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WYSO Weekend: January 10, 2021

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Jerry Kenney

Eli Harvey grew up in a Quaker community near Wilmington, Ohio to become a celebrated sculptor. And yet most Ohioans have never heard his name. Harvey mostly sculpted wild animals from close observation. The Historical Society in Clinton County has now digitized the art and writings of Eli Harvey. Culture Couch producer David Seitz introduces us to this sculptor’s life.

In 1914, real estate developer Harry Kissell used a rousing speech and the city’s growing population to have Springfield, Ohio named America’s Best 60,000 City. In the years that followed, Springfield kept growing. By 1970, the city’s population had grown to 80,000 people. But in the past few decades, Springfield has been losing its population. Today, the city’s home to around 60,000 – the same number of people as in 1914. Today, Harry Kissell’s grandson is a developer in Springfield. And he says a construction project now underway holds promise for the city’s resurgence. WYSO Clark County reporter Tom Stafford has the story.

Mike Fremont is a 98 year old river conservationist and competitive paddler from the Miami Valley. In his decades of conservation work, he’s helped found the Little Miami Conservancy, and the statewide organization Rivers Unlimited. And now he’s been inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame -- which is the state’s highest conservation honor. WYSO Environmental Reporter Chris Welter spoke with Mike about his career.

West Dayton Stories is our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. Jocelyn Robinson, from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices introduces this week’s story

Governor Mike DeWine signed a “stand your ground” bill into law Monday, making it easier for people to claim self-defense after a shooting. As Ideastream’s Matt Richmond reports, the controversial change has left some worried about the consequences.

The covid-19 surge is putting a strain on hospitals and healthcare workers across the Midwest. And some people are still delaying routine medical treatment because they’re worried about the disease. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson reports that could lead to more serious health problems.

Bill Felker has 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.