Kentuckians Prepare for Japanese Teaching Assignments

The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan devastated parts of that country and shook the economy around the world. It did not, however, shake the resolve of several Kentuckians who are headed to Japan this weekend to start new jobs. The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program hires English-speaking college graduates to teach in Japanese… Continue reading Kentuckians Prepare for Japanese Teaching Assignments

Musicians Have Until June 13th To Respond To Orchestra’s Financial Disclosure

The dispute between the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians has reached a crucial stage. At a hearing Tuesday morning in bankruptcy court, a federal judge set a deadline of June 13th for the musicians to submit objections to the financial disclosure statement filed on Monday by Louisville Orchestra, Inc. The statement outlines how the orchestra… Continue reading Musicians Have Until June 13th To Respond To Orchestra’s Financial Disclosure

Valley High School Renovations Complete

Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth plan to be on hand tomorrow to celebrate new renovations to Valley High School. Construction is underway on a new 3200-seat gymnasium, a new 600-seat auditorium and renovated classroom space. Opened in 1936, the southwest Louisville high school has an active alumni association and the event is designed… Continue reading Valley High School Renovations Complete

For Velazquez, Animal Kingdom, Derby 137 Is A Wild Ride to Victory

The 137th Kentucky Derby was expected to be a wide open race before the horses approached the starting gate and it stayed that way even after the race began. Several horses vied for the early lead but as the race neared the finish line Animal Kingdom surged through the pack to take a late lead… Continue reading For Velazquez, Animal Kingdom, Derby 137 Is A Wild Ride to Victory

Erik Reece on Creative Nonfiction and Storytelling

The University of Louisville’s announcement that author Greg Mortenson would receive the Grawemeyer Award for education came only days  before 60 Minutes aired a story questioning some of the accounts Mortenson made in his book Three Cups of Tea about his experiences exploring and building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s the latest controversy surrounding… Continue reading Erik Reece on Creative Nonfiction and Storytelling

Wendell Berry Writes and Fights For The Land, Not The Environment

“There’s something ageless about Wendell Berry” – Garrison Keillor It’s a rainy spring afternoon on Wendell Berry’s hillside farm in Henry County, northeast of Louisville. He’s taking a break, sitting at his kitchen table, talking about what it was like to get a medal from The President. “It was extraordinary. It was an experience totally… Continue reading Wendell Berry Writes and Fights For The Land, Not The Environment

The Education of Billy Collins

April is National Poetry Month and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is coming to Louisville. He’ll be onstage with Garrison Keillor at the Kentucky Author Forum at the Kentucky Center. (WFPL is one of the sponsors of the event.) In addition to writing poetry, Collins teaches poetry at Lehman College in New York and in workshops around the country. He says the learning in his classroom goes both ways, but would-be poets find out quickly that when it comes to the form and craft of poetry, Billy Collins is old school. Listen

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Beshear Visits Mountaintop Removal Sites

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear spent part of Thursday visiting mountaintop removal coal mining sites in Eastern Kentucky. Beshear’s trip was the fulfillment of a promise he made to a group of activists who staged a protest in his office in February. The protesters had asked Beshear to end his support for the practice of mountaintop… Continue reading Beshear Visits Mountaintop Removal Sites