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WYSO Weekend: November 08, 2020

Jerry Kenney

There were no widespread technical problems in Tuesday’s statewide vote. But non-partisan groups who help protect and inform voters say there were some problems in this election, including misinformation, voter intimidation and more. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports.

A number of companies are scrambling to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and get FDA approval. In the meantime, States are finalizing plans to distribute the vaccine. Side Effects’ Carter Barrett reports that the process will be very challenging.

Indiana’s state prisons have been plagued by staffing issues for years. But the Miami Correctional Facility in central Indiana suffers the most. And the pandemic has only made staffing issues worse. For Side Effects Public Media, reporter Jake Harper spoke with eight former employees who left Miami in the past year. They described a prison that is out of control. A warning, this story contains descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some listeners.

It’s been four months since Ohio allowed playgrounds to reopen, but in the City of Cleveland, swings and basketball hoops remain packed away. Some city leaders and activists say that’s taking a real toll on the city’s kids, even including a spike in youth violence and shootings. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Justin Glanville reports.

Photographer Dornith Doherty has a new exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute called “Archiving Eden.” This exhibit turns her lens to the critical issue of seed saving, and global efforts to conserve the world’s food sources. Her compositions use X-rays of seeds and plants along with documentary images from facilities around the world working to sustain the planet’s biodiversity. Culture Couch producer Susan Byrnes takes us there. *The exhibition will be at the Dayton Art Institute until January 10th.

Today we hear part three of our series The Bind that Ties. It features local residents talking about living, working and raising a family as immigrants to the Dayton area. Neenah Ellis, from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices introduces the story.

Bill Felker brings us 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.