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WYSO Weekend: October 5, 2014

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:  

  • Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation has released details about the officer-involved shooting at a Beavercreek Walmart in August. That's after a special grand jury last week found no wrongdoing on the part of two Beavercreek police officers who shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford III, a black man. The US Department of Justice is now reviewing the case. 
  • Last week marked one year since the federal government started offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act on healthcare.gov, also known as the “exchange” or “marketplace.” The launch was rocky, to say the least, but for the most part the glitches and disasters have been cleared up, and the political battles have also exited center stage. What’s happening now is an unprecedented growth in the numbers of people covered in the Miami Valley—and a health care industry that’s booming.
  • Another school year is now underway which means more reading, writing, and arithmetic for the kids. And a few who act up in the classroom will see some form of discipline as well.  One issue many communities are dealing with—out of school suspensions. Numbers from the Ohio Department of Education’s website show black students account for a disproportionate number of out of school suspensions. Scott Ervin, also known as The Kid Whisperer™, says he has a strong passion for improving the lives of teachers, parents, caregivers, and the children they serve. He’s devoted his career to education and to helping children succeed. We talked a little bit about that and about Scott’s approach to discipline.
  • WYSO has launched program changes in the last couple weeks, including the addition of a couple new shows. The Ted Radio Hour and Studio 360.  This week, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace spoke to the hosts of both programs.  Coming up his interview with Kurt Anderson from Studio 360, but first a conversation with Guy Raz about what makes the TED Radio Hour different...and why we should care. 
  • Another addition to the WYSO lineup is Studio 360, an arts and culture show from WNYC in New York. It's an eclectic mix of interviews, feature stories, music and ideas. In Lewis’ interview with host Kurt Andersen, we find out how the show connects to middle-America. We encourage you to give Studio 360 a listen on WYSO, Saturday afternoons at 1 o'clock. 

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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.