Conrad's Corner: December 18, 2018

11 hours ago

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "How We Touch Now."

Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio lawmakers have voted themselves a pay raise to take effect over the next three years, and beyond. But not all legislators were on board with the move.

Republican State Representative Niraj Antani of Miamisburg sided with 19 other legislators in the Ohio House in voting no.

Antani says House Bill 296 was a “good bill” that allowed the families of fallen firefighter and police officers to still qualify for the state health services they were eligible for when their spouse was alive.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


GM’s decision to cease production of the Chevy Cruze at Lordstown is bringing an end, at least for the time being, to one of the last super-size industrial sites that used to drive the Mahoning Valley economy. It’s also bringing an end to the plant’s defining presence for the community around it. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.


Stats + Stories: Using Data to Protect Human Rights

Dec 15, 2018
Megan Price is the executive director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), and designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Protecting human rights is one of the core issues of the United Nations and is the mission of such agencies as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Tracking human rights violations, however, can be difficult and dangerous. It often involves researchers travelling to conflict zones or countries in transition in order to document victim experiences and gather data. Increasingly, activists and researchers are turning to sophisticated technologies including machine learning tools in order to analyze human rights data. That's the focus of this episode of Stats + Stories.

Conrad's Corner: December 15, 2018

Dec 15, 2018

Herb Martin reads his poem, "Eula Cade."

Conrad's Corner: December 14, 2018

Dec 14, 2018

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Open Door."

beeswax candles
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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings the classic children's book, The Littlest Angel, to life. Enjoy an evening of stunning dance, music and holiday magic. This is at the University of Dayton - Kennedy Union Theatre; tonight at 7:30pm; and Saturday, at 3 and 7:30pm.

Lace up, friends- it's time for another edition of your weekly musical multivitamin, The Jewel Case! This week we're celebrating "SOLE POWER"; we'll be spinning songs about footwear by a huge cross-section of artists. Here's a quick sample: Betty Davis, Carl Perkins, Run-DMC, El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico, Iron Maiden, Charles Mingus...you get the gist. LOTS of miles will be covered tonight, so put on your most comfortable kicks. But first...

William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg were leading figures in what became known as the Beat Generation. Burroughs was best known as a writer who wrote experimental novels like "Naked Lunch." Ginsberg was well known as a poet. His poem "Howl" was instrumental in overturning the legal definition of obscenity.

Dayton Public Schools
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Community members will get an opportunity to voice their concerns about Dayton Public Schools at a town hall meeting set for Thursday.

DPS officials say the discussion will center on parent engagement, a topic board member and DPS parent Jocelyn Rhynard has focused on during previous meetings. Rhynard is set to facilitate the discussion.

In a statement, DPS said it wants to help families learn how to get involved in their child’s education. The district also wants to establish parent teacher organization in all schools.