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WYSO Weekend: May 15, 2016

WYSO Weekend

On today’s program, a zombie invasion in the WYSO studios.... You’ll hear about our brand new podcast – Zombie High School which premiered this weekend.  On the flip side, you’ll learn how a renovated theater in Miamisburg is breathing new life into businesses there. You'll also find out how some local adjunct teachers are artfully getting the word out about challenges they face while teaching part-time. See details below. 

  • Women’s Voices from Dayton Correctional Institution
  • A bill pending in the Ohio senate would allow victims of violent crimes to register to vote anonymously. The bill stems from Secretary of State Jon Husted’s “Safe at Home” initiative.  We spoke to him by phone this week to get the details.
  • Both County prosecutors and victim’ advocate groups are backing Husted's effort. Laura Baxter with Project Woman of Springfield and Clark County says her organization already helps victims with address privacy issues, and a statewide program would be welcome. She also says the law would provide even more benefits for victims. 
  • Zombie High School is a new collaborative podcast from YSKP and WYSO. The first episode launched this weekend at wyso.org. To find out more about the project I spoke with Community Voices Producer, Tom Amrhein and Writer and Director for the series, Corri Van Ausdal. Corri begins by setting the scene….
  • In the years after World War II, Main Street in the City of Miamisburg was bustling. Quaint mom and pop shops and eateries drew visitors from all over the Miami Valley. But, things changed. The rise of shopping malls in the 70s and the loss of long-standing local business families in the 90s left many buildings on the street vacant. But, that’s all starting to turn around thanks in part to the reopening of the Plaza Theatre, a once shuttered 96 year-old movie theater at the center of town. WYSO’s April Laissle took a tour.
  • There are estimates that say one out of 3 adjunct teachers across the country are living in poverty. And the summer months, when most students are on break, are especially tough. To counter that seasonal economic downturn, 14 Dayton artists are hope you’ll put your money where their art is, during a one-night-only, pop-up art event called Feed the Adjuncts. This week we talked to three of the artists involved in the event, Colleen Kelsey, Jean Koeller, Wesley Berg, who came up with the idea. Feed the Adjuncts takes place at the Front Street Warehouse on Friday May 20th from 6 to 10 pm. You can find more information on Facebook.

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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.