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WYSO Weekend: January 25, 2015

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll here about proposed changes by the US Food and Drug Administration to end the life-time ban on gay men donating blood. And later in the program our Veterans Voices series continues as we learn about Army veteran 93 year old Jim Martin who parachuted into Normandy this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Jeremy Dobbins has that story. We’ll begin with a conversation with a Waynesville mom who’s son was brutally murdered almost a year ago, and find out how she’s coping. See full program details below.

  • A bill known as “Justin’s Law” is expected to be introduced to the Ohio legislature next month – It would allow for stiffer penalties for adults and juveniles convicted of aggravated murder. The “Justin” in Justin’s Law was 18-year-old Justin Back of Waynesville.  He was murdered a year ago January 28th.  At the time two 19-year-olds - Timothy Mosley and Austin Myers broke into Back’s Warren County, stole a gun, a small safe and some other family possessions, and brutally murdered Back. This week, I spoke with Sandy Cates – Justin’s mom – at her home in Waynesville where she lives with her husband Mark. They moved there when Justin and his older brother Jake were still young. We talked about the kind of young man Justin was and about the day he died.
  • Today our Veterans Voices series continues as we learn about Army veteran Jim Martin who - despite being 93 years old - parachuted into Normandy this year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Jim was in the now famous 506th parachute infantry regiment featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He was nicknamed “Pee Wee” because he was the lightest man in the unit. At the end of the war, Jim returned to Xenia to build a house, raise a family, and live a modest life. But when Jim got online and connected with social media, his popularity reached celebrity status. Marine Corps veteran, and Wright State University student, Jeremy Dobbins has the story.

  • The Dayton Community Blood Center says it supports removing a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.  The US Food and Drug Administration is considering the change. To get the details on current law and the expected changes we spoke with CEO Dr. David Michael Smith Dayton CBC. Our conversation begins with a look at the agency and the world-wide service it provides. 

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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.