Arts & Culture

Steve Broidy reads his poem, “The Beer Trucks are Rolling”

Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the inaugural Eat.Drink.Arts.  The event series pairs local restaurants with arts organizations for a unique dining experience. 

Eat.Drink.Arts is January 16 - 21. Learn more at:

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Winterfolk Festival brings together folks musicians, artists and artisans for an evening at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Organizers Harold Hensley (The Repeating Arms) and Charles Hartman (OldNews) along with fellow musicians Casey Abbott (OldNews) and David Payne (The New Old-Fashioned) visited the WYSO studios for a musical preview of this year's event live on Kaleidoscope.

Winterfolk Festival co-organizer Harold Hensley (Repeating Arms) joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to share music from and talk about the artistic participating in the fifth annual Winterfolk Festival.

Winterfolk 2018 is Saturday, January 13 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton


During the early 1990's a crime reporter for the Dayton Daily News named Cheryl Reed was investigating the crack cocaine epidemic that was underway during that period. Reed was able to interview some young women who were using crack. Reed had been assured by the local police that she would not find any users of one particular race, young white girls, that they simply did not exist in Dayton. Their claims were dubious.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Brimm's poems, "Frozen Pond" and "Wood Smoke"

Conrad Balliet reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "Walking In Ireland."

Harry Dolan returned to the program to talk about his delightfully deceptive new mystery novel "The Man in the Crooked Hat." Dolan is a masterful plotter and this story is brilliantly conceived. Our protagonist is Jack Pellum, a reluctant private investigator and former cop who is obsessed with identifying the person who killed his wife. Pellum suspects that is was a mysterious man who had been spotted in the vicinity. This fellow had been wearing the "crooked hat" of the title.

After a successful year that included the release of their debut album Seed, Electric Orange Peel returned to the WYSO studios. The band performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about their recent accomplishments, upcoming plans, and their performance at ReStock 2018.


Electric Orange Peel will perform at Oddbody's in Vandalia on January 26 as part of ReStock 2018: Hippies vs. Metalheads, January 26 and 27.

Lazer Shark made their WYSO debut with a live set on Kaleidoscope.  They talked to host Juliet Fromholt about forming the band, influences and future plans.

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