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WYSO Weekend: February 14, 2021

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Stories from the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices, more on how the pandemic is affecting education in the U.S., and from romance to Robins, WYSO Weekend is going to the birds.

Up first, 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, which highlights the stories of those whose voices often go unheard. Center producer Jocelyn Robinson has more.

Daytonian Larry Crowe has conducted over 1500 interviews of African Americans for the PBS History Makers Project. Here's his talk with WYSO's Basim Blunt about 3 prominent local Black Historians he thinks everyone should know.

When the pandemic sent children home from school nearly one year ago, it largely thrust education on the backs of parents. A new national survey from Public Agenda finds that only about one third of parents think they can handle the challenge. But it also finds that teachers and parents are in broad agreement that in-person teaching during COVID is dangerous. Carter Barrett of Side Effects Public Media reports.

As the COVID vaccine rollout continues, Midwesterners have a lot of questions about distribution plans -- and the vaccine itself. One state is getting help from a surprising place: public libraries. Side Effects Public Media’s Darian Benson reports.

We wrap up today's program with a little Valentine's Day romance from Bird Note, and the inspirational words of Bill Felker in 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.