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WYSO Weekend: July 26, 2015

WYSO Weekend

Thanks for checking out WYSO Weekend, the home of YSO produced news and features. On today’s program Miami Valley StoryCorps and Dayton Youth Radio. Later in the program, there are more than 1,300 disabled artists who work with We Care Arts in Kettering, Ohio every year. Coming up, Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds will bring us a day-in-the-life-profile of one of those artists. See full details below.

  • Scott Ervin has served as an educator for 15 years.  But his love for teaching has been over shadowed by recent changes and mandates from the Ohio Department of Education.  So much so that he recently resigned his teaching position at Fairborn Primary School. Ervin penned his frustrations in a recent editorial for the Washinton Post, and in a conversation with WYSO this week, he details why he resigned.
  • Local groups will recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA this weekend—with a protest. As WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, activists say the RTA bus stop at the Dayton Mall discriminates against people with disabilities.
  • Governor John Kasich has officially announced he will seek the Republican nomination for president. WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave spoke with Dr. Lee Hannah, who is a Wright State Assistant Professor of Political Science about Kasich’s chances and how his campaigning could affect Ohioans.
  • There’s some in-fighting in the Ohio Democratic Party these days between the current leadership and a former party chairman. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the fight centers over the way the party’s current leadership is dealing with Democratic candidates in the U.S. Senate race.
  • Vincent Van Gogh said that brushstrokes are like speech. And if an artist is disabled and cannot make art, they are silenced. We Care Arts in Kettering consistently breaks through limitations and helps hundreds of people with disabilities create on canvas, in clay, cloth and more. Last year some 1300 people took classes or worked in their studio. Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds spent time there and brings us this portrait of one of the artists. * We Care Arts is hosting an “Arts & Drafts” fundraiser and art auction from 4-10 this Saturday [AUGUST 1]. This event will feature tattoo artists, live music, food trucks, and local microbrews.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear Ebony Davenport and her mentor and former teacher Karen Brame El­Amin talk about the importance of education. This Miami Valley StoryCorps interview ­ and many others ­ can be found at WYSO dot org. Today's interview was edited by Community Voices producer Marika Snider.
  • In this week's Dayton Youth Radio feature, we'll meet Sha'tera Wilcox, a student at the Dayton Regional STEM School. She's going to tell us about how she had to overcome verbal abuse and harassment while she was in grade school. Project coordinator Basim Blunt introduces her story. Funding for the Dayton Youth Radio Project comes from the Virginia Kettering Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council and The Dayton Foundation. To hear more stories from local teens, visit wyso.org
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.