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WYSO Weekend: June 09, 2019

WYSO Weekend

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Up first, a run-down of some of our coverage this week surrounding the aftermath of the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

Then, rural America has high rates of chronic disease – the more remote a community, the more heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And there’s a side effect many people don’t think about – depression, anxiety, even suicide. this is especially true for older adults. Side Effect Public Media’s Lisa Gillespie reports from Casey County, Kentucky, two hours south of Louisville.

Farmers in Ohio and many other parts of the country are rushing to get their crops planted after a long, wet spring. The late start means many acres intended for corn won’t get planted, and farmers are running far behind on soybeans as well. WOSU’s Nick Evans visited some central Ohio farms for a progress report.

Lawmakers and dozens of opponents to a pro-gun bill squared off in an Ohio House committee over so-called “Constitutional Carry.” The measure allows anyone to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit or training. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

In the last several years, many more transgender and non-binary artists have emerged onto the American cultural scene.  Recently Earlham College – 50 miles west of Dayton - held a gathering for singers – called the Transgender Singing Voice Conference.  It brought together about 200 music educators, composers and transgender and non-binary singers from all over the US.  Community Voices producer David Seitz brings us that story:


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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.