Arts & Culture

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "Dawn."

Nigerian-based artist Ben Ibebe returned to the WYSO studios to talk about a new series focused on jazz that will be featured at the Front Street studios.  Ibebe and Niki Dakota were joined in studio by the Collaboratory's Peter Benkendorf to talk about art, music and more.

Ben Ibebe's Jazz series is on display at Front Street studios beginning on Friday, July 7.  There will be an artist reception on Thursday, July 13, 5-8pm.

Hailing from Chicago, Faux Furrs visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest album Taxonomy, the Chicago scene and more

Faux Furrs will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on July 3rd with Gap Tooth Grin and Army of Infants. 

Peter James returned to the program to talk about his latest novel in his series that features his police detective Roy Grace. The previous dozen books in the series are fast paced thrillers and we usually knew who the killers were and spent most of our time wondering how Roy was going to apprehend them. In this latest book in his "Dead Series" Peter James has constructed his first absolute who-dunnit Roy Grace mystery. A woman has been found dead in the bathtub. We don't know who the murderer is in this one and the author tosses out lots of red herrings along the way to confuse us.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "Bubbles From His Brain."

Having just released their debut album, Rust Belt Renaissance, the Typical Johnsons visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope.  The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording their album, upcoming gigs and more.

The Typical Johnsons will perform at Taffy's in Eaton on Friday, June 30th.  They'll also appear at HogJam, August 25-27th and the Troy Rhythm and Roots Festival on September 23rd.

Columbus-based Electric Orange Peel visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of the release of their new album, Seed. The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, upcoming gigs and more.

Electric Orange Peel will perform at HogJam, August 25 - 27th. 

When I called Barbara Ehrenreich in 1998 to conduct this live interview I was prepared to talk to her about her book "Blood Rites" which had just come out in paperback. We had a good conversation about it. Then midway through that interview I asked her what she had been doing recently and what things were on her mind at that very moment?

Rite of Venus join Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for an extended, live rendition of Excursions Versions.  The band talked about their upcoming gigs, the meaning behind their name and more.

Rite of Venus will perform on Thursday, June 29th at Blind Bob's and Friday, June 30th at the Yellow Cab's Taco Truck Takedown event. 

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Last Light."