WYSO Weekend

Sunday, 10-10:30am

Welcome to WYSO Weekend where every Sunday morning, host Jerry Kenney brings you highlights from the week's news, issues, interviews, arts and cultural events from across the Miami Valley.  You'll also hear the latest stories from WYSO Community Voices producers, and features from Dayton Youth Radio, Senior Voices, County Lines and other series. 

The last remaining Doolittle Raider passed away early Monday morning in San Antonio, Texas. Dayton native, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Richard Cole was 103 years old. Cole took part in a top secret mission to bomb Japan in 1941, just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when 80 men took off from an aircraft carrier. They were led by Lt. James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle and soon after their mission they became known as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. In this 2013 interview with WYSO, Cole talked about the 1942 mission, and the legacy of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

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We start the program with some wise words that we can all benefit from. Many of us, young and old, spend too much time on our smartphones. On this week’s Dayton Youth Radio we heard a teenager’s perspective on living with — and without her phone. Dayton Youth Radion Project Coordinator, Basim Blunt, introduces our story.

In the past few years, the Montgomery County Jail has become notorious for lawsuits and allegations of inmate mistreatment. A recent independent investigation by the Montgomery County Commission’s Justice Committee revealed a chronic shortage of corrections officers contributes to some of the jail’s most deeply entrenched problems. The solution may seem obvious: hire more corrections officers. But some jail officials say, it’s not that simple. WYSO's April Laissle reports.


The federal government shutdown is more than two months behind us, but its impact is still reverberating in the kitchens of some rural Ohioans. WOSU’s Nick Evans visited a southeast Ohio food pantry to see how people are managing.


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On February 26, 2019, Toledo residents had the chance to vote on an unusual, some might even say “radical,” proposal: whether or not to give the fourth largest lake in the U.S., its own “Bill of Rights.”  From OPR member station WCPN, Adrian Ma explains how the idea came about, and why some people in Ohio’s business and agriculture communities are worried.


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This week NPR aired a conversation between two Ohio mothers, whose children were facing addiction. The conversation was recorded by YSO managing editor Jess Mador as part of our recovery stories series. Here’s the story as it aired this week on All Things Considered. NPR’s Audie Cornish introduces the story.


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A community watchdog group Tuesday told Montgomery County commissioners the county jail needs to be replaced. In a report based on two years of study, the Justice Committee found the jail’s design makes it difficult or impossible for guards to supervise inmates in some areas of the facility. The recommendation for a new jail is at odds with the commission’s current plan to spend millions of dollars renovating the first floor of the detention center. WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


Around five years ago a grassroots support group started in Dayton to help people struggling with a loved one’s addiction. It’s called FOA –– for Families of Addicts. And central to the group’s mission is an effort to break down the stigma that often surrounds the opioid epidemic. For WYSO News, Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds attended an FOA meeting and has this story.

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a teenager that realized parents can be both positive and negative role models, all the while loving them.  Project coordinator Basim Blunt introduces the story.

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Last week we told you how, some Dayton groups, including Rainbow Elder Care, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, and Boonshoft Pride are collecting data to gauge the unique needs of the older LGBT community. Our story featured three people who had genuine concerns about their futures as they get older. In our conversations we also talked about other aspects of their lives….. Coming out to family and friends, and to themselves. We talked about the ideals of community and culture, and so we wanted to share just a little bit more of their stories with you. This segment features Janice James, Joyce Gibbs and Dickie Wilson.

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By 2030, one in every five Americans will be at retirement age, according to the U.S. Census. That means millions more Americans will grapple with the challenges of aging. And for LGBT seniors, aging can sometimes be even more complicated. Now, some Dayton groups, led by Rainbow Elder Care, are collecting data to gauge the unique needs of the older LGBT community. We spoke with the organizers of the new survey project and several people who have taken it.

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Just in case you missed the news, On Wednesday  in Dayton, Antioch College officials announced a deal allowing WYSO to become independent. To learn more about what’s behind today’s announcement and how it could affect WYSO, Managing Editor Jess Mador spoke with Station Manager Neenah Ellis, who says WYSO –– with Antioch College –– has so far raised almost $3.5 million. The funds will reimburse Antioch for its investment in the station’s broadcast license and operations.