WYSO Weekend

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This week NPR aired a conversation between two Ohio mothers, whose children were facing addiction. The conversation was recorded by YSO managing editor Jess Mador as part of our recovery stories series. Here’s the story as it aired this week on All Things Considered. NPR’s Audie Cornish introduces the story.


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A community watchdog group Tuesday told Montgomery County commissioners the county jail needs to be replaced. In a report based on two years of study, the Justice Committee found the jail’s design makes it difficult or impossible for guards to supervise inmates in some areas of the facility. The recommendation for a new jail is at odds with the commission’s current plan to spend millions of dollars renovating the first floor of the detention center. WYSO’s April Laissle reports.


Around five years ago a grassroots support group started in Dayton to help people struggling with a loved one’s addiction. It’s called FOA –– for Families of Addicts. And central to the group’s mission is an effort to break down the stigma that often surrounds the opioid epidemic. For WYSO News, Community Voices producer Jason Reynolds attended an FOA meeting and has this story.

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from a teenager that realized parents can be both positive and negative role models, all the while loving them.  Project coordinator Basim Blunt introduces the story.

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Last week we told you how, some Dayton groups, including Rainbow Elder Care, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, and Boonshoft Pride are collecting data to gauge the unique needs of the older LGBT community. Our story featured three people who had genuine concerns about their futures as they get older. In our conversations we also talked about other aspects of their lives….. Coming out to family and friends, and to themselves. We talked about the ideals of community and culture, and so we wanted to share just a little bit more of their stories with you. This segment features Janice James, Joyce Gibbs and Dickie Wilson.

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By 2030, one in every five Americans will be at retirement age, according to the U.S. Census. That means millions more Americans will grapple with the challenges of aging. And for LGBT seniors, aging can sometimes be even more complicated. Now, some Dayton groups, led by Rainbow Elder Care, are collecting data to gauge the unique needs of the older LGBT community. We spoke with the organizers of the new survey project and several people who have taken it.

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Just in case you missed the news, On Wednesday  in Dayton, Antioch College officials announced a deal allowing WYSO to become independent. To learn more about what’s behind today’s announcement and how it could affect WYSO, Managing Editor Jess Mador spoke with Station Manager Neenah Ellis, who says WYSO –– with Antioch College –– has so far raised almost $3.5 million. The funds will reimburse Antioch for its investment in the station’s broadcast license and operations.


A dance company is more than graceful bodies moving across a stage; it’s also the people behind the scenes making sure the artists can create. Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson brings us a story on the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. *Visit www.DCDC.org for more information about the company’s special 50th anniversary events, which will continue through the spring.


Addiction devastates millions of Americans. And shaking off its grip is extremely hard. Earlier this year, Side Effects Public Media asked people in recovery to share their stories at a live event in Indianapolis. We’re sharing them in a series called a Sober — Voices of Recovery and Hope. This story from Dwight Fortune shows that addiction reaches into all parts of our society. This story was produced by Matt Pelsor for Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health in the Midwest.

In the age of online advertising, some people still use the old-school method to promote stuff they want to buy and sell –– by posting on bulletin boards in laundromats, restaurants and other places. WYSO’s Bulletin Board Diaries brings you the stories behind some of these ads. Today, a business card found on a bulletin board at a Lebanon restaurant leads us to a horse barn in Franklin.


The Dayton Foodbank is reporting an uptick in new clients seeking emergency food assistance as the partial government shutdown continues into its fourth week. Federal lawmakers recently approved a measure giving affected workers back pay when the government reopens. In this conversation with WYSO’s Jess Mador, Foodbank spokesperson Lora Davenport says furloughed federal workers and contractors have been living without a paycheck since before the Christmas holidays.

Wright State University is preparing for a planned faculty strike January 22. University administration officials say the school will remain open even if faculty head to the picket line.  As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, news of the potential walkout is being met with confusion by some Wright State students returning to campus for the start of the new semester.

Today’s Bulletin Board Diaries entry comes to us from a coffee shop in Oakwood. That’s where a business card caught our attention -- not so much for the service it promised but for the name of the business on the card.  Wave Judd is the owner and tattoo artist of Raditattoo Me Tattoo and Repair Parlor in Belmont. Wave’s story is as much about redemption as it is about the art he creates for his clients’ bodies. 

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Ohio’s oldest modern dance company is celebrating its fiftieth season. That’s right, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, affectionately known as DCDC, has nurtured generations of dancers. Community Voices producer Jocelyn Robinson introduces us to the family at the heart of the company.

Well, from the earth, to the moon, to the stars beyond, we continue our cultural update with a look at how we view the heavens above.  The Mars Insight Lander has been sending outstanding images of the Red planet back to Earth. Mars was visible with the naked eye for much of December just after sunset in the southwest.  But if you used a telescope you could see even more of the planet - and other celestial objects. Experienced stargazers know what a miraculous and highly technical instrument the telescope is.  In this segment, Community Voices producer Jim Kale tells us about a man from southwest Ohio who makes telescopes and he’s traveled to the rural countryside near the tiny town of Philo, Illinois to meet him.