Arts & Culture

Gale Halderman at the Halderman Barn Museum
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The designer of an iconic automobile has come back home to Dayton. Gale Halderman was born in Tipp City. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1950 and then attended art and design classes at the Dayton Art Institute. It may be surprising that the name behind one of America’s most popular sports cars didn’t set out to design anything like it.

“I loved to do lettering,” he says. “I used to letter all the school buses at school when I was in school. And then I saw this class that was designing televisions and bicycles and I thought, boy does that look exciting.”

The sunflower field at Tecumseh Land Trust
Tecumseh Land Trust

Yellow Springs-based conservation group Tecumseh Land Trust is holding their 14th annual Harvest Auction this week in downtown Springfield. Krista Magaw, Executive Director of Tecumseh Land Trust, spoke with WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions about the auction and the Land Trust's mission.

The 14th Annual Tecumseh Land Trust Harvest Auction takes place on Friday, September 14 in downtown Springfield. Ticket information and more can be found at tecumsehlandtrust.org/harvest-auction/.

Huffman Prairie is just down the road from our studios in Yellow Springs. Have you ever been there? It is located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and that is the spot where the Wright Brothers perfected their flying machines. In fact if they had not accomplished this modern miracle at that location Huffman Prairie as it is today would surely not exist.

Conrad's Corner: September 9, 2018

Sep 9, 2018

David Garrison pays tribute to Conrad Balliet.

Conrad's Corner: September 8, 2018

Sep 8, 2018

Conrad Balliet reads Herb Martin's poem, "Ballad."

Back in 2002 I was looking for some poetry to feature on the program to mark National Poetry Month. I had just seen that three of the poet Galway Kinnell's books had recently been reissued in one volume as "Three Books: Body Rags; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words; and The Past" so I contacted his publicist to inquire about an interview.

Conrad's Corner: September 7, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

Janeal Ravndal reads Stella Ling's poem, "Shadow of the Wind."

We aim to misbehave as we take a musical look at SHENANIGANS- cons, scams, smugglings, bamboozlings, chicanery, and general sketchy behavior, with everyone from Townes Van Zandt, Curtis Mayfield, Dead Kennedys and a whole mess of others weighing in on the topic. Come alone. No funny business, but first...

A.J. Croce
courtesy of A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce, son of iconic singer-songwriter Jim Croce, is bringing his "Croce Plays Croce" concert event to Dayton's Levitt Pavilion. Croce stopped by WYSO studios before the show to talk with Excursions' Niki Dakota about his career and his connection to his father's music.

A.J. Croce presents "Croce Plays Croce," featuring the music of Jim Croce, A.J. Croce, and their influences, at The Levitt Pavilion Dayton on Thursday September 6 at 7 PM. Information on tickets and more can be found at levittdayton.org.

Chris Hedges returned to the program to discuss his latest book. Over the years that I have been interviewing him I have discovered that his books are serious critiques of our society. He is thoughtful, articulate, and determined. This latest book is one of the most essential books that I have read in many years. Hedges speaks his truth and that can be profoundly depressing.