Courier-Journal Publisher Discusses New Online Paywall and Content Strategy

Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson is in an odd position. He’s essentially the connection between a local institution (the paper) and a giant national corporation (C-J parent company Gannett) during an emotional and dramatic time for both. With revenue waning and on orders from Gannett, the Courier will soon start charging visitors to its website who […]

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Three weeks before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Orders Number 11. The order expelled Jews as a Class from Grant’s war zone, which included parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi. Grant believed Jewish residents were smuggling goods from the south. There was active smuggling in […]

Karzai Calls for Troop Pull-Back; Mormon Food Storage; Adjunct Professor Salaries; Mixtapes: Today on Here and Now

A quick look at today’s show: 1:06pm:  Karzai Calls For Western Troops To Pull Back From Civilian Areas:  There were two significant setbacks for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan today. Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants U.S. troops to be kept away from his country’s villages and confined to bases.  Shortly after that announcement, the Taliban said […]

Calls for Romney Shakeup; Mining Big Data; Hoops at Harvard; Goldman Sachs ‘Toxic’: Today on Here and Now

Some highlights from today’s show: 1:06:  Calls For Romney Shakeup After Southern Primary Losses: A growing number of political observers, including Mark Halperin of Time, are saying there needs to be changes in Mitt Romney’s campaign, after his disappointing third place finish in primaries in Alabama and Mississippi yesterday. Democratic pundit Paul Begala even goes […]

A Coming-of-Age Story with Hip Hop Aesthetics: “How We Got On” Playwright Talks About His Work

It’s not often that you see a live deejay spinning old-school hip hop hits before the curtain rises on a Humana Festival play at Actors Theatre of Louisville. But in Idris Goodwin’s coming-of-age play “How We Got On,” hip hop’s golden age takes center stage as three emerging rappers find their voices in the Midwestern […]

Technology Historian George Dyson’s “Definitive History of the Computer”

Distinguished science writer George Dyson’s newest book, Turing’s Cathedral, chronicles the Institute for Advanced Study in the 1940s and 1950s, when work on mathematician Alan Turing’s dream of a universal machine led to computers, digital television, modern genetics, and more.  Dyson will give a free public talk about Turing and the development of digital computing […]

Liveable Cities Expert, Gil Penalosa, in Louisville Tuesday

Louisville’s Urban Design Studio continues its Sustainable City series on Tuesday, March 13. The featured speaker is Gil Penalosa.  Penalosa is the former parks commissioner of Bogota, Colombia and is now the executive director of 8-80 Cities, a non-profit that aims to help build cities that are liveable for everyone—whether they’re 8 or 80 years […]

Taliban Vows Revenge For Shootings; Improving Louisville’s Livability; NY Times Style Police: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The Taliban is promising revenge after an American soldier reportedly went on a shooting spree killing at least 16 villagers in the Afghan province of Panjwai. Residents called the attacks terrifying, as the soldier walked seemingly methodically from door to door before breaking in and killing people in three homes. The suspect, an Army […]

Solar Storm Could Play Havoc With Modern Technology; How to Raise a Billion Dollars; The Hottest Pepper in the World: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: The largest solar storm in five years is battering the earth today with particles traveling at four million miles per hour, and the potential to shake the planet’s magnetic field, disrupt utility grids & satellite networks, and make GPS less accurate. The storm could also trigger communication problems and additional radiation around the north […]

GOP Still Divided After Super Tuesday; Amazon Takes On Publishing World; Are Republicans Afraid Of Rush Limbaugh?: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Mitt Romney emerged with the most delegates after yesterday’s Super Tuesday races in 10 states. Eric Cantor, House majority leader, says Romney has a clear path of Tampa, where Republicans will gather for their nominating convention this summer. Rick Santorum‘s supporters tried to elbow Newt Gingrich out of the race in a bid to […]