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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.

Recently I had another opportunity to interview James Lee Burke. The first time I interviewed Jim was in 1997 when he came out to our studios in Yellow Springs for a live interview for his novel "Cimarron Rose."
 

Over the course of our many conversations I have gotten to know him a little bit. He's a wonderful writer because he has such a great mind and a swirling imagination. He's also a scholar. Jim's breadth of knowledge of history, literature, and his craft never ceases to impress me.

The New Old-Fashioned has stayed busy since the release of their last full-length album, Low Down Dirty Summer Nights. The band has been writing new songs and performing live gigs and is preparing for local and regional gigs this fall.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

The New Old-Fashioned will perform at Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival on September 17th at Gilly's. 

Over the last several years we have been encountering some rather unreliable narrators in novels. "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins featured the most notable one so far. Fiona Barton gave us another one in "The Widow." And now Camilla Way is tantalizing readers with dueling unreliable narrators in her tense psychological thriller "Watching Edie."

Cathy Essinger reads her poem," Cooking Soba in Ohio."

Earlier this year I had the novelist Lisa Lutz on the program and I asked her for suggestions on any books and writers that I should be reading. She told me that I had to check out the work of Megan Abbott. So I did. That was a lovely suggestion.
 

Janeal Ravndal reads Marian Schwilke Thomas' poem, "The Lord's Prayer Revisited."

Last May at Antioch College, students of color filled the Coretta Scott King Center in secret to have a difficult discussion about race and culture. They called it a "day of disappearance". The idea was to show the college what a day without people of color, or POC would look like. Community voices producer and Miller Fellow Mari Smith     sat in on the day of disappearance and spoke with the participants to hear their experiences. 

courtesy of Central State University Chorus

Members of the Central State University Chorus and director Jeremy Winston joined WYSO Music Director live in the studio on Excursions.  The Chorus performed several songs on the air, and Winston talked about their upcoming season, including a performance at the WYSO Community Concert.

The Central State University Chorus will perform at the WYSO Community Concert on Sunday, September 11th at RiverScape MetroPark. 

Eighteen years ago when Donald Trump appeared as a guest on this program to publicize his book "Trump: the Art of the Comeback" it was already clear that he was a man with grand ambitions. His aspirations have now taken him to the point where he's one election away from occupying the White House.

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