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3:53 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Daniel Mongiardo Mulling 2015 Gubernatorial Bid

Former Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo
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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.

Local News
7:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Louisville's ACC Move Can Help Academics, Faculty Says. How?

When the college athletics conference realignment dance began anew, Louisville appeared to be left in the lurch. Rutgers and Maryland abruptly announced that they were yanking their teams from the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively, for the Big 10 -- moves that had a dual impact on the Louisville Cardinals.

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Local News
3:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Report On Indiana Raw Milk Study Released

The Indiana Board of Animal Health has released a report on its study on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk for human consumption.

The Indiana General Assembly ordered the study amid a growing chorus of calls for the legalization of raw milk sales in the Hoosier State.

Advocates say unpasteurized milk contains nutrients that are destroyed by the heating process required by state law, and the raw product tastes better.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

U of L Men's Soccer Team To Play For Final Four Berth

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team can advance to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament with a victory tomorrow at Maryland.

The Cards are 14-5 on the season and 3-3 on the road, with one of those losses coming at Maryland in late August.

Coach Ken Lolla says his team is ready for the rematch.

"Psychologically, I think it helps us that we got pounded a little bit (in the first game)," he said. "Our guys are looking to have another crack at them. We’re a much different team, so we’re looking forward to going back there."

Local News
3:20 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Big Sports Week; Political Turkeys & State News; Heaven Real?; Homophobic No More: Today on Byline

Here is the rundown for today's edition of Byline:

At the top - It was a big week for local sports fans.  WFPL's Joseph Lord and KPR's Kenny Colston talk about the acceptance of U of L’s athletic programs into the Atlantic Coast Conference, the college football coaching carousel, BCS bowls, and more.

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Education
1:14 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

JCPS Participates in Financial Aid Program to Increase FAFSA Completions

In Kentucky, the state's financial aid runs out early.

As College Application Week wraps up, the next step for many students will be to fill out and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

This year, Jefferson County Public Schools is part of nearly 80 districts nationwide, which are piloting a U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid office initiative to assist students in FAFSA completion.

Around 70 percent of JCPS seniors complete a FAFSA each year, but some applications are found deficient, according to JCPS officials.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Get Reading: Library Offers Free E-Magazines

Looking for the latest edition of ESPN Magazine, Esquire or Elle? How about Knit Magazine or Bloomberg Business Week? Well, if you're a Louisville Free Public Library member, look no further.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Expanded Gambling Issue May be Addressed in 2013 (Maybe.)

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Is now the time for the General Assembly to address expanded gambling? (Again.) With just more than a month before the 2013  session begins, observers of the Kentucky legislature are wondering.

A few new factors are at play: First is the governor’s continued interest in the topic. Second expanded gambling's chief opponent, David Williams, is gone.

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Politics
11:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Councilman Dan Johnson Joins Roundtable Discussion on Louisville NBA Team

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Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is joining a panel discussion in downtown Friday on bringing an NBA team to the city.

The roundtable will feature Jefferson County Judge Executive Bryan Matthews and attorney J. Bruce Miller, who has been an advocate for bringing professional basketball to the city.

Mayor Greg Fischer has also been a vocal proponent of bringing the NBA to Louisville, but he's faced criticism from University of Louisville officials. Supporters are optimistic, but a study by a pair of media executives outlined how the cost of the NBA outweighs the benefits.

From WHAS-11:

A new study from Cambridge Economic Research showed a relatively unfavorable impact that an NBA team could have on Louisville.
 
It concluded that Louisville could not sustain a pro franchise.

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