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WYSO Weekend: September 06, 2015

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Community Voices producer Marika Snider talks with two local artists about finding their Third Space. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace looks at Ohio’s economy as it stands this Labor Day weekend.  Also today we’ve got some speacial guests in studio from the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. And a compilation of our series Deconstructing Race. See the full program details below.

  • This Labor Day weekend we take a look at the economy in our state, and there has been some good news: unemployment is down to pre-Recession levels. But there are some negative trends, too. Wage growth hasn’t nearly kept up with growing productivity in the economy—last year, wages in the state ticked down to a median of 16 dollars and five cents, lagging just behind the national median. Amy Hanauer, director of the left-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio, says inequality is growing in the state. She talked to WYSO’s Lewis Wallace.
  • The non-profit Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions was founded in 1940. They advocate for "small communities and the benefits of face-to-face relationships." Since 2003, their focus has been "to provide resources for low-carbon living and to inspire collective, cooperative solutions in the face of peak energy and climate change." That’s the focus of this year’s annual conference coming up September 25th through the 27th. I spoke with Executive Director Susan Jennings and Lance Hetzler to find out more about it.
  • For part-­time artists, juggling career, home, and family can be challenging. Some find the solution in a Third Space – a place where their talents can mature. Community Voices producer Marika Snider talks with two local artists about finding their Third Space.
  • Deconstructing Race is a series of commentaries by community members about racial identity. The series is co-curated by Dr. Kimberly Barrett, vice president of multicultural affairs and community engagement at Wright State University. We’ll hear from Dr. Barret in just a moment. And then we’ll hear from ten people of varying ages and racial identities who answered questions like: What is your experience with racial identity? Are there pieces of your identity that are frequently misunderstood, invisible, or visible in complicated ways? If you could make one wish about race and identity, what would it be?  First we’ll hear from Dr. Barrett as she explores the concept of race.

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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.