This month crews are cleaning and decontaminating Dupont’s Neoprene rubber plant in Louisville. Soon, the plant will be demolished. For some, it’s good riddance to a toxic legacy. For others, an unhappy ending. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports on the dismantling.
- Dupont High Performance Elastomers (makers of Neoprene, synthetic rubber)
- EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory for the Dupont plant (you can drill deeper into this data for each chemical released)
- Louisville’s Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program
This week the University of Louisville unveiled its Nucleus Project, which the university hopes will transform a section of downtown into a hub for the life sciences field. But as WFPL’s Gabe Bullard reports, the project’s success will largely depend on Kentucky’s children.
- A Wiki Article on Health Science
- A Business Journal article about Nucleus
- A Wiki Article on the Old Haymarket
Jazz in Louisville
Jazz musicians and enthusiasts lament this week’s closing of the Jazz Factory, but don’t see the event as a harbinger of doom for the art form.
- The Jazz Factory
- University of Louisville, School of Music, Jazz Studies
- Mike Tracy, U of L, professor of music and jazz
- Vamp at the Nach Bar
- Jacob Duncan, jazz musician, member of Vamp and Liberation Prophecy
- The Seelbach Hotel bar: Live jazz from the Dick Sisto & Tyrone Wheeler Duo, Thursday through Saturday
In 2006, Bill James was named one of Time Magazine’s “Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World.” James is a baseball statistics guru who seems to leave no question unanswered. His new book is called “The Bill James Gold Mine 2008.”
Rick Howlett spoke recently with Bill James about his love of the game and its numbers, and about his new book.
Aaron Burr Biography
Aaron Burr is often remembered as one of America’s early villains, if he’s remembered at all. Author Nancy Isenberg is a visiting professor at the University of Louisville and her book Aaron Burr: Fallen Founder paints Burr as a man who was not only crucial to America’s independence, but also a pioneer for westward expansion and politics of the 19th Century. Isenberg will discuss her book Tuesday at 6:00 at the Filson Historical Society. She recently sat down with WFPL’s Gabe Bullard to talk about her book and Burr’s role in American History.