Ellen Belcher, who's filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Wendy Patton of Policy Matters Ohio about a recent survey that the liberal-leaning think tank did of Ohio's schools. The state's 600-plus school districts have been hit with a two-year $1.8 billion cut in funding. That means their state aid has dropped to 2003 levels. Policy Matters estimates that Ohio has 2,500 fewer teachers in the classroom as a result. Districts are reluctant to ask for more local money from voters and instead are cutting their budgets in unprecedented ways.
On February 10, 2012, Rev Cool celebrated 30 years on the air at WYSO during a special edition of Around the Fringe. Rev was joined in the studio by Andy Valeri, Niki Dakota and a numerous local musicians. Throughout the evening longtime listeners and friends called in with their memories and well-wishes and Dayton's Free Shakespeare company was on-hand for dramatic readings of email memories.
All 4 hours of this special show are available to stream.
Folk trio Brother Sun brings a gospel and country tinged performance to Excursions.
Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway comprise Brother Sun, a folk trio boasting rich instrumentation and jarring three-part harmonies. Each a touring solo artist in his own right, the members of the group joined together in 2010 after a mutual festival performance. The group took off, spending much of 2011 touring heavily in support of their self-titled debut album.