The Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in Bosnia War in 1995 and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was created as a response 11 years later. In this hour-long special, you'll hear speeches from authors who were honored for advancing peace through literature: Karima Bennoune, nonfiction winner for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Bob Shacochis, fiction winner for The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, and Louise Erdrich, winner of the Richard C. Holbroke Distinguished Achievement Award.

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "Low Rent Blues."

Conrad Balliet reads his poem, "The Night After Christmas."

One hundred years ago President Woodrow Wilson was doing everything in his power to keep the United States out of the First World War. Wilson had experienced a miraculous ascent from virtual obscurity to claim the highest office in the land. His remarkable story has been meticulously researched and described by A. Scott Berg in his masterful biography "Wilson."

The low-lying Serpent Mound winds over a hilltop in souther Ohio, and you can't quite see the head from the tail.
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The Serpent Mound in Adams County is probably the most famous of Ohio’s many sacred earthworks constructed by prehistoric Native American peoples.

As part of our series WYSO Curious, which lets you ask questions we answer on air and online, Barbara Bayliff of Dayton wrote in to say this:

I am curious about the Serpent Mounds! Is there spiritual power there? What do they mean? How old are they?

Today on Excursions, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and longtime film-friend, George Willeman look at Christmas/holiday films in a segment called 'Beyond It’s A Wonderful life.'  Below you'll find a list of the films they talked about.

Police Break Up Protest At Mall At Fairfield Commons

Dec 24, 2014

State and local police have broken up a protest at a shopping mall in the southwest Ohio city where a 22-year-old man was fatally shot by police in August.
 
The Dayton Daily News reports that several protesters were arrested Wednesday afternoon. State police said there were no injuries.
 
Dozens of people were staging a "die-in" protest and a large banner hung inside the mall in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek stated: "Black Lives Matter." The Daily News reports the Mall at Fairfield Commons was crowded with holiday shoppers.

Rediscovered Radio: Harold Wright's "Christmas Leaves"

Dec 24, 2014
courtesy of Antiochiana / Antioch College

One of the best things about the WYSO Archives is the sheer variety of recordings we have. There are news reports, documentaries, radio dramas, and concerts, many from the early years of WYSO. Jocelyn Robinson of Rediscovered Radio brings us yet another holiday special, this one recorded over three decades ago, about a boy looking forward to celebrating the holidays with great anticipation.

The People's Pope and the Changing Face of Catholicism

Dec 24, 2014

Join hosts Patrick Potyondy and Leticia Wiggins and their guests, historians David Brakke, Tina Sessa, and Daniel Watkins as they discuss Pope Francis—the “people’s pope”—and how his actions fit into the Church's traditions and its commitment to social justice.

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