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The fallout from East Palestine, the power of music, and a walk on the wild side.... your March 4 - 5, 2023 'Weekend' is here...

WYSO Weekend brings you highlights from the week's news, issues, interviews, arts and cultural events from across the Miami Valley.

The fallout over East Palestine: There are serious concerns after the train derailment in East Palestine Ohio. It was there that Norfolk Southern vented and burned those cars containing vinyl chloride. Now, as The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports, environmental experts are worried that a toxic chemical could have been produced, contaminating soil and other surfaces in the area.

Threats from above: Concerns about air quality issues from the train derailment are showing up here in the Miami Valley as well. But local health professionals say they aren't concerned - at this moment - about airborne contamination reaching the Miami Valley. WYSO Environmental Reporter Chris Welter has more.

Water worries: And more about local concerns on that train derailment, you may know that The Miami Conservancy Districthelps protect the area’s water supply. WYSO’s Mike Frazier spoke with Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Manager of Watershed Partnerships our local water supply.

Lift Every Voice and Sing – a family perspective: For the past couple of years, we’ve brought you a series we call Loud as the Rolling Sea, which features the stories of African American elders – and that series has had a musical theme, from the first verse of the song Lift Every Voice and Sing. As we wrap up our observance of Black History Month, we take a closer look at the history of that song, known as the Black National Anthem:

WYSO’s Album of the Month: A longtime Cincinnati-area musician has finally released her debut studio project, an eight-song collection that’s our Album of the Month. Here’s Midday Music host Evan Miller to tell us about Mol Sullivan’s A Little Hello.

A walk on the wild side: Our program wraps with natural musings of Bill Felker and Poor WIll’s Almanack.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.<br/>