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by Laura Ellis on July 26, 2011

Countdown clocks are showing up on cable TV – there to remind people that a deadline on the debt ceiling is looming. Conservatives in the House yesterday panned their own leader’s plan. So did Standard & Poor’s, which said it probably wouldn’t be enough to avert a downgrade in the U.S. credit rating. But a similar plan in the Senate may not have enough votes to pass. So where are we now?

The rapid rise of do-it-yourself redistricting is challenging the way politicians have traditionally drawn up legislative districts. Re-districting is now underway in almost every state and it’s a complicated process, with multiple and contradictory legal requirements and political realities that have to be coordinated precinct by precinct — even block by block. Harvard professor Stephen Ansolabehere says that “until you actually go through the process, you’ve don’t have a feel” for how everything from laws on minority representation to rivers and mountains affect the shape of districts. That complexity has kept re-districting in the hands of deal making politicians in the back room, but new do-it-yourself technology opens this mysterious world to citizens. Software programmer Dave Bradlee has created the most popular do-it-yourself re-districting website; he says, “people are becoming much more aware about how the process works, but it’s a hard road because it’s about power, this is really all about power, it’s just part of the political game, and that’s not going away.” They’ll both be with us to talk about the future of redistricting.

We’ll also speak with Forecastle Festival founder JK McKnight about how this year’s Halfway to Forecastle went, how the festival has grown from its humble beginnings, and what’s on the horizon for 2012.

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Halfway to Forecastle A Stepping Stone for the 10th Anniversary

by Dalton Main May 10, 2011

Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has announced the headliners for this summer’s Halfway to Forecastle Festival. The Halfway to Forecastle Festival has been held annually since 2008 and focuses more on electronic music.   However, this year’s event is replacing the actual Forecastle Festival in anticipation of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2012. “Halfway has always had […]

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Bonnaroo Producer To Manage Forecastle Festival

by Rick Howlett February 10, 2011

The timing of the agreement means there will be no Forecastle Festival this summer. The event’s tenth anniversary celebration has been delayed until 2012.

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Forecastle Festival at Waterfront Park Set to Be Largest; Features Site-Specific Art

by ekramer July 9, 2010

Today kicks off the ninth annual Forecastle Festival — and it’s growing. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. Organizers of this year’s three-day festival say they expect 30,000 attendees in addition to about 1200 musicians, artists, environmentalists and sponsors. This makes it the largest so far. Headliners include Devo, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic and Spoon. The […]

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Forecastle Fest Announces Artists to Create New Works

by ekramer February 18, 2010

The ninth Forecastle Festival, which is still more than four months away, has lined up artists to create works that reflect the event’s theme of music, art and activism. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The annual event has included a host of exhibiting artists in past years. But this July, the Louisville festival is commissioning three […]

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