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WYSO Weekend: April 12, 2020

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Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a local nonprofit that’s usually out there making sure that kids who need shoes get a pair. But now that the  coronavirus has changed so many things, they turned their attention to making sure everyone in the community gets enough to eat.  WYSO’s Jason Reynolds has our story.

When Governor Mike DeWine sounded the alarm about a dangerous shortage of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment in Ohio, an army of volunteers mobilized to help meet the need –– a need that’s growing fast.  WYSO's Jess Mador reports the urgency has sewing machines across the Miami Valley buzzing.

Today, we have more of the voicemails our listeners have shared with us for our ongoing project -- Alone Together. It’s where we ask you to tell us how you're getting through the pandemic -- how it's affecting you at work and at home, and what tips or suggestions you might have for others.

This month is a special one for people of many faiths, and not being able to gather has been a concern for those who find fellowship to be comforting, and even necessary in tough times. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports faith leaders are finding unique ways to reach out to their congregations.    

Ohio’s stay at home order has led citizens to look for coping mechanisms to stave off boredom and fear over the virus. County Lines producer Renee Wilde lives in rural Greene County and shares the unique way her husband is dealing with this and how it parallels what another Miami Valley resident did during the Great Depression.

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.