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9:31 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

College Football: Louisville Cardinals Headed To Sugar Bowl

The University of Louisville football team will play Florida on January 2nd in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The pairings for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) were announced tonight.

It’s U of L’s first BCS berth since the 2006 season, when the Cards clinched a spot in the Orange Bowl.

The 22nd ranked Cards finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and a share of the Big East Conference title.

Florida, from the Southeastern Conference, is 11-1 and ranked fourth in the country.

Local News
9:31 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

College Football: Western Kentucky to Play Central Michigan in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

The signals were mixed going into this weekend for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' bowl hopes. Some media bowl  projections picked the 7-5 Hilltoppers to play in a bowl game; others didn't.

The former were right.

Western Kentucky will play Central Michigan  on Dec. 26 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, the Hilltoppers' first bowl game since joining college football's top division in 2008, the bowl announced Sunday evening.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun December 2, 2012

Is 'Heaven is Real' Writer Dr. Eben Alexander Practicing Science?

Dr. Alexander's book

Dr. Eben Alexander says there is a heaven. Dr. Eben Alexander says he's been there. Dr. Eben Alexander says he has scientific proof of both of those things. And Dr. Eben Alexander says he is that proof.

Alexander, his epiphany and his crusade aren't as well known as his original thesis, which was proclaimed on the cover of Newsweek in October

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun December 2, 2012

Colleges Pay Big Bucks to Get Rid of Coaches

Last month, the University of Kentucky decided to pay football coach Joker Phillips $2.5 million to stop doing his job. Phillips' final Kentucky team won just two games and fans were unhappy, as demonstrated by the angry fans' Tweets and empty seats in Commonwealth Stadium.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 2, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.2.12

Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun December 2, 2012

What Were You Drinking Last Night? Probably Not Pappy Van Winkle.

Credit Wikipedia Commons

A elusive Kentuckian named Pappy has New York City hearts aflutter.

On Tuesday, the New York Post's website ran a story bearing the headline, "This Season's Most Wanted." The story was about bourbon -- bourbons from the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, to be exact -- that's made in small batches and confronting big demand.

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Politics
10:44 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Noise and Notes: Betty Bayé (Still) Speaks!

Journalist Betty Baye

For over 30 years, Betty Winston Bayé wrote an op-ed column in the Louisville Courier-Journal until a round of layoffs last year ended her stint.

"I think what really hurt was I never really got a chance to say goodbye to my readers," she says.

But Bayé is still writing, and putting her views on the table—whether people agree or disagree—in radio and television.

Besides becoming a motivational speaker, she was recently inducted into the National Association of Black Journalist’s Hall of Fame and has plenty to share about African-Americans in media.

Bayé stopped by to talk about leaving C-J, the state of journalism and why it's important to teach the Civil Rights era as living American history.

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Local News
7:22 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Cards Soccer Team Falls at Maryland; Football Bowl Pairings Coming Sunday

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team fell short in their bid to reach the Final Four of the NCAA tournament, losing 3-1 at Maryland today.

The Cards were vying for their second-ever trip to the College Cup national semifinals. They finish the season with a 14-6 record. Maryland moves on to play Georgetown Friday.

Politics
3:53 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid

Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo
Credit wikipedia

Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo is considering a run for governor in 2015.

Mongiardo is among several Democrats—including current Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Attorney Jack Conway and former State Auditor Crit Luallen—who are rumored to be running in three years.

The Hazard, Ky. physician exited public life two years after two failed bids for the U.S. Senate and being dropped by Governor Steve Beshear as his running mate for re-election.

But as the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jack Brammer reports, Mongiardo is searching for a entry point back into Frankfort politics.

From The Herald-Leader:

Mongiardo said Friday he is enjoying his life as an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Hazard with his wife and two children. "Stepping out of politics for a while has given me the perspective of what many people not in politics see," he said. "People are frustrated with the lack of progress and compromise in government."

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Strange Fruit: A Black, Queer, Feminist View of Porn; AP Stylebook Nixes Word "Homophobia"

Pornography has long been a divisive topic among feminists. From Second Wavers who ended up in unlikely anti-porn alliances with conservatives in the 1980s to today's Third Wave feminists who call themselves sex- (and porn-) positive. But no matter whether you feel that porn is de facto exploitation, a liberating sexual tool, or somewhere in between, there's no denying that lots of porn is misogynistic, racist, classist, able-ist, and just about any other -ist you could name. 

Earlier this month, the New York Times hosted an essay debate called, "Should Porn Come Out of the Closet?" One of the respondents was Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of Women's Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara who's been researching the porn industry for a decade. She writes that performing in adult movies can be empowering to the women on screen, and that the typical argument against porn "ignores the diverse ways that women actually interact with it." We wanted to hear more about her work—and how her identity as an African-American, queer feminist shaped her opinion and research—so we speak with Dr. Miller-Young on this week's show.

Also this week, the AP updated its Stylebook to discourage use of the word "homophobia" in political and social contexts. Phobia, the reasoning goes, is a psychological term meaning an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often appearing as a symptom of an anxiety disorder. So to call an anti-LGBTQ remark homophobic may not be strictly accurate. Since the AP Stylebook is rightly-called "the journalist's bible," this move could have far-reaching effects on how LGBTQ issues are covered in the media.

Not everyone is happy about the change, especially since the AP apparently made the call without consulting any actual LGBTQ organizations or media outlets. It was just our luck we we scheduled to speak this week with a psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders! Dr. Kevin Chapman is the director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at UofL, and he joined us to talk about how anxiety tends to affect African-Americans differently than other population groups. While we had him in the studio, we asked him to explain what a phobia really is, and whether the AP was right in calling for the change.

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