Juliet Fromholt

Dave Doughman and Don Thrasher of Swearing at Motorists have a long history with WYSO.  For their first visit to Kaleidoscope, Doughman performs acoustic renditions of their songs and the duo discuss their upcoming show at Canal Street Tavern. 

Library of Congress

One quiet autumn morning the United States was suddenly attacked by a small band of determined men inspired by a charismatic religious fanatic. The emotional response by the entire country to an unprovoked raid, which caused the deaths of innocent civilians, lead the United States to war. The year was 1859, the place was Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and the leader was John Brown.

School boards in Ohio are under a lot of economic pressure right now. They have to tighten their budgets, and on top of that, the shape of Ohio's state budget leaves questions about how much funding schools will receive in the future. In Greene County, there's a grass roots effort to save money in schools. It's got the attention of Governor Strickland.

David Lee Garrison joins Conrad Balliet in the WYSO studios to talk about their common background in traditional verse.  They talk about different styles of poetry and how writing in rhyme can be liberating.  Garrison shares examples of several types of poems and talks about what inspired each.

Trevor Hall's self-titled album is his first release on Vanguard Records.  Hall and his band visited the WYSO studios on the road from Iowa to Columbus and performed several live songs.  Hall chats with Niki Dakota about community in songwriting and getting to meet and tour with Matisyahu.  Trevor Hall be opening for Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus tonight. 

There are 27 players on Flotation Walls' new album, Nature, but for touring and live performances, the band is made up of four people - all of whom wear distinct yellow costumes.  The visited the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at the Dayton Dirt Collective for a live set and to talk about recording Nature, translating their recordings to a live show and their decision to begin touring full time.

Flotation Walls is playing at the Dayton Dirt Collective on Thursday, September 24, 2009 with Finding Fiction and The Space Race.

2007 Fabrizio Ferri

Some might say trumpeter Chris Botti has a natural talent for performing and composing contemporary jazz music. According to Botti, however, he wasn’t born with it.

“Talent is really 99% drive and focus, and 1% luck,” said Botti in this Excursions interview.

Colleges See Positive Aspects To A Bad Economy

Sep 10, 2009

It's the first week of school at Wright State University, and Cathy Davis has good reason to believe this year is going to be a busy one.

"We've seen an increase in transfer applications each year, but this year there's been a significant increase in applications we've received," says Davis, the Director of Admissions at Wright State.

From our public forum on Aug. 20, 2009 discussing foreclosure, mortgage problems and struggling neighborhoods.

Susan Frikken


Who makes a perfect “road trip record?” According to Niki Dakota, it’s Peter Mulvey.

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has been recording and touring as a solo artist since the early 1990’s. Originally from Wisconsin, Mulvey’s music has taken him everywhere from Dublin, Ireland to the streets of Boston, where he performed early on in his career. Over the last 15 years, he has steadily developed a following through critically acclaimed folk records like 2006’s “The Knuckleball Suite.”