Midwest chapters of an influential college professors' union signed an open letter detailing concerns about campuses reopening this fall and possible solutions.
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Professors Worried About Problems To Come When Campuses Reopen

Professors’ unions at Wright State and Miami University are warning of problems to come when students return to campus this fall.

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Closed Day Programs Add Pressure on Families Supporting People With Autism

Brandon Duncan describes himself as fearless. So when he first heard news reports about the novel coronavirus, the 30-year-old wasn’t afraid for himself. “I’m like, how is this going to affect Danny?” he says.

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In his Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Jonathan White considers the theories that tides are the result of not only cosmic but of microcosmic forces: “Everything is in flux, he says. “Tides are reactions of the sea to the position of the moon and the sun. Tides are also waves that are formed from the vibration of the cosmos. Everything in the universe has a natural tendency to vibrate: flowers, wind, steel, planets, mountains, the inside of an ear."

Stats + Stories: Pets During Quarantine

Jul 4, 2020
Allen McConnell is University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Miami University.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Social media is always awash in pet videos and images, but since the COVID lockdowns it seems as though there is even more pet content to be found online as cats invade video conferences and dogs beg for even more walks. There are sometimes even calls in spaces such as Twitter for people to share pet images when someone’s having a bad day. The connection between pets and wellness is one of the focuses of this episode of Stats and Stories, with guest Allen McConnell.

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Today is first Friday in downtown Dayton….and if you want to go there, with your mask, there are lots of things to check out. There is also many “virtual” things to check out too. 

Jim Smith is a jazz guitar leading figure in Ohio and when he plays it’s everything of the swing, bebop, and modern music. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oakwood is now doing these Music Meditations on Sunday 9 to 9:30am.

Lots of goodness on the agenda this week: X, Mongo Santamaria, Queen Ifrica, White Fence, Tom Waits, Charles Mingus, Mavis Staples, Lemmy’s musical life story, corpulent gentlemen, sketchy salesmen, recently departed glam rock bass players, a professor’s birthday...you get the idea. It’s gonna be a ride, and it’ll be even cooler if you’re along for it.

Corn at Whitehall Farm in Yellow Springs
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Due to heavy rains in late April, it’s been a late planting year for farmers in Ohio.

Jason Ward farms over 500 acres of organic crops in the Miami Valley. 

He planted late this year because of rain in April and early May. He says the ground was too moist and if he’d planted his seeds then they would have rotted in the ground. But, he says, he finished planting his fields about 10 days ago and now it needs some rain. 

The Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System ranks counties' case rates at four levels of severity using seven indicators of community COVID-19 spread.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s not ruling out a statewide mandatory facemask order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In his Thursday briefing with reporters, DeWine called the state’s coronavirus outbreak “a crisis,” citing exponential community spread in many counties.

“This should be a wakeup call to all of us that we're in the fight of our lives and we're literally fighting for lives. We're fighting for our future,” he says. “We're fighting for our ability to be able to expand our economy and grow our economy.”

The Indiana Women’s Prison has taken hard measures to contain the coronavirus. Many inmates in the prison have spent long periods locked in their cells — which have no toilets, running water or air conditioning — with limited opportunities for relief. 

As temperatures rise over the summer months, advocates and those with loved ones inside certain housing units, known as the cottages, worry about the heat and long periods of confinement. They fear it could cause health problems for the inmates, and say that the treatment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. 

A screenshot of the July 1, 2020 Dayton City Commission meeting that was held via videoconference.
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The Dayton City Commission has unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks. It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.

The city ordinance goes into effect this Friday, July 3, at 8 a.m. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, or even when outside when social distancing isn't possible. Failure to comply will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations.

A car near the intersection of Third and Whiteman Street in Xenia airs out after recent flooding.
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On June 30, heavy rains hit Xenia, leading to flooding throughout much of the city.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio says that two inches of rain fell on Xenia in less than eighty minutes. They say another resident recorded 1 inch of rainfall in just eighteen minutes.


Channeling stories through music, video and community participation, Yellow Springs-based collective Toadstool Shadow is releasing the first part of their three-part fantasy rock opera.  Chris Till, joined by videographer Eli Bowsman and actors Sayre Hudson and Arielle Johnson, spoke to Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt via Skype about the project thus far.