Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top - A third Kentucky Statehouse staff member has filed a complaint with the Legislative Ethics Commission, alleging that state Rep. John Arnold touched her inappropriately in 2009 and that a supervisor at the Legislative Research Commission, where she works, failed to act after she reported Arnold’s conduct. A week ago, two Legislative Research Commission staffers filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made lewd comments to them dating back to 2010. The complaints have prompted calls for action in response to what some call a culture of intimidation and sexism in the Capitol One lawmaker has filed a bill that would require lawmakers to undergo sexual harassment training as part of their mandatory ethics education.
1:11:30 - Phillip M. Bailey stayed with us to talk about two more stories:
1:16:45 - The burning of coal releases pollution into the air, though advanced controls have made the process cleaner. But for decades, studies show that pollution has taken a significant toll on human health. Dr. Alan Lockwood is a professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo, and on the board for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He’s the author of a book on the effects of coal on health, and was in Louisville this week to lead a discussion on the subject. He spoke with WFPL’s Erica Peterson.
1:21:35 - In the summer of 2009, Wes Berry, an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University, hit the road in search of Kentucky’s best barbeque. He visited 160 places, sampling meats and sides in familiar barbque regions like western Kentucky, but also here in the Louisville area, northern Kentucky, Appalachia. Professor Berry, who also answers to Professor Pork Belly recounts his barbeque pilgrimage in a book, called The Kentucky Barbeque Book. He joined us today.
1:32:55 - Earlier this year, Louisville’s famed Guitar Emporium closed after 40 years of operation. Soon,
1:36:35 – WFPL arts & humanities reporter Erin Keane shares some events going on in town this weekend, including the Alley Theatre’s Reservoir Dogs, Connect at Bernheim Forest, and Raanan Hershberg’s one-man show, Crying Behind 3-D Glasses, at the Bardstown.
Then we hear her conversation with Kentucky’s poet laureate Frank X Walker, who has a new book out. “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers” is a collection of poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago. Erin Keane speaks with Walker about Evers’ legacy and writing the book.