prison bars
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A former Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain, accused of pepper-spraying a restrained inmate at the Montgomery County Jail in 2015, has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The settlement is part of a plea deal that also bars the officer from rejoining the ranks of law enforcement.

Captain Judith Sealey was a sergeant when she used pepper spray on then-inmate Amber Swink. Swink was reportedly belligerent but fully restrained in a seven-point harness during the incident.

A video of the altercation released last year by Swink’s attorney drew national attention.

Poptek Records founder Andy Ingram sat down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions for some previews of ALOTFEST, a music/art variety festival happening in Springfield, OH. Joining Ingram were members of Poptek bands The 1984 Draft, Second Best, Once A Pine, and April & June for live performances and interviews.

ALOTFEST is presented by Mother Stewart's Brewery, Hatch Artist Studios, and the Greater Springfield CVB. More info can be found on Facebook.

Backyard Boogie This Weekend in Tipp City

May 29, 2018
Backyard Boogie flyer
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Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the 2018 Backyard Boogie festival, and share some samples from this year's lineup.

The 2018 Backyard Boogie festival runs June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More info can be found at backyardboogie.live.

maple seeds
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The Daddy Longlegs Moon becomes totally full as it rises at dusk today, passing overhead throughout the night, cooling the evenings but still inviting walks and courting and memories in its light. As the Moon comes up shining in the east, Venus offers counterpoint as the giant evening star in the far west, and Jupiter, in Libra along the southern tree line, balances Polaris in the north.

Under this Gemini sky, after peonies come in and the flowers of the yellow poplar open, past the decline of poppies, then the last leaves of the canopy cover almost all of the United States. 

Conrad's Corner: May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Open Door"

William T. Vollmann writes some massive books. His current offering is so enormous that his publisher had to split it into two volumes. The first installment is "No Immediate Danger-Volume One of the Carbon Ideologies." Volume Two, "No Good Alternative," will be published in June.

I spoke to Bill Vollmann about the first volume-we had a sobering discussion about this very important book. Vollmann has written this book by taking the approach that he is leaving this text behind for some reader in the future to peruse. A reader who will probably be fairly miserable and living in a world that is far different from the one we know now.

Artist Jes McMillan founded the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton.
Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

A Dayton artist is working on a new way to memorialize victims of the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.

The project would create a memorial wall made of hand-cut mosaic tiles, called the  “Wall of Perseverance.”

The memorial is the brainchild of mosaic artist Jes McMillan, founder of the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

Most people of a certain age have clear memories of the war in Vietnam. This week on Senior Voices, we hear from Brenda Stone. Born in 1939 and raised in Jefferson Township, she worked at the Delco Products plant in Kettering for twenty years. Brenda shared her thoughts on the war - and its impact - with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Hadley Drodge.

Stats + Stories: Chins And Ears Are Not Information Rich - Awkwardness And Social Relationships

May 27, 2018
Ty Tashiro (@tytashiro) is an author and relationship expert. He wrote Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome and The Science of Happily Ever After.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

The latest Stats + Stories short episode is about social relationships and the awkwardness and how you interact with others, and how the way you're "hard-wired" may relate to the way you encounter others. Psychologist and Interpersonal Relationship Expert, Ty Tashiro joins the Stats + Stories team, John Bailer, Rosemary Pennington, and Richard Campbell. Tashiro going to help us understand the research and Neuroscience and Sociology to think about this trait of awkwardness, and its origin. We certainly enjoy it on the television shows like "Big Bang Theory", and celebrate that in many of our Home Departments, as those of us around the table might confess to. He received his PhD. In psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward, and Why That's Awesome".

Conrad Balliet reads Marsha Bush's poem, "Endings"