Arts & Culture

Keigo Hirakawa, Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their International Jazz Day performance at Gilly's.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the legacy of jazz in the Dayton area, their upcoming album and more.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. 

Robert Morgan is one of our great literary stylists. His latest novel, "Chasing the North Star," is the story of a slave who escapes from his life of servitude in South Carolina in 1850. Jonah Williams is young and somewhat innocent as he heads north with the hope of reaching Canada and freedom. Along the way he encounters another slave named Angel in North Carolina.

Conrad Balliet and Janeal Ravndal read Barbara Singleton's "Interview With a Poem."

Jacob Richter and Nicole Richter of Curse of Cassandra returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the band's new release, Cult of Cats.  They spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, their upcoming year-long tour and more.

Curse of Cassandra will celebrate the release of Cult of Cats on Saturday, May 21st at the Oregon Express.  They'll also perform on Friday, May 13th at the Yellow Cab as part of Side Show 11.  More tour dates are available here: http://www.curseofcassandra.com/

Ohayo Ohio is a 10-day Japanese symposium and cultural event taking place in Yellow Springs from April 30 through May 9. A variety of workshops, presentations and exhibits on traditional and contemporary Japanese art, culture and language will be offered. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke with Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College and symposium organizer Beth Bridgeman. You can check out the full schedule of events here.    

  WYSO is licensed to Antioch College.

Robin Yocum grew up in a small eastern Ohio town known as Brilliant. What remains of the place is still there but the glass factory that gave Brilliant a name closed down long ago. Brilliant has become just another one of those formerly prosperous Rust Belt communities.

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "On Earth."

As we count down the final days of Barack Obama's last term in office we can take a moment to reflect on what has transpired over the past eight years. How has America changed? What has gotten better? What has actually gotten worse?

Wittenberg professor Julius Bailey reflects on some of these matters in his new book "Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams - the Age of Obama and Beyond." Has the the election of our first black president helped us to move beyond racism? Or, have our racial issues simply been more painfully apparent?

Conrad Balliet reads "The Promise" and "My Heart Is Really Bad" by Marietta Ball.

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