Listen: WFPL News Team’s Favorite Features of 2013

This week, WFPL News staff members selected some of their favorite stories of 2013 for a special Byline.

We heard about carp fishing, record stores, a Kentucky Derby gate-crasher, an innovative play and much more. Listen below:

Here are links to some of the stories:

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

He celebrated throughout the day, made a few bets. When the race ended, he put on the coat and tie he’d been carrying around all day and schemed his way onto the track.

“I would tell people, for anybody who asked, although it rarely came up, that I was a ceremonial guard,” he says. “And I loved that title because it doesn’t mean a thing … but it sounds official.”

In Kentucky’s Carp Madness, Fishermen Net 83,000 Pounds Of Invasive Species

Fish are jumping at Barkley Lake. It’s cold, but that hasn’t stopped 15 teams of fishermen from coming out to compete in the state’s first-ever commercial Asian carpfishing tournament.

One of them is 63-year-old Ronny Hopkins.

“It’s bad today, it ain’t going real good today,” he said from his fishing boat. “Fish ain’t cooperating.”

Independent Record Shops Come Roaring Back in Louisville

Sitting behind the counter, Tyler Chanley presided as a dozen customers rummaged through bins of CDs and vinyl records. Chanley worked for years at Underground Sounds on Highland Avenue and decided to branch out with a partner with his own shop on Frankfort Avenue, called Modern Cult Records.

“I just kind of noticed a little bit of gap in some things here in Louisville—just Louisville as a whole. And just wanted to sort of share some of the thing that I think bear value,” Chanley said.

‘Sleep Rock Thy Brain’ Play Uses Science As Inspiration

 For “Sleep Rock Thy Brain”, playwright Lucas Hnath wrote about sleep problems during space flight. He and the other two playwrights, Rinne Groff and Anne Washburn, have all written plays about science before. They all came to Kentucky to visit the University of Louisville medical school’s sleep center. It’s directed by Dr. David Hiestand, and he showed them around the sleep lab, which is housed on the top floor of a downtown hotel.

The Man With Many Chances

Willenborg’s parents believe her death was preventable, had the justice system been paying attention. They are not the only ones. One criminal justice expert called the handling of the three Indiana cases the most egregious examples of missed opportunities he’d ever seen.
 
“It’s the worst I’ve ever heard of. It really is,” said Tom Barker, a professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. “They just ignored a known, serious risk to public safety. You talk about a murder being inevitable and predictable.”

The Cowsills: Siblings Share a Musical Family’s Joy, Pain in Documentary

The Cowsills were known for their clean-cut image and vocal harmonies, but often mixed their  arrangements with a dash of psychedelia. 

They were also the real-life inspiration for television’s Partridge Family.       

Doris Kearns Goodwin Discusses Her New Book, ‘The Bully Pulpit’

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a historian with a wide-angle lens. She takes on many of America’s greatest historical periods and leaders, and provides rich layers of context.

Colleagues Say J. Blaine Hudson’s Legacy of Activism and Education Served Crucial Role in City

“His activism made room for a professor like me who thinks the community I live in and I’m a part of also needs to benefit and learn from and know about themselves,”says Kaila Story, an assistant professor in the Pan-African Studies Department, which Hudson chaired from 1998 to 2003.

Joseph Lord

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.

@joseph_Lord

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