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WYSO WEEKEND: January 12, 2020

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Military suicides continue to climb and it’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talks to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.

That was Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick. This conversation took place at WYSO as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative which visited the Miami Valley last summer. Veterans’ Voices on WYSO is presented by Wright-Patt Credit Union with additional support from CareSource.

For a century, the Mahoning Valley has ebbed and flowed with the fortunes of traditional manufacturing. Now, it’s looking toward a new economy: one defined by distribution centers and autonomous and electric vehicles. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze takes a closer look at the area’s prospects for transformation.

In a brand-new year, our next segment takes off with a look to the past and to the future - Ohio voters have picked the winning candidate in each presidential contest since 1960 – and no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio. The question for those previewing the 2020 presidential election is whether the state will do it again. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Bill Felker brings clarity to the living world around us with 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.