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"It’s like fishing, catching a word, a thought, reeling you into a place of imagination."

Jerry Kenney

Poetry from our Dayton Youth Radio producers and Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running in this edition of WYSO Weekend. Host Jerry Kenney brings you the latest features from WYSO producers and interviews from around the Miami Valley.

Rural Hospital Service Closures: Two health care units have closed in Miami County early this year. Premier Health closed its labor and delivery unit in Upper Valley Medical Center in February. And Kettering Health closed its ER in Piqua. WYSO reporter Ngozi Cole examines why rural hospitals face challenges and how this affects patients.

Access To Justice: The Ohio Access to Justice Foundation has set up a program aimed at getting more lawyers into underserved communities. Through the Rural Practice Incentive Program, young attorneys just starting out could get a significant amount of their student loans repaid. To find out more about the program and why it’s needed, we spoke with Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Kennedy.

Studio Visit 5: This week on Studio Visit, we met three Cincinnati artists. Together, they are the collective Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running. They make videos that blend nature with mystical humor. Producer Susan Byrnes learns more about their collaboration.

Dayton Youth Radio: This week, we premier a special four-part series of Dayton Youth Radio. Here is series producer Truth Garrett.

A New Dayton Fire Chief: A long-serving member of the Dayton Fire Department was recently sworn-in as its new Director & Chief. Mike Rice is a 23-year veteran with the Fire Department and in this interview Rice told us, while the department is still - first and foremost - fighting fires, their mission has grown.

Our Weekly Walk On The Wild Side: Our program wraps today with Bill Felker’s 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/>