In this edition of WYSO Weekend:
- Through December 1st, visitors to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio are getting a look at the inside the plane that carried John F. Kennedy’s body from Dallas to Washington, D.C., after his assassination. Friday was the 50th anniversary of that horrific event.
It was in the Boeing 707 in 1963 that Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office, while Jackie Kennedy stood by his side, still wearing the pink suit stained in her husband’s blood. The nation remained in shock after the grim events of that day but Museum historian Dr. Jeff Underwood says, what happened on Air Force One was also a very private moment.
- This past week, WYSO aired a series of reports on manufacturing called Future Production. First, reporter Lewis Wallace told us how manufacturing in the Miami Valley is growing, slowly but surely adding jobs each year since 2010. After decades of watching manufacturing jobs leave the area, turning business around—and getting a younger workforce interested—is a tall order, so Dayton-area manufacturers are working on an image makeover. In part two of Future Production, Wallace reported how manufacturers are using robots to recruit—but also how that strategy may fall short.
- 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War One –Millions of soldiers and untold numbers of civilians died on European battlefields during that conflict – which was called THE WAR TO END ALL WARS, which, of course, it was not. We tend to remember the trench warfare of World War One – but it was the first conflict in the history of the world that included an air war as well. WYSO's aviation commentator, Dan Patterson, has some thoughts – You can see photographs of some of the aforementioned aircraft from World War one – and the painting by Henri Ferre at wyso.org
- We’ve got more music for you this week. Dakota Wright has only been music for audiences in the last year. He’s young. Just sixteen years old. But there is an ageless quality to his music – that’s what WYSO’s Niki Dakota and Excursions listeners found out on Friday when the musician stopped by the studios to play live.