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WYSO Weekend: March 08, 2020

Jerry Kenney
WYSO Public Radio

It’s not often that we touch on stories like that of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. The boy, abused both physically and sexually for years, died back in December. Since then, Takoda’s father has been arrested, along with two other women living in the home. And it’s been revealed that, despite numerous complaints from teachers and others over the years, the police, courts and children's services across multiple jurisdictions were not able to connect — at least, not in time to save Takoda’s life. Polly Parks and Karen Bocko are founders of a group called Takoda’s Call. Polly and Karen were so moved by what they heard — so outraged — they’re organizing people together to ask questions about how children are being cared for here in the Miami Valley.

In the final days of the Vietnam War, people knew the end was near. 3000 children were evacuated from South Vietnam and taken to the United States and other countries for adoption. Two and three babies were placed in boxes and watched by nurses. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Air Force veteran Ray Snedegar of Centerville tell his fellow Airman veteran Erin Manley of Dayton about his role in Operation Babylift.

Today on the Best of Dayton Youth Radio, a story produced by kids at the You Media Center in Springfield back in 2016. It was the first Dayton Youth Story produced by twin sisters — it's called Inseparable. Here's the project coordinator Basim Blunt to introduce our story. *This story originally aired in 2016.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Antioch College will continue their arts series called SOUND ACTION. The series, which began in January, is being curated by Catalina Jordan Alvarez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts. The series continues Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs with a screening of the film The Lake and the Lake from filmmaker Sindhu Thirumalaisamy, who will be on hand for a Q&A after the showing. In this interview with WYSO, Alverez tells us more about her approach to SOUND ACTION, and we speak with Thirumalaisamy by phone. She is a native of India, currently living in New York.

Bill Felker has this week’s 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.