Lori Anne Gravley reads Anna Cates' poem "Summer Haiku"

Dayton History volunteer Norm Gibson   engineers the mini-train ride around Carillon Park.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

On Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, Carillon Park’s Rail Festival returns, and thousands of train enthusiasts will be there to enjoy it.

Rail Fest is a wildly popular event featuring miniature train rides, model train displays and a whole lot more. To get the details on this year’s event, WYSO's Jerry Kenney sat down with Dayton History Media Coordinator, Leo DeLuca. WYSO listeners will know Leo from the Community Voices reports he has produced for the station. Our conversation was a lot of fun this year mainly because of where it took place...

Montgomery County Aims To Recycle Tornado Debris

Jun 18, 2019
tornado damaged house
Karen Bledsoe / WYSO

Cleanup continues in many neighborhoods hard hit by a series of tornadoes on Memorial Day.  Montgomery County officials are striving to recycle as much of the debris as possible rather than send it directly to landfills.

Most yard waste and untreated scrap wood can be turned into mulch when brought to the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Facility in Moraine where it is ground up on-site and delivered to local companies to sell as mulch.

summer stream
Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr Creative Commons

The dream of my life,” writes poet Mary Oliver, “Is to lie down by a slow river/and stare at the light in the trees -/ to learn something by being nothing/ A little while but the rich lens of attention.”

Now these are the longest days of all, and if ever one might lie down by a slow river and stare at the light of the trees, these might be the days to do just that, and to learn something by being nothing.

A standing-room crowd attended the Trotwood State of the City address Monday night.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Miami Valley officials are still awaiting word on whether the White House will issue an official disaster declaration for communities recovering from the Memorial Day tornadoes.

The designation would allow FEMA aid and other federal disaster assistance from agencies, including the United States Small Business Administration, to begin flowing to the 10 Ohio counties affected by the storm.

Among the hardest hit areas was Trotwood, where hundreds of properties remain damaged.

Pete Rose was one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the sport. Now that Pete is entering his twilight years he wants to leave us with some final thoughts about how he became such a great player and the things that have been important to him. If you read "Play Hungry - the Making of a Baseball Player" you'll learn what matters to Pete Rose.

Conrad Balliet reads two poems for Father's Day by Rita Coleman and David Garrison

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


Dayton will be home to a new addiction treatment center linked to Google. Montgomery County health advocates say the high-tech facility intends to help pioneer evidence-based research into addiction medicine. WYSOs Jess Mador reports the center is called “OneFifteen” -- for the number of Americans who died every day from an opioid overdose two years ago.


Stats + Stories: The History of Stats + Stories

Jun 15, 2019
We have reached episode 100 of Stats + Stories and therefore we felt like it would be a good time to have John Bailer, Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington sit around and talk about what all has brought us here and what more to expect in the future.
via Stats and Stories

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

Since 2013 stats and Stories has brought you everything from sports statistics to the science of cat videos to the utility of p-values. Featuring the insights of experts from the social sciences, political science, and the hard sciences, today we’re flipping things around as we are the experts as we mark the 100th episode of Stats & Stories. Rosemary Pennington and regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, former and founding Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, are joined by their producer Charles Blades who asks the team some listener questons about the podcast.

Janeal Ravndal reads Aimee Noel's poem, "Swift Water Buriel"