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The Bridge From Dayton to the Congo

Dec 26, 2016
Congolese refugees worship at Grace United Methodist Church, in Dayton
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Immigrants have shaped Dayton, Ohio recently. There are immigrants from over 100 countries who call it home and the city declares itself "Immigrant friendly." We go to to Grace United Methodist Church in Dayton, where, in the last months, dozens of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been welcomed into the church and worship in Swahili. Community Voices producer George Drake Jr spent time with the congregation.

James Church is a man of mysteries. The man known as James Church (it is a pseudonym) is the author of a series of mystery novels that feature the North Korean security officer Inspector O. The author of these books is clearly familiar with North Korea, spycraft, and the perils of espionage. The actual identity of the man who writes under the pen name of James Church remains clouded in a fog that is as thick as the one which obscures the workings of the regime that runs North Korea. Fortunately we have this series of books available to us.

After the recent release of West Virginia Refugee, Jack Ballengee Morris visited the WYSO studio for a live set on Kaleidoscope accompanied by Peter Fox on cello.  Morris talked with host Juliet Fromholt about his musical upbringing, deciding to become a songwriter and more.

Jack Ballengee Morris will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on January 19th.

Dan Gummel

Downtown Springfield has seen a flurry of development in the last year, with new small businesses, luxury lofts and a brewery all opening their doors.

One of the most high-profile new developments is Hatch Artist Studios, where a $500,000 renovation is transforming the long-vacant Metallic Casket Company complex into studios for artists and small business owners.

Springfield artist and Turner Foundation creative director Rod Hatfield says the complex was chosen for renovation because of its central downtown location and its significance to the city.

Myrna Stone reads her poem, "Luz Bones."

Gem City Roller Derby teams Snark Attack and Murder Squad in a pack at the last bout of the year.
Jonny No

Roller derby is not for the faint of heart. It’s a contact sport—players  shove, throw elbows and fall. Here in the Miami Valley the Gem City Roller Derby league holds games all year round. Community Voices producer Kijin Higashibaba went to one and met a player who uses lessons from derby in her life.

Joy Schwab reads her poem, "Dancer."

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Dispatches from the Front Line."

Returning guest Dave Obenour joins Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in studio to talk about some of the artists, new and old, featured in the latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine, a national music and culture magazine based in part in Dayton, Ohio.

The latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine with a dual cover featuring Lambchop and Beach Slang is available now at local stores.  Find Ghettoblaster online at http://ghettoblastermagazine.com/

2016 marked the Sunset Junkies' 10th anniversary, and the release of the band's new album, Dragon Tooth. Sunset Junkies visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about the new album, celebrating their anniversary and the what's next in 2017.

Sunset Junkies will perform on January 7th at the Oregon Express in Dayton.

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