Arts & Culture

A Teenager Champions Equal Rights For Women

May 21, 2015
Heather Ashley (Dayton Youth Radio)
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Heather Ashley is from Dayton and lives with her mom and dad, little brother and sister.  Her dad was laid off and is still unemployed.  The source of most of the family income is Heather’s mom, who works full-time. Heather has strong feelings about feminism.  Here’s project coordinator Basim Blunt – to introduce us:

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Day's End."

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's, a jazz club in downtown Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Renee Wilde.

Janeal Ravndal reads Joy Schwab's poem, "Lessons."

What Is Pickleball? The Antioch Word Hits The Court

May 18, 2015
Odette Chavez-Mayo

In the Antioch College Wellness Center, there is a game called pickleball, and if you frequent the gyms as well as Studio B, you could stumble onto a game. A bright green ball whizzes back and forth as it is hit, and the noise echoes and cracks off of the walls.  Pickleball is gaining popularity at the Wellness Center, and Ellie Burck went to the Antioch and Yellow Springs community to learn more about the sport.

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "In the Wake of Our Devotion."

Growing Up In Foster Care: One Teen's Experience

May 14, 2015
Basim Blunt / WYSO

Today in Dayton Youth Radio, project manager Basim Blunt introduces us to a teenager who grew up in foster care and shares some vivid memories of his experience.

 

18 year old Shakur Wortham told me that his whole life had been a lie. He had spent most of it in Foster Care and he's always had a hard time  getting close to people.

I knew he had a story inside of him but we couldn't get it on paper and we were running out of time. So one day we just went into the studio and hit record.

Janeal Ravndal reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Nature Poem."

Jim McCarthy and David Dailey
StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear David Dailey and his husband Jim McCarthy talk about their relationship of nearly 20 years.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer and Antioch College student Ellie Burck.

Kevin Barber aka Squishy Man is a former psychotherapist who now uses comedy to talk about mental health issues.  He’ll perform at the Little Art Theatre on May 14th. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the event is sponsored by NAMI Yellow Springs – the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In a conversation with Squishy Man earlier this week we find out what his name means; he says, “I’m not fat, I’m Squishy,” and how he got it.

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