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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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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

When a tornado tore through Old North Dayton on Memorial Day, one of the buildings destroyed was the neighborhood's last affordable, full-service grocery store. Eight months later, that family shop is still working to reopen, so the neighborhood association and a local ministry are offering residents free rides to the nearest supermarket. Reporter Jason Reynolds went shopping with them.

A coalition of Springfield groups is trying to stitch together a food safety net for thousands of people. On March 4th, the city’s South Side will become the region’s newest food desert, when the neighborhood’s Kroger supermarket closes. WYSO’s Jason Saul talked with Clark County reporter Tom Stafford about the emergency.


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A coalition of organizations formed after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak gathered on Thursday to provide updates on disaster recovery progress. After the meeting we spent some time with Laura Mercer, executive director of The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group, to get some of those updates.

Those May storms last year certainly damaged or destroyed a lot of homes, and took out quite a few trees as well - but not all of them and now, If you see a huge platform of sticks up in a tall tree, the Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to hear from you! They’re trying to track down every Bald Eagle nest in the state. WYSO’s Jason Saul has the story.


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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

This week we celebrate the Best of Dayton Youth Radio and Black History Month with a story that originally aired in 2017. It's from Mark Williams and Taylor Felder from the Miami Valley School, and it's about stereotypes and prejudice. Project Coordinator Basim Blunt introduces the story.

In Vietnam, the war was fought in the air, in the jungle, and in tunnels. Some soldiers were assigned to administrative duties, and they too were caught up in combat. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Army veteran Norm Schrein of Kettering remembers his year in Vietnam.


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Investigations into the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins are continuing. Despite years of alleged abuse by his father, Al Mclean, and complaints from school officials, Mclean removed the boy from school in order to homeschool him. Now, some people are saying it’s time for Ohio to change its homeschooling laws. They say Takoda’s case is a wake-up call - and changes in state law are necessary in order to protect students who are at risk of child abuse - and who are removed from school. To discover more on the ins and outs of homeschooling, and what protections are in place for children at risk, we spoke with Milton Gaither, a professor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Gaither has written extensively on homeschooling in America and is the author of the book “Homeschool: An American History.”


Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

The African American infant mortality rate has been consistently high for decades both, in Ohio and throughout the United States. But one nearby county got that rate down significantly. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Anna Huntsman tells us how they did it.

Here’s a truth about coming home from war. The soldier is finally home, but not fully. The National Center for PTSD says trauma survivors often experience problems in intimate and family relationships; because PTSD interferes with trust, communication, and emotional closeness. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Army veteran Andrew Klein of Kettering talks with his wife, Anna and daughter, Elyse about their gradual healing process.


Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Officials have now opened several investigations into the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. One of the three people arrested in the case was the boy’s father, Al-Mutahan McLean, on charges of child abuse, endangerment, torture, and the rape of a person under 13-years-old. Two women were also charged. Josh Sweigert, Investigative reporter at the Dayton Daily News, has been following this case as it’s been unfolding, and he joins us to talk a little bit more about what he’s learned, and how the investigations could play out.

Major General William Cooley, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, was removed from his position on Wednesday because of alleged misconduct. WYSO’s Leila Goldstein reports.


Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Military suicides continue to climb and it’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talks to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.

That was Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick. This conversation took place at WYSO as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative which visited the Miami Valley last summer. Veterans’ Voices on WYSO is presented by Wright-Patt Credit Union with additional support from CareSource.


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Many in Dayton’s LGBT community, and others who knew him, are mourning the death of Dickie Wilson – a prolific advocate and activist for equal rights issues like domestic partner benefits, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and marriage equality. In February of 2019, we spoke to Wilson about issues and challenges faced by older LGBTQ people. In that conversation he told us about his coming out a time when it was an uncommon, and often dangerous thing to do. He also talked about his advocacy for the community that found.


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It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing people across the Miami Valley. Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities. But one recent event aimed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.


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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

In recent years, research has shown that post-traumatic stress disorder can be helped with expressive writing. Today on Veteran Voices, Marine Corps veteran Chris Bussler of Harveysburg tells his wife, Wendy, about a creative strategy he found to cope with the stress of his multiple deployments. A warning that some listeners may find this story disturbing.

Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the country. Many of the Amish settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties – where access to healthcare is hard to come by. Ohio Public Radio’s Paige Pfleger reports on a project that is trying to bring cancer screenings to Amish women.


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