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WYSO Weekend: January 24, 2021

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Stories from the Eichleberger Center for Community Voices, more on the effects of coronavirus, and a Fish Food Pantry - it’s not what you’re thinking.

Up first in our program, The Race Project: Featuring Cate Brinnon and Gyamfi Gyamerah. The Race Project is produced by Basim Blunt for the Eichleberger Center for Community Voices. The Center also produces our series exploring the strength and resilience of Dayton’s African American community. Jocelyn Robinson introduces that story.

Since the early 1970s, the Fairborn Fish - Food Pantry has been a unique refuge for people in need. Anyone is welcome to stop in, talk with the employees, enjoy some live, local music -- and pick up food and other necessary household supplies. Right now COVID has changed a lot of that. But the pantry is serving more people than ever. Jane Doorley and her husband Bill are Fairborn Fish - Food Pantry’s founders. They spoke with us about their start, and how they’ve had to adapt in a changing world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for the midwest’s school districts as they carefully balance their students’ education and safety. At the forefront of this has been school nurses who are responsible for screening kids for COVID-19, notifying parents and even contact tracing. And that’s on top of their regular duties. An elementary school nurse in Iowa reflects on the extra challenges her team has faced so far this school year.

In southwest Chicago, a large mural honors essential workers. There are portraits of Javier Montano, a postal carrier who’s a U.S. citizen. And Juan and Rosalinda, who are undocumented. Underneath are the words El Corazon de Chicago — the heart of Chicago. Their stories are told in the podcast COVID Between the Coasts, and Judith Ruiz-Branch has this report for Side Effects Public Media.

Tax Season is here and the on-going pandemic will force some changes in the way people and businesses will file this year. To hear what those changes are, we spoke with local business owner and CPA Doug Talmage, who says one significant change for people in Ohio will be for those who have typically taken deductions for working at home.

We wrap up this program with Bill Felker and Poor Will's Almanack.

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