Jonathan Juravich, Ohio’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, explains how he meets the needs of students in his classes.
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State education leaders have a new policy they say will ensure student success.  But it involves doing some basic things many schools and teachers already do – focusing on individual students’ needs and de-emphasizing required standardized testing.

The state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Juravich, helped develop the new policy that focuses less on teaching information that could be on state standardized tests and more on meeting the needs of individual students.

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Jess Mador / WYSO

Wright State’s new semester begins Monday, Aug 27. University officials are continuing to grapple with major staffing and budget issues.


 Some of these problems are holdovers from the last school year, when Wright State trustees announced new budget cuts were needed to prevent state financial oversight.


For more on this situation, and ongoing faculty union contract negotiations, WYSO’s Jess Mador spoke with education reporter April Laissle.


Former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and several payday lending lobbyists are named in a federal search warrant seeking evidence of potential bribery and kickbacks.

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Miami Valley college students are returning to campus this fall, but for some area young people, going to college presents extra challenges because they are undocumented immigrants.

Three years ago WYSO met one such young person as part of our Graduating Latino series, a then-junior at Ponitz Career Technology Center that we called Javier who had hoped to attend college here in the Miami Valley. Today we catch up with Javier and his family. Community Voices producer Jonathan Platt visited with them and brings us this update.

It was several years after Conrad’s Corner began on WYSO that Conrad Balliet, who recently died at the age of 91,  met a person who would become his dear friend for the next 20 years - former WYSO News Director Aileen LeBlanc. She created a show called Sounds Local, and Conrad was a frequent contributor. Today LeBlanc brings us her memories of Conrad and then we’ll hear from other colleagues who shared his love of poetry.

Conrad Balliet, host of Conrad’s Corner on WYSO for 25 years, died Saturday.
Andy Snow

Conrad Balliet, host of Conrad’s Corner on WYSO for 25 years, died August 18, 2018. He was 91.

Balliet was an Army veteran who fell in love with poetry while stationed in Germany.  He went on to teach poetry as an English professor at Wittenberg University for 30 years, and was known as a scholar of William Butler Yeats’ life and poetry.

After his retirement from Wittenberg, Balliet began hosting Conrad’s Corner, sharing his love of poetry with WYSO listeners.

Stats + Stories: Reading, Writing and Risk Literacy?

Aug 25, 2018
Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational - The Institute for Decisions.
David Ausserhofer / via Stats + Stories

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

From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we face risk. Risk from financial markets, from public health crises, from merely being human. Learning how to navigate lives filled with risk and its sibling uncertainty, has fueled philosophers, writers and scientists alike. It's also the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories, where we explore the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics department and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media Journalism and Film. Their guest is Gerd Gigerenzer, an expert on uncertainty and risk. Gigerenzer is the director of the Harding Center for Risk literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and partner of Simply Rational the Institute for decisions. He's also the author of a number of books including Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious and Risk Savvy: How to make good decisions

The Antioch Word Interviews Speaking Suns

Aug 25, 2018

This edition of The Antioch Word showcases how music can be used as the common thread that promotes intersectionality, activism, and community building.

Speaking Suns, who have been compared to the Beach Boys, visited the WYSO studios and spoke with podcast co-host and 2018 Miller Fellow Mary Evans.  

The Antioch Word is a podcast for the Antioch College community, about Antioch College. It is written and produced by Antioch College students working at WYSO. 

Jerry Kenney

The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.

Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores at some point next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith have both been suspended after a university investigation into what they knew about an assistant coach's alleged abuse.