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WYSO Weekend: October 18, 2020

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Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Polls are showing a very tight race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in Ohio and both campaigns see the economy as an important issue with voters. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the presidential candidates are taking different approaches in discussing the economy in Ohio.

Way down at the bottom of the Ohio ballot are two important races – two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court. These are non-partisan races on the ballot, but there are differences between the Republican incumbents and their Democratic challengers. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has an overview of the candidates in those contests.

Hospitals in rural America face some huge financial challenges. More than 130 have closed since 2010, and many more are struggling. Now COVID-19 poses another major financial threat. Side Effects Public Media’s’ Carter Barrett reports.

Sexually transmitted infections – or STIs - have been on the rise for years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted public health efforts to address the issue. As Side Effects Public Media’s Natalie Krebs reports this has some worried about a surge in cases.

College students are often advised to make a plan to vote if they’re going to be living on campus during a presidential election. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Kellie Nock reports this year has already presented challenges for student voters that some may not have seen before.

On Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a junior at the Dayton Early College Academy - also known as DECA - about how she went from being a troubled youth to finding self-awareness at her new high school.

Bill Felker brings us 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.