Arts & Culture

Paul Armstrong, Sarah Armstrong, and Paul Armstrong
StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear Paul Armstrong and his two children, Sarah Armstrong and Paul Armstrong Jr., discuss their love of learning.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.

Conrad Balliet reads Eric Blanchard's poem, "An Ubi Sunt For The Bees."

Conrad Balliet reads Ed Davis' poem, "Epitaph."

What is Appalachia? Do you know the answer to that question? The answer might surprise you. Neil Carpathios moved to southern Ohio and was intrigued. He has compiled a collection of poetry and prose with an Appalachian flavor. Listen to this interview and you'll discover the geographic definition of the region and you'll also obtain a feel for the distinctive literary vibes that Appalachia can evoke.

Richard Price is one of our greatest living American novelists. His readers have learned to be patient. Over the last 40+ years Price has published nine novels. He takes his time. It has to be right. But life is expensive and there are always bills to pay. So Price teaches and he writes screenplays, whatever it takes to keep the boiler running. When he decided to write his most recent novel "The Whites" he had hoped to take a different approach. His last book "Lush Life" had come out in 2008.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

It's been said for generations, parents just don't understand, especially when it comes to teenagers' music.  Whether it's rock n roll, punk,  heavy metal or hip-hop it seems that every generation has music that genre drives the adults crazy. DECA student Darrell White,  thinks that his family may be a little different.  Darrell says  he and has dad both love hip hop.  But as far as his mom is concerned, she's a Gospel fan.

With the recent Misra Records reissue of his solo album, Nostra Nova, Adam Torres is embarking on a tour that will bring him to the Miami Valley for a show at Canal Public House.  Kaleidsocope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with Torres about the tour, the reissue and upcoming projects.

Adam Torres will perform at Canal Public House on June 6th with Manray and Human Cannonball.

Jennifer Taylor

Performing under the name Achilles Tenderloin, Joe Augustin channels blues, folk, rock and roll and more into powerful songwriting.  He visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the songwriting process, recording and more.

Achilles Tenderloin will perform on Friday, June 5th at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs.

Seattle duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl channel 1930s pop music into lively, intimate recordings and live performances.  Ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley for performance in Yellow Springs and Springfield, the duo chatted with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about forming their sound, their current tour and more.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl will perform on June 4th at the grand opening of Springfield's Hub Gallery and on June 5th at Champion City Guide and Supply as part of the First Friday celebrations.

Love songs have been around forever. They are ubiquitous. If you eliminated every love song from our repertory of music there wouldn't be many songs left. The music historian and musicologist Ted Gioia took on a daunting assignment when he decided to write a history of the love song.

He takes readers back to the origins of the love song at the very dawn of recorded history. This is a fascinating study that is filled with surprises. Love songs are powerful and controversial and inspiring. Perhaps that's why we love them so much.

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