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WYSO Weekend: October 25, 2015

WYSO Weekend

On today’s program, WYSO Curious addresses police response times. We’ll talk hunger issues with World Food Prize Laureate Rev. David Beckmann, and WYSO’s Wayne Baker looks into big cuts taking place at Wittenburg University. See full program details below.

  • In a little more than a week, Ohioans will be voting on a pot legalization measure on the fall ballot. But Thurday morning, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and several other local agencies—law enforcement and mental health organizations—held a press conference to talk about what they say would be detrimental effects of recreational marijuana use for the area. We spoke to Bill Wharton with Public Health Dayton to get more details.
  • Issue 3 was pushed forward by ResponsibleOhio which says the state "spends an estimated $120 million to enforce failed marijuana laws." Proponents also believe it will create jobs and revive Ohio's economy. In this next report from Ohio Public Radio, Jo Ingalls reports that supporters who don’t care for some aspects of Issue 3 are still ready to vote it in.
  • Wednesday night, World Food Prize Laureate and president of the organization Bread for the World, the Rev. David Beckmann, was in Dayton to talk about ending local and world hunger. In an interview with WYSO before the event, Rev. Beckmann said he was impressed with the ending-hunger-efforts underway in Dayton and Cincinnati.
  • Wittenberg University announced recently a plan to cut $6.5 million from its budget as the school was facing a potential $5.5 million deficit. One of the biggest cuts to the budget was elimination of health and life insurance benefits to 200 retirees. A move expected to save the university $1.7 million. WYSO's Wayne Baker spoke with Wittenberg's Interim Vice-President for Advancement, Wendy Koblar, about the cuts.
  • Up Next on WW, WYSO Curious, our series where you ask the questions and we answer them—with your help. Dayton resident Ruthann Gray says she’s heard too many stories about Dayton police being slow to respond to calls. And last December she arrived at her local Family Dollar just as the police and an ambulance were leaving. The staff there told her it had been an ordeal. Ruthann asked why "It took an exorbitant amount of time for the police to get there.? A ridiculous amount of time. Why’d they even bother coming?" That was when she contacted WYSO Curious—producer Carey Scheer has the story.
  • Singer Songwriter Dan Tedesco was by the WYSO studios this past July.  Since that time, he's released a self-titled album and added an electric guitar player, Dylan Boyle. They will take the stage at Dayton's Canal Public House tonight at 8pm, with WYSO's own Tod Weidner opening the show. Dan and Dylan stopped by Excursions on Friday to talk with YSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the new album and play live. Here’ part of that conversation and music. You can get more info on Dan’s music at dantedesco.com


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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.