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WYSO WEEKEND: February 16, 2020

Jerry Kenney

A coalition of organizations formed after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak gathered on Thursday to provide updates on disaster recovery progress. After the meeting we spent some time with Laura Mercer, executive director of The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group, to get some of those updates.

Those May storms last year certainly damaged or destroyed a lot of homes, and took out quite a few trees as well - but not all of them and now, If you see a huge platform of sticks up in a tall tree, the Ohio Division of Wildlife wants to hear from you! They’re trying to track down every Bald Eagle nest in the state. WYSO’s Jason Saul has the story.

Xact theater in Xenia is currently producing an Ohio premiere, The Face of Emmett Till. In 1955, Mamie Till put her only son, 14-year-old Emmett on a train from Chicago to visit family in Mississippi. He was kidnapped and was brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman.  Decades later, Mamie Till Mobley co-wrote a play about her struggle.  Community Voices producer David Seitz has the story of Mamie’s play.

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio we'll listen back to an interview from just last year. Daleron Daniels from the Thurgood Marshall STEM School talked to his grandpa Jim - an African American veteran of World War II.

This country loves parades; super bowl winners are celebrated, the Fourth of July, and traditionally veterans of wars. In the late l960s and early l970’s though, returning Vietnam Veterans were met with scorn and humiliation. Today on Veterans Voices we hear from a Dayton high school teacher who is honoring Vietnam veterans with her students. Bridget Federspiel is interviewed by Seth Gordon of the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University

Communities across the Midwest have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. But there's still a lot of misunderstanding about how opioids affect our bodies. Side Effects’ Carter Barrett reports how an unusual museum exhibit tackles this issue.

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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.