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WYSO Weekend: October 4, 2020

Jerry Kenney
WYSO Public Radio

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Cooped-up Americans across the country have escaped to the great outdoors following the shutdowns early in the pandemic. But, while the public has found a great way to shake off cabin-fever, WYSO’s Leila Goldstein reports that park departments are facing significant funding cuts.

Lake Erie is an abundant natural resource with 10,000 square miles of water, wind, and wildlife. For more than a decade a group in Cleveland has been working to harness Lake Erie’s wind energy with a proposed 6 turbine wind farm called Icebreaker. But the project ran afoul of regulators earlier this year. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports a provision to save migrating birds has left the future of ‘Icebreaker’ up in the air.

Bill Felker brings us this week's Poor Will's Almanack.

Across the midwest, COVID-19 cases are rising. And some survivors are still recovering months after coming down with the disease. Side Effects Public Media’s Steph Whiteside spoke to one woman about her experience with COVID.

By phone, email or mail, some Ohio voters are finding out that they have more work to do before they can vote by mail-in absentee ballot. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Kelly Woodward reports on correspondence found in her own family’s mailbox.

If you look in the front window of The Contemporary on Jefferson Street in downtown Dayton, you’ll see “We The People'' written on the wall. The words are huge—roughly a story high and almost fifty feet wide. They’re in a calligraphy style, like the U.S. Constitution, but they’re not written in ink or paint. Instead, the words are formed out of thousands of strategically placed shoelaces. The exhibit is part of the gallery’s push to get more people to register to vote. The Contemporary's new curator, Micheal Goodson, talked with WYSO’s Jason Reynolds about the new show.

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.