Stats + Stories: From the Royal Statistical Conference

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

This episode features a number of interviews from the recent Royal Statistical Society International Conference from last month. Today's guests include, Iain Flint of G’s Growers talking about the IceCAM project, which helps to minimise food waste by adapting the growing programmes of iceberg lettuces according to weather predictions. We also have James Tucker, head of the Quality Centre and Methodology Advisory Service at the Office for National Statistics talking about respondent confidentiality, and data privacy and protection. As well as, Kevin Johanson from the Expert Group on Sámi Statistics based in Norway, on how the group is working on developing statistics on the Sámi people and how these statistics can lead to better policymaking.

Barbara Astor reads her poem "Epiphany"

Mattresses line up at a loading dock. Volunteers continue furniture deliveries to families displaced by the Memorial Day Tornadoes.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Nearly six months after the Memorial Day tornadoes, many residents in the hardest-hit communities continue to recover. More than 4,000 Montgomery County properties suffered damage in the storm and many survivors remain in temporary housing.

Of the hundreds of tornado-affected people who signed up for emergency replacement furniture from the nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul, more than 150 are still waiting for furniture assistance.

And, says Steve Bowen, that number is an undercount.

Normally, we celebrate a theme in the last one or two hours of the show, but THIS week is a little bit different. For all three hours, I bring you my "Desert Island Mixtape": as many of my personal all-time favorite jams that would hypothetically fit on three C-60 cassettes, along with reasons why they made the cut. 

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem "Crickets"

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Wright State University president Cheryl Schrader has announced she will retire at the end of the year.

In a statement released Tuesday Schrader said she’s, “extremely proud,” of her accomplishments during her tenure at Wright State. The outgoing president also said she’s, “grateful for the experience and support,” she’s received.

Schrader was voted in as the university’s seventh president -- the first woman to hold that position -- in March, 2017.

wright-patterson air force base gates
Flickr Creative Commons user soundfromwayout

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s workforce is aging, with roughly half of workers currently eligible to retire soon. Now, Ohio jobs, education and military officials are teaming up to attract more young people to jobs at Wright-Patt, the state’s largest single-site employer.

Around 5,000 new jobs are expected to be added at the base over the next seven years, many of them requiring advanced degrees, science, technology, engineering and math skills.

fall leaves
Jay Joslin / Flickr Creative Commons

The canopy of leaves appeared solid throughout the hot summer, its entire nature dense and uniform, its shade thick and deep. Within a few days, that canopy will shatter deep into the jug of autumn. That jug, that earthen container takes it all.

Everything from the whole year past goes into the jug of October. Events and objects get mixed up in the tumble. The smooth wall of June is torn apart. The heat of July and August is filtered and cooled. All of the long green horizon crumbles.

The best sense of what we are in this place dissolves.

Left to right: VP Interim Executive Director, Dylan Pohl; members Deavon'te Hatch and Jeremy Hemming; VP Founder, Monnie Bush.
Jerry Kenney

Inside the large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, home to an organization called the Victory Project, there’s a lot that goes on.

VP founder and CEO, Monnie Bush is a former police officer who says he saw a need for the "alternative to the streets" program during his 15 years on the force.

Your Voice Ohio is hosting a series of forums for community members to discuss what topics they want to see politicians and the media cover during the next election cycle.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

It was a Monday evening in a spiffy YMCA community room in suburban Springboro, Ohio, once a sleepy Shaker village, now a congested, upscale expressway exit between Dayton and Cincinnati.

About to begin was the 37th Your Voice Ohio community conversation, co-sponsored by local media in an experiment to better connect journalists with the communities they cover. Tables were optimistically set for 12 people. Only five showed up.