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WYSO Weekend

Jerry Kenney

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Military suicides continue to climb and it’s a deadly trend that Pentagon officials say is frustrating and they are struggling to counter. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Margi Fritz of Columbus, the mother of two Army veterans, talks to her friend, Claire Roderick, about military suicide awareness.

That was Margi Fritz and Claire Roderick. This conversation took place at WYSO as part of StoryCorps’ Military Voices Initiative which visited the Miami Valley last summer. Veterans’ Voices on WYSO is presented by Wright-Patt Credit Union with additional support from CareSource.


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Many in Dayton’s LGBT community, and others who knew him, are mourning the death of Dickie Wilson – a prolific advocate and activist for equal rights issues like domestic partner benefits, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and marriage equality. In February of 2019, we spoke to Wilson about issues and challenges faced by older LGBTQ people. In that conversation he told us about his coming out a time when it was an uncommon, and often dangerous thing to do. He also talked about his advocacy for the community that found.


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It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing people across the Miami Valley. Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities. But one recent event aimed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.


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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

In recent years, research has shown that post-traumatic stress disorder can be helped with expressive writing. Today on Veteran Voices, Marine Corps veteran Chris Bussler of Harveysburg tells his wife, Wendy, about a creative strategy he found to cope with the stress of his multiple deployments. A warning that some listeners may find this story disturbing.

Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the country. Many of the Amish settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties – where access to healthcare is hard to come by. Ohio Public Radio’s Paige Pfleger reports on a project that is trying to bring cancer screenings to Amish women.


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ReEntry Stories is a series on WYSO that features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Latisha Ellis and James Clay. Latisha went to prison right after high school and participated in the Sinclair Program which helped her discover her passion for poetry.  James went to prison much later in life and honed a passion for public speaking by ministering to other incarcerated men. He continues to do this as a mentor at The Dayton Collaboratory’s X Factor initiative.


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The United States military would not be what it is today without its affinity among members. Today on Veterans’ Voices, Navy veteran Steve Harmon from Dayton reconnects with his old friend Charlie Campbell and tells him how their Ohio roots unexpectedly authorized his first mission in Vietnam.

During the holidays, when families gather, there can be a chance to share family stories and ask questions about family history.  Community Voices producer Corrie Van Ausdal spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a story passed down in her family.  It’s about her grandmother, her great-grandfather and the time they went to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Arcanum, Ohio a century ago.


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ReEntry Stories features conversations between people who were once in prison. Today we meet Angel Hopson Woods, a student at Sinclair Community College and an intern with the Sinclair Communications Department. Writing runs in their family – Reuben is a self-publishing author and Angel is a poet. She wanted to interview her father Reuben Woods who had a repeating pattern of incarceration until 11 years ago.


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In our second installment of ReEntry Stories: conversations between people who were once in prison, we meet Keyawn Jackson, who went through the Sinclair program and his wife Nikkita. They met while Keyawn was in prison and Nikkita was a student at Central State. Today, Keyawn works as a service technician and writes. Nikkita is a social worker who sometimes works with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC). Together, they’ve started a business of their own. Keyawn and Nikkita were interviewed by ReEntry Stories producer Mary Evans.


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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

 

A new series began this week on WYSO called ReEntry Stories - conversations between people who were once in prison. ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans, who was incarcerated at Dayton Correctional, where she took part in Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program, designed to prepare people for re-entry. Today we meet Shareeka Gibson, who went through the Sinclair program and Marcia Weber, part of the X Factor Initiative. Both of them had professional careers and families before they were incarcerated and now they want to reclaim some of their old lives.

 


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Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College. This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.


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