Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Kicks Off Season with Piano Concertos and Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax

The Louisville Orchestra traditionally opens its new season with the gala performance Fanfara, a bill of classics conducted by music director Jorge Mester. This year's season opener on Sept. 7 in Whitney Hall features acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. 

Ax is a seven-time Grammy Award winner for his solo work on Haydn's piano sonatas (1994, 2005) and collaborations, including three with Yo-Yo Ma on sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms (1986, 1993) and  Beethoven (1987).

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The March On Washington At 50
6:45 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Officers, Black And White, On Walking The '63 March Beat

Joseph Burden (third row, third from right) with his graduating class at Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department training academy in 1960. Every officer on the force was required to work the day of the March on Washington.
Courtesy of Joseph Burden

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 9:58 am

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

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Michele Norris is one of the most respected voices in American journalism. As NPR host and special correspondent, Norris produces in-depth profiles, interviews and series, and guest hosts NPR News programs.

Norris also leads the "The Race Card Project," an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America that she created after the publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grace of Silence. In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America's complicated racial history.

The Two-Way
6:44 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Ginsburg Says She Plans To Stay On High Court No Matter The President

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in October of 2010.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 2:12 pm

In a rare interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she plans to stay on the court, no matter who is president.

Ginsburg, 80 and the leader of the court's liberal wing, spoke to The New York Times at length on Friday. The whole piece is a worth a read, but here two highlights.

On her potential retirement, she said:

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6:33 am
Mon August 26, 2013

EPA Has Yet to Weigh in on Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve or reject Kentucky’s proposed water quality standard for selenium, but over the past few months there’s been lobbying on both sides of the issue.

Earlier this month, representatives from several environmental groups went to visit EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They want the EPA to reject the standard. The executive director of the Sierra Club also sent the EPA a letter to that effect last week. Meanwhile, state environmental regulators worked with their federal counterparts to craft the new standard. The Kentucky Coal Association has also been involved, expressing support for the new standard to state and federal regulators.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.25.13

The Apollo 11 astronauts.
Credit NASA

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

Gabe Bullard: I can't think of any better way to convince you to read this story about the musician Harry Nilsson than posting this quote:

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Code Switch
7:56 am
Sun August 25, 2013

50 Years Later, A March On Washington Among Generations

Demonstrators on Saturday in Washington, D.C., commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 3:55 pm

They came by the beat of drums: grandparents with their grandchildren, community organizers and activists, church members and college students.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Syria Will Allow U.N. To Inspect Chemical Weapons Claims

In this photo taken on a government organized media tour, a Syrian army soldier walks on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, on Saturday.

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 8:38 pm

This post was last updated at 8:36 p.m. ET. (For the latest updates click here.)

The United Nations says it is sending inspectors to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Syria.

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7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses


Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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