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WYSO Weekend: April 8, 2018


Unmanned-aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it’s not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game. The multi-billion-dollar industry is forecast to grow exponentially in coming years. In today’s installment of our Scratch innovation series, we’ll hear about some of the surprising ways drones are altering –– even enhancing –– the human experience. And, as I found out, as more drones take to the skies, the unmanned systems are raising new questions for business, government and law enforcement.     



In Ohio, the opioid epidemic claimed the lives of hundreds of people last year. Thousands more ended up behind bars. And a lot of them were women. The picture is similar nationwide, where a record number of women are ending up in jails and prisons after an addiction. Reporter Allison Herrera (air-RARE-uh) from PRI’s Across Women’s Lives Series takes us to Montgomery County, where more and more of these women are crowding the jail, waiting for drug treatment –– or a second chance.


Health and strength seem like a given when we're young. And so, for a teenager to have a near death story is somewhat unusual. And that is what we have today from Dayton Youth Radio.


Mary Ellen Graham has lived in Dayton her entire life. She grew up on the East side, attended the University of Dayton, and worked as a middle school teacher for 34 years, retiring in 2001. And she loves reading. Today on Senior Voices, Mary Ellen shares her story with Dayton Metro Library volunteer interviewer, Nancy Messer.


Although the term Urban Sprawl was coined in the 1930’s, by the ‘70’s, it was a hot topic, as increasingly more rural areas - and farmland - were divided up and paved over into strip malls and subdivisions. This spreading ring around our cities where urban sprawl is happening is officially known as the Rural-Urban Fringe. It's there that producer Renee Wilde takes us on County Lines.


The Asian American Council (AAC) of Dayton and participating organizations hope that expanded health and fitness services will attract more people, including young audiences, to their annual health expo. With that goal in mind, they have added fitness elements, including group and individual instruction classes in a variety of disciplines to the event. Dr. Ron Katsuyama chairs the AAC and serves as event coordinator for this year's health fair. In this interview, he talks more about the council's mission, including its formation after 9/11, and provides more details about the health fair.


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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.