Arts & Culture

Alafair Burke returned to the program to talk about her new mystery novel "The Wife." I hereby declare that Alafair has written the most prescient novel of 2018. Here's a portion of my review that ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem "He Fell Out of the Sky"

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "She Remembers Cursive"

Steve Connell returned to the WYSO studios as his University of Dayton residency wraps up.  He talked with Niki Dakota about his work with UD students and their collaborative show, Unfinished

Unfinished will be performed at the University of Dayton's Black Box Theatre on February 23 and 24. Learn more at: https://udayton.edu/calendar/2018/02/tdp-unfinished-2-23.php

David Cay Johnston returned to the program to discuss his latest book about Donald Trump. The first time we had him on the show Donald Trump was still just a candidate for our highest office and Johnston had written a book called "The Making of Donald Trump."

Student musicians and professional jazz performers will once again come together in Beavercreek at the annual Weekend of Jazz, celebrating its seventeenth year.    The Beavercreek High School Jazz One Ensemble visited the WYSO studios for a live preview set on Excursions, and members talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their love for the genre.

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is March 1 -3 featuring headliners The Victor Wooten Band and The Dave Liebman Big Band. More information at http://www.weekendofjazz.org/

Performing under the name Levee, Bernardo Lopez and Joe Atkinson visited the WYSO studio for a live acoustic set on Kaleidoscope.  They talked to host Juliet Fromholt about forming the band, finding their sound and upcoming shows and recordings.  

Levee will perform at the Listing Loon in Cincinnati on Thursday, February 22. They'll also perform at a house show in Cincinnati on March 2. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/Levee513/

Simon Sebag Montefiore is one of those rare writers who excels at both fiction and non-fiction. The last time I had him on the program it was for his epic history of the Romanov dynasty. The final czar, Nicholas II, died one century ago, along with his family, at the hands of Bolshevik assassins. With this centennial year underway we talked about the Romanovs for a bit as we began our conversation about Simon's new novel "Red Sky at Noon."

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem "Without Straight Lines."

Julie Moore reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Lattes for Two"

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