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WYSO Weekend: November 8, 2015

WYSO Weekend

On today’s WYSO Weekend: Combining arts and STEM education to create STEAM.  You’ll hear about four honorees who are being celebrated for their work to protect the rights of low-income and disadvantaged people living in the Miami Valley, and we’ll here about a food revolution taking place at Antioch College and other educational institutions across the country. Later in the program, Miami Valley StoryCorps. See full program details below.

  • This past week Montgomery County hosted a summit on hunger and food accessibility in Dayton. Large parts of the city are considered a food desert—defined by the USDA as a low-income area with limited access to a grocery store. A lot of efforts at fighting food deserts have focused on getting grocery stores and farm stands out into neighborhoods. But a new approach flips that—by putting fruits and vegetables right in the middle of town, at the bus hub. WYSO’s Lewis Wallace took a ride to check it out. 
  • College students are mobilizing to change America’s food system, starting with their own cafeterias. A nationwide student movement aims to shift university food budgets away from big distributors and towards local, organic suppliers. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports that Antioch students are joining in the Real Food Challenge. *This story is part of a special series of reports from WKSU about a hot new food scene simmering among local growers, chefs, producers, educators and epicures, It’s called “Quick Bites” and we invite you to check out other reports from the series at WKSU.org
  • What do you get when you combine STEM education with the arts? The answer ‘you get STEAM.’ That’s S-T-E-A-M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. This week, representatives from the Dayton Regional STEM School took part in a ceremony at the White House recognizing their efforts in using arts education to teach STEM sciences. We paid a visit to the school this week to find out more about all this and to see what students are up to now.
  • On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in 2014 when it was at the Dayton Aviation Heritage Park in West Dayton. National park ranger Robert Peterson has helped build the park since 1995. Peterson and fellow ranger Karen Rosga came to Story Corps to discuss history as storytelling, the Wright Brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and the park’s impact on its West Dayton neighborhood.
  • On Thursday, four honorees will be celebrated for their work to protect the rights of low-income and disadvantaged people living in the Miami Valley. It will take place at the Access to Justice Awards ceremony at the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center. To talk about the honorees and the celebration, I spoke with Karla Garrett Harshaw—regional Director of development for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. 
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.