The Huffman Historic District is hosting a Halloween-themed home tour this weekend.

The Spirit of Huffman tour gives you a visual feast of Halloween decorations and entertainment among the Victorian homes. You have a guide who takes you through the neighborhood and stopping to tour nine unique homes. Each tour is two hours long and includes refreshments. It is tonight 6 to 8:45pm and Saturday, 4 to 8:45pm.

We’re celebrating WYSO’s 60th birthday this year by listening to highlights from our historic audio collection.

In the early 1970s. WYSO had a growth spurt, adding staff and expanding the listening area. In 1973 came the first grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The money allowed us to buy programs from NPR for the first time. Also that year, the first on-air fundraiser was held. Listeners and businesses donated goods and services for an on-air auction, things like airplane rides and fresh baked bread. The fundraisers were called marathons. Regular programming was suspended for four straight days. Those who remember say the programming was wild and kinda wacky, and the few precious recordings we have confirm that things did get pretty squirrelly.

Conrad's Corner: October 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

Steve Broidy reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Folding The Laundry."

Conrad's Corner: October 10, 2018

Oct 10, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Herb Martin's poem, "I Sing Of An Earth"

Chronic pain patients at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Last year, Ohio changed its rules for prescribing opioids, restricting amounts of, and circumstances under which, doctors can prescribe those narcotics. The new rules have an exemption for people who are in hospice type care for diseases like cancer. But many patients who suffer from chronic pain say the new rules are leaving them without pain relief, resulting in unintended consequences.

Conrad's Corner: October 9, 2018

Oct 9, 2018

Janeal Ravndal reads Joy Schwab's poem, "Music."

21 years ago I had the opportunity to talk to Donald McCaig about his epic Civil War novel "Jacob's Ladder." He came through Dayton on his book tour and stopped at our studios that afternoon for a live interview. I was charmed.

He shared his fascinating personal story about how he had made the transition from a "Mad Men" style Madison Avenue advertising man to become a writer and a sheep rancher in rural Virginia.

And then there was the book; what a magnificent story he tells in "Jacob's Ladder." 21 years later it remains one of my favorite novels about our Civil War.

flowers in field
Tommy Clark / Flickr Creative Commons

I wrote my recent annual almanack as a horoscope in nature. The word horoscope comes from two Greek words, hora, which means hour or time, and skopos, which means observer. The time observer is a horoscoper, and for the horoscoper  who watches the seasons, an “almanack horoscope in nature” can offer a useful guide to the galaxy as well as to one’s own neighborhood.

In The Emerald Tablet, an ancient text by Hermes Trismegistus, the author attempts to explain the astrological mysteries of the cosmos. The work contains the phrase: “As above, so below.”

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

One of the state's first-to-open, and largest, cultivation facilities is located in Yellow Springs. The Cresco Labs facility Monday celebrated its grand opening.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, WYSO’s April Laissle went along for a tour. 

WYSO’s Recovery Stories series brings you conversations from the heart of Dayton’s opioid crisis. Today, we hear from Urbana 31-year-old Sarah Clay. In 2007, she met her husband Justin. – Their family grew... But everything soon changed when the couple fell deep into heroin addiction. Less than a year after finally getting clean, Justin died. Today, Sarah’s in recovery. And Justin’s mom Kathy Stewart helps to care for her four children.