Arts & Culture

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Fort Ord 1944."

Norah Vincent is one of my favorite writers. Her new novel merits the widest readership possible. She has done something so very impressive in the writing of it. Here's my review which ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Ohio County Rosary."

After the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the morale of most Americans was quite low. The United States had finally been drawn into another war and in Washington, D.C. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was searching for something that could encourage Americans. FDR was looking for a way to strike back at the Japanese. James M. Scott describes the plans that were made and the astonishing result of that planning in his new work of history "Target Tokyo - Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor."

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions to preview the 2015 Madden Road Music Fest.  The festival is in Mutual Ohio at the Madden Road Farm, and was started to bring their own musically inclined family back together once a year, but is open to the public to listen and play on August 15, 2015.

On her way to a gig in Dayton, Ellie Lee talks to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about Blues Fury, the band she leads and plays guitar for. She also talks about taking 25 years off from music to raise a family, and the music she is playing now. Find more about her music at

Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on August 6th.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech in which he enumerated the four freedoms that every American should be able to recognize and realize. Do you know what those four freedoms were? Of course it has been many years since FDR delivered that speech, you cannot be expected to know what they were, right? Can you name even one of those four freedoms that FDR cited? You cannot!? (sigh)

On The Verge Music is the brainchild of local musician Steve Makofka.  This developing organization seeks to help at-risk teens through music.  Makofka, Heather Bailey and Michael Shine visited the WYSO studios to talk about On The Verge Music and the upcoming Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience event to benefit the organization.

The Psychedelic Soul Pop Experience is August 7th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

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For the follow up to their 2014 release, To No End went with a double album to highlight the different, contrasting aspects of their music.  Remora's first disc shows off the band's familiar, harder rock sound while the second disc presents more a acoustic, intimate version.  The band visited the WYSO studios to share live and recorded songs from the new album and talked with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the process of putting it together.

To No End will celebrate the release of Remora on Saturday, August 8th at Middletown's Old Crow Bar.