WYSO Weekend: December 8, 2013

Dec 8, 2013

In this edition of WYSO Weekend -

  • The federal online health care marketplace has been plagued with problems from its launch. President Obama promised a fix by November 30th. That deadline has come and gone, and things are markedly better, according to John Bowblis, an economics professor at Miami University who specializes in the health care industry. He says significant improvements have been made for the consumer experience with faster download times and successful completion. However, Bowblis adds there may still be snags when it comes to that data being transferred to insurance companies. He spoke with WYSO News Director Emily McCord about all this. 

  • The Twin Towers neighborhood in Dayton was established more than a hundred years ago, and it’s been through a lot. Recently 84 new houses opened in the area for low-income families through a public-private partnership organized by East End Community Services. But what does this mean for a neighborhood trying to turn itself around? Lewis Wallace talks to Jan Lepore-Jentleson of East End Community Center about how the neighborhood is changing.
  • Two long-time contributors to the arts in Dayton will be the recipients of the 2014 Ohio Governor's Awards for the Arts. Dayton Philharmonic Music Director, Neil Gittleman, and Sheri Williams with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company were selected with 4 other winners from around the state for the prestigious award.

    In a released statement, Gittleman, who has been with the Dayton Philharmonic since the mid-eighties, said he was “honored” and “humbled” by the award. The conductor added that, "although the award puts the spotlight on him, it really honors the Dayton Philharmonic’s, and now the DPAA’s, focus on community engagement and service over many years.” 

    Sheri “Sparkle” Williams received the individual artist award for her 40 years of work with the DCDC.  She was excited by the news. 

  • Next week, Shane Sullivan will take ownership of Canal Street Tavern – Now the Canal Public House.  We’ll talk to him about that.
  • Nativity - the Pop Opera is Back - Juliet Fromholt has the report.
  • And we’ve got a story for you from Antioch student Al Najjar coming up later in the program.