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WYSO Weekend: November 1, 2015

WYSO Weekend

On today’s program,  Culture Couch – WYSO’s occasional arts series.  Also in the program Miami Valley StoryCorps and Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack. Up first.... we'll recap YSO’s election coverage this week and you’ll hear about some of the issues you’ll find on the ballot Tuesday.

  • Four Candidates are vying for two seats on the Dayton City Commission in Tuesday’s election. Last week I spoke to the candidates about some of the issues they’re running on.
  • This coming Tuesday, voters in Greene County will decide the fate of a few property tax levies, as well as choosing new council members and school board representatives. WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave has an overview.  
  • Warren Copeland became Springfield's first directly elected mayor in 2003. He is facing challenger Fred Stegner on the Nov. 3 ballot. WYSO’s Wayne Baker reports.
  • Sinclair Community College has a 1-mill, 8-year additional property tax levy on the ballot for Montgomery County voters Tuesday. Sinclair President Stephen Johnson says passing Issue 13 would allow the college to upgrade both manufacturing and health programs on campus, and add a new health sciences facility.
  • Voters tend to stay home during off year elections like the one taking place Tuesday. But there are several statewide issues on the Ohio ballot that could bring more voters out to the polls. To talk more about voter turnout, we spoke with Grant Neely, chair of the political science department at the University of Dayton.
  • Theater at its best can address universal themes for the audience AND the actors: the struggle for human dignity, relationships, conflict.  But a lot of theater isn’t accessible in communities of color.  Culture Couch producer Basim Blunt visited Hope Road— the first theater company ever on Dayton’s West Side.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton in 2014. Today, we hear Khursid Ahmad tell his daughter-­in-­law Asfia Ahmad about the journey that brought him to America. Khursid's family had to flee their village of Bhandara, India in the 1940s because of civil unrest that was especially dangerous for Muslims.
  • Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack.
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.