States. The data of human trafficking is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is regular panelist John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and guest Dr. Davina Durgana. She's an International Human Rights Statistician with the Walk Free Foundation. She's also a researcher whose work sits at the intersection of Technologies, Statistics and Human Trafficking, and she's worked on the subject with a number of organizations, including the Department of Justice, and the Polaris Project.

David Garrison reads Robert Brimm's poem, "This Frozen Pond."

Huffman Dam
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The city of Dayton has acknowledged that a chemical contaminant found near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was also used at a city-owned firefighter training center. The news comes to light as the city has, for months, been increasing pressure on Wright-Patt to stop the flow of contaminated groundwater from the Base into the Huffman Damn.  


  The man-made chemicals, per and polyfluoroalkyl substances known as PFAS, are used in industrial and consumer products, and as a fire fighting agent.


Senior Voices: Brenda Shephard

Feb 28, 2018

Today on WYSO, we begin a journey into Dayton’s history.  We’ll hear from Daytonians who share their memories and their hopes and dreams for their community. It’s a series called Senior Voices.

Last summer volunteer interviewers spoke with elders from the Dayton community to preserve and share their stories as part of a collaboration between the Dayton Metro Library, Rebuilding Together Dayton, and WYSO.

I don't usually get nervous before an interview. I have found that if I have read the book and I'm well prepared that my nerves are usually not an issue. I wasn't nervous before my interview with Donald Trump. When I interviewed Ohio Governor John Kasich last year I felt totally relaxed. Perhaps that was because I had interviewed him before? I wasn't nervous before I interviewed Charlton Heston. Even though he had a reputation for being somewhat stern I wasn't concerned about that.

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Legacy."

Kettering Health Network, on Tuesday, broke ground on a $25 million expansion of Grandview Hospital. Officials with the nonprofit health network say the expansion will add space and double the hospital’s emergency rooms and services. Those added services could help residents affected by the closure of nearby Good Samaritan Hospital.  


Kettering Health Network president Roy Chew says the decision to expand is a direct result of Premier Health Network’s decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital later this year.

During Antioch College's 2017 Reunion, alumni visited the WYSO studios and shared their stories with current Antioch students and WYSO staff members.  This edition of the Antioch Word features alumna Karen Mulhauser, class of 1965. In this interview with WYSO's Juliet Fromholt, Mulhauser talks about how a transformative co-op experience that helped her to build community, and she shares how being involved in the Civil Rights movement influenced her continued commitment to social justice.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County Judge Anthony Capizzi will lead a national panel discussion in Washington D.C. before Congressional leaders and legislative aides. The focus of the briefing is to raise awareness about the struggles many communities face as a result of the opioid epidemic.


Capizzi serves as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The council, made up of judges from across the country, will also inform officials about local approaches to the crisis that are showing success.