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Some highlights from today’s show.

1:06pm Because of his long career in politics, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he’s ready for the scrutiny that comes with being at the top in the polls.  The GOP candidates head into another debate tonight where Gingrich is expected to come under attack because of his newfound frontrunner status.  Mitt Romney unveils his first TV ad in New Hampshire, where President Obama pushes for an extension of his payroll tax cut.

1:11pm Newt Gingrich is the 6th candidate to rise to the top of the polls, as the GOP continues to search for an alternative to Mitt Romney, who’s still considered by analysts the most likely to win the nomination.  Mark Meckler, co-founder of one of the largest Tea Party groups, Tea Party Patriots, told the LA Times that if Romney becomes the GOP nominee, “it would cause a drop-off of enthusiasm.”  So how likely are Tea Party activists to turn to a 3rd party candidate in the general election?  And what does the Tea Party want to hear in tonight’s debate?

1:20pm Forty-eight years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. We revisit a conversation Robin Young had with her neighbor, Priscilla McMillan. A community activist and scholar, McMillan was a speech writer for Kennedy in the 1950s. Then in 1959 as a reporter in Moscow, she spoke to a young defector, Lee Harvey Oswald. After Kennedy’s assassination, McMillan’s desire to find out more about why he was killed led her to befriend Oswald’s widow Marina, and write the book “Marina and Lee.”

1:34pm As part of the month-long series, “Hard Times: A Journey Across America,” NPR’s Debbie Elliott covered John Timmons and the closing of Ear X-Tacy.  We’ll hear the feature.
WFPL News coverage of Ear X-Tacy

1:40pm 50 Years From Now, What Will Be ‘The Classics’? We remember the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, I Love Lucy, the Wonder Years and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger from decades past. What – if anything – will go down in history from our era?

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Ear X-Tacy to Liquidate After Thanksgiving

by Gabe Bullard November 17, 2011

Louisville record store Ear X-Tacy will re-open for two days later this month to liquidate merchandise. When Ear X-Tacy closed, it wasn’t clear what would happen to the merchandise. Customers asked whether it could be returned to distributors or if it would be sold to a liquidation firm. But store management has sent out a […]

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Ear X-Tacy, Whiskey Row, Chief White’s Departure, Saturn Exploration, College Sports Realignment: Today on State of the News

by Laura Ellis November 4, 2011

Segment A: We’ll catch up on metro news with WFPL staff, including the latest on the Louisville Orchestra and Whiskey Row, as well as the departure of Police Chief Robert White. Join us at 502-814-8255 with your thoughts on the week’s news. Segment B: We’ll listen to Phillip M. Bailey‘s conversation with Better Days owner […]

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Ear X-Tacy Closure Could Affect Live Music Venues

by Gabe Bullard November 2, 2011

When John Timmons announced that his music store Ear X-Tacy was closed for good on Monday, it ended the speculation that began on Saturday, when the store didn’t open. But there’s more uncertainty around Ear X-Tacy’s closure, though it’s not all coming from fans. Promoters, venue owners and other retailers could all affected by the […]

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Ear X-Tacy Leaves Void in Music Promotions and Bookings

by Gabe Bullard November 1, 2011

The closure of the Ear X-Tacy record store has surprised much of Louisville’s music community, but the effect could be even more widespread. Ear X-Tacy has frequently been a key player in the SoundScan system that tracks album sales. Sales at the store were often weighted. Depending on the year, one album sold at Ear […]

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Ear X-Tacy Closing

by Gabe Bullard October 31, 2011

Louisville music store Ear X-Tacy is closing. Founder and owner John Timmons posted the news to the store’s Facebook page Monday evening. The announcement comes after the store was closed without explanation for three days. The store was founded in 1985 and came close to shutting down twice recently. Last year, Timmons said his business model was not […]

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Republicans Disagree on Economy, Obama on Libya, Ear X-Tacy’s Unexplained Closure, Food Truck Rules Explained: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis October 31, 2011

Some leading Republicans are indicating they might be open to tax increases as part of a larger deal as Congress faces a deadline to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion. But debate is widening within the Republican party over taxes, deficits, and economic growth. We’ll talk about it.

A new article in Rolling Stone says President Obama led America into a new kind of war in Libya — with the full support and participation of the international community. As NATO pulls the curtain down on the Libyan mission officially today, we look at President Obama’s decision-making process on Libya and what it says about his leadership.

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard has the latest.

The unexplained closure of Louisville landmark Ear X-Tacy this weekend has many concerned this may be bad news for the struggling music store. WFPK’s Sean Cannon has been following the story and he’ll fill us in on what’s happened and what explanations, if any, have been offered.

And we’ll listen to a conversation between WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Louisville Metro Policy Advisor Brandon Coan about the new food truck regulations.

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My Morning Jacket Announces It Will Play with Louisville Youth Orchestra

by ekramer July 14, 2010

The Louisville-based band My Morning Jacket announced today it will perform at the new KFC Yum! Center this fall. My Morning Jacket will perform at the new arena Oct. 29 with the Louisville Youth Orchestra, with some of the proceeds going to the organization.

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Guilty Pleasures: The Music You're Embarrassed to Love

by rfisher March 4, 2010

SoA 3/4/10: Guilty Pleasures: The Music You’re Embarrassed to Love Listen to the Show

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Timmons Says Ear X-Tacy Must Change

by Gabe Bullard February 12, 2010

The owner of the Ear X-Tacy record store says he will do whatever he can to keep the store open, but he’s not sure what that is just yet. Ear X-Tacy founder John Timmons released a statement this week saying he was concerned for the store’s survival. Since that announcement, there’s been an outpouring of support […]

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