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Dayton Filmmaker Leah Byrd Brings ‘Hot & Bothered’ To The Web, Big Screen

Dayton filmmaker Leah Byrd is trying to break down racial and gender boundaries in a new web series. A 2016 report by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that less than 40% of all regularly recurring characters on TV shows are black, and that only 25% of LGBTQ characters are people of color. Leah Byrd’s series Hot & Bothered has both.

Part of 91.3 WYSO’s Culture Couch.

 

Stepping Into The Kitchen With Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Owner of the Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering and Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in Dayton, Chef Elizabeth Wiley, has been a player in the area’s restaurant scene on-and-off for almost 40 years. Over that time, she’s made more of a name for herself nationally, and watched other local female chefs climb the ladder alongside her.

Part of 91.3 WYSO’s Culture Couch.

 

Local Tattoo Artist Embraces The Stories Behind The Ink

Tattoos have become a major part of our culture, and with over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the U.S. alone, tattooing has become a billion-dollar industry. But it’s the stories behind the ink that owner of Wells & Co. Tattoos in Dayton, Chad Wells, has learned to embrace over the years.

Part of 91.3 WYSO’s Culture Couch.

What Keeps the Guitar Man Strumming

Jim McCutcheon’s been a musical fixture in Dayton since 1978. He teaches guitar classes to people of all ages, he’s released two children’s albums, and has several awards to his name. On May 17th, 2017 he added another one — the Governor’s Award in the Arts for arts education.

Part of 91.3 WYSO’s Culture Couch.

 

The Bridge from Dayton to the Congo

Immigrants have shaped Dayton, Ohio recently, and since September 2016, dozens of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been welcomed into Grace United Methodist Church to worship in Swahili.

Part of 91.3 WYSO’s Culture Couch.

 

Black Lives Matter protest shapes Ohio ballot

BLM protestors take over a city council meeting following the police shootings of two black men: Henry Green and Ty’re King.

 

Drone racing could be the sport of the future

Multi-GP’s trying to make drone racing the next Formula 1, and the Chicago Drone Racers are laying down their roots.

 

Technology is helping blind people lead independent lives

Technology’s changing everyone’s lives, especially of those in the blind community.

 

Sexist or Soothing?: Why your device has a female voice

Siri, Cortana, Alexa — female voices dominate the tech industry. I investigated why this is the case and spoke with gravitytank‘s Elizabeth Glenewinkle to help figure it out.

I also wrote about the process behind making this piece for the Rivet Radio Blog.

 

2012 London Coffee Festival

I went to the London Coffee Festival and put together a light news package about coffee and the 2012 Barista Championships.