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WYSO Weekend: September 02, 2018

WYSO Weekend

Last week on WYSO Weekend, we heard from the organizers of this year’s Free to Breathe Dayton 5k Run/Walk for Lung Cancer. The annual event returns to The Dayton Raceway at Hollywood Gaming on Saturday, September 8, 2018. We continue that coverage today with a man who has his own story to share. Dr. John Fleishman is an Opthamologist practising in Dayton. He lost his wife Dr. Jill Rosset to lung cancer in April of 2017.

Miami Valley college students are returning to campus for fall term.  But for some area young people, going to college presents extra challenge because they are undocumented immigrants. Three years ago WYSO met one such young person as part of our Graduating Latino series -- a then-junior at Ponitz Career Technology Center that we called Javier - who had hoped to attend college here in the Miami Valley. Today we catch up with Javier - and his family. Community Voices producer Jonathan Platt visited with them and brings us this update.

In the late 1800s, a rural roadside advertising tradition began when Mail Pouch Tobacco signs were painted on barns in Ohio And West Virginia. The signs said: Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco - and they were commonplace - more than 12,000 barns were painted with that message in bold letters. The men who painted those signs were known as Wall Dogs, Barn Lizards And Barn Massagers - But over time, and in response to highway beautification legislation much of their handiwork was painted over. On this episode of County Lines, producer Renee Wilde meets a man who is helping revive the art of barn painting.


Next week the World House Choir in Yellow Springs presents the Ohio premiere of a new choral work called “The Man Behind the Dream.” It's the story of Bayard Rustin, a gay African American Quaker and civil rights activist. Rustin taught King the practice of Ghandian non-violence and organized the 1963 March on Washington. Yet most people don't know his story. Culture Couch producer David Seitz has this story about the choral work that honors Bayard Rustin's life and work. *For additional concert details, visit our website WYSO dot org – and tune into Excursions on September 4 when Niki Dakota will talk to World Hour Choir director Dr. Cathy Roma about this performance.

Some of the greatest photographs of our time were taken by one man—an Armenian refugee who fled to North America and rose to international fame. This summer, his timeless collection of photographs from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. is on display here at the Dayton Art Institute. Community Voices Producer Leo DeLuca has a story about Yousuf Karsh. *The Yousuf Karsh Exhibition is called American Portraits and it’s at the Dayton Art Institute until September 16. Culture Couch is made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council.


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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.