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WYSO Weekend: November 10, 2019

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Jerry Kenney
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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:


A new series began this week on WYSO called ReEntry Stories - conversations between people who were once in prison. ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans, who was incarcerated at Dayton Correctional, where she took part in Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program, designed to prepare people for re-entry. Today we meet Shareeka Gibson, who went through the Sinclair program and Marcia Weber, part of the X Factor Initiative. Both of them had professional careers and families before they were incarcerated and now they want to reclaim some of their old lives.


Today on Dayton Youth Radio we'll here a story from a teenager at Centerville High School about how sometimes a terrible day can end with the happiest memory.


In November 1938, the Nazi leadership in Germany organized a series of violent actions against Jewish citizens all across the country.  German soldiers attacked the homes, synagogues and businesses of Jews and more than 30 thousand Jewish men were taken to concentration camps. Those attacks are known as Kristall Nacht – the night of broken glass – referring to the shattered glass on streets and sidewalks in the aftermath. It’s often seen as the beginning of The Holocaust, the mass genocide of Jews and other minorities in Europe during World War Two. Dayton resident Robert Kahn grew up in German and survived the Holocaust. Today he is 95 years old and shared his memories of Kristall Nacht with Community Voices producer Leo DeLuca. 


Audio book publishing has exploded in the last several years. More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 say they have listened to an audiobook and there are nearly 50 thousand audio books to choose from. Every one of those audio books is read out loud and recorded, sometimes by the author – but often times by a professional actor like Yellow Springs resident Teri Clark Linden. Community Voices producer Debra Oswald wanted to know what it’s like to do that for a living. And went to visit Teri Clark Linden at her home.


On County Lines we meet a southwest Ohio grower who is part of the so-called  slow flower movement. Nellie Ashmore grew up on her parents farm in Clinton County, called That Guy’s Family Farm, where they grew produce and flowers.  As time went by, Nellie took over the flower growing and created her own business called That Girl’s Flowers. County Lines producer Renee Wilde went to see the operation for herself.


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.