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WYSO Weekend: January 31, 2021

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Inclusion for people with disabilities, a theatre makeover, and shining a light on local governments.

The Paw-paw has more vitamin C than an orange and it tastes - well, it’s hard to describe, as Chris Welter found when he went to visit a paw-paw aficionado last fall, during paw paw picking season, right here in the Miami Valley.

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

The Akron Civic Theater is undergoing a significant makeover. But the eight-and-half million dollars worth of capital improvements isn’t only focused on the inside of the building. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Jay Shah reports the Civic is hoping to have a bigger impact on the neighborhood around it.

Have you ever missed a city council meeting and wondered what happened? In Northeast Ohio, a local nonprofit organization is dispatching trained citizens to attend public meetings, in order to shine a light on how local governments work. For Ohio Public Radio, Ideastream’s Jenny Hamel files this report on the Cleveland Documenters.

The pandemic has hammered the nation’s economy. And for people with disabilities, who often have trouble finding jobs, COVID has been devastating. Side Effects Public Media, through its Move to Include project, asked them about working and living with a disability in the biggest public health crisis of our time.

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.