Arts & Culture

Team Void returned to the WYSO studios on July 4th for a special performance live on Excursions.  The band is preparing for a special show at Oddbody's benefiting the Aria Marie Foundation and talked with Niki Dakota about the upcoming show and more.

Michael Goldfarb has had a distinguished career as a journalist. Recently he returned to Ohio to work on a documentary for the BBC. Michael was interviewing Ohioans who are independent voters so that he could hear their opinions in regard to our upcoming presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Back to Basics."

Alan Furst is often cited as the current master of the historical spy novel. I just read his latest, "A Hero of France," and I was shocked. His last several books have been fabulous. This new one is a real dud. Perhaps his bright star is dimming? I hope not.

Ladyfest Dayton returns to the Yellow Cab building in September, but preparations for the festival are already underway, including several benefit shows throughout the summer. Ladyfest organizers visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the festival and its partner events on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined by local spoke word performers Represent and rock band Jasper the Colossal, both of whom performed live on the air.

Myrtle Beach based band Treehouse visited the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at the Fourth Annual Festival of Fire in Bellefontaine.  The band performed live on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota, who was also joined by festival organizers.

The Fourth Annual Festival of Fire is July 1st and 2nd in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "C Minor."

How Ohio Became An Epicenter for A Capella

Jun 27, 2016
Camp A Capella, Wright State University
courtesy of Brody McDonald

Many people here know the high school pop a capella group 11th Hour—their appearance on NBC’s The Sing Off and their success at competitions.  At their peak, choral director Brody McDonald chose a different road for this group that paved the way for the national Camp A Capella at Wright State this week.  Culture Couch producer David Seitz looks into how Brody McDonald helped make Ohio an epicenter for pop a capella.

In 1935 the city of Detroit, Michigan was in the grip of the Great Depression. Unemployment was high and many of the city's residents were barely getting by. There were some things that happened that year in Detroit that gave the residents something to cheer about. 1935 was a great year for sports in the Motor City.

1935 was the year that the Detroit Tigers won a baseball championship, the Detroit Lions were football champions, the Detroit Red Wings were the hockey champions and a boxer from Detroit named Joe Louis was on his way to becoming the heavyweight boxing champion.

Maxine Skuba reads her poem, "Mary."