Arts & Culture

Janeal Ravndal reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "That Story."

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "Questions and Answer."

A relatively new band, Swimming With Sharks is preparing to unveil its sophomore release, Dance Music For Sad People. Alex Todd and Vinny Arceo visisted the WYSO studio for the album's radio debut and talked about the writing and recording process as well as the upcoming release celebration.

Swimming With Sharks will celebrate the release of Dance Music for Sad People on June 27th at Blind Bob's as part of Grime Prom.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

Youth radio producer, Lawrence Brown says that his shyness was so severe that he had serious problems in grade school and no one helped. His dad offered patience and support that gave him the encouragement to blossom.

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.

As Somersault, Katherine Mullins, Dan Phecke, and Angela Abnett combine clever, educational lyrics and great rock and roll for music that the whole family can enjoy.  The trio visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the formation of the band, upcoming gigs and more.

Somersault will perform July 11th at the Piqua Block Party, July 18th the grand opening of the new location for Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center and as part of Ladyfest Dayton in August.

David Garrison reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Culture Lunch."

This past April marked the 150th anniversary of that great national tragedy, the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Harold Holzer is one of our great Lincoln scholars. In this collection Holzer has compiled some essential reading. Here are the graphic accounts of eyewitnesses; people who were at Ford's Theater when Lincoln was shot, a doctor who was there when Lincoln was dying, there's even a diary entry from the assassin John Wilkes Booth. This documentation of a most terrible event makes for some gripping reading.

Paul Armstrong, Sarah Armstrong, and Paul Armstrong

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear Paul Armstrong and his two children, Sarah Armstrong and Paul Armstrong Jr., discuss their love of learning.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Conrad Balliet reads Eric Blanchard's poem, "An Ubi Sunt For The Bees."

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "Epitaph."