Antioch Word Alumni Stories: Joe Yarkin, Class of 1990

Sep 22, 2018

 During Antioch College's 2018 Reunion, alumni visited the WYSO studios and shared their stories with current Antioch students, fellow alumni, and WYSO staff members. This edition of the Antioch Word features alumnus Joe Yarkin, '90. WYSO Miller Fellow Rachel Isaacson spoke with Joe about his experiences with traveling by hopping freight trains, how he found himself attending Antioch College where he found his interest in solar energy.


Ahead of the September 25 National Register to Vote Day, Antioch College's Coretta Scott King Center is hosting a Freedom to Vote Rally featuring author and civil rights activist Shaun King as the keynote speaker.  Mila Cooper, Executive Director of the Coretta Scott King Center, joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming event. 

Kayla Stephensen
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This is Kayla Stephensen. I’m sophomore class president at Bellbrook High School. I play soccer for the school and am one of those “hard workers” that isn’t super great at soccer. I mostly make up for it by sheer willpower and speed.

Travis, my dad, likes to follow every wild dream he can make up. He wanted to learn the guitar at age 40, and sometimes I walk in on him jamming out. Kasen, my brother, was valedictorian last year. He comes into my room singing, dancing and playing the ukulele.

Danny Jones, Dale Friesen, and Ed Hill with a field of Turkey Red Wheat behind them.
courtesy of Dorothy Lane Market

During the early 1800s, wheat production made Ohio one of the leading grain-growing states in the U.S. As prairie land was settled and major wheat growing moved westward, the grain became less important to the state’s agricultural economy. Corn and soybeans became the staple of farming, and now wheat fields are few and far between in the Ohio countryside.

Dayton Sister City Committee

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city next summer.

Dayton actually has five sister cities around the world. “The oldest of which is Augsburg, Germany,” says Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee. “That [relationship] was established in 1964. Oiso, Japan is our second oldest, in 1968, and then we have three others: Holon, Israel, Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and then Monrovia and Liberia.”

Mike DeWine (R) and Richard Cordray (D)
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's candidates for governor repeatedly spotlighted the Miami Valley during the first of three gubernatorial debates, held Wednesday night at the University of Dayton river campus.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray spent much of the contentious hour-long debate comparing their approaches to the opioid crisis and their respective attempts to address it during their time in government.

The candidates also sharply criticized each other’s views on student debt, abortion rights, and gun control. 

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Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky and Army veteran David Berry.
courtesy of David Berry

The American military is very diverse, and it’s where many men and women first learn how to build relationships with people from different cultures. Army veteran and Wright State University student David Berry of Springfield was raised in America and Navy veteran Pyotr Dobrotvorsky of Yellow Springs was raised in Russia.

A nonprofit focused on attracting and retaining young creatives in Dayton has a new director. Miami Valley entrepreneur Lauren White will lead UpDayton as it marks its 10-year anniversary this year. In this profile, WYSO’s Sheila Raghavendran looks at UpDayton’s impact so far, and how the group’s mission has evolved.  


This episode of The Antioch Word features alumna Kathy Huff, Class of 1967. In this interview with current Antioch student Thoms Amrhein, Kathy talks about the reason why she initially chose Antioch and how the closing of Antioch in 2008 brought Antioch Alumni back together.

This interview was edited by Mary Evans, current Miller Fellow at WYSO and co-host of The Antioch Word, a podcast for the Antioch College Community, about Antioch College written and produced by Antioch College students working at WYSO.