Local News
8:31 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty?

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On Tuesday, we examined a report that said 27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty. 

The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?

A  leading cause is a lack of access to and dwindling opportunities for economic gain,  said Terry Singer, the dean of the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

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Podcast
8:29 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: UofL Film Studies Professor Andrew Cooper Joins In

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Hello Brave Listener and welcome to Sound on Film.

This week, Steven Carr and I discuss the Earth’s destruction twice—by snow in the film "Snowpiercer" and by primates in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Before that, I interview University of Louisville professor Andrew Cooper about the school's film minor, and we finish up by talking about some television news. 

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Local News
8:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage

It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.  What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.

But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.

“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said.  “If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”

And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation

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A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

The statement followed an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded there was “substantial reason to believe” that Whitfield had committed one or more ethics violations.

The House Committee on Ethics’ brief news release noted that it had reached no conclusion about whether a violation had in fact occurred, and it did not disclose the nature of Whitfield’s alleged misconduct.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

General Burnside Island State Park to Lead Way For Park Privatization in Kentucky

General Burnside Island State Park
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The Kentucky Department of Parks is poised to allow private corporations to develop at, or even operate aspects of, state parks, and expansion of previous efforts permitting commercial activity.

Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker suggested to a state legislative committee Thursday that General Burnside State Park, a 400-acre park 10 miles south of Somerset, could serve "as a potential pilot" for the effort.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Byline | Kentucky Retirement's Risky Investments, a Talk With Rand Paul, and More

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

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Local News
12:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

What's Going on With Muhammad Ali's Boyhood Home in Louisville?

Muhammad Ali's boyhood home on Grand Avenue.
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Two years ago, Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss purchased the boyhood home of Louisville boxing legend Muhammad Ali for $70,000. Weiss, an avid fan of Ali, bought the home with plans to transform it into a museum.

But in the years since, the Parkland house has been beaten and battered. Today, the paint continues to chip away and the roof looks to be caving in. Neighbors are hoping some change will come soon.

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Education
11:25 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.)

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Louisville families now have an idea of what supplies kids need for public school.

Jefferson County Public School on Friday released a much-anticipated list of fundamental school supplies for the 2014-15 academic year.

Most students go back to school on Aug. 13.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Radiolab and Studio 360 Return to WFPL and Other August Changes

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Starting next week, we will be making some changes to the WFPL News radio schedule. Studio 360 is coming back. Thursday nights at 9, Kurt Andersen brings you insightful takes on arts and culture. Here's a look back at Mad Magazine from the American Icons series.

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Arts and Humanities
10:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Bard's Town Explores Donald Margulies' Moral Questions of the Novel in 'Collected Stories'

Carol Dines as Ruth Steiner and Lenae McKee Price as Lisa Morrison in Donald Margulies' "Collected Stories" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
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In theory, the proudest moment for a mentor is when the protégé surpasses her in achievement.  Why else cultivate their talents, share hard-won industry secrets and become invested in their successes? But in practice, it’s not always that simple, as Donald Margulies’ searing 1996 drama “Collected Stories” shows. In reality, sometimes the student learns a little too much from the master, a little too well.

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