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This weekend continues a series of events celebrating the life and work of poet Langston Hughes with two vocal performances.  Jeremy Winston, director of the Central State University Chorus, and Cathy Roma, director of the World House Choir, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with soloist Charles Williams to talk about Hughes' work as set to music.  Kevin McGruder joined the conversation via the phone.

The last time A. Scott Berg appeared on this program he discussed his monumental biography of Woodrow Wilson. On April 2, 1917 President Woodrow Wilson officially reversed course when he gave a speech to a joint session of Congress in which he stated his reasons for asking that the United States should officially declare war on Germany and finally enter World War I. The Great War had begun in 1914 and during his first term Wilson had taken pride in keeping our country out of that conflict.
 

Dayton Indie Garment Makers Band Together

Mar 31, 2017
Lawanda Stonerock and Tracy McElfresh work together on their sewing projects
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Dayton has an eclectic population of independent fashion designers and craftspeople. Today on Culture Couch, Renee Wilde introduces two local, independent business owners who are carving out a niche for themselves, with the support of each other, and their local community.

It’s the start of the work week, and at local designer and indie business owner Tracy McElfresh’s house in Kettering that means one thing: Crafty Monday. 

Wright State University's Arts Gala is a six hour showcase of student work in the school's Creative Arts Center.  Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement for Wright State's College of Liberal Arts, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with several Wright State University students to talk about this year event. 

The 18th Annual Wright State Arts Gala is Saturday, April 8th, 6pm - midnight.  Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/artsgala

The Terrifying Experience and Team Void are two distinct bands comprised of the same members: Mitch Mitchell, Louie Lerma, and El Bean-Lerma.  The trio visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope from both bands and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about upcoming gigs, recording and more.

The Terrifying Experience and Team Void will perform on Saturday, April 1st at the Oregon Express in downtown Dayton.  The bands will also be supporting Tobin Sprout during the Columbus and Indianapolis shows of his spring tour, May 26th and 27th.

Smoke & Mirrors & Couch Cushions: Creating the Illusion of Drag

Mar 30, 2017
The Rubi Girls are Dayton's charity-driven drag troupe
courtesy of the Rubi Girls

Drag performances happen regularly all around Ohio, as they have for many years. Men dressed as women - with elaborate and sometimes outrageous hair, costumes and makeup - perform on stages and in clubs in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, but also in smaller towns like Lima and Monroe.

Herb Martin reads his poem, "Little Boy."

After leaving the White House Ronald Reagan maintained an office in Los Angeles. It was a busy place; he met with dignitaries, celebrities, and ordinary Americans at his office. Peggy Grande was there, she became the former president's executive assistant, the person who managed his busy schedule. She got to know him quite well.
 

Brian Alexander is a writer who is based in San Diego. He grew up in Lancaster, Ohio. Alexander had been considering his next book project when he paid a visit to his old hometown. He was astonished to discover that this once thriving community had fallen on hard times. The manufacturing base in Lancaster has been in decline for some time. Alexander realized that his next book project should to be an investigation of what happened to this sweet little town.
 

Lori Gravley reads Rita Coleman's poem, "The Trees."

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