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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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Thomson Smillie Sees Either Disbandment or Reorganization in Orchestra’s Future

The Louisville Orchestra has cancelled two months worth of concerts as part of its ongoing dispute with musicians. Arts columnist Thompson Smillie discussed the impact of the cancellation — and the dispute in general — on the city’s art scene.

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Steve Jobs Retires, Louisville Orchestra Cancels Performances: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: With Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple, we’ll look at his vision of a high–tech world and how he changed our lives.

1:12pm We’ll take a look at another piece of technology: The Supercookie.  A regular cookie, in tech terms, is a data file that stores information about where computer users go on the internet. You can easily delete a regular cookie. A supercookie? Not so much. We’ll talk supercookies with Julia Angwin. She’s a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

1:35pm: The Louisville Orchestra has cancelled two months worth of concerts as part of its ongoing dispute with musicians. We’ll talk with arts columnist Thompson Smillie about what this means for the Orchestra and beyond.

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As many as 20 tornadoes raked western Massachusetts last night – causing a lot of damage. In what is rapidly becoming The Tornado Report, we’re going to get an update from the scene today.

Arts writer Thomson Smillie joins us for some analysis of the Louisville Orchestra’s reorganization plan and what the future could hold for that organization and its musicians.

A C-J recent article talked with Louisvillian Nathan Salsburg, who is carrying on the work of ethnomusicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax. Lomax collected thousand of field recordings of world folk music of the 20th century. We’ll learn more about Lomax and hear some of his recordings this hour (and you can explore his archive online at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center).

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Little Room for Compromise in Orchestra Contract Talks

The Louisville Orchestra’s contract with its musicians expired at midnight Wednesday. That means the players are not being paid, they do not have insurance and do not have any guarantee they’ll have jobs when the next season starts. There’s hope for a new contract, but amid contentious negotiations and ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, that hope is diminishing.