Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – There’s been another allegation of sexual harassment brought against former state Rep. John Arnold, this one involving a fellow member of the Kentucky House. We discuss the latest disclosure and other news from the state Capitol with Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador.
7:45 – A new Public Policy Polling survey on the Kentucky U.S. Senate race and various issues came out this week. It shows McConnell and Bevin leading Grimes by one point. But McConnell’s negatives remain high given that he and President Obama are both at 31% approval ratings in the state. In addition, a growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor’s office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections. WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey reviews the findings.
12:45 – Each October, James Miller’s journalism students at duPont Manual High School watch a lot of local television news and analyze what they see. Miller is also WFPL’s media critic, and he shares the results of the students’ work in his latest column at wfpl.org. Miller discusses the findings with WFPL’s Rick Howlett.
19:00 – As the sole Democrat in Kentucky’s Capitol Hill delegation, Congressman John Yarmuth has been an outspoken supporter of Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. He talks with WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian about the race.
24:30 – Movie critic Chris Ritter is here with some early Oscar predictions. Chris is the co-host of WFPL’s new podcast Sound on Film. The Academy Award nominations for 2014 will be announced next month, and many of the best picture contenders are just now opening in theaters.
31:30 – This time of year retail companies typically hire extra employees to meet holiday shoppers’ demand for their products. At Louisville’s Café Press, the normal workforce of about 250 has been nearly quadrupled so the company can fill thousands of online orders coming in from around the world each hour. Rick Howlett recently visited the company’s bustling production facility in the Riverport industrial park to get a firsthand look.
35:00 – Courier-Journal sports writer Adam Himmelsbach discusses some end of the year sporting news including the Louisville appearance in the upcoming Russell Bowl, speculation about the futures of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and coach Charlie Strong, and the upcoming annual rivalry basketball game between Kentucky and Louisville.
43:35 – Every Christmas Eve, for over 50 years now, the people of Sweden gather around their televisions to watch a one hour cartoon starring Donald Duck. Producer Susan Gray speaks with Ann Hildreth from the American Swedish Institute and Lena Norman from the University of Minnesota to find out why Donald Duck holds such a special place in the hearts of Swedes.