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Looking for in-depth coverage of stories that are important to Northeast Ohio and beyond? WKSU reporters take the time to dig deeper on the stories that deserve more time, to talk to the newsmakers you want and need to hear from.

Looking for in-depth coverage of stories that are important to Northeast Ohio and beyond? WKSU reporters take the time to dig deeper on the stories that deserve more time, to talk to the newsmakers you want and need to hear from.

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Kent, OH

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Looking for in-depth coverage of stories that are important to Northeast Ohio and beyond? WKSU reporters take the time to dig deeper on the stories that deserve more time, to talk to the newsmakers you want and need to hear from.

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@wksu

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English

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3303465600


Episodes

Derf's Graphic Novel About May 4th Delivers an Emotional Wallop

9/8/2020
Few of the dozens of books written about what happened at Kent State May 4, 1970 have the emotional impact of John Backderf’s graphic novel Kent State, Four Dead in Ohio . The Cleveland-based comic artist, who goes by Derf, spent two years researching and another two years drawing the book. Derf depicts the final days of the four students before they were shot down on a campus parking lot 50 years ago.

Duration:00:05:02

Ex-Offenders Face Challenges in Finding and Holding Onto Stable Housing

8/25/2020
Tenant advocates have warned that the nation faces a wave of evictions, now that the CARES act and moratoriums against evictions have ended. One overlooked group is especially at risk: tenants who have a criminal history. But few resources exist for this group.

Duration:00:04:39

Portage County Commissioner Deemed a Rising Star, Part of DNC Keynote

8/18/2020
John Kasich has been getting a lot of attention as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention this week. But there’s another Ohioan who has a starring role as well. Portage County Commissioner Kathleen Clyde is one of 17 Democrats designated as rising stars who will deliver a joint keynote speech Tuesday night. Clyde served eight years as a State Representative and narrowly lost a bid for Secretary of State in 2018.

Duration:00:05:12

LeBron's Foundation Opens I Promise Village, Another Step in Addressing Inequality

7/24/2020
This summer, the effects of systemic racism have been driven to the forefront. At the same time in Akron, the LeBron James Family Foundation has been working on another way to fight inequality and help families out of poverty. The Foundation started with the I Promise School, teaching disadvantaged Akron youth most at risk of being removed from school. Today, the foundation welcomes its first families to the I Promise Village, a historic apartment building renovated to provide temporary...

Duration:00:05:01

How the University of Akron's Flagship Polymer Program Survived the School's Restructuring

7/14/2020
The University of Akron is undergoing unprecedented challenges as it struggles to close a $65 million budget gap. Its response includes a radical redesign of the school’s academic structure. What will it mean for the future of Akron’s flagship polymer program?

Duration:00:04:25

Battling Infant Mortality: Akron Group Works to Help Black Babies Survive

7/14/2020
Summit County is channeling another two-and-a-half million dollars toward the centering groups that advocates say are one key to saving babies’ lives. The issue disproportionately impacts Blacks, who have an infant mortality rate more than twice as high as those of non-Hispanic whites. We visit one of the circles of expectant parents receiving extra support. "I want you to use your thighs to stand up, and we still got our Kegels tight. Come on. Stand up.” Women nearing their due dates lift...

Duration:00:04:58

University of Akron Faculty Union Rallies to Support Academics Over Athletics

7/13/2020
The faculty union at the University of Akron rallied over the weekend to ask for support of what they feel should be the school’s core mission: education. They’re concerned about efforts to plug a $65 million budget shortfall that could deeply impact teaching positions. And they argue that the university spends too much on athletics.

Duration:00:06:12

Olympian Clayton Murphy Cuts Ties with Akron, Campaigns to Save Men's Cross-Country

7/2/2020
Former University of Akron track star and 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy has cut ties with his alma mater after the school recently eliminated the men’s cross-country program. Murphy has launched a campaign to get the university to reverse the decision that was part of budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration:00:04:50

Policing, Race Relations to be Discussed at Stark County Town Halls

6/30/2020
Organizers of a town hall meeting tonight in Stark County are hoping to deepen community dialogue about policing and race relations. John Spitzer, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Israel Canton, and Ron Ponder, former president of the NAACP in Stark County, have been helping organize the meeting tonight and another one on Thursday at Faith Family Church in North Canton. Ponder is moderating the sessions. He thinks there’s something to learn from what’s been happening in Canton.

