Community Voices

Dan Gummel / WYSO

This summer Project Jericho, a non-profit housed at Clark State in Springfield, hosted a free arts camp for local youth. They hired professional artists from around the country to teach.

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College Promise provides a free college education for academically gifted children from poverty impacted families here in Montgomery County. The initiative started 4 years ago and now has over 250 children selected from area middle schools on the path to a free college education, starting at Sinclair Community College and finishing at schools like Miami University, Wright State University and University of Dayton.

courtesy of Antiochiana

August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the bombs were dropped, the world was both awestruck and horrified by their destructive power.  And while some worked to further develop them and harness their immense nuclear energy, others dedicated themselves to preventing more tragedies from happening. Earle and Barbara Reynolds were two of these people. The former Yellow Springs residents and their family protested nuclear development in a unique - and dangerous way.

Faculty, Administrators Reflect On Student Unrest At Wilberforce In The 1960s

Jul 29, 2015
courtesy of Yvonne Seon

In the late 1960s, black students on college campuses around the country were at the vanguard of protest to bring about change in the world around them. While there is an extensive record of student views of these activities, we rarely hear the perspectives of faculty and administrators who worked at these campuses. Community Voices producer Kevin McGruder looks at the challenges facing faculty and administrators during times of student unrest on the campus of Wilberforce University in the late 1960s.

"Arts For All" Event Tries To Open Up Theater To Kids With Autism

Jul 22, 2015
Left to right: Maggie Knopp, Amelie Maruyama, Merida Kuder-Wexler, Mateo Basora, Lucy Dennis, Oskar Dennis, and Kira Hendrickson wait to go onstage for a run-through of "The Farm" at the Amphitheater in Yellow Springs.
Kijin Higashibaba / WYSO

When you go to the theater, there are rules: sit still, don’t make noise, and clap at the end. If you get up to leave, you're often not let back in until intermission.

People on the autism spectrum can have a lot of trouble with those rules, which is why many Broadway shows have altered performances to make them more accessible. Now the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse (YSKP) is following suit with Arts for All, a special production of their summer show “The Farm.” Organizers say it’s the first performance of its kind in the Dayton area.

Experiencing Potential of Precision Medicine

Jul 15, 2015
courtesy of Bill Elder

At the State of the Union Address this past January, President Obama introduced a new effort to advance something he called Precision Medicine:

“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time... So tonight, I'm launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes -- and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.”

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Baseball's All Star Game comes to Cincinnati on Tuesday, and controversial Reds legend Pete Rose is scheduled to be on the field.  This spring, Rose applied to the commissioner of Major League Baseball for re-instatement, 26 years after he was banned from baseball for gambling. Community Voices producer Dave Barber explores baseball's complicated relationship with the man known as The Hit King.

From Germantown To The Alps

Jul 1, 2015

 

 Peter and Gudrun Seifert are a Middletown couple who have hiked the length of the Alps. Their journey took them to France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. But to train for hiking, they stayed close to home using Five Rivers MetroParks. Community Voices reporter Debra Oswald has the story.

Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs had the lowest kindergarten vaccination rate in the state in 2014.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

This week on WYSO Curious, we tackle a tough topic: vaccinations. Scott Croshier of Yellow Springs asked, “to what extent is Yellow Springs’ embrace of alternative medicine accompanied by a rejection of vaccination among local parents?”

 

Matters Of Black Lives: Three Protesters Look Back At Christmas Eve Arrests

May 28, 2015
Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on December 24, 2014.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protesters will return to the federal courthouse in downtown Dayton Friday afternoon to demand justice for John Crawford III. Crawford, who was Black, was shot and killed by a white police officer at the Beavercreek Walmart in August 2014. Crawford was talking on his cell phone and holding a BB gun sold in the store when someone called 911 on him; police say they believed he had a real gun, and shot within seconds of entering the store.

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