Arts & Culture

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Notabene."

Basim Blunt / WYSO

Modern families come in many variations. Youth Radio producer Jessye Beck Stones says that her family started as a blended family. Jessye and her half -brother Emerie feel lucky because in their home they have formed a loving family bond. She gets angry when adults assume that black fathers are not active in raising their children.

Steve Berry's novels tend to be complex puzzles. His latest thriller in his Cotton Malone series is based upon Berry's research into the 16th Amendment. Are you familiar with that piece of legislation? Our national income tax system is the direct result of it. For it to have become a law it had to be ratified by a certain of states. So of course that happened, right? This book might plant some doubts in your mind about those long ago ratifications, were they enacted properly? That is merely one thread in this complicated story. The action is fast-paced, violent, and confusing.

With a new album nearly completed, Jasper the Colossal is back and ready to embark on more live gigs and get back on the road.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about their forthcoming release, the evolution of their songwriting and more.

Jasper the Colossal will perform at Canal Public House on July 17th with Legbone, Red Hot Rebellion, the ZG's.

From Germantown To The Alps

Jul 1, 2015

 

 Peter and Gudrun Seifert are a Middletown couple who have hiked the length of the Alps. Their journey took them to France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. But to train for hiking, they stayed close to home using Five Rivers MetroParks. Community Voices reporter Debra Oswald has the story.

Janeal Ravndal reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "The Judge's Sons' Signs."

Elizabeth Berg's latest novel is a work of historical fiction based upon the life story of the 19th century French novelist George Sand. Sand was one of the best-selling authors of her time. She was a prolific writer and was also the subject of scandal, rumor, and innuendo. In this fictional biography Berg seems to have formed an almost psychic bond with her subject. Sand comes back to life upon these pages. She was driven to do some things that society condemned. She had many love affairs and some of them ended in tragedy.

Once or twice a week I attend a meeting. It takes place in my recliner, usually late a night. I feel compelled to attend. Let's call this meeting to order. Repressing my guilt I open the next book and smile as I say say to myself again: hello, I'm Vick, and I'm a crime fiction junkie.

Conrad Balliet reads Peter Caccaveri's poem, "Gift."

This past April we observed the 150th anniversary of our first presidential assassination. When John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln that evening at the theater he changed the course of history. Have you ever wondered what might have been different if Lincoln had not been killed that night and been allowed to serve out his second term? Perhaps he might have been re-elected to a third term? We'll never know, right? But TJ Turner has imagined it.

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