Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):
At the top – U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he’s instituting new attribution rules for his staffers and researchers as he faces numerous accusations of plagiarism. The accusations have surfaced about apparently lifted material in speeches, his book and the senator’s weekly column in The Washington Times, which has since dropped it. We discuss the political fallout from all this with WFPL Political Editor Philip M. Bailey.
4:40 – Two prominent African-American leaders in Louisville want voters to pay close attention to Republican Rand Paul’s outreach to minorities as Kentucky’s junior senator gears up for a possible presidential bid. Phillip Bailey covered a forum held earlier this week by Dr. Ricky L. Jones and Rev. Kevin Cosby, and he shares some of his observations.
8:25 – WFPL’s Gabe Bullard has a preview of a new exhibit featuring the work of legendary Courier-Journal editorial cartoonist Hugh Haynie. It opens this weekend at the Frazier Museum. Gabe tours the exhibit with the cartoonist’s son, Smith Haynie, who once worked himself as a cartoonist, but is now a judge.
14:55 – For coal miners who believe they have debilitating black lung disease, filing a claim is a lengthy process. It’s one that’s also often futile. Only about 14 percent of claims led to an award during the 2012 fiscal year, and after appeals, that number is likely even lower. As detailed in a series called “Breathless and Burdened” published by the Center for Public Integrity last week, the small number of miners winning black lung claims could be the result of a concerted effort by both lawyers and doctors hired by coal companies to conceal and misinterpret evidence. WFPL’s Erica Peterson speaks with reporter Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity about the series.
21:50 – With new businesses called Ugly Hookah, Puff Puff Pass and Friend’s Hookah Cafe opening or slated to open, Bardstown Road in Louisville has become a smoker’s paradise. At some establishments, patrons can smoke a communal pipe. At others, they can buy such a pipe, or pick up refills for electronic cigarettes. The stores have become a notable presence in the Highlands, and as Dave Serchuk reports, their popularity springs from what they aren’t: bars or regulated.
27:25 – Moving from smoke to water, in this installment of The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo brings us the touching but slightly ridiculous monument at the Hoover Dam that goes to astronomical lengths to commemorate the makers of the dam.
31:25 – College basketball season begins this weekend for many teams across the country, including the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals, the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, the Indiana Hoosiers, and the Bellarmine Knights. For a preview, we check in with Haven Harrington, who analyzes college basketball and other sports on his radio program, heard weekly on WLOU-AM.
36:45 – Our arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane talks about some noteworthy local arts events to consider this weekend. She then welcomes guest Shannon Woolley Allison, director of Looking for Lilith Theatre Company’s season opener, Class of ’70.