People with mental disabilities and mental health diagnoses who are unable to live at home have essentially two options… live in a psychiatric facility… or live in a community setting. As WFPL’s Stephanie Sanders reports, both options have effects on the health of the patient and Kentucky’s bank account.
New York Times investigative reporter Philip Shenon has written a book about the inner workings of the commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It’s called Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 investigation. Shenon is coming to the Louisville Free Public Library Tuesday to discuss the book. He spoke to Rick Howlett about his coverage of the commission and reaction to his book.
- Philip Shenon’s website
- 9/11 Commission Report
- Louisville Free Public Library “Authors at the Library” Program
Mussels in Kentucky
A sizeable mussel population can tell you a lot about the health of that river or stream. Mussels filter water through little muscular tubes to feed on algae and bacteria. One mussel can filter many gallons a day. That keeps the water clean. But it also makes mussels little underwater “canaries in the coal mine.” They’re the first to die when water quality declines. And two key factors have damaged water quality in the state. That’s why McGregor is trying to raise endangered mussels in captivity. Join WFPL’s Kristin Espeland in the mussel nursery to learn more.
- Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department’s Mussel Restoration program
- Missouri State University’s Unio Gallery –great photos of freshwater mussels
- Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society – good maps of current mussel distribution
Local Living Economies
For years, Judy Wicks has been a leading figure in the ‘local living economies” movement. The Philadelphia restaurant owner travels the world to talk about her sucess in operating a sustainable business and to help communities develop their own “local living economies.” She’s in Louisville this weekend to deliver a talk at the Clifton Center. Rick Howlett caught up with her by phone at her Philadelphia restaurant.
Non-profit organizations across the country are guided by Boards of Directors. But are those people who serve as board members prepared for their role? Many times, they aren’t. The Louisville-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence is working to fix that, and help improve the effectiveness of non-profit boards who are already successful. They’re holding a series of seminars that start this week called Get on Board – they focus on things like finding your passion, learning the financial in’s and out’s and leadership. Stephanie Sanders spoke with instructor Eric Schmall about the seminar.
Indiana Primary in 1968
At the start of the presidential campaign season in 1968, no one could have imagined what a pivotal role Indiana would play during the primaries. President Lyndon Johnson had expected to run unopposed in his bid for reelection but with mounting distrust over the war in Vietnam, Senator Eugene McCarthy entered the race for the Democratic nomination.
To everyone’s surprise, McCarthy narrowly lost to Johnson in the New Hampshire primary. Two more surprises occurring in March 1968 when Senator Robert Kennedy entered the race and President Johnson dropped out. This set the stage for a battle royal between McCarthy and Kennedy in the Indiana primary.
Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with author and historian Ray E. Boomhower about this pivotal election and his latest book, Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary.
Living in an Animal Shelter
On April 7, Rhonda Estes walked into work at the Madison County Humane Society in Anderson, Indiana. She hasn’t left the building since. Estes is spending 30 days in the shelter as part of a fundraising effort. The shelter needs to recoup about 65 thousand dollars that was allegedly embezzled. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard talked with Estes about her stay.