Studio 619 for March 8, 2009

by scrosby on March 13, 2009

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Tracking Stimulus Money

The federal stimulus package will send billions of dollars to cities and states in the form of tax cuts, Medicare funds, education spending and construction dollars. But while local governments have a general idea of how much money they will receive, there are still details to be worked out. Gabe Bullard spoke to some local leaders about their expectations for the money.

College Money

Application deadlines are just around the corner for college-bound Kentucky and Indiana residents who plan seek financial aid to pay for their education. All new aid applicants are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Even though its a federal form, each state has its own deadline to submit the application, in order to be eligible for assistance from the state or individual institutions. In Kentucky, the deadline is March 15. The Indiana deadline is March 10.

Rick Howlett spoke with Indiana Youth Institute President Bill Stanczykiewicz about the FAFSA form and other information needed to help foot the higher education bill.

International Women’s Day

Reproductive rights, violence, equal pay, sound like women’s issues you’ve been hearing about for years? Well your right, and unfortunately the issues are still as important now as before. March 8th is International Women’s Day. Activist and National Coordinator for Sistersong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, Loretta Ross will be in Louisville and Lexington to talk about social justice and women’s issues today in celebration and awareness. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Ross about her story, and the equality issues women still face.

Zoe Kazan

Behind a play premiering this week in the Humana Festival of New American Plays is a young playwright who comes from a family steeped in drama.

Animal Gambill Show

This Saturday brings the second “Animal Gambill Show” to Kentuckiana children, offering them a fun environment to learn about responsible pet ownership and interaction with all animals.

The “Critter Crusaders,” kids between ages 6 through 13, are encouraged to showcase their own creativity with skits, games, music and other activities, and enjoy educational animal segments from professionals.

Susan Sweeney Crum spoke with the creator of the “Animal Gambill Show,” Shannon Gambill, about the monthly outing and her goals.

Nancy Jensen

There are mothers, sisters, fathers, lovers and many others who come in and out of our lives. Some of these people have a lasting impact, and others are just a fleeting memory. But what else do these all have in common? They are all characters and themes in Window, Kentucky writer Nancy Jensen’s collection of short stories and essays. From the story of a two sisters trying to come to terms with their differences to the personal story of her longing for a father to the lovely and disturbing story of a woman’s love for her cat, Jensen explores themes of love and loss. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Jensen about her first collection.

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