Noise & Notes

WFPL's Phillip Bailey on politics.


10:30 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Politics of Pot and Remembering Rev. Louis Coleman

Probably more than most states, Kentucky is associated with marijuana.

Six months before the General Assembly reconvenes, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, unveiled a bill that would legalize medical marijuana dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act."

The legislation has gotten national attention, but also drawn sharp criticism from state police and political opponents despite medical marijuana being legal in 17 other states.

I sat down with Clark in a candid conversation about the political risk involved with introducing such a bill and why he believes Kentucky should be leading the legalization movement.

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10:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Noise and Notes: Questioning Shanklin and The Politics of Davis' Eyebrows

Louisville Public Media

The mounting scrutiny against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has been the chatter inside and outside of City Hall.

Facing back-to-back-to-back scandals and stinging satire, political observers have compared Shanklin's troubles to former Councilwoman Judy Green's ouster.

But supporters are whispering that the media coverage is racially biased for focusing on another African-American lawmaker while others have argued news outlets are ignoring larger spending controversies in the mayor's office.

Joining that conversation are Chickasaw Federation President Donovan Taylor and radio talk show host Brandon Lawrence.

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9:06 pm
Sat June 23, 2012

Noise and Notes: Shawn Gardner's Me v. Me

Whether as a hot headed teenager or responsible fatherhood advocate, Louisville author Shawn Gardner has had to struggle against the odds.

Growing up in west Louisville without a father inspired Gardner to found 2NOT1, a non-profit group dedicated to reconnecting men with their families. But that's not how life began for Gardner, who developed a reputation as "Majestyk", a tough street kid who had several run-ins with police over the years.

In his autobiography 'Me v. Me: The Struggle Within', Garnder writes about the personal duel between making the right choices while facing peer pressure and violent challenges.

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4:00 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Mayor's Violence Prevention Task Force and Defining Fairness

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's task force on violence prevention is set to meet on Monday with supporters looking forward to the group getting started.

What the 37-member task force will accomplish has been an ongoing conversation since its was launched by the mayor. But as more heinous acts of violence continue, critics such as Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, have commented that the administration is talking while others are acting.

For the program, health department director Dr. LaQundra Nesbitt, neighborhood leader Neal Robertson—who both sit on the work group—and University of Louisville adjunct professor Stacy Brooks, discuss what the task force faces.

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10:14 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Noise and Notes: WDRB Returns and Council Members Talk City Budget, Wisconsin Recall

There was quite a shake up in Louisville media this past week, with cable subscribers seeing Time Warner Cable remove WDRB from the television lineup.

Before returning to the airwaves, the joust between the local Fox affiliate and cable company was the top story until WDRB announced hiring sports columnists Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich away from the Courier-Journal.

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11:19 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Dark Side of Journalism and Violent Offenders at Louisville Zoo

On this week's podcast we talked to a panel of media gurus about the trend of Louisville journalists flocking to public relations.

Reporters have always had the tendency to move on to other communication fields whether it's working for a non-profit, government agency or elected official, but with the recent cuts in media jobs the trend has accelerated as of late.

At least two good pieces on the subject have come out in the past month via Insider Louisville and The Highlander.

I sat down with Insider Louisville founder Terry Boyd, WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard and former Courier-Journal reporter Thomas Nord, who now works as a spokesman for the city's Air Pollution Control Board, about the topic.

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9:57 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Killing Fields of Parkland

The brazen shootings in west Louisville's Parkland neighborhood is still being felt almost two weeks later, with a new task force being formed by the mayor's office to deal with long-term violence.

Several city leaders and community activists have held press conferences to discuss the matter, but there are still many unanswered questions about the incident itself. W

2:55 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Noise & Notes: Going Back to Indiana


On this edition of the Noise & Notes podcast, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey  talks about Indiana and it’s senator, Dick Lugar, who just lost nomination to a seventh term to Tea Party favorite and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Joining Phillip are Time contributor Cary Stemle and WHAS-11 political editor Joe Arnold.


1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Presidents Club and the Crowded Fourth Congressional District


For this edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with TIME Magazine executive editor Michael Duffy, who is co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside The World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. It’s a fascinating read about how presidents and the predecessors have a special bond despite being rivals in politics and history.

And Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston stopped by to talk about the wild Fourth District Congressional race.


1:09 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: Pilot


For over a year, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey has written the Noise & Notes political blog. Now he has something for your ears.

The Noise & Notes podcast is a weekly conversation between Phillip and another politically-minded person. They could be a reporter, an author or even a politician. For the pilot, Phillip’s guest is me, Gabe Bullard. This week’s topics: