Arts & Culture

Quite some time ago I recognized that I will never be able to read all the books I want to read. That doesn't mean I have stopped trying. One thing that really excites me is the prospect of discovering new books and new writers. The other day I had the opportunity to talk to Flynn Berry about her novel "Under the Harrow." The book just came out. It is her debut novel.

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "Long Gone."

Mary Jo White reads two of her poems, "Why Not" and "The Difference."

Team Void returned to the WYSO studios on July 4th for a special performance live on Excursions.  The band is preparing for a special show at Oddbody's benefiting the Aria Marie Foundation and talked with Niki Dakota about the upcoming show and more.

Michael Goldfarb has had a distinguished career as a journalist. Recently he returned to Ohio to work on a documentary for the BBC. Michael was interviewing Ohioans who are independent voters so that he could hear their opinions in regard to our upcoming presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Back to Basics."

Alan Furst is often cited as the current master of the historical spy novel. I just read his latest, "A Hero of France," and I was shocked. His last several books have been fabulous. This new one is a real dud. Perhaps his bright star is dimming? I hope not.

Ladyfest Dayton returns to the Yellow Cab building in September, but preparations for the festival are already underway, including several benefit shows throughout the summer. Ladyfest organizers visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the festival and its partner events on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined by local spoke word performers Represent and rock band Jasper the Colossal, both of whom performed live on the air.

Myrtle Beach based band Treehouse visited the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at the Fourth Annual Festival of Fire in Bellefontaine.  The band performed live on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota, who was also joined by festival organizers.

The Fourth Annual Festival of Fire is July 1st and 2nd in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "C Minor."

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