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WYSO Weekend: May 10, 2020

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Jerry Kenney

Social distancing is here for the foreseeable future. But for people who are blind, contact with others can be essential for many daily life tasks. Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes tells us how one person without sight is managing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gabriel and Sarah Bosslet are doctors who have been married almost 20 years. Sarah was diagnosed early this year with breast cancer. Soon, the world began dealing with another health crisis: the coronavirus pandemic. The Bosslets spoke with reporter Lauren Bavis about the hard choices they made to balance their essential work in health care and their family’s health and safety.  It’s part of the Essential Voices series from Side Effects Public Media.

The Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education estimates that more than 90% of the Miami Valley’s college students switched to online learning in early March. That means that approximately 135 thousand students are NOT in the classrooms of local colleges and universities. Danielle Rhubart is a lecturer at the University of Dayton.  She’s teaching 140 students this semester and she’s noticed a lot about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting them.

And this week on Dayton Youth Radio we continue our series called "Teens In Quarantine" with two stories from students at Fairmont High School. First, we'll hear from Max Gallanstein, who's a big sports fan, and then we'll hear from Ethan McFarren, who produces dance music from his bedroom recording studio.

County Lines is WYSO’s series about small towns and rural communities of the Miami Valley. This year we’re bringing you the voices of women living and working in the rural parts of Southwest Ohio. Before the coronavirus pandemic, producer Renee Wilde met with faculty and students at Wilmington College in Clinton County and heard their ideas about rural life and the prospects for a career in agriculture.

The world is now a global village. People everywhere are realizing the importance of learning, understanding, and appreciating different cultures. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Vietnam veteran Steven Wyke of Kettering shares how his life has been enriched by serving in the military.

Bill Felker has this week’s Poor Will’s Almanack.

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.