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Culture Couch

WYSO is exploring the arts scene in our community with a new occasional series. It’s called Culture Couch. Have a seat.

It’s stories about creativity – told through creative audio storytelling.

From Broadway musicals to youth theatre, and graphic novels to graffiti, you’ll meet artists from across the region. We hope you’ll join us for the journey.

Culture Couch is made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

The entrance to Orange Frazer Press is hard to miss, even though it's tucked in an alley. Wilmington now has beautiful, building-sized murals all over town, but Orange Frazer's mural was one of the first.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

In the age of Amazon, e-books, and on-demand publishing, small presses have had to make big changes to stay afloat, and Orange Frazer Press in Wilmington has become one of Ohio’s most versatile small publishers. Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds stopped by their offices to learn how this little press that could continues to thrive after 30 years.

Dayton resident Robert Kahn saw his childhood home of Mannheim, Germany invaded the Nazis during WWII.
Leo DeLuca / WYSO

In November 1938, the Nazi leadership in Germany organized a series of violent actions against Jewish citizens all across the country.  German soldiers attacked the homes, synagogues and businesses of Jews and more than 30 thousand Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. 

Those attacks are known as Kristall Nacht, the night of broken glass, referring to the shattered glass on streets and sidewalks in the aftermath. It’s often seen as the beginning of The Holocaust, the mass genocide of Jews and other minorities in Europe during World War II.

Yellow Springs Actor Brings Audio Books To Life

Nov 5, 2019
Yellow Springs actor Teri Clark Linden in her home studio
Debra Oswald / WYSO

Audio book publishing has exploded in the last several years. More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 say they have listened to an audiobook and there are nearly 50 thousand audio books to choose from.

Every one of those audio books is read out loud and recorded, sometimes by the author, but often times by a professional actor like Yellow Springs resident Teri Clark Linden. She has been narrating audiobooks for the past 10 years. She’s done about 200 of them in that time.

James Sercu gets a tattoo while behind him artist Will Eagle draws his 16th tattoo of the day at Drawing Dayton Together.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Dayton themed tattoos have become popular across the city since the mass shooting in the Oregon District last month. People are getting Gem City designs, Dayton Strong ink, the shape of the state with a star where the city lies.

John Everett, a Carillon Historical Park volunteer, umpires a game between the Carillon Clodbusters and the Hall of Fame 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings in early August. The Clodbusters play again this Sunday, August 25, at Carillon Historical Park.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Professional baseball is celebrating its 150th anniversary this summer, and the pro game has its roots here in Southwest Ohio. 

In 1869, The Cincinnati Red Stockings were America’s first and only pro team. They toured the country playing amateur clubs. Baseball was different then, and tougher. It was played barehanded. There were no gloves, no stadiums, no peanuts and cracker jacks.

Nuturing Stage Combat Skills In Actors

Aug 1, 2019
Julia Hiltscher / Flickr Creative Commons

The plays of William Shakespeare are performed on stage more than any other playwright’s works. There are a couple of good reasons for this.

"Because it’s dirt cheap, and it’s good stuff," says actor Bruce Cromer. In his more than 40 years on the stage, he’s acted in dozens of Shakespeare’s works, where no matter the show, as an audience member, you’re bound to see some fighting on stage.

picture books
Enokson / Flickr Creative Commons

Reading can boost your brain power, increase concentration and enhance your imagination. Reading can also make you more empathetic and help develop communication skills. Community voices producer Alan Staiger visited several Greene County Public Libraries to find out what librarians are recommending to kids for their summer reading pleasure.

At the Xenia library, we asked youth services librarian Lindy Morgan-Moore if she had any suggestions for young readers.

"I'm known as the book pusher," says Morgan-Moore. "I want to get books in little people's hands."

Remembering Ohio Connections To The Moon Landing

Jul 19, 2019
Neil Armstrong's Pressure Suit, A7-L, A19730040000, Apollo 11, that he wore to walk on the moon July 20, 1969 in its new display case in The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age Gallery of the National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum photo by Jim Preston / via NASA Image and Video Library

A blurry figure came on television screens all over the world on July 20th, 1969.

The astronaut, in a bulky space suit, backed down the steps of the lunar module known as Eagle. Then he made a short a hop down ----into the ashy powder on the surface of the moon. 

Neil Armstrong, a 38-year-old pilot born in Wapakoneta, Ohio was the first man on the moon- 50 years ago.

Matt Dierking organizes the Skinner Pipe Organ concerts at the Dayton Art Institute and often performs at them. A Skinner in full working order with the original pipes is a rarity these days, something akin to a Stradivarius instrument.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

One of the most interesting works at the Dayton Art Institute is a musical instrument: a pipe organ that was constructed in the Rose Auditorium 90 years ago.

It was built by Ernest M. Skinner, one of the most renowned organ makers of the early Twentieth Century.

The restoration process took years, and DAI has been celebrating by offering free concerts on select Thursday afternoons.

participants in the 2019 Transgender Singing Voice Conference
courtesy of Danielle Cozart Steele

In the last several years, many more transgender and non-binary artists have emerged onto the American cultural scene.  Recently Earlham College, 50 miles west of Dayton, held a gathering for singers called the Transgender Singing Voice Conference.  

It brought together about 200 music educators, composers and transgender and non-binary singers from all over the U.S.  

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