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6:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Win Front Row Seats to See David Sedaris

WFPL is proud to present David Sedaris at the Kentucky Center April 18th. This best-selling author, humorist, and contributor to "This American Life" slices and dices social situations and family dysfunction with unnerving skill.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Dutch Composer's Multimedia Work Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

Michel van de Aa

The 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition goes to Dutch composer Michel van der Aa.

The 42 year old van der Ah is being honored for his 30 minute work "Up-close," which blends concerto with film. The piece is performed with a large screen onstage near a cellist and string ensemble. The musical and visual art begin to intertwine as the work progresses.

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Environment
8:00 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Deadline is Fast-Approaching on Wind Energy Tax Credit

Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia Commons

Over the next few weeks, Congress will decide whether to extend a key tax credit to the wind industry. The wind production tax credit—or PTC—subsidizes wind production at 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour, and without action it will expire at the end of the year.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun November 25, 2012

What We're Reading | 11.25.12

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

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Local News
4:22 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

College Football: Cards Fall to UConn in Triple Overtime; UK, IU Lose Season Finales

The Louisville Cards suffered their second straight loss, dropping their home finale 23-20 to Connecticut today in triple overtime.

The Huskies held U of L scoreless for most of the game, but the Cards were able to send it into overtime with a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

UConn won it with a field goal in the third overtime after intercepting a Teddy Bridgewater pass.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Strange Fruit: Racial Divisions & the Transgender Day of Remembrance; Being Black, Gay & Christian

Credit GLAAD

"I've been talking about this since 1998, and we still aren't any closer to having integrated LGBT organizations. I don't want the rest of this decade to drag along. We can't afford it anymore. We can't afford it anymore. Our people are getting slaughtered."

Those are the strong words we heard this week from TransGriot blogger Monica Roberts, an African-American transwoman who once called Louisville home. We called Monica for an impromptu interview for this week's show, and she was gracious enough to make some last-minute time for us. We were trying to make some sense out of Jai and Doc's experience at Sunday night's Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) ceremony in Louisville.

Every year on the TDOR, we honor transpeople around the world who have been killed during the preceding year due to transphobia (of hate crimes against LGBTQ folks, transgender and people of color are disproportionately at risk). This year, 265 names were read as part of the ceremony—each the name of a lost brother or sister. Around 70% of those victims were black or brown people. Every single one of the 13 victims from the United States this year was African American or Latina.

But the Louisville TDOR was strikingly white. This phenomenon encompassed organizers, participants, and the audience—wherein the three people of color were all cisgendered, and two of them were Jai and Doc. Monica talked to us about the pervasiveness of segregation within trans activism and how the solution could lie in more trans people of color in leadership positions throughout LGBTQ organizations.

Later in the show we bring you the second part of our conversation with writer and activist Darnell Moore. This week we talk about being black, gay, and Christian. "I remember this evangelist saying she would rather her son be addicted to drugs than to be—she didn't use the word, she just did the broken-wrist type of gesture—than to be gay," he says. "I was mortified."  

But he reminds us that the black church is not a monolith, and there are also LGBTQ-affirming spaces within black Christianity. "I got to a point where I said if it means that my truth, the true person that I know myself to be, is something that will lead me to quote-unquote hell, then I would rather go to hell [...] for living in my truth than to go to heaven and live in a lie."

Education
8:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

55,000 Degrees Report Released Tuesday: Louisville Needs to Play Catch Up

Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative will release its second annual progress report Tuesday, and officials say there has been a slight decline in overall education attainment.

The education initiative chaired by Mayor Greg Fischer was created to increase the number of degrees earned by Louisville residents and to promote a college-going culture.

Executive Director Mary Gwen Wheeler says there is some progress in the latest report but not at the rate necessary to reach the group’s 55,000 degree goal by the year 2020.

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Education
7:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

West End School Breaks Ground On Athletic Center This Week

Rendering provided by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Louisville’s West End School will break ground Tuesday on a new athletic center, which will be the school’s first new construction project since it opened in 2005.

Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer will attend the ceremony this week to celebrate with West End School, which is a free, private college-preparatory boarding school for at-risk boys.

This year, the school extended services to offer day school to kindergarten and pre-K students.

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Local News
3:41 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Local Groups Stage Walmart Protest

Walmart

A group of demonstrators led by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union gathered at a south Louisville Walmart today to protest the retail giant’s labor practices.

It was among dozens of Black Friday demonstrations at Walmart stores across the country.

The protesters want Walmart to improve workers’ wages and benefits; they also allege the company has been intimidating employees to prevent them from organizing.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Morehead State's Woods Given One Game Suspension for Player Confrontation

Morehead State has suspended basketball coach Sean Woods for one game after he appeared to shove an Eagles player during Wednesday night's loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

Woods will sit out Monday night's game against Norfolk State.

The first-year Eagles' coach appeared to push Morehead State point guard Devon Atkinson in the back and screamed at him after the senior fouled out with 5:51 remaining.

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