It’s funny, dissent; there are times when expressing disagreement with our leaders seems very patriot or noble, and yet there are other times when it is seen as disloyal and subversive. And the more fundamental a society becomes, the less dissent is tolerated, but the more it seems to be needed. And lest we think this just happens in Islamic countries, let’s take a good look at America’s tolerance for dissent in the past couple of years.
From block watches to resident associations, there are many ways citizens can “take back” their neighborhoods. And we aren’t necessarily talking about crime. Apathy, lack of neighbor interaction, disregard for property, all of these can affect the cohesiveness, and yes effectiveness of where we call home.
If you are a Louisville native (or really, if you’ve lived here for any amount of time), you’ve heard of Kosair Children’s Hospital. Maybe you’ve been here long enough to hear it referred to as Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital. And many of us have been past the old building on Eastern Parkway. But have you ever stopped to wonder, what is it that they actually do for children? Listen to the Show
“Religious Literacy” sounds like a Sunday school class for kids. But according to author and Boston University Professor Stephen Prothero, we could all use a little literacy when it comes to knowing about the faiths of the world. From Christianity to Buddhism, Americans are often in the dark when it comes to faith. So what you say? Prothero contends religion is at the basis of many of the world’s events and if we don’t know the basics, America will not be able to have an effective role in world events.Listen to the Show
They say history is written by the victors. It should be no surprise then that African-American women’s stories have gone untold for so long, and their achievements have gone unrecognized. Facing the double-edged sword of racial and sexual discrimination, they often found themselves kept on the sidelines of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements. Listen to the Show
World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Iraq – all US military engagements over the past 65+ years. And in each conflict, service men and women bravely fought for this country. And those left behind worried, worked and waited. So how do they feel about it now? And what do these veterans have in common; or how are they different? Listen to the Show
If we believe what we see on TV and in the movies, persons with a mental illness are violent, irrational, unpredictable people who can’t function in “normal” society. But the truth is those who are living day to day with mental illness are our mothers, husbands, co-workers, daughters, teachers, and even us. Mental illness affects every one of us every day, whether we are dealing with an illness personally or it is someone we know casually or someone in our own home. Listen to the Show
Depending on where you live in Louisville you might be able to visit the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker without ever leaving your neighborhood. But in some areas of the city you’d be hard pressed to find a pair of socks or a fresh orange. Two recent studies commissioned by Metro Louisville looked at the retail disparities in our city from both geographic and economic standpoints.
The word “pet” often seems inadequate when talking about the special animals in our lives. Cats, dogs, birds, bunnies, whatever your choice may be, chances are your pet is more a family member than a hunting device. And studies are now showing that bond could be healthy for you and your pet. Listen to the Show
Robin Fisher talks about the bond she has with her dogs, Bruno and Oki. WFPL staffers post pictures of their pets – and invite you to share yours.