Arts & Culture

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.

Although Jeremy Siegrist and Lynne Baker have known each other for many years, their musical collaboration is a fairly recent development.  From writing songs together in two different cities to releasing their debut album, Drawing Blood, the duo have been making large strides in a short amount of time.  Jeremy & Lynne visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing, recording and where their music has taken them so far.

Jeremy and Lynne will perform at the Sidney BBQ Festival in July.

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Penelope."

John Hooper is a British journalist who has spent many years stationed in Italy. He has spent time in the various regions of Italy and has been able to observe Italians up close. He has really gotten to know the Italians; their passions, their quirks, and their idiosyncrasies. 

LGBT Center Dayton

Starting Friday, June 5th, the Dayton LGBT Center and other groups will host a series of events during the city's annual gay pride celebration. The events will continue through Sunday.  In this interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, LGBT Center board member RJ McKay gives details on each event and talks about how the event continues to grow in Dayton each year.

Conrad Balliet reads two poems by Ron Palmer, "I'm Sorry" and "Free Me Lord."

David Garrison reads David Petreman's poem, "Living Large."

Willy Porter's latest release, Human Kindness, is a favorite among WYSO listeners, and the acclaimed songwriter made a visit to the station ahead of a regional gig for a live set on Excursions and conversation with Niki Dakota.

Willy Porter will perform at the Thompson House in Newport, KY on Friday, May 29th.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

DECA Sophomore Omari Gaskins feels that as he gets older, he'll have to prepare himself to deal with racism in the real world. His family members share their experience, and Omari shares his feelings with on this weeks Dayton Youth Radio series.

This series of Youth Radio stories was produced by the students of the Dayton Early College Academy. To learn more about DECA, visit the school's website: http://daytonearlycollege.org/  Special thanks to Anne Rasmussen, Director Community involvement at DECA.

This summer marks the first annual Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival in Miamisburg.  Festival organizers and performers visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the event live on Kaleidoscope that included live studio performances from Mad River Railroad, The Repeating Arms and The Great Wide Open.

The Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival is June 20th at Riverfront Park in Miamisburg.  More information is available at http://www.miamivalleybrewgrass.com/

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