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Although winter may seem long and gray, its progress slowly unravels spring. A natural calendar offers reassurance that the coldest days of the year will really and truly lead to warmth.

David Garrison reads James Brooks' poem, "You Done Stomped On My Heart."

The 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Award Ceremony was held on November 20, 2016 at the Schuster Center
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The Dayton Literary Peace Prize was founded in 2005 - ten years after the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia.  The prize honors authors from around the world for fiction, non-fiction and lifetime achievement. And it's the only international literary peace prize in the United States.

C. Michael Fairman and Jeremy Dobbins
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Today our Veterans’ Voices series concludes with a conversation about the therapeutic benefits of adventure sports. Marines Corp veteran and Wright State student Jeremy Dobbins of Springfield spoke to fellow Marines Corp veteran C. Michael Fairman about coping with PTSD, and climbing the world's tallest mountain.

Lori Gravley reads Julie L Moore's poem, "Shadow of Death."

Ahead of two year-end music events at Oscar's in Vandalia, Echo Mecca and Zane from Zane and the Sway visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined by Kevin Dumont and Kimberly Weiss, who talked about the Dayton Music Underground Year-End Bash and Best-of Dayton Underground Finale and the Oscar's New Year, New Stage celebration.

The Dayton Music Underground Year-End Bash and Best-of Dayton Underground Finale is Thursday, December 29th and the Oscar's New Year, New Stage celebration is Saturday, December 31st.

Two $1 Bills
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Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st.
A voter approved constitutional amendment a few years ago means the required pay for most minimum wage workers will increase by five cents an hour - or about $2.00 for a 40-hour week. The increase is tied to inflation.

Michael Malarkey
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Songwriter and actor Michael Malarkey returned to the Dayton area ahead of his benefit concert for YS Kids Playhouse and visited the WYSO studios ahead of the show.  Joined by YSKP's Ara Beal, Malarkey chatted with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the upcoming performance, balancing music and acting and his upcoming full length album.

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It’s easy to forget about where you get the energy that powers your home. But back in the 1960s, some of Piqua’s electricity came from its nuclear power plant, the first small-town sized nuclear reactor in the country. Listener Karen Power wanted to know why the reactor was built in Piqua. I drove down to the old reactor site to find out.

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