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WYSO Weekend: August 18, 2013

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Jerry Kenney

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for August 18, 2013 including the following stories:

- Civil Rights To Right Now, by Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson: WYSO holds a rich digital archive from the Civil Rights era. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 2014, we’re partnering with community organizations to augment it with the stories of local residents who lived through this transformational period in our history. Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson used the historical audio to inspire childhood recollections of the day when the streets of Yellow Springs looked more like the streets of Birmingham, Alabama.

- The latest installment of SOCHE Talks on the history of racial desegregation in Dayton schools.

- Niki Dakota interviews Russian students participating in a local cultural exchange trip in the Miami Valley: The Miami Valley Episcopal Russian Network (MVERN) was started in 1997 as a cultural exchange partnership with Fr. Nicholai Aksenov and his parish, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Sablino, Russia.

Sablino is a small rural community about 30 miles south of St. Petersburg, MVERN is comprised of 11 Episcopal and two Orthodox churches in the Miami Valley.  This week Niki Dakota got the chance to speak with exchange leaders and students about the program and their visit. 

In the interview ahead you’ll meet the students and hear what they have to say with the help of translator Dr. Igor Tolochin, a professor of English at the University of St. Petersburg.  Niki began by asking Exchange Trip Leaders – Nick and Joanna Mclarnin about their involvement with the program.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.