Arts & Culture

Seefari has a long tradition in the Dayton music community and join fellow musicians and community members in celebrating the legacy of Cityfolk with a concert at Courthouse Square.  Seefari and Melody visited the WYSO studio for an acoustic performance and chat with Niki Dakota.

Seefari will perform as part of the City Celebration on Saturday, June 17th at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

As The Blackbirds, Charlie Tipton and Alyssa Hanson perform sometimes as a duo and others with a full band.  As they prepared for their perform at the Cityfolk Celebration, Tipton and Hanson visited the WYSO for a live set on Excursions.

The Blackbirds will perform at the Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th at Courthouse Square.

Before I fell in love with books I had to fall in love with language. And what is language? Words, I fell in love with words. The sounds of words. Their meanings. Certain words have incredible potency. Many exquisite sounding words are names. Place names. The names of people and things. Years ago I was interviewing Professor Harold Bloom. This was our second interview and we had established a slight rapport. Bloom has be our most dignified and intellectual cultural critic.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "After Hearing of the Earthquake in China."

This new guy, Pope Francis, is really starting to shake things up. Unlike some previous popes who I won't mention by name Francis is addressing real issues, things like climate change, economic injustice, and the sexual abuse scandals that have been the long ignored elephants at the Vatican for centuries. Gary Wills is optimistic that Pope Francis will have a very positive impact. Wills is our leading scholar of things Catholic and his prose is direct, pithy, and clear.

Antioch College Alums Participate In Volunteer Work Project On Campus

Jun 21, 2015

This weekend marked Antioch College's first commencement since closing and reopening four years ago. The many festivities included major work projects taken on by Antioch alums. 

The Antioch volunteer work project was started in 1986. But in 2008, the school closing brought alumni in droves who wanted to get the school back up running. Now more than ever, the campus is dependent on alumni's help to rebuild...the work they put in four times a year is valued at over 100 thousand dollars of labor. And the work projects can be fun as well.  

Midnight Ramble host Tom Duffee is joined in the studio by Russell “Mac” McDivitt, "a true historian of country music and bluegrass in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas" for an evening of song and conversation.

George Hodgman was living his life in New York City. Hodgman had been working in publishing for years-he had come a long way from his roots in a small town in Missouri. Then he went back home for his mother's birthday and he stayed. His mother Betty had been fiercely independent for years but on this visit her son had noticed that time was beginning to catch up with her. Although his mother would have probably denied it, she needed her only child to stick around this time, to look out for her. 

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "Dogs in Thailand."

Basim Blunt / WYSO

DECA student Fatema Ahmed produced a story that captures her fond memories of growing up in Iraq. She reminisces about being with her family and enjoying a special holiday recipe that's been passed down through generations.

This series of Youth Radio stories was produced by the students of the Dayton Early College Academy. To learn more about DECA, visit the school's website:  Special thanks to Anne Rasmussen, Director Community involvement at DECA.