Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – Former state Rep. John Arnold will not face punishment for charges that he sexually harassed three state employees over four years. A majority of the Legislative Ethics Commission voted this week to find Arnold guilty of violating state ethics laws by abusing his position as a public official, but under commission rules, there weren’t enough votes for a guilty verdict or to fine or sanction Arnold. Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador explains the reactions and outcomes of these proceedings.
6:00 – Thunder Over Louisville is tomorrow. This year’s air and fireworks show comes amid concerns about public safety downtown following a spate of youth violence last month. We discuss it with WFPL’s Jake Ryan and Joseph Lord.
13:35 – In Kentucky, every school district has a finance officer, a person who watches the books and manages spending. But the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has found that many of these officers lack the education and experience necessary for this kind of high-level financial work. We speak with the Center’s Kristina Goetz, who reported the story.
16:50 – A documentary that examines a turbulent period in the life of Muhammad Ali and the history of this country makes its television premiere Monday night as part of the PBS program Independent Lens. It’s called The Trials of Muhammad Ali and recounts Ali’s conversion to Islam, his resistance to the Vietnam War draft, and the Supreme Court ruling that kept Ali out of prison. The film was directed by Bill Siegel who joins us by phone from Chicago.
23:40 – It’s been a week of anniversaries and closings in the Louisville restaurant world. To catch up on that, and other food news, WFPL’s Gabe Bullard speaks with Eater Louisville editor Steve Hacker.
29:35 – The Jewish holiday of Passover begins Monday. It commemorates the Israelites’ liberation from slavery thousands of years ago and their exodus from Egypt. One of the requirements of Passover is that observers not consume leavened foods. Kosher foods needed for Passover are available on many store shelves, but not everywhere. In this story, Rebecca Sheir explores the trials and tribulations of Passover in Alaska – the last frontier.
36:00 – A round up of local noteworthy arts events with WFPL’s Erin Keane, including programs from The Louisville Orchestra, Voices of Kentuckiana, and the InKY Reading Series celebrating National Poetry Month.
38:30 – Breadcrumb Trail is the title of a new documentary about the legendary Louisville band Slint. Director Lance Bangs has been working on this project for decades. Bangs became interested in the band in 1991. He talks about his film in this excerpt from an interview with Sean Cannon from our sister station WFPK.
41:45 – In our arts segment, Erin Keane interviews the Director of Kentucky Shakespeare, Matt Wallace. The program has launched its expanded spring season – Shakespeare in the Parks.