Arts & Culture

Lori Gravley reads Anna Cates' summer haikus.

Basim Blunt / WYSO

Sha'tera Wilcoxson is a junior at the Dayton Regional STEM School, a gifted student, and an accomplished singer but unfortunately these talents could not protect her from being teased and tormented by her peers.  Sha'tera says that she has persevered through that period in her life, and now she has gained self confidence needed to succeed. She has written and produced a public service announcement for the PACER Organization to encourage all of us to help put an end to bullying.


The crime fiction department used to be a mystery to me. I didn't read many crime novels until I started interviewing authors on this program back in 1994. Ever since then I have been making up for lost time. I read two or three crime novels a week. And I do interview some of the authors. But most of those books are just for me. My guilty pleasures.

courtesy of Canoegrass Festival

OldNews made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope ahead of their appearance at the 2015 Canoegrass Festival.  They were joined by Tomfoolery Outdoors' Tom Helbig, who's organizing the event that combines music and fun on the Great Miami River.

The 2015 Canoegrass Festival is August 7-9th on the Great Miami River in Tipp City.

Andy Valeri

After releasing their 2012 album, Barrier Reef, and a short break, the Nicky Kay Orchestra is back in business.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about forming and reforming the band, revisiting old material and upcoming recording projects.

We Care Arts brings together people of all ability levels to learn art skills.  On August 1st, Arts & Drafts event will help raise money for We Care Arts.  The event will feature music from The Motel Beds, Splendor and Wasted Potential.  We Care Arts event coordinator Chris Corba and the Motel Beds' Tod Weidner visited the WYSO studio to talk about this very special event.

Faculty, Administrators Reflect On Student Unrest At Wilberforce In The 1960s

Jul 29, 2015
courtesy of Yvonne Seon

In the late 1960s, black students on college campuses around the country were at the vanguard of protest to bring about change in the world around them. While there is an extensive record of student views of these activities, we rarely hear the perspectives of faculty and administrators who worked at these campuses. Community Voices producer Kevin McGruder looks at the challenges facing faculty and administrators during times of student unrest on the campus of Wilberforce University in the late 1960s.

We Care Arts Serves As Studio, Safe Space For Disabled Artists

Jul 26, 2015
American Flag by Mallory Holler, a local painter who is legally blind, deaf, and quadriplegic.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Vincent Van Gogh said that brushstrokes are like speech. And if an artist is disabled  and cannot make art, they are silenced. Anyone who knows about We Care Arts in Kettering knows that they burst these confines and help hundreds of people with disabilities to create on canvas, in clay, with cloth, and more. Last year, some 1,300 people took classes or worked in their studio.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

David Lee Garrison reads Robert Paschell's poem, "Page Fever."

courtesy of the artist

Dan Tedesco returns to the Miami Valley for a performance at Canal Public House and stopped by the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions. He played some songs from Death in the Valley and talked about being inspired by the American experience and his travels around the US, to places hard hit by the recession.

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