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WYSO WEEKEND: February 23, 2020

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

When a tornado tore through Old North Dayton on Memorial Day, one of the buildings destroyed was the neighborhood's last affordable, full-service grocery store. Eight months later, that family shop is still working to reopen, so the neighborhood association and a local ministry are offering residents free rides to the nearest supermarket. Reporter Jason Reynolds went shopping with them.

A coalition of Springfield groups is trying to stitch together a food safety net for thousands of people. On March 4th, the city’s South Side will become the region’s newest food desert, when the neighborhood’s Kroger supermarket closes. WYSO’s Jason Saul talked with Clark County reporter Tom Stafford about the emergency.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered her State of the City Address on Wednesday morning. Over the course of a half hour, Whaley made numerous references to the tribulations of 2019 - the KKK rally, Memorial Day Tornadoes, and the mass shooting that left nine dead. Yet, the mayor’s focus was on what Daytonians accomplished together in the aftermath of those tragic events.

Laura Lengnick is a soil scientist and the author of Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate.  She says climate change isn’t a calling out - it’s a calling in for all of us to pull together. County Lines producer Renee Wilde talked with Lengnick before her keynote speech at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s conference in Dayton. The event’s theme was “A Climate for Change.”

On the Washington Mall, just south of the black granite Vietnam Wall, there’s a statue of a wounded soldier surrounded by three nurses. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial tells the story of some 11,000 uniformed women who served in Vietnam. Today on Veterans Voices, we hear from Army veteran Susan Wambach of Washington Township as she talks to her wife Renee Clevenger.

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio we feature a story that originally aired in 2016 when De'Antay McGlown was a junior at the Dayton Early College Academy. It’s about his experience "coming out" in high school.

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.