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WYSO Weekend: March 08, 2015

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Miami Valley StoryCorps, a new bike-share program for downtown Dayton, and a discussion on affordable housing in Yellow Springs.

  • Former employees of auto parts company Delphi, including many in the Dayton area, are working to get a health care tax credit back on the agenda in Congress. As WYSO’s Lewis Wallace explains, about 20 thousand people lost health care in the GM bailout deal.
  • The case dealing with health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act got most of the attention at the U.S. Supreme Court this week. But there was another case that could have an impact on Ohio and its congressional district map, which has been called one of the most unfairly drawn in the country. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on this case and what it could mean for Ohio.
  • Warden Ernie Moore, head of the Lebanon Correctional Institution south of Dayton, was recently named “Warden of the Year.” On the day Governor John Kasich visited Wilmington, Ohio to deliver his SOS speech and talk up his new fiscal budget, state prisons director Gary Mohr was in Lebanon to honor the warden.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we hear Yellow Springs resident Kurt Miyazaki interview his mother Lucille about her journey from Hawaii to the Midwest. This Miami Valley StoryCorps interview - and many others - can be found at WYSO dot org. The interview was edited by Community Voices producer Alan Staiger.
  • A bike share program is coming to downtown Dayton. The $1 million bike-share project was announced by Bike Miami Valley and the Greater Dayton RTA Thursday morning.  Laura Estandia with Bike Miami Valley says the goal of the program, known as “Link” is to promote more active lifestyles in the city.
  • Antioch College wrapped up its housing charrette this week. A charrette is a way of taking public input on a design process. Antioch is considering building a village on the campus where community members and alums could rent or buy homes. The project started as a concept to bring in extra revenue for the rebuilding school. But it’s since expanded: now the vision is super green homes known as “living buildings,” and a mix of low-income and market-rate housing. Leaders say there could be up to 300 units built over several years. The charette took in ideas over several days from Yellow Springs residents including Jonatha Wright. Lewis Wallace interviewed her at the closing event—starting with a question about the opening of the charrette. Also, in a speech Sunday evening, Antioch College President Mark Roosevelt argued for the idea of an on-campus village that’s integrated into college life. He says this could be a real revenue source AND a great place for retirees. We have an excerpt from his speech.  WYSO is licensed to Antioch College.
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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.