Laura Lippmann returned to the program to discuss her latest impressive mystery novel. This one, "Lady in the Lake," is set in Baltimore in 1966. Lippmann was inspired to write the novel after reading about two actual murder cases from the period. In one murder a young white girl vanished after stopping by a pet store. The police spared no efforts trying to solve that crime. In the other homicide a young black woman was discovered dead in a fountain out in the middle of a lake.

Stats + Stories: Back to School Statistics

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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

School districts across the United States are working to understand how to best meet the educational needs of their students as well as the instructional needs of their teachers. Increasingly districts are turning to data to help them do that. The data of education and educational policy is the focus of the latest episode of Stats & Stories. Rosemary Pennington is joined in studio by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami’s Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell former and founding Chair of Media, Journalism and Film. Their two guests are both from education research non-profit Education Analytics. Nicole Webster is a Research Analyst with the organization and Libby Pier is the Research Manager. 

Herbert Woodward Martin reads his poem, "My Mother At The End Of Her Days"

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Night Music"

Dayton Tour de Gem

Last year marked the first year for a big fundraising event called the Tour de Gem - where cyclists ride for any one of more than 40 participating charities.

Gerry Chadwick, co-chair of Tour de Gem and President of Sunbelt Business advisers, spoke with WYSO Weekend host Jerry Kenney about the power people have in combining their marketing and athletic abilities.

African American Cultural Festival in Dayton

The 11th Annual African American Cultural Festival is at Dayton Island MetroPark ….the one off Helena Street on Saturday. There are tons of things going on from noon to 8pm.

The Great American Beer Tasting is at The Dayton Dragons on Saturday from 2 to 6pm.

This week, it's another lovingly-administered dose of your weekly musical multivitamin, the Jewel Case. Birthday celebrations galore. A requiem for a rock & roll poet. A notable anniversary. Old stuff. New stuff. And- of course- our weekly theme. This week it's "PLAYIN' IN THE BAND"; we'll be spinning tracks about the ups, downs, up agains, and down agains of life as a musician from a long list of folks in the know.  Get in the van.

Nick Gounaris, defense attorney for Ethan Kollie.
April Laissle / WYSO

A friend of the gunman who killed nine people in Dayton’s Oregon District August 4 appeared in federal court Wednesday on weapons charges. 

The hearing was called to determine whether 24-year-old Ethan Kollie should be released from jail while awaiting trial.

He’s charged with lying about his drug use in order to acquire firearms.  The FBI also alleges that he provided body armor and weapons accessories used in the attack.

When I was a child I didn't keep track of the days of the week before I began going to school. When I was about four years-old I began to recognize when it was a Friday. That was the day that my dad would come home from work with a six pack of beer. His brand was Budweiser. Years later I tried some of his beer, just a sip, and I spit it out. It was awful stuff; I could not understand the attraction.

Dayton Police Lt. Paul Saunders shares new video evidence in the August 4 mass shooting.
City of Dayton

New details are emerging about the investigation into the August 4 Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead.

At a press conference, police shared surveillance video from area businesses pinpointing the gunman’s movements leading up to the attack.

Officials say the Dayton gunman spent time with his sibling and a friend at Blind Bob’s before heading to Ned Pepper’s bar alone. Police Chief Richard Biehl says it’s likely the gunman was casing the bar.