History

Origins Podcast
9:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Conserving Diversity at the Dinner Table: Plants, Food Security and Gene Banks

In the last fifty years, global agricultural practices have favored growing ever fewer varieties of high-yielding crops, leading to fears that the loss of genetic diversity in food leaves the growing human population exposed to risks of food shortages.

With the ongoing East African drought crisis, the persisting threat of global climate change, and the world population now estimated at 7 billion, global concerns about food insecurity are again in the news. Little mentioned, however, is the continuing loss of genetic diversity of the foods we eat today—a trend that has rapidly accelerated since the twentieth century and that raises troubling questions about the vulnerability of the world’s food supply.

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Radio Drama
3:09 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Dangerous Women

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Library of Congress

To commemorate the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the constitution, WYSO 91.3 FM and the Living History Theatre presents an original radio drama, "Dangerous Women." This original work by Yellow Springs playwright Kay Reimers, concerns the beginning and end of the nearly century long struggle to give women the right to vote.

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Radio Drama
2:58 pm
Tue October 27, 2009

Sacred Fire: John Brown's Raid On Harpers Ferry

Engraving depicting the Harpers Ferry insurrection
Library of Congress

One quiet autumn morning the United States was suddenly attacked by a small band of determined men inspired by a charismatic religious fanatic. The emotional response by the entire country to an unprovoked raid, which caused the deaths of innocent civilians, lead the United States to war. The year was 1859, the place was Harpers Ferry, Virginia, and the leader was John Brown.

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Radio Drama
1:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2008

The End of Emerald Street

Ludlow Street looking North during the Great Dayton Flood of 1913
Library of Congress

One hundred years ago this week, the citizens of Dayton, Ohio and surrounding communities watched in disbelief as collapsing levees allowed flood waters to overtake the city in a matter of moments.    

WYSO and the Living History Theatre present an original radio drama, "The End of Emerald Street."  Set during the Great Dayton Flood, the story combines fictional characters with historical figures like John H. Patterson, Arthur Morgan, and John Barringer.

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