Arts & Culture

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "Early Spring."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Millie Smith & Rhine McLin

Apr 29, 2015
Rhine McLin and Millie Smith

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear Millie Smith interview her mentor, Rhine McLin. McLin is a third generation politician. She was also the first female mayor of Dayton and the first African-American woman elected to the Ohio State Senate.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds.

Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "At Twig's End."

The Whiskey Shambles kicked off the Hall Pass Program for 2015 with a live trio set in the WYSO studios. The band talked with Shakin' Dave about the blues and various other musical styles, live performances and audience, and much more.

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Estuary Arms."

Rita Coleman reads two of her poems about love.

Late last year I received an advance copy of a novel that was written by an author who was unknown to me. This is not an uncommon circumstance. What was unusual was that this book had a press release which indicated that there was a lot of buzz about it among some people who work in publishing. They were all abuzz about this novel "The Girl on the Train." So I read it and then I got it. I understood.

Nashville-based songwriter Olivia Frances has roots in Cincinnati and brought her upbeat tunes to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  She and Niki Dakota chatted about her tour, the joys and challenges of social media and more.

Olivia Frances will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Friday, April 24th.

Alexandra Fuller is one of my favorite writers. Originally she tried her hand at writing fiction. That didn't work out. She could not find a publisher for it. Then she decided to try writing a memoir. That worked. Her memoirs are extraordinary. This latest one, "Leaving Before the Rains Come" is the story of her marriage and how it all eventually came apart. Her marriage had failed. This book is the post-mortem.

A relatively new band, The Debtors are moving forward full force.  The Cincinnati-based trio is the in the process of recording their debut EP.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about forming the band, recording the EP and more.

The Debtors' debut EP will be released later this year.