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WYSO Weekend: October 20, 2019


In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Catherine Zimmerman is a filmmaker living in Yellow Springs. Her new documentary - Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. We spoke to Zimmerman outside the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs where she talked about the film, which features Dr. Douglas Tallamy, an Entomologist, teacher, author and environmental activist. And tells us a little bit about creating our own welcoming habitats right in our own backyards.

Farming presents unique challenges for women. As wives of farmers, they often balance full-time jobs off the farm while raising a family. Living in sparsely populated areas means many farm women are left trying to cope with the stress alone. Today on County Lines producer Renee Wilde introduces us to Annie’s Project - intended to build a community among rural women in Ohio. *You can find links and more information about Annie’s Project at our website, WYSO dot org.

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from The David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center about a teenager dealing with life after a tragedy occurs. A note to listeners, this story feqatures a discussion of suicide.

Across the country, drug cases have clogged courtrooms and fueled the growth of the prison population. A decade ago, a judge in Columbus, Ohio, created a court specifically for drug crimes. Now there are more than 2,000 drug courts in the U.S.. Side Effects Public Media’s Paige Flaiger reports the court changed the way the criminal justice system approached addiction.


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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.