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Brendan Gill began working for The New Yorker magazine straight out of college in 1936. In 1996 he celebrated his 60th year with the publication and he published his final book, "Late Bloomers." In that book Gill celebrated individuals who had blossomed after reaching middle age or even later.

Stats + Stories: Balancing Rigor And Entertainment When Telling Stories About Data

Feb 1, 2018
Stats + Stories

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

We all know data can be complex. Communicating it to an audience in a way that is understandable while still full of research nuance, and rigor is sometimes a challenge. This becomes even more so when that data is connected to a controversial topic. Say, the debate over vaccinations, for example. One way to bridge that gap is to use data in storytelling, helping audiences get to the meat of an issue without bogging them down too much in the technical details, communicating complicated data stories to a general audience is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, are joined by Data Researcher Nick Thieme. Thieme is a Research Fellow at the University of California Hastings Institute for Innovation Law, where he explores Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Cyber Security and Pharmaceutical Patent Trolling. He was also the American Statistical Association's 2017 Mass Media Fellow, writing about Science, Tech, and Stats for Slate Magazine.

Your Voice Ohio: Using Death To Quantify Compassion

Feb 1, 2018

This commentary is part of Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative effort to produce more relevant, powerful journalism based on the needs and ambitions of Ohioans and Ohio communities.

Your Voice Ohio is an initiative of WYSO and more than 30 news organizations across Ohio. We’re beginning with the opioid epidemic and will let the public guide us from there. 

Learn more about the project and how you can get involved. 

On Wednesday, February 7, the Bach Society of Dayton will host Sing:Dayton.  It’s a community choral event at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton that focuses on singing one song - together - in harmony.  This time around the song is Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah."  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with representatives of the Bach Society Laurana Wong, Lew Hann and Steve Makovec.

The Blue Leafs made their WYSO debut with a live set on Kaleidoscope.  The band also talked with host Juliet Fromholt about its formation, influences and more.

The Blue Leafs' latest album, Shades of the Blue Leafs, is available now.  More information at: http://www.blueleafsband.com/

Ohio statehouse
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Closed-door negotiations over a new way to draw Ohio’s Congressional map have broken down. Ohio lawmakers and representatives from citizens’ groups left the Statehouse late Wednesday night without coming to an agreement.

The two sides have been trying to amend a redistricting plan GOP lawmakers want in a way that would be acceptable to citizens’ groups that are pushing their own reform for the fall ballot.

But shortly after 10 p.m.  Wednesday, Catherine Turcer from Common Cause Ohio said changes had not been enough to accomplish her groups’ basic goals.

Citizens Against Mining is fighting a proposed Clark County mining project
Citizens Against Mining, Mad River Township, Ohio. / WYSO

Organizers are hoping for crowds at an upcoming environmental hearing Thursday in Springfield.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will collect public feedback at the hearing on a proposal to discharge wastewater into a Clark County waterway.

 

The Ohio EPA is considering mining company Enon Sand and Gravel’s proposal to send thousands of gallons of wastewater from a limestone quarry into a Mud Run tributary.

 

The Dayton Development Coalition annual meeting in 2017.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Representatives from a broad range of business, government and military organizations gathered downtown Wednesday afternoon for the Dayton Development Coalition's annual meeting. 

Around 800 people attended the event, which was held at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

At the meeting, economic development officials touted what they say are signs of economic growth and continued economic recovery. A coalition survey finds the region attracted almost $1 billion in capital investment in 2017.

Steve Connell is an actor, performer, and poet who fuses many different art forms into his unique performances.  As Connell begins his residency at the University of Dayton, he visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota live on Excursions.  

Steve Connell will perform his solo work, Fluent, at the University of Dayton on Friday, February 2. The culminating performance of his residency at UD is February 23 and 24. 

Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Rhonda Corr
Liam Niemeyer / WYSO

After more than two months, Dayton Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with superintendent Rhonda Corr.

 

DPS agreed to pay Corr’s salary and retirement contributions, and provide insurance benefits through the her current contract year - which ends in July.  The district will not pay out the remaining 2 years on her contract. The package is worth more than $100,000.

The deal was approved by the school board after a meeting Tuesday.

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