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WYSO WEEKEND: December 1, 2019

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Jerry Kenney

The United States military would not be what it is today without its affinity among members. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Navy veteran Steve Harmon from Dayton reconnects with his old friend Charlie Campbell and tells him how their Ohio roots unexpectedly authorized his first mission in Vietnam.

During the holidays, when families gather, there can be a chance to share family stories and ask questions about family history.  Community Voices producer Corrie Van Ausdal spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a story passed down in her family.  It’s about her grandmother, her great-grandfather and the time they went to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Arcanum, Ohio a century ago.

In this week’s ReEntry Stories, we hear a conversation between Mary Evans and January Newport. They met in prison and both took part in the Sinclair program.  Now, on the outside, they are both advocates for returned citizens and strong believers in education. January is a certified Chemical and Alcohol Dependency Counselor. She’s gone to Washington DC to support the Second Chance Pell Grants program. Those grants are part of a bill originally authored by Ohio Senator Rob Portman and they provide federal funding for higher education for incarcerated and returning citizens.

Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from the Dayton Early College Academy about why it’s so hard to get teenagers to eat their vegetables. Project coordinator Basim Blunt introduces the story.

Maybe you’re already planning what you will plant next year - on a small scale or large. Canadian researchers have shown that over 70 percent of the world’s seeds are now owned by three companies, and it’s those companies who decide which ones to make available to the public. That privatization of genetic material has resulted in a loss of biodiversity in the natural world. It’s also the cultural history of those seeds that are being lost. Today on County Lines we meet some local students who are capturing the stories of seeds.

In many Midwest states it’s illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without telling partners about the illness. Some public health experts are pushing to change those laws. As Side Effects Public Media’s Paige Pfleger reports, they argue the laws actually endanger public health.


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.