Community Voices

Beating The Odds

Aug 15, 2013

In the Chicago public schools, and urban school districts across the nation, if you’re a black male the odds are against your going on to college. If you do, there’s a good chance you won’t complete your degree. The college graduation rate for African American males who graduate from Chicago Public Schools is a little more than 20 percent.  WYSO Community Voices Producer Amy Harper takes a look at the forces affecting the life of one young man who is trying to beat the odds.  

Culture Bound

Aug 14, 2013

The United States is a country of indigenous, emancipated and immigrant peoples. It has one of the most unique mixtures of cultures in the world.  Are we afraid of our multiculturalism or is it the foundation of our lives? Community Voices Producer Venita Kelley explores the idea that cultural heritage and legacy matter to Americans.

People are enthusiastic about revealing the reasons they are who they are, why they understand events in the way they do, and why they do what they do if we ask, “What is your culture and how do you demonstrate it every day?”

Bringing The Dragons To Dayton

Aug 13, 2013

Early in the 2014 baseball season, the minor league Dayton Dragons will sell out their one-thousandth consecutive ball game at home, a record in North American professional sports. There hasn’t been an unsold ticket for a Dragons game since 2000, when they played for the first time in the $23 million stadium built for them by the city. Community Voices Producer Stephen Siff and student-reporters Chris Cullum and Kathleen Sullivan explore Dayton’s love for these Dragons, and why it almost never came to be.

WYSO 2013 Community Voices Special (Part One)

Aug 12, 2013

Radio stories by, for, and about the Miami Valley, produced in WYSO’s 2013 Community Voices training. 

This hour we’ll go on a bear hunt, uncover a hidden gem in Springfield, meet a local choir singing for social change, and learn why the sound of crinkling paper makes some peoples’ brains tingle.

Southwest Ohio Young & Poly

Aug 12, 2013

A new way of thinking about relationships is growing in the US. Polyamory is the ability to have romantic love for more than one person at a time. Dayton is home to a growing polyamorous community. Dayton is known for being a city of innovation and now that innovation affects relationships as well. A local group called Southwest Ohio Young and Poly was formed in response. Community Voices Producer Nicole Richter has the story.

Financial Aid Officer Larry Brickman

Aug 11, 2013

A college degree is viewed as one way to gain access to a decent standard of living. To pay for it, most students and families will turn to student loans and the financial aid office at the college they attend. A field that few aspire to but many find rewarding, the director of financial aid plays a crucial institutional role. But who are the people that do this work? Where do they come from?  WYSO Community Voices Producer Seth Gordon has one person’s story. 

Finding An ASMR Community

Aug 9, 2013

Crinkling paper. Nails tapping on a table. A soft voice. For most of us, these sounds aren't much more than your average background noise. But for some, sounds like these trigger a physiological phenomenon known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR. Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows begins the story with one of these triggers.

“Hello, dear friends. Good evening. So, this little spoon...I'm interested in spoons….”

Inside The World House

Aug 8, 2013

The World House Choir performed its debut concert to celebrate the birthday of Coretta Scott King. Like Mrs. King did all her life, this new community choir in the Miami Valley sings to promote peace, social justice, and diversity. Behind every grass roots movement for equality, songs of struggle inspire people toward social change. Community Voices Producer, David Seitz, tells us about this unique choral group.  

via Hartman Rock Garden

Hidden in a quiet neighborhood in Springfield, Ohio, lies a folk-art gem called the Hartman Rock Garden, named after its creator and local resident, Ben Hartman.

Hartman was a rock hound and he would use the rocks that he collected from the area to make concrete and stone replicas of historic buildings. He made so many structures that eventually he transformed his entire backyard into a fantastic landscape of miniature buildings and figurines.

Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde brings us the story of how Ben Hartman turned his obsession into a National Folk-Art site.

Head Start & The Sequester

Aug 6, 2013

Across the state Head Start programs are grappling with the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Head Start is an early childhood education program that serves low-income and at-risk families. The across the board spending cuts that went into place last March are forcing these programs to cut their funding by over 5 percent. WYSO Community Voices Producer Hideo Higashibaba reports on how this cut will affect Head Start programs in the Miami Valley.