Community Voices

Using Citizen Science To Learn About Dragonflies

Sep 22, 2016
Bob Globhotzer,  Emeritus Curator Natural History, Ohio History Connection at Big Darby Creek in the Darby Metro Park outside of Columbus.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Dragonflies might be the least understood insects on the planet. They have been called the Devil’s Darning Needles, Mule Killers, and Snake Doctors. For an insect that has been around since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, surprisingly little is actually known about them. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went in search of answers to why a dragonflies form a huge swarm on her farm in Ohio every year.

Balancing Poetry, Scholarship and Parenting

Sep 21, 2016
Lori Gravley / WYSO

Chris DeWeese is a Creative Writing professor at Wright State University, and Heather Christle is a poet who has taught at several area universities. Two and a half years ago their daughter Harriet was born. Poet and Community Voices producer Lori Gravley spoke with Heather and Chris at their Yellow Springs’ home about how they overcome the challenges of raising a child while doing deeply introspective work.

Chris and Heather are parents, poets, and professors, trying to balance it all

Local Growers Bring Flowers From Field To Vase

Sep 13, 2016
A worker harvests lillies at the Little Miami Flower Company
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In 2015 floriculture sales made up a $31.3 billion dollar industry according to the Society of American Florists. 78% of those flowers came from Colombia, which became a competitive market thanks to the Colombian Free Trade Agreement, that gave the country duty-free access to the U.S. market. Low wages make imported flowers cheaper than U.S. produced. The average flower worker in Colombia makes $6 a day and can work up to 70 hour weeks without overtime.

Dayton Peace Museum Reaches Out to Youth with TIPS Program

Sep 8, 2016
Students in the Dayton Peace Museum's TIPS program
Michael Kelly / WYSO

As children of a Jordanian-American mother and a Syrian-American father - both parents practicing Muslims, sisters Jenna and Selma feel fortunate not to have experienced serious racism or bullying at school or in their neighborhood. The Dayton area teens feel lucky they are in a school that supports diversity and enforces a policy of zero tolerance for bullying and racism. They know too, many teens in the Miami Valley face schools and communities where intolerance and even violence are sadly common.

Local Hot-Rodders Seek Land Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Sep 7, 2016
Deb Pleasant

Have you ever wondered what happens in those drab metal buildings clustered together in faded industrial parks? Newly minted Community Voices producer, Jim Kahle, discovered preparations for the Bonneville Salt Flats races going on in one of those buildings not far off I-75, just north of Dayton.

Restaurants Sourcing Locally For Dinnerware

Aug 31, 2016
Kateri Kosta / WYSO

It’s likely that the name of the farmer who raised your steak is already on the menu at your favorite independent restaurant. It’s part of a national trend where restaurants source locally, but it’s about more than just ingredients. Community Voices producer Kateri Kosta tells about something so central to the culinary experience that you probably don't even notice it's there: your plate.

Young Volunteers Find Rewards at Local Stable

Aug 24, 2016
courtesy of Possum Creek Stables

On any given day of the week, you’ll find Elli Schroll working at Possum Creek Stables in Moraine.  She’s fourteen years old and has been volunteering at the horse barn since she was 11 years old, mucking stalls, throwing down hay bales, and feeding the horses.

No matter how difficult it can be, Elli loves working here and believes that it’s a great experience for her and the other young volunteers.  

“I’ve learned a lot since coming here, like about horses, about just myself, and everything about, like, who I am and just about horses and everything,” says Elli.

Practicing and Teaching Yoga In Rural America

Aug 17, 2016
yoga mats
Jon Fife / Flickr Creative Commons

Jenny Gore works full time as a police dispatcher. Her shifts are long-- sometimes twelve hours--and she’s often on the road. It’s a hectic schedule, and there’s no shortage of stress in her life. Still, she tries to make room for yoga. In fact, she’s surprised at how important yoga has become to her.

Prison
Foreverdigital

WYSO has started a radio class at Dayton Correctional Institution (DCI), a women's prison on the west side of Dayton. Our Community Voices courses teach people to tell their own stories; this one does that with people who are incarcerated at one of just three women's prisons in the state.

Here's some of the audio we've already produced at DCI: 

Dayton League of Women Voters Creates Spanish Language Voter Guide

Sep 30, 2015
Claudia Cortez-Reinhardt and Ramon Perez at the Dayton League Office
Jackie Winfree / WYSO

The Dayton chapter of the League of Women Voters is known for its nonpartisan voter guide issued before every general election. The guide contains all of the candidates and issues on the ballot for Montgomery and Greene Counties.

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