Tuesday, 09 November 2021 08:10

Donna Skoda Looks At Vaccine Doses, Efficacy For Kids

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From the onset of the pandemic, the Summit County Health Commissioner has answered a number of questions regarding COVID-19, from the virus itself to the spread and mitigation tactics, to vaccines for both adults and now kids.

Donna Skoda assured parents of the safety of the vaccines, which are now available to children ages five and up through their pediatricians. She also shared her view on what the public should do the next twenty months of what she believes is an endemic virus, and the threats of the Delta Plus variant breaking out in Europe.

While there still is a threat of COVID-19 out there, due to the availability of the various vaccines and now boosters, people are feeling more comfortable gathering for the holidays or traveling abroad. And now those adults can have innoculate their children above the age of five, if they choose to do so.

Dr. Richard Londraville is a biologist at the University of Akron, and he has been on the Ray Horner Morning Show since the beginning of the pandemic to answer the most pressing questions many have had in regards to COVID-19 and the vaccines. First, Dr. Londraville talks about the efficacy of other countries' vaccines compared to the United States', and also how the Delta Plus variant is wreacking havoc in the European Union.

As for vaccines for children from ages five and up, Dr. Londraville says the Pfizer shots will be available through the child's pediatrician for now. This vaccine, compared to the one for adults, is much less of a dose.

This was a big week in the fight against COVID-19, with the CDC approving vaccinations for children ages 5-11, Pfizer announcing they've developed a new anti-viral pill they say is extremely effective, and a federal appeals court temporarily halting the President Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers.  That decision was in response to  lawsuits filed by Republican Attorneys General in a number of states, including Ohio.

It was also the week many of us started thinking in ernest about holiday gatherings, and how we can best be safe while we enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Jeanne Destro talked to Summit County Public Health Commissioner, Donna Skoda, and Summa Health Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Thomas File, about vaccinating young children, when it is most effective to get tested, how the MRNA technology at the heart of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID vaccines could help us fight a whole host of other diseases as well, and more. Listen now.

First, our conversation with Donna Skoda, Summit County Public Health Commissioner:

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Donna Skoda, Summit County Public Health

Next, our conversation with Dr. Thomas File, Summa Health Infectious Disease Specialist:


 Dr. Thomas File, Summa Health


Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat, wants to be Ohio's next Governor.

But so do a lot of other people, including Cincinnati's Democratic Mayor, John Cranley, incumbent Republican Governor, Mike DeWine, and two other Republican candidates so far; former Congressman, Jim Renacci, and Joe Blystone, who is a farmer from Canal Winchester. 

Listen now, to Jeanne Destro’s conversation with Whaley, to find out why the Mayor who may be “Great in Dayton” thinks she has what it takes to be the first Democrat to take back the Ohio Governor’s seat, since 2011. 

Friday, 05 November 2021 11:46

Renters' Rights, Renters Unite

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Renters are often stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they  push their landlords too hard for needed repairs; they could end up on the street, without an affordable place to live. But if they don't say anything; they could be forced to live in sub-standard, and sometimes even dangerous conditions.

But, there is a third choice, and that's where Akron's Community Legal Aid comes in. Their lawyers can help renters stay in their homes, through either individual, or collective legal action. 

In fact, as you’ll hear in Jeanne Destro’s interview withLegal Aid Managing Attorney, John Petit; that’s exactly what is happening right now with a group of East Akron apartment residents who have banded together to form a “Tenant’s Union”.


Friday, 05 November 2021 10:43

Overcoming Obstacles and Getting Ahead At Work

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Work is a challenge for everyone, but for some of us; it is even more difficult because of our race, gender, desire to please, or inability to state our needs honestly, without fear.

But there is new research from a diverse group of business experts, that can help you get paid what you're worth, get ahead, and get things done on the job.

Listen now, as Jeanne Destro talks to the authors of four new books, who may be able to help you do just that.

Jim DetertChoosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work

Bruce TulganThe Art of Being Indispensable at Work: Win Influence, Beat Overcommitment, and Get the Right Things Done

Laura Morgan-Roberts: Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

Colleen AmmermanGlass Half-Broken: Shattering the Barriers That Still Hold Women Back at Work

In the Ohio Statehouse, representatives have drafted bills to combat domestic violence and sexual assaults. State rep Tavia Galonski joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, guest-hosted by Jeanne Destro, to talk about these bills.

The first of which is called Aisha's Law, named after Aisha Fraser, who was murdered by her ex-husband, and it will indeed become a law after three years. The other bills House Bill 266 and 199 are stuck in committee, and if passed; would eliminate the statute of limitations on rape.

Tavia Galonski

State Representative, Tavia Galonski (D) Ohio 35th

Akron Police are looking for help identifying two men they say are responsible for the theft of roughly $50,000 worth of band equipment.
The theft happened back on October 23rd, outside an Akron hotel at 41 Furnace Street, where a band visiting town says their van and trailer containing all of their equipment was stolen. While police found the empty trailer a few days later, all of the equipment was still missing.
Now police are circulating photos of two suspects who sold thousands of dollars worth of that stolen band equipment at the Guitar Dept on Kenmore Boulevard the same day as the theft. 
See the more from Akron Police below: 

The Union representing Akron Public School teachers, the Akron Education Association (AEA) passed a vote of "no confidence" in the school administration's leadership and procedures designed to keep them safe from violent incidents involving students.

From guns on the premises, to physical assaults, and even fireworks set off in the classrom; teachers are fed up, and they want protection.

When the story broke earlier this week; we asked Akron Public Schools Superintendent, Christine Fowler-Mack for a response, but were told that she would prefer to focus on resolving the issue with the union, and that she did not wish to respond publicly at this time.

But today on the Ray Horner Morning Show, Jeanne Destro talked to Akron Education Association President, Pat Shipe, about teachers' concerns. 


This week, President Biden pledged the US will take action to reduce fossil fuel emissions, in an effort to protect forests worldwide.

Forests, which absorb harmful pollution from the atmosphere, are one of the earth's main lines of defense against the devastating effects of climate change. Those include rising temperatures, forest fires, increasingly destructive storms, floods, daughts, famine, disease, mass migration, and death.

We'll hear from President Biden, who spoke at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as from Climatology Professor, Dr. Cameron Lee, from Kent State University

We first spoke with Dr. Lee a few months ago, but this week's climate conference presents a perfect opportunity to revisit our conversation about what causes climate change, and what, if anything; we can do about it.


Dr. Cameron Lee, Kent State University


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