Community Voices

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's Cooling off at Shijo, 1885, woodblock print, ink and color on paper.
Collection of the Dayton Art Institute

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi is widely considered to be the last master of traditional Japanese wood carving. His colorful prints were made in the 19th century, but his imagery is everywhere today. You’ll find it in books and on calendars. Posters hang in sushi shops and college dorm rooms. But when Dayton Art Institute reopens on July 10th, they’ll have 100 rare, original Yoshitoshi  prints on display.

Asian Art Curator Peter Doebler is standing next to a samurai helmet that has gigantic deer antlers branching out on both sides.

Veterans' Voices: Writing And Burning Your Story

Jul 8, 2020
Chris and Wendy Bussler

This story originally aired on December 11, 2020.

In recent years, research has shown that post traumatic stress disorder can be helped with expressive writing. Marine Corps veteran Chris Bussler of Harveysburg tells his wife, Wendy, about a creative strategy he found to cope with the stress of his multiple deployments. 

Veterans' Voices: Telling The Story Of Servicewomen In Vietnam

Jul 1, 2020
Susan Wambach and Renee Clevenger

This story originally aired on February 19, 2020.

On the Washington mall, just south of the black granite Vietnam Wall, there’s a statute of a wounded soldier surrounded by three nurses. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial tells the story of some 11,000 uniformed women who served in Vietnam. In this encore edition of Veterans' Voices, we hear from Army veteran Susan Wambach of Washington Township as she talks to her wife Renee Clevenger.


Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick

This story originally aired January 20, 2020.

Military suicides continue to climb. It’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talked to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Together Apart

Jun 18, 2020
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, DCDC choreographers and dancers created dance together virtually.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

By now many of us have worked from home on Zoom. So what does that mean if you are a dancer in the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company? When Ohio shut down in March, DCDC choreographers and dancers created dance together through Zoom in their separate apartments-- as best they could.  David Seitz joined them online to learn about the process.

Formerly a farm on the edge of Yellow Springs, Agraria is now a land laboratory, educational center and environmental stewardship program.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Just outside of Yellow Springs is a former farm that has been turned into Ohio’s first center for regenerative practice. It’s a new project by the Arthur Morgan Institute, which serves as an educational and research center to explore the direct relationship between healthy environments and healthy communities.

Judy Atlagh (l) and Betty Ann Borders (r)

When Betty Ann Borders’ husband joined the Air Force, like many military spouses, she found herself trying to balance the couple’s jobs and family planning with their frequent moves. So, to make things easier, she enlisted, too. In this edition of Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Betty Ann Borders of Dayton tells her daughter, Judy Atlagh about her service during a time when the Air Force was becoming more inclusive.

Agrihoods are neighborhoods centered around farms, where residents like Harper can eat food created in their community.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Editor's note: a prior version of the web text refers to New Lebanon, which has been correct to South Lebanon.

About a decade ago, Leslie Aberlin was at a crossroads in her life. She had developed some serious health issues that were keeping her away from her company Pendragon Homes. Then her father passed away and Leslie Aberlin was left to deal with the 141 acre property he had developed for his family, which centered around a cluster of swiss-style homes.

Aberlin wanted to sell the property, but then, her father came to her in a dream. 

Michael and LaCynda Dufrene

For some, patriotism is mixed and ever-changing. Yet for others, devotion to one's country is resolute. This week on Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Michael Dufrene of Fairborn and his wife, LaCynda Dufrene, reflect on a lifetime of love and military service. 

Fifteen: Miami Valley Teenagers Reflect On Their First Protest

Jun 5, 2020
Ja' Nya Lewis and Joe Freeman
courtesy of Ja' Nya Lewis and Joe Freeman

If you've been watching media coverage of the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, you may have noticed a lot of young people on the frontlines. Dayton Youth Radio project manager Basim Blunt had a phone conversation with Ja' Nya Lewis and Joe Freeman, two local teenagers were protesting Dayton.