WYSO Weekend: August 6, 2017

Aug 6, 2017

Welcome to WYSO Weekend, our weekly radio magazine.  Here's our list of stories on this week's program: 

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday to come up with a Plan B.  DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15. But, many parents are still worried about how a strike could affect their kids.

A deadly ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair last week has raised questions about ride oversight and inspections. From public radio station WOSU, Esther Honig has been looking around, and found regulations for rides vary widely from state to state.  

All this summer, we’re bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. Today, we hear from 41-year-old Robert Sabwami. Robert tells us about his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment. Now, he’s a grad student studying at Wright State University. In this story from WYSO producer April Laissle, he says his journey to get there hasn’t always been easy. When Robert first started losing his vision, he was plunged into isolation.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Springfield on Friday to kick-off a program designed to help boys and young men of color get ready for college and careers. The Ohio program is affiliated with a national program called “My Brother’s Keeper.” It was started by the Obama administration as a way to address educational opportunity gaps for young people in underserved communities.

For five years now, the Dayton chapter of A Special Wish Foundation has held the Glow Fore Wishes! golf tournament. The foundation says it's "the only night of the year when you can hit the links after the sun sets.

All of the funds raised in this charity event will help A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton fulfill their mission to provide wishes to local children who are battling life-threatening disorders. The event takes place Friday, August 25, 2017, at Community Golf Club in Dayton, and to get the details we spoke with the foundation's Executive Director and WYSO Resource Board member, David Seyer. He begins this interview by describing some of the wishes that have been granted to the children and families they serve.

Today on WYSO Curious we answer a question from listener Eileen Ribbler of Kettering about a statute of a little boy and dog at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. Eileen wanted to know what the story was behind the marker, one of the most iconic monuments in the Cemetery, which commemorates five year old Johnny Morehouse. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde went to this famous Dayton landmark to dig up the answer.

Our very own Bill Felker brings us this week's Poor Will's Almanack.