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WYSO Weekend: July 05, 2020

WW Full Moon, July 05, 2020
Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Our weekly news roundup and a report on the West Dayton YWCA; The National Park Service has awarded a Dayton nonprofit five hundred thousand dollars to renovate the site of the country’s first African American Y-W-C-A. The branch originally formed in 1889. It moved into a West Dayton house on Paul Laurence Dunbar St. in the early 1940s and closed in the 1970s. But one childhood member has had a lifelong vision of reopening the center as a resource for women and girls in West Dayton. WYSO’s Leila Goldstein spoke with Elizabeth Early-Gainous, president of the nonprofit Early Visions, outside the house last week. 

More than 700 people in Indiana prisons have tested positive for COVID-19.  Facilities have taken hard measures to curb it. Prisoner movement is often restricted.  Many programs have been suspended. But advocates say measures taken at the Indiana Women’s Prison have been specially harsh. Side Effects Public Media’s Jake Harper reports. 

Here in Ohio, businesses are starting to open back up after weeks of being closed. Many people are getting back to work, and for some it feels like this is the beginning of getting back to normal. But others believe that home and work life have been permanently altered because of COVID-19. This week, we’re speaking about all this with Frances Duncan, who has spent more than 25 years as a clinical psychotherapist.   

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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.