Duration:00:04:55

After Two Years of Planning, Akron Has a Public Art Plan

6/29/2020
Akron officials today unveil a new cultural plan after two years of community forums and public review. And residents have overwhelmingly asked for more public art in the city.

Duration:00:04:47

Lordstown Motors' Big Gamble on Hub Motors

6/29/2020
Electric cars are gaining traction in the marketplace as Tesla builds a devoted following. But is America ready for an all-electric pickup truck? The start-up Lordstown Motors is betting on it. They’re hoping to produce America’s first electric pickup, and part of Lordstown’s gamble is a different approach to electric motors.

Duration:00:04:50

As WKSU's Mark Pennell Retires, He Considers His Perspective on History from Behind the Mic

6/26/2020
After almost 24 years on the air at WKSU and more than four decades in radio, Mark Pennell is retiring. On the day of his last shift here, we wanted to take a moment to look back at that time in radio and some of the history he’s witnessed during that time.

Duration:00:05:19

Minority Health Strike Force Preparing Final Recommendations

6/24/2020
By the end of this month, a group working to address the disproportionate affect COVID-19 has had on African-Americans in Ohio is expected to issue its final recommendations. The Minority Health Strike Force was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine in April. Some have criticized how long it’s taken for these recommendations to come to fruition. But one member of the group says it’s been taking its time to refine recommendations that are actionable. Dr. Charles Modlin is a surgeon and urologist...

Duration:00:05:24

The Promise of Youngstown's Tax Incentives Waits for the Payoff from Chill-Can

6/22/2020
Perhaps no city in the midwest is more emblematic of Rust Belt identity than Youngstown. A steel boomtown in the first half of the 20th century, things went bust in the second half. One-by-one, steel mills facing fierce foreign competition shut down. Unemployment spiked, residents fled the city. In the aftermath, city officials came up with a plan to attract new business, offering a range of incentives including free land, tax abatements, grants, low interest loans and more. However the...

Duration:00:08:04

Your Voice Ohio Gives You a Voice in the 2020 Election

6/21/2020
The uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing protests for racial justice, concern for how the economic recession will affect businesses, families, and communities, and the overwhelming amount of misinformation circulating online about everything from vaccines to voting have already made 2020 a year unlike any other. Not surprisingly, people are stressed as they sort through unprecedented volumes of information (some of it intentionally misleading), worry about how to be safe...

Duration:00:05:24

Pinery Dam in Cuyahoga River Reveals History of Canal Use

6/15/2020
For decades, supporters of cleaner water have been working to rid the Cuyahoga River of its dams, which impede the flow of water. Restoring that flow is improving water quality and providing new opportunities for wildlife and recreation on the river. The latest project -- removing the Brecksville Dam -- has revealed a bit of history that dates back almost 200 years.

Duration:00:06:45

Protester Hit By Pickup Truck Talks About Akron Demonstrations

6/4/2020
A Tallmadge teen is recovering after being hit by a pickup truck during protests last Saturday in downtown Akron. Sam Borrell, 18, and some of his friends had gone to Akron during the day to participate in a peaceful demonstration protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis . Akron police are continuing their investigation into what happened. The driver of the pickup is not facing charges at this point. Borrell talked about his experience.

Duration:00:04:14

College Life in the Pandemic's New Normal: Holding on to Gratitude

5/20/2020
Ohio college students just finished their spring semester that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In early March, schools stopped in-person classes and switched to remote learning, upending campus life. A Kent State University journalism class spent the week after spring break recording diaries about their experience. Alex Gray discovered two things that helped her cope: Quality time with her mom, and taking quiet drives.

Duration:00:06:38

College Life in The Pandemic's New Normal: Life on a Deserted Campus

5/19/2020
Ohio college students just finished their spring semester which was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In early March, schools stopped in-person classes and switched to remote learning, upending campus life. A Kent State University journalism class spent the week after spring break recording diaries about their experience. Garrett Naylon stayed in Kent and reflected on what it's like to live on a deserted campus.

Duration:00:07:16

As COVID-19 Tanks Air Travel, Akron-Canton Airport Wrestles with an Uncertain Future

5/19/2020
Facing an unprecedented drop in business and the loss of a major air carrier, Akron-Canton Airport is counting on passengers gradually starting to fly again. But what does that look like?

Duration:00:04:12