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4:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Takeaways From a Conversation Between Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry

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Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry interviewed food journalist Michael Pollan last night in Louisville. (Pollan stopped by the WFPL studios earlier in the day for an interview as well). Over the course of the evening, they discussed Pollan's new book "Cooked" and the bigger issues it raises. Here are five takeaways from the interview:

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Occupy Louisville Member Running for Mayor

Longtime social justice advocate Ike Thacker announced this week he is running for mayor of Louisville as an independent.

Thacker is a local writer and community activist who serves on the boards of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He also served as a spokesman for Occupy Louisville, which held a six month long protest in downtown against U.S. economic policies.

Thacker says he is running to help the poor, and plans to advocate for cuts to military spending as mayor to help invest in low-income parts of the city.

"I simply believe that all 7 billion of us on this planet and the 750,000 or so of us in Louisville are absolutely, equally human regardless of everything. That’s every black or brown person in west or south Louisville just as much as the Ivy League east enders," he says.

Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer announced last month he is seeking re-election.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours.

In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention.

She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

“She became a fan favorite," Jones told WFPL.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Made Glorious Summer: Shakespeare Behind Bars' 'Richard III' Open to Public in June

Shakespeare Behind Bars 2009 production of Macbeth at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky.

Louisville's Shakespeare Behind Bars is in its 18th season producing the works of Shakespeare with a company of incarcerated men. In June, they’ll open “Richard III,” the Bard's dramatization of the rise and fall of Richard, the Machiavellian Duke of Gloucester, and England's House of York, at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange.

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Local News
12:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence Uninjured in Traffic Accident

A spokeswoman for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says Pence's state sport-utility vehicle has been involved in an accident but the governor was not injured.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says neither the governor and nor any of the other passengers required medical attention following Thursday morning's accident, which occurred in Indianapolis as Pence was heading to a bill signing in Fort Wayne.

Local News
12:14 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Compassionate City: Louisville's Father Joe Mitchell

Father Joe Mitchell
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Here's the latest installment of our interviews with spiritual leaders as Louisville prepares for the Festival of Faiths conference and a visit by the Dalai Lama.

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Education
11:59 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing.

Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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Food and Dining
10:02 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Your Guide to Kentucky Derby Weekend Dining

Proof on Main
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Mint juleps get all the attention, but it’s food, not bourbon, that drives the Kentucky Derby and its festivities. Hot browns, Benedictine sandwiches, and slices of Derby pie provide the fuel revelers need to enjoy the weekend ahead.

Here are some tips that will help guide you through your Derby dining experiences.

Getting in the Door

To get a table, you'll need more than prayer to score some good food on Derby or Oaks nights. You need to plan, and plan well. 

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Local News
7:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Orb is the Early Favorite in 20-Horse Kentucky Derby Field

Trainer Shug McGaughey
Rick Howlett

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running  of the Kentucky Derby.

Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Derby and a full field of 20 horses.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey is in racing's Hall of Fame, but the 62-year-old trainer has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.    He says he's happy with the post position draw. 

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Environment
5:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Listen: Michael Pollan Visits WFPL to Talk Food and Cooking

Gabe Bullard

Food journalist Michael Pollan says we should cook. That's the thesis he outlines in his latest book--the appropriately titled Cooked. Pollan visited the WFPL studios earlier today for a news special.

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