All Tech Considered
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

Camp Grounded is located in Northern California.
Courtesy of Scott Sporleder

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 12:17 pm

The overwhelming and endless stream of electronic alerts and messages on our computers, phones and tablets is driving demand for a new kind of summer camp for adults. "Technology-free" camps that force their campers to surrender their gadgets, wallets and that nagging "fear of missing out" — FOMO — are booking up fast.

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3:10 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Launches U.S. Senate Campaign Website

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign website

Five days after an unusual rollout, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has launched an official campaign website to solicit donations for the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.

On Monday, Grimes said she intended to seek the party's nomination to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

But observers were uncertain why the first-term secretary of state did not take advantage of the much anticipated decision by launching a campaign that could take contributions.

After the July 1 announcement, Grimes lacked much of a social media presence and hadn't done any media appearances. Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign, which has raised nearly $13 million for his re-election bid thus far, launched two online videos this week mocking Grimes's rollout.

In a telephone interview, spokesman Jonathan Hurst told WFPL Grimes hadn't launched a site because she officially filed with Senate clerk, but that a full campaign would not be active until the end of the month.

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12:34 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Senate Candidates Decry Kentucky Democratic Party E-mail Promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes

The three other Democrats running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat are criticizing their party for promoting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in a message to supporters.

When Grimes announced earlier this week she intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell next year the state party quickly sought donations.

The Grimes campaign has yet to set up a fundraising operation, but the party can receive political contributions towards the 2014 campaign.

In a July 1 e-mail sent out by KDP finance director Jared Smith, the party says defeating McConnell "won't be easy" and asks state Democrats to help them building a grassroots effort to "make sure Alison wins."

But Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry, Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and U of L professor Greg Leitchy argue the message violates Democratic Party by-laws to stay out of primary elections, adding the party has effectively endorsed Grimes over them.

"To be honest with you it’s just a very amateurish, sophomoric move on their part. And they need to be called out for it," says Marksberry, who has officially filed to run for Senate. "And we need to move forward and get past this, and figure out what we’re going to do to give everybody else equal access, equal time and equal resources like they’ve done for Mrs. Alison Lundergan Grimes."

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Schedules Hearing For 'Instant Racing' Case

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The group challenging Instant Racing in the state will have a chance to argue its case before the Kentucky Supreme Court next month and the court’s decision will open or close the door on the game, which brings in millions of dollars in gambling revenue each month.

The machines allow gamblers to bet on previously run horse races, which can’t be identified, but opponents such as the Family Foundation of Kentucky say the machines are the same as  slot-machines, which are not allowed in the commonwealth.  

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Planet Money
12:10 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Why Doesn't Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?

Same pills. Lower price.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 9:03 pm

Why does anyone buy Bayer aspirin — or Tylenol, or Advil — when, almost always, there's a bottle of cheaper generic pills, with the same active ingredient, sitting right next to the brand-name pills?

Matthew Gentzkow, an economist at the University of Chicago's Booth school, recently tried to answer this question. Along with a few colleagues, Gentzkow set out to test a hypothesis: Maybe people buy the brand-name pills because they just don't know that the generic version is basically the same thing.

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Louisville Zoo Again Offering Train Rides

Four years after a derailment that left nearly two-dozen people injured, the Louisville Zoo is again offering train rides.

Director John Walczak says the zoo has spent $800,000 for two new trains and nearly $300,000 dollars on track maintenance.

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Arts and Humanities
10:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Free Admission to More Than 20 Kentucky Museums for Military Families

Soldier and knight exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.
Frazier History Museum

Institutions participating in the Blue Star Museums program are opening their doors free of charge to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. 

More than twenty Kentucky museums and programs are included in the initiative, including the Frazier History Museum, Locust Grove, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Oldham County History Center and “KentuckyShow!” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

The Two-Way
8:55 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Pope John Paul II Will Be Made A Saint

Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1995.
David Ake AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:03 am

Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican announced Friday, according to Reuters and other news outlets, including Italy's La Repubblica.

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National Security
6:49 am
Fri July 5, 2013

NSA's Reach Leads To Calls For Updated Eavesdropping Laws

National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:18 am

The continuing leak of classified information by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has renewed a debate about the U.S. government's power to reach secretly into the personal lives of its citizens.

But there is at least one point on which both privacy advocates and security experts agree: The laws governing electronic eavesdropping have not kept pace with technology.

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Arts and Humanities
6:48 am
Fri July 5, 2013

48-Hour Film Project Celebrates Film on the Fly

Vancouver Film School Flickr

From first screenplay pitch to the world premiere, most films can take years to produce. In Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Project, which kicks off July 19, teams have just two days to write, film and edit a short movie.

Here’s how it works: all of the teams are assigned common elements that have to appear in every film – a line of dialogue, a character and a specific prop. Each team draws a different genre, so filmmakers who are horror buffs might end up assigned to make a romantic comedy. In two days.

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