Arts & Culture

Conrad's Corner: June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

Audrey Hackett reads her poems, "Catalpas" and "Poet of Quiet"

The opioid crisis is a national emergency. The scourge of opioid abuse and addiction has hit the Appalachian region especially hard. It has been documented that there's a town in West Virginia that was literally inundated with Oxycontin by the manufacturer. Southern Ohio has seen more than our share of overdoses and tragedy.

This week's theme is RODENTIA; we'll be taking a look at tunes about mice, rats, hamsters, and various and sundry other gnawing little critters, from a list of folks that ranges from Yma Sumac to Lightnin' Hopkins to King Missile, and of course wood chips and the cheese. But first....

Taking A Look At The Set Behind The Curtain

Jun 15, 2018
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

During his life, William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays. And as the final production of their 2018 season, The Human Race Theatre in Dayton is tackling all of them in just over an hour and a half. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a comedy that’s part improv and part audience participation. Community Voices Producer George Drake, Jr. took a look behind the curtain to see how the set for the show came to life.

If you know anything about theatre, you know that a lot of the magic happens backstage.

Hailing from Fort Wayne, IN, members of Bloody Tamborine and the Musical Mafia joined Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt in the studio for a live performance on WYSO.  The band talked about writing, recording and more. 

Learn more about Bloody Tamborine and the Musical Mafia at: https://www.facebook.com/BloodyTambourineandtheMusicalMafia/

courtesy of Kevin Heider

Kevin Heider returned to the WYSO studios to share some unreleased songs live on Kaleidoscope and talk about his newest project, Song and Story, a podcast that explores the artistry and process of songwriting through interviews focusing on a single track.

Song & Story is available on all major podcasting platform and http://songandstorypodcast.com/

Conrad's Corner: June 12, 2018

Jun 12, 2018

David Garrison reads his poem, "Light In The River"

After Sue Grafton died last December I put together a special memorial program in her honor. You can locate that program in our podcast archive. I took excerpts from my first interview with Sue for her book "M is for Malice" and my third and final interview with her for "W is for Wasted."

The Star Wars movie franchise is alive and well after all these years and the physicist and Star Wars aficionado Patrick Johnson decided that it was high time Star Wars fans had a handbook to help them understand the physics that come into play in the films. So he decided to write one.

This week on the Jewel Case, we're doing a show about NOTHING: songs about nothing and nowhere. Not only that, but we've got a truly mind-bending lineup of artists to play and sing about it. George Jones? Check. Dead Meadow? Check. Lena Horne? Check. Those aren't even the most out-of-left-field ones. But first...