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WYSO Weekend: September 25, 2016

WYSO Weekend

Thanks for checking out WYSO Weekend online! Here's what's in today's program.

  • The Montgomery County Family Treatment Court, has recently been awarded a three year grant that will be used to improve the safety and well-being of children caught up in the opioid epidemic. To get the details on how the grant will help, we spoke with Juvenile Court Judge Tony Capizzi who oversees the program.
  • In 1962 an Ohio State student—a singer and guitarist named Phil Ochs, moved to New York City and was soon at the center of the booming folk music scene in Greenwich Village which included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter Paul and Mary. Today Phil Ochs' music is less well known than some of his colleagues'—but it still delivers a powerful message. Rediscovered Radio producer Dave Barber has the story of a Phil Ochs recording that's part of the WYSO archives. To hear the 1972 Phil Ochs performance at Wittenberg University visit the WYSO archives at WYSO dot org.
  • Chris DeWeese is a Creative Writing professor at Wright State University and Heather Christle is a poet who has taught at several area universities. Two and a half years ago their daughter Harriet was born. Poet and Community Voices producer Lori Gravley spoke with Heather and Chris at their Yellow Springs’ home about how they overcome the challenges of raising a child while doing deeply introspective work.
  • This week on Dayton Youth Radio we'll hear from a teenager whose family came to America from Iraq. DYR Project Coordinator, Basim Blunt, introduces her story.
  • Dragonflies might be the least understood insects on the planet. They have been called the Devil’s Darning Needles, Mule Killers, and Snake Doctors. For an insect that has been around since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, surprisingly little is actually known about them. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went in search of answers to why dragonflies form a huge swarm on her farm in Ohio every year.
  • All eyes are focused on the upcoming presidential election but in this week's Politics Ohio we've got more of a local focus. The League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area has several initiatives underway in the next few weeks to help voters get informed. Today we hear from Ana Crawford - Programs Director with the league to talk about those initiatives. 



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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.