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WYSO Weekend: September 22, 2019

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


A month from now, attorneys for local governments and drug companies are scheduled to face off in a Cleveland courtroom for the first federal trial in the massive set of lawsuits over the opioid crisis.The lawsuits accuse drug manufacturers of downplaying just how addictive opioids are. The suits allege that drug distributors shipped suspicious orders of pills while looking the other way. Cuyahoga and Summit Counties will be the first of more than 2,000 counties, Native American tribes and others to take their claims to trial. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports. 

One of the healthiest counties in the Midwest is also the least insured. About 40 percent of the people in Holmes County Ohio do not have health insurance, according to county estimates. Side Effects Public Media’s Paige Flaiger reports on why that is.

The Dayton LGBT Film Festival returns to The Neon, October 10-13, 2019. This year's lineup continues the festival's trend of bringing a wide variety of social and cultural perspectives to audiences over the course of the weekend. The festival is actually a small sample of the diverse films the theatre offers througout the year. Neon Manager, Jonathan McNeal, has just returned from the Toronto International Film Festival where he viewed some of films that will eventually make their way to Dayton. We spoke to Jonathan about the upcoming Film Festival:

Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will's Almanack


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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.