Artists Frustrated With Being Put in a Black Box

Mar 2, 2015
David C. Barnett / WCPN

For the past month, local arts and cultural organizations have been busy telling stories about African American history. But, some Ohio artists and cultural leaders find Black History Month to be a double-edged sword.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Remembering the Sabbath."

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A Long View of Policing in America

Feb 28, 2015

How we understand policing in the United States depends not only on what issues we focus on but also how far back we look. In this episode of History Talk, hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy sit down with the historians Marcus Nevius, Lilia Fernández, and Clay Howard to take a longer and broader view of the matter.

Dr. David Estrop and Mario Basora held a press conference to explain why their respective school districts are applying for assessment testing waivers from the state.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts are applying for a five-year waiver to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements. There was a little staged magic involved in today's press conference on the issue.

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs are part of the Innovation Lab Network - a group of schools that use alternative teaching models. Estrop was also speaking for the Global STEM Academy in Springfield that is also applying for a waiver.

With a newly revamped lineup, Ole No. 9 is moving forward into 2015 with live shows and a new album in the works.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about their plans, progress on the album and a special upcoming gig.

Ole No. 9 will perform on February 27th at Canal Public House with Shrub and on March 14th at the Artists' Theatre in Fairborn. 

Multi-instrumentalist Stelth Ulvang (Lumineers, Dovekins) recently released his latest solo effort, And As Always The Infinite Cosmos, and is embarking on a tour in support of the release that will bring him to the Miami Valley in early March.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Ulvang about performing solo as opposed to with a band, writing and recording the album and his upcoming tour.

Stelth Ulvang will perform at Canal Public House in Dayton on March 11 and Taffy's in Eaton on March 12th with Starving in the Belly of the Whale.

courtesy of Dayton History

Tomorrow, on Saturday, at 9:00am there is a slow-paced walk through the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. This is home to many diverse species of birds and the bare trees make it easy for viewing. Don't forget your camera and binoculars!

The Junior Leaguers Club of Dayton is sponsoring a special screening of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on Saturday at noon at The Neon. This is a 2014 American satirical film that focuses on African American students who attend a predominately white university.

In December, Ohio lawmakers passed a new redistricting process to put on the Ohio ballot this fall. But that plan doesn’t affect all redistricting, only legislative districts. Democratic State Rep. Mike Curtin has come up with a similar redistricting plan for congressional districts too.

“The 16 congressional districts in Ohio are even more badly hyper gerrymandered than our state legislative districts. They are all absurdly drawn districts. Everyone acknowledges that. And yet we are not dealing with it,” he said. 

2-year Effort Aims To Prepare 500K Ohioans For Emergencies

Feb 26, 2015
American Red Cross
American Red Cross

The American Red Cross and Columbia Gas have launched a new effort aimed at getting more Ohioans ready for fires, floods and other emergencies.

The two-year initiative seeks to prepare a half million Ohio residents by making emergency plans, building kits or getting trained ahead of disasters.

The effort was announced Thursday at a news conference. The state's Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Public Safety Director John Born were among those scheduled to attend.

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