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The twelve annual HogJam will once again bring together local and regional musicians for a weekend of performance, camping and family fun.  To preview the musical aspect of the festival, Soul River Symphony, Sharon Lane and Charlie Tipton visited the WYSO studios for live sets on Kaleidoscope.

HogJam XII is August 25 - 27 at the VFW Campgrounds in Franklin, Ohio.  More details below.

The U.S. Postal Service has played a significant role in the history of our country. In her book "How the Post Office Created America-a History" Winifred Gallagher enumerates the many major impacts that our U.S. Mail has had upon the growth and development of our infrastructure, our industries, and our educational opportunities.

Long-time NPR commentator Frank Deford began contributing his commentaries to National Public Radio in 1980. In May of this year he turned in his last radio piece for Morning Edition. He died later that month.

Deford made a couple of appearances in the Book Nook over the years. Here's an interview Frank did with me in July, 2000. His dulcet tones will be missed.

Harold Hensley and Max Nunery from the Repeating Arms returned to the WYSO studios for a preview of Canoegrass 2017 live on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined by OldNews' Charles Hartman who talked about the overall festival, which combines bluegrass music and outdoor activity.  

Canoegrass 2017 is August 3 - 6 at Adventures on the Great Miami.  Tickets and more information at: www.canoegrass.com

Terrapin Moon returned to the WYSO studio in the midst of festival season for a live performance on Kaleidoscope.  The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about upcoming gigs including a performance at the Springfield Gourmet Food Truck Rally.

Terrapin Moon will perform at the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Rally on August 12 at Veteran's Park.  More information at: https://springfieldfoodtruck.com/

We are living in the age of the "selfie." Some of us are self-absorbed. President Trump epitomizes the "selfie" lifestyle. It's really all about him. This is the perfect moment for a humorous novel featuring a protagonist who is dealing with all the stress and pressure of modern life and not handling it too well.

"Who is Rich" by Matthew Klam is set during the summer of 2012. That seems like a zillion years ago. Barack Obama was running for re-election and his opponent was Mitt Romney. In retrospect those seem like innocent times.

Local Tattoo Artist Embraces The Stories Behind The Ink

Jul 25, 2017
Chad Wells is the owner of Wells & Co. Custom Tattoos in Dayton’s Fire Blocks District
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Tattoos have become a major part of our culture, and with over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the U.S. alone, tattooing has become a billion-dollar industry. But it’s the stories behind the ink that interested Community Voices Producer George Drake, Jr. and he went to Dayton to learn about some of them.

If someone gets a tattoo, chances are there’s a story.

Miami Valley native Alex Turner has been living and performing music in China for four years, including a stint with rock band Carsick Cars. As part of a visit home to Yellow Springs, Turner visited the WYSO studios to sit in with Niki Dakota on Excursions.  They spoke about Turner's musical career, and he shared a sampling of modern Chinese indie rock. 

Virginia Heffernan grew up with the Internet. She was on-line before any of us were. In this interview she explains how that happened and how her zealous participation in that strange and sometimes magical world has been a transporting endeavor.

I wanted to interview Virginia when this book first came out last year but I wasn't able to make that happen. Fortunately when books are issued again as paperbacks we obtain second chances to discover them. I persevered. Virginia agreed to an interview.

Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers) visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of his HogJam 2017 performance.  Festival organizer Tony Herdman joined Neel and WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota to talk about the event.

HogJam 2017 is August 25-27th at the VFW Campgrounds in Franklin, Ohio.  More information below:

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