Here’s what you’ll hear on this edition of Byline (‘play’ button below):
At the top – This week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the appointment of Anthony Smith as the city’s first Director of Safe Neighborhoods. It was a position recommended by a task force that’s been studying ways to reduce violence in the city. WFPL’s Devin Katayama discusses Smith’s appointment and his initial plans for the job.
6:25 – The Kentucky General Assembly has reached its midpoint. Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston checks in from the state capitol to discuss gambling, redistricting, a proposed smoking ban, and cuts in child care subsidies.
14:15 – Bellarmine University has elevated its environmental studies program into its own school. The decision was announced earlier this month, and puts environmental studies on equal footing with Bellarmine’s other schools, like Education, Nursing and Business. WFPL’s Erica Peterson speaks with the new dean of the school, Robert Kingsolver, about the change.
18:50 – Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law this week authorizing $363 million in spending for public university projects such as dorm renovations, new academic buildings and other improvements. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard talks with University of Louisville Vice President of Student Affairs Tom Jackson about the school’s infrastructure needs, and how the new funding model works.
23:05 – The Oscar-nominated film Lincoln shows the political fight required to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. The film also played a role in the state of Mississippi officially ratifying the amendment this month — a century and a half later. Jerry Mitchell from the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, joins us to explain.
27:10 – The Academy Awards take place Sunday night, and Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence is nominated in the Best Actress category for the second straight year. We preview the awards with Chris Ritter, freelance writer and host of SurreelFilm, a weekly movie discussion show on Crescent Hill Radio.
37:00 – WFPL’s arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane visits with Kentucky’s newly appointed poet laureate, Frank X Walker.