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Louisville Orchestra, Occupy Wall Street, DREAM Act, and Bocephus: Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll speak with the WFPL news staff about what’s happened in Metro Louisville this week, including he Louisville Orchestra’s impasse, and the latest in the governor’s race.

Segment B: We’re joined by Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly, who will talk about the folks he met while writing about the DREAM Act — children of undocumented immigrants who face deportation when enrolling in college.

And you won’t be hearing Hank Williams, Jr. ask you if you’re ready for some football any Monday night soon. We’ll talk about why, and check other music news, with Sean Cannon, host of WFPK After Dark.

Segment C: David Weidner of the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch will catch us up on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Chris Christie’s Decision, Occupy Wall Street Update, Youth Incarceration, Learning to Love Opera: Today on Here and Now

Associates close to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie say he is not going to run for president. Christie is expected to formally announce that decision at a news conference this afternoon. We’ll hear more from Jay Newton-Small from Time Magazine.

We’ll also get an update from NYC’s Occupy Wall Street protests with Time Magazine reporter Nate Rawlings.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation just released a report exploring the effectiveness of youth incarceration around the country. The report shows a new trend. Some states reducing incarceration rates have not seen an increase in youth crime. WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Tara Greishop-Goodwin, deputy director with Kentucky Youth Advocates, who she says Kentucky is just beginning to explore some ideas and programs that many states already have in place. We’ll hear more.

And Louisville arts scene veteran Thomson Smillie has written a book that takes on the daunting task of making opera more accessible to the uninitiated. He joins us to talk about it today.

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Demonstrators to Mirror Occupy Wall Street Protest in Louisville

A branch of the weeks-long Occupy Wall Street protest is coming to Kentucky.

The protest began in New York City on September 17th. Demonstrators have marched on the financial district and across lower Manhattan. Over the weekend, 700 protesters were arrested for blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Canadian anti-capitalist group Adbusters first called for the nonviolent demonstration as a way to end the influence of money in politics.

Similar protests have sprung up in other cities, and tomorrow, local activists will gather at 4th and Jefferson streets in Louisville.

The Facebook page advertising the event lists several attendees and says the protest will last “as many days as it takes.”

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Tension in Israel, Protests on Wall Street, Extreme Chefs and Story Slams in Louisville: Here and Now

Israel’s government has given the final go-ahead for the construction of 1,100 new housing units in east Jerusalem. The move is sure to heighten tensions, which are already high following a Palestinian move last week to seek U.N. membership. We’ll talk to Rami Ruhayem, the BBC’s editor in the region.

What began as a modest protest with about 200 people opposed to corporate greed and social inequality grew over the weekend to a march with around a thousand people clashing with New York Police — and a dispute over who was at fault. Protesters say videos show police using excessive force. The New York Police Department says they were responding with appropriate means and that the videos have been edited. What do the protestors want and what’s been their experience living in a Manhattan park? We’ll speak with Nelini Stamp, who’s been in the Occupy Wall Street Camp since the first day.

You may have heard the buzz by now: The Moth Radio Hour is coming to Louisville, and our first local StorySlam is tonight at Headliners Music Hall. We’ll talk to Senior Producer Jenifer Hixson, and Dan Kennedy, who hosts the hugely-popular Moth podcast.

And The Food Network now has a show combining our love for cooking shows with our desire to watch people compete with each other under harrowing conditions: Extreme Chef. While you may have had your share of mishaps in the kitchen, you’ve probably never had to cook a meal on a car engine, chisel your ingredients out of the middle of an ice block, or prepare dinner in a ghost town using only miner tools and hot coal. Host Marsh Mokhtari joins us to talk about the show and some extreme cooking that will happen tonight in Louisville.