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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. 
 

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ReEntry Stories is a series on WYSO that features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Latisha Ellis and James Clay. Latisha went to prison right after high school and participated in the Sinclair Program which helped her discover her passion for poetry.  James went to prison much later in life and honed a passion for public speaking by ministering to other incarcerated men. He continues to do this as a mentor at The Dayton Collaboratory’s X Factor initiative.


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The United States military would not be what it is today without its affinity among members. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Navy veteran Steve Harmon from Dayton reconnects with his old friend Charlie Campbell and tells him how their Ohio roots unexpectedly authorized his first mission in Vietnam.

During the holidays, when families gather, there can be a chance to share family stories and ask questions about family history.  Community Voices producer Corrie Van Ausdal spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a story passed down in her family.  It’s about her grandmother, her great-grandfather and the time they went to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Arcanum, Ohio a century ago.


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ReEntry Stories features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Angel Hopson Woods, a student at Sinclair Community College and an intern with the Sinclair Communications Department. Writing runs in their family – Reuben is a self-publishing author and Angel is a poet. She wanted to interview her father Reuben Woods who had a repeating pattern of incarceration until 11 years ago.


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In our second installment of ReEntry Stories: conversations between people who were once in prison, we meet Keyawn Jackson, who went through the Sinclair program and his wife Nikkita. They met while Keyawn was in prison and Nikkita was a student at Central State. Today, Keyawn works as a service technician and writes. Nikkita is a social worker who sometimes works with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). Together, they’ve started a business of their own. Keyawn and Nikkita were interviewed by ReEntry Stories producer Mary Evans.


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A new series began this week on WYSO called ReEntry Stories - conversations between people who were once in prison. ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans, who was incarcerated at Dayton Correctional, where she took part in Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program, designed to prepare people for re-entry. Today we meet Shareeka Gibson, who went through the Sinclair program and Marcia Weber, part of the X Factor Initiative. Both of them had professional careers and families before they were incarcerated and now they want to reclaim some of their old lives.

 


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Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College. This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.


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Two weeks after Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his so-called 'Strong Ohio' gun control package, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up the rhetoric. The plan disappointed many who wanted universal background checks and a law allowing judges to take guns from someone deemed a threat. DeWine called for both measures after the Oregon District mass shooting. Now, as Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports for WYSO News, both sides are lobbying lawmakers as they weigh DeWine’s gun bill. 

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Catherine Zimmerman is a filmmaker living in Yellow Springs. Her new documentary - Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. We spoke to Zimmerman outside the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs where she talked about the film, which features Dr. Douglas Tallamy, an Entomologist, teacher, author and environmental activist. And tells us a little bit about creating our own welcoming habitats right in our own backyards.

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Inside a large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, as I’m about to find out, there’s a lot that goes on. I’m here to meet Monnie Bush, a former police officer and the founder of Victory Project, which is a privately funded, faith-based 501(c)3 after-school program for boys and young men in Montgomery County. In this segment we meet 13-year-old Jeremy Hemming and 15-year-old Deavon’te Hatch, who give me a tour of the VP facility, and talk with Monnie about Victory Project’s mission and how it all got started.


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Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que on Patetrson and 5th St. will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000 square-foot mural. The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark. The mural was planned before the August mass shooting but it’s completion holds special meaning for some in the neighborhood. This week we spoke with Oregon District Business Association Treasurer Natalie Skiliter, who lives in the district and owns the Corner Kitchen, located on the districts eastern border.


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