Studio 619 for April 26, 2009

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KCTCS Tenure

Opposition is mounting to the elimination of tenure for new faculty hires at community colleges in Kentucky. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has been tracking the growing insurrection. 

Kentucky Derby Festival

The 135th Kentucky Derby is six days away, and for each of those days, the Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard talked with Festival spokesperson Mark Shallcross about this week’s celebrations.

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts was in Louisville just over a week ago.  He spoke at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center.  After a short address about Henry Clay, the Chief Justice took questions from U-of-L law and history professors.  Here’s a portion of that question-and-answer session.

Art Fairs in Recessionartfair
Art and the outdoors are often a lucrative combination for people who put on art and craft fairs and the artists who participate. But the recession is forcing both to make adjustments.

Thrity Umrigar
Author Thrity Umrigar has a deft touch when it comes to melding themes and characters in her novels.  And her latest novel, The Weight of Heaven is no exception.  On the surface, it is a story of two parents trying to deal with the sudden death of their seven year old son.  But underneath this veneer is a story of class conflict, corporate greed and maybe madness. Heartbreaking and unexpectedly violent, The Weight of Heaven is a many-faceted tale. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Umrigar about grief, our place in the world and what it means to be an “Indian” writer living in the US.