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WYSO Weekend: February 7, 2021

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Celebrating Black History, the Move to Include, and the Great Groundhog’s wintry Tale.

Since the 1970s –February is observed as Black History Month in the US – to honor the achievements of Black Americans. For the next weeks, the Center for Community Voices at WYSO will look at the genesis of Black history Month and bring us the voices of some local black historians and story keepers.

West Dayton Stories is our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. It comes from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO. The center highlights the stories of those whose voices often go unheard.

In his four years as president, Donald Trump dramatically cut the number of refugees admitted to the United States. In October, the administration set a cap of 15-thousand, the lowest number since the refugee program began in 1980. President Joe Biden has pledged to reverse that trend. But to do it, the refugee resettlement program will need to be put back together. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports.

Our series on how the pandemic is affecting people with disabilities continues today, with an avid runner who helps teach students a lesson about inclusion. Seth Johnson interviewed him and his father for Side Effects Public Media and its Move to Include initiative.

Bill Felker offers insight into the natural and spiritual world around us with 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.