Local News
12:27 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Local Food Proponents Discuss the Movement's Challenges, Opportunities

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Food advocates say Louisville and Kentucky are in prime positions to develop the local food economy and emerge as a leader in the movement.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry, consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources and Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the region's role in local food yesterday at the library.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Dutch Artist Explores Function and Dysfunction with Clouds, Landscapes

Berndnaut Smilde's "Nimbus Minerva," 2012.
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

The first solo exhibit in the United States by Dutch installation artist Berndnaut Smilde is open at the Land of Tomorrow gallery on Broadway. 

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Pope Blesses Faithful At Vatican For First Time Since Resignation Announcement

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges a cheering crowd of faithful and pilgrims during the Angelus prayer from the window of his apartments at the Vatican on Sunday.
Domenico Stinellis AP

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 8:48 am

Pope Benedict XVI blessed tens of thousands of cheering faithful Sunday for the first time since he announced his resignation last week.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reported on the event for our Newscast unit. Here's what she said:

"Under hazy skies, St. Peter's Square was packed with pilgrims, tourists and curiosity seekers.

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Local News
7:46 am
Sun February 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.17.13

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

Gabe Bullard: The Paul Harvey "God Made a Farmer" pickup truck Super Bowl Ad (isn't that the title of a Tom Wolfe book?) is now famous. It's certainly stirring. But Alan Guebert at the Daily Yonder points out that it's not entirely accurate. Read It Takes a Myth to Sell a Myth.

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U.S.
7:45 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Rethinking The U.S. Presidency: 3 Alternative Realities

President Woodrow Wilson meets with his first Cabinet, circa 1912. Should Cabinets have a more central role in a president's decision making?
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 5:13 am

Did you pay attention to the State of the Union Address? Were you struck by the countless complexities President Obama has to deal with? The economy. The national budget and deficit. Health care. Tax reform. Education. Jobs. Energy. Climate change. The national infrastructure. Immigration. Gun violence and on and on and on.

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Movie Interviews
7:44 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jacki Weaver, Looking For Oscar Gold With 'Silver Linings'

Jackie Weaver, pictured here with costar Robert De Niro, plays the rock-solid matriarch of a troubled clan in Silver Linings Playbook.
The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:44 pm

To put it simply, Silver Linings Playbook, which is nominated for a handful of Oscars, is a romantic comedy about mental illness.

We peer into the life of one Philadelphia family with a son whose bipolar disorder has led him to some very troublesome outbursts — and a father, meanwhile, who lives in denial of his own untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder and gambling addiction. And when arguments break out, the mother, Dolores, has to keep things together.

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Around the Nation
7:43 am
Sun February 17, 2013

'Time And Casualties': Gen. Dempsey On Cost Of Sequester

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifies before a Senate panel in Washington last Tuesday on the looming cuts to the defense budget.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 12:28 pm

It's been about a year and a half since Gen. Martin Dempsey left his job as chief of staff of the Army and became President Obama's top military adviser as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dempsey is now responsible for reshaping the U.S. military after 10 years of war, which means scaling the forces down. At the same time, he's fighting to stave off across-the-board cuts to the defense budget — the so called sequester — that could happen in a couple weeks if Congress fails to reach some kind of budget deal.

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Arts and Humanities
7:41 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Oscars, Talk Show Nerves and Persistent Paparazzi; The WFPL Interview

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Calling Jennifer Lawrence a "Hollywood It Girl" doesn't come close to encapsulating what the Louisville native has become in her short career. "It Girl" implies an ingenue, untapped potential, an uncertain future. For a two-time Oscar nominee who also starred in a film that's grossed $408 million domestically, "It Girl" doesn't quite cut it—even if Lawrence is only 22.

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Politics
10:40 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Man Behind Team Mitch

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For Tea Party strategist Jesse Benton, politics and family are one in the same.

The grandson of former Congressman Ron Paul and nephew of Senator Rand Paul, Benton was hired to run the re-election of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last fall.

Three years ago, Benton worked on his uncle's successful Senate bid that included a primary victory over a McConnell-backed GOP candidate.

It was a shrewd move on Team Mitch's part to blunt vocal criticism from the Tea Party.

Like his boss, Benton acknowledges the campaign still has Tea Party critics, however, he doesn't expect a credible primary challenger will arise.

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It's All Politics
5:29 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

College Republicans Offer GOP Advice For Winning Over Their Generation

Ohio State College Republicans await Mitt Romney's son, Craig, who canvassed with them in Columbus last October.
Courtesy College Republicans at The Ohio State University

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 11:59 am

During President Obama's State of the Union address this week, 14 members of the College Republicans at Ohio State University gathered in a meeting room at their student union on campus in Columbus, Ohio.

The president's speech, which they watched on a giant flat-screen TV, was punctuated with groans, rebuttal, criticisms and sarcasm from this young audience. These students worked hard, to no avail, to deliver the much prized battleground state of Ohio to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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