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Dayton Daily News, courtesy of Sam Dorf

When you hear “Russian ballet,” Dayton, Ohio probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But on February 8, 1917, the Ballets Russes, a radical Russian dance company based in Paris, performed at the Victoria Theater. That was twenty years before Dayton had its own ballet company. Listener Sandra Harewood learned about the performance and asked WYSO Curious to investigate.

What was the Ballets Russes?

History Talk: Beyond the Veil: Women in the Mideast and North Africa

Jul 23, 2016

On this episode of History Talk, guests Johanna Sellman, Gulsah Toronoglu, and Sabra Webber discuss the diverse and dynamic history of women in the Middle East and North Africa.

History Talk: Women in American Politics

Jun 25, 2016

As we near the centennial of the 19th Amendment—and with the possibility of America’s first female president on the horizon—History Talk takes a look at women’s role in American politics.  Guests Kimberly Hamlin, Susan Hartmann, and David Steigerwald discuss the impact of women’s suffrage in the twentieth century, the emergence of female political candidates, and the cultural and institutional hurdles faced by women se

Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse

This week on Excursions, a live performance from the young, talented stars of the new Yellow Springs Kids’ Playhouse production Alice, Although. Niki Dakota also sits down with the production’s director, AnnMarie Saunders, and Ara Beal, artistic director of YSKP.

History Talk: Sub-Saharan Africa

May 25, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world's fastest-growing and most diverse regions—and also one of the most misunderstood. On this episode of History Talk, scholars Ousman Kobo, Amy Pate, and Amanda Robinson discuss ethnicity, nationality, and religion in contemporary African societies.

History Talk: The War on Terror

Apr 25, 2016

This month, John Mueller, Andrew Bacevich, and Peter Mansoor discuss the War on Terror (aka the war formerly known as the War on Terror), the US response to terrorism following 9/11.  In separate interviews, our guests address the origins of the war on terror and how it has developed over time; how the campaign against terror fits into broader historical patterns of US statecr

History Talk: The EU: Past, Present, and Future

Apr 5, 2016

On this episode of History Talk, Patrick and Mark sit down with Donald Hempson Lauren Henry, and Chris Otter to discuss the history of the European Union, an organization that has united Europeans in ways that were almost unthinkable a century ago.

History Talk: America's Infrastructure Challenge

Mar 3, 2016

A highway bridge collapses in Minnesota, lead poisons the water of Flint, Michigan, and Americans are reminded of the fragile state of our basic infrastructure—the roads, pipes, power lines, and waterways that make modern life possible.

History Talk: Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Justice

Jan 29, 2016

Reproduction: it's as essential to life as breathing (more, actually), yet the right to make decisions regarding one’s reproduction is among the most divisive issues of our time. On this episode, Patrick Potyondy and Mark Sokolsky sit down with Mytheli SreenivasAllison Norris, and Molly Farrell to discuss the past, present, and future of reproductive rights and reproductive justice.

History Talk: Food for Thought - Diet in History

Dec 29, 2015

How and what we eat defines who we are. Food is both everywhere and nowhere, so normal that we rarely consider how radically the production and consumption of food have shaped not only human culture but the environment as well (and how radically the production of food has changed over time).

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