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WYSO Weekend: May 24, 2015

WYSO Weekend

On today’s program:  We’ll talk to journalist and now Playwright, Tom Stafford about his play "Before the Bricks Fell," about the closing of Crowell-Collier Publishing in Springfield, just before Chritmas in 1956.  And We’ll talk about the Wright Brothers’ legacy with Dawne Dewey - head of special collections at the Wright State University archives. Miami Valley StoryCorps, Dayton Youth Radio and more. See full details below.

  • Pulitzer Prize winning author, David McCullough, has written a new book about the Wright Brothers – it’s a window into the world of the two young men who gave mankind one of it’s greatest achievements – flight. You'll hear from David McCullough in today’s Book Nook with Vic Mickunas. The program follow this one at 10:30 but we wanted to take a longer look at the Wright Brothers’ legacy here in the Miami Valley, and to do that we spoke with Dawne Dewey at Wright State University – home to the largest collection of Wright Brothers artifacts in the world. Dewey the head of special collections there and tells us about its history.
  • Tom Stafford is a journalist with more than 35 years at the Springfield News Sun. He has written a play about the closing of Crowell-Collier Publishing in Springfield. The closure meant the loss of 2,250 jobs just before Christmas of 1956. It was a major blow to the city and its residents.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's a jazz club in downtown Dayton.
  • On Dayton Youth Radio we hear a story by Heather Ashley, a sophomore at DECA ­ the Dayton Early College Academy. Heather has strong feelings about feminism. DYR project coordinator Basim Blunt introduces her story.
  • This year WYSO and Tecumseh Land Trust sponsored Living on the Land, an essay contact inviting writers of all ages to reflect on what home and land mean to them.  This week, we hear from Dayton Regional STEM School student Tess Greene.  Her essay won the grand prize in the high school category and is entitled, "Always Moving, Ever Rooted."
  • Reading, writing and root vegetables – that might be the new future of education. Commentator Bob Brecha from the University of Dayton has been noticing a trend among college students when it comes to food security and sustainability. Bob Brecha is a professor of physics and renewable and clean energy. He is the coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and The Environment program at the University of Dayton. For more stories and commentaries, visit our website, WYSO dot org.
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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.