Arts & Culture

The low-lying Serpent Mound winds over a hilltop in souther Ohio, and you can't quite see the head from the tail.
Ann Merrill / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Serpent Mound in Adams County is probably the most famous of Ohio’s many sacred earthworks constructed by prehistoric Native American peoples.

As part of our series WYSO Curious, which lets you ask questions we answer on air and online, Barbara Bayliff of Dayton wrote in to say this:

I am curious about the Serpent Mounds! Is there spiritual power there? What do they mean? How old are they?

Today on Excursions, WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and longtime film-friend, George Willeman look at Christmas/holiday films in a segment called 'Beyond It’s A Wonderful life.'  Below you'll find a list of the films they talked about.

Rediscovered Radio: Harold Wright's "Christmas Leaves"

Dec 24, 2014
Harold Wright in 1974
courtesy of Antiochiana / Antioch College

One of the best things about the WYSO Archives is the sheer variety of recordings we have. There are news reports, documentaries, radio dramas, and concerts, many from the early years of WYSO. Jocelyn Robinson of Rediscovered Radio brings us yet another holiday special, this one recorded over three decades ago, about a boy looking forward to celebrating the holidays with great anticipation.

Robert de Gast / courtesy of Antiochiana (Antioch College)

Many families have Christmas traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. From deep within the WYSO vault comes one family’s holiday ritual to share with our listeners once again: a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Dylan Thomas was a colorful and influential writer of the mid 20th century, and 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Welsh poet’s birth. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us a look at one of his most famous literary works.

Rita Coleman reads her poem, "The Way The Light Slants."

Roderick Kiracofe fell in love with quilts forty years ago. At the time he was living in SW Ohio. In his new book "Unconventional & Unexpected : American Quilts Below the Radar-1950-2000" he describes how he first became aware of quilts and how he then developed a passion for this under appreciated art form. Today he is one of our leading authorities on quilts.

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem, "Winter's Heart."

Indiana band and Dayton-based artist Ridge Clint Higgins are among the over 30 participants in this year's Songwriters Solstice fundraiser at Ghostlight Coffee to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.  They visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event to perform live on Excursions and spoke with Niki Dakota about their musical roots and more.

Songwriters Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee. 

The members of Gran Bel Fisher returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Yellow Springs for a live in-studio performance on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming record and the Kickstarter campaign to support it.

Gran Bel Fisher will perform at Peaches in Yellow Springs on December 20th.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "A Christmas Carryall."

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