Arts & Culture

The highland green 68 fastback Mustang was the star of the movie Bullitt.
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Fifty years ago a movie director named Peter Yates and a young rising stare named Steve McQueen made a car into a movie star. The movie was called Bullitt. McQueen played a cop who drove a highland Green 68 Mustang fastback. 

Over the years that I have been interviewing authors on WYSO I have made some observations about writers. One thing I have noticed is that there are a variety of trajectories that a person's career can take. I have interviewed many people who were just starting out and in most cases, barely being noticed. Then we can go to the other end of that potential trajectory to find the writers who have had that one big book, now years in the past, still hoping to rise to those heights once again and sometimes, with bitterness, bemoaning the declines of their careers.

Conrad's Corner: June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

Cornad Balliet reads two poems by Eric Blanchard.

Us, Today
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Performing as Us, Today, Kristin Agee (Vibraphone, Keys/Electronic Sounds),  Joel Griggs (Guitar, Theremin, Drones), and Jeff Mellott (Drums) recently released their new album, Computant. The band will celebrate the release in Dayton on July 13, and Kaleidsocope host Juliet Fromholt spoke to them by phone ahead of the show.

In Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll, author Garin Pirnia explores the past and present of Ohio's modern rock scene city by city.  With a chapter devoted to Dayton, Pirnia delves into several seminal rock bands.  She spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about how Dayton fits into the state's larger musical picture.

Rebels and Underdogs: The Story of Ohio Rock and Roll is available now.

While Tod is on a fact-finding mission to parts unknown, the Jewel Case is in the very capable hands of Mr. Andy Valeri. He's Rev Cool's regular right-hand man on Around The Fringe on Fridays, and he knows his stuff. Andy presents a theme of "Firsts" right after this... 

In 2002 Susan Vreeland returned to the program to discuss her novel about Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian painter of baroque masterpieces. "The Passion of Artemisia" was the followup to her extraordinary collection of linked stories "Girl in Hyacinth Blue." Vreeland's depiction of an artist who fought to overcome a sexist society now seems remarkably prescient during our current wave of #MeToo awakenings throughout our culture.

Conrad's Corner: June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Peter Caccavari's poem, "Gift"

The Springfield Arts Festival is in its 52nd year and growing.
Rod Hatfield.

If you drive through Veterans Park in downtown Springfield in June and July, you may stumble upon hundreds of empty lawn chairs and blankets.

The seats are often there to hold one of the highly coveted spots at the annual Springfield Arts Council Summer Arts Festival.   

Tim Rowe is executive director of the festival. He says the event's popularity continues to grow.   


William T. Vollmann has now published the second half of his massive Carbon Ideologies. Volume Two is called "No Good Alternative" and in this one the author continues his examination of our energy consumption and the growing concerns that our fossil fuel usage is ultimately going to cause drastic changes in the world as we know it.