Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):
At the top – We open the show with a look-ahead at the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly. It sounds a bit familiar—there are more services and programs that need money than there is money to go around. We talk with Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador about what may get funded and what may get cut, and new efforts to raise the minimum wage.
9:00 – Traffic deaths in 2013 were up 33% in Jefferson County, compared to 2012. But they were at a record low statewide. We talk with WFPL’s Joseph Lord about where the Jefferson County accidents are happening, patterns to the data, and theories on the discrepancy between Jefferson County and statewide data.
14:00 – We’re now heading into the re-election year for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. A major opponent hasn’t yet stepped up. And so while he may not be actively campaigning the way he was four years ago, the mayor is touting his accomplishments from the last three years and setting his goals for the next few. He sat down earlier this week with WFPL’s Phillip Bailey to discuss issues and plans.
31:50 – In recent years, scientists have found that particles like soot and other pollution live a ‘secret life’ once released into the atmosphere, picking up toxic gases and other hitchhikers before making their way into our lungs. What happens to these particles once they’re in the air? And how does it affect our health? Reid Frazier looks at the evolving science into the secret life of particles.
38:15 – In a new installment of The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo brings us the true story of a man who escaped slavery — by literally mailing himself to freedom.