Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – The dust has settled from the primary election campaigns, and the candidates for a Kentucky U.S. Senate seat are wasting no time kicking up more dust. Kentucky Democrats are also bracing for a push by Republicans to take over control of the state House. We speak with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Jonathan Meador about the fall elections, and Phillip also discusses Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s budget proposal unveiled yesterday.
12:55 – Astronomers say a meteor shower visible from much of North America this weekend could be the brightest display of shooting stars this year. We check in with University of Louisville Professor of Atmospheric Physics Dr. Tim Dowling about the event, which is expected to begin late tonight.
16:50 – Both sides of the Big Four Bridge are now open. For the first time since the Kentucky side of the bridge opened in February of 2013, people can walk or bike across the Ohio River between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana. Several delays have kept the former railroad bridge from opening earlier, but now that it is open, city leaders and residents say they are looking forward to its economic and social benefits. We speak with Elizabeth Bielman, a reporter with the News and Tribune of southern Indiana.
20:20 – Earlier this week, Kentucky auditor Adam Edelen unveiled a comprehensive examination of the Jefferson County Public Schools, which he calls an “unchecked bureaucracy that has become bloated and inefficient at the expense of the classroom.” Edelen speaks with WFPL’s Devin Katayama about what the schools are doing right and what needs to change.
29:45 – The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities have fought for equal rights in the courts, city halls, and state capitols. But perhaps one of the most important places to have this conversation is in schools, where many students first realize who they are. As WFPL’s Devin Katayama reports, in Louisville that conversation has been taking place around transgender student rights.
36:15 – Faithful listeners may have noticed WFPL’s education reporter Devin Katayama has not been on our airwaves much over the past few months. He has been on an extended assignment, which he can now discuss. We check in with him about the upcoming documentary he has produced, scheduled to air next week.
39:30 – We hear an episode of the Memory Palace podcast from producer Nate DiMeo, who brings us the story of the Cardiff Giant, one of the greatest hoaxes in American history.