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WYSO Weekend: September 27, 2020

Jerry Kenney

Stories of Change, in this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week sparked reaction far and wide, but there is one group, perhaps, that is mourning the death of, someone who, for them, was an heroic figure and professional luminary. For Ohio Public Radio, Ideastream’s Jenny Hamel spoke with two women in Ohio’s judiciary about the Supreme Court Justice.

Artist Hank Willis Thomas’ first major retrospective, “All Things Being Equal” is open at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It was planned long before the pandemic hit and the country marched in protest of the murder of George Floyd. Now Thomas’s work, which addresses the ongoing struggle for liberty and equality that African Americans face, communicates with even greater urgency. Culture Couch producer Susan Byrnes is our guide.

When she was in high school, Mia Grimes couldn’t imagine being disconnected from her family’s Turkey Ridge Farm in Clark County. Now Mia is 31 and the mother of two, and she’s managing over three thousand acres of corn and soybeans in the Miami Valley. During what’s now been a second rocky year in local agriculture, Mia and husband Adam Franz talked with WYSO Clark County reporter Tom Stafford.

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

In Dayton and Montgomery County, the Joint Office of the Ombudsman has the mission of advocating for all of the residents of the Miami Valley’s long-term care industry. That’s nursing homes as well as other residential care facilities. Data from the Ohio Office of Research shows more than 21,000 people living in licensed residential facilities in the Miami Valley in 2018.

WYSO’s Jason Saul sat down with Diane Welborn, the Montgomery County Ombudsman, to learn a little bit more about the state of life in nursing homes today.

Adult day care centers were allowed to reopen this week, six months after the state required them to shut their doors. The centers help care for people with dementia or disabilities during the day, and operators and families alike say they’ve been suffering because of the closures. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Paige Pfleger reports.

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.