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The Paducah Witch Burning Legend
Paducah, KY~ In honor of Halloween, we’ll finish today’s program with a mysterious and rather unusual story from western Kentucky’s past. It’s the tale of our area’s one, and so far only, witch-burning.
The Q&A – Paducah Sun’s Bill Bartleman retires after 40 years
Paducah, KY ~ Bill Bartleman has been reporting on Kentucky politics for The Paducah Sun for almost forty years, and now he’s announced his retirement. On the Q&A this week, Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Tony McVeigh sits down with Bartleman to look back over his career and get his perspective on where the journalism profession is today.
Chambers Dish Out Dollars in this Election Cycle
Murray, KY ~ The US Chamber of Commerce has been in the news a lot recently, defending themselves against allegations of using foreign money in this campaign cycle, including funding political candidates. But where exactly does the US Chamber receive their Political Action money? David Schmoll clears up the role of local chambers of commerce in the waning days of the election cycle.
Kentucky 3rd District U.S. House Race
Louisville, Ky ~ Some national polls this election season have shown a sizeable enthusiasm gap. Democrats in many areas are less excited about voting than Republicans, and a high conservative turnout will likely push many GOP candidates to victory. But lately, some Democratic candidates have begun using the potential for Republican victory to rally the party faithful. KPR’s Gabe Bullard has more on voter excitement and frustration in the Third District Congressional Race.
Good negative political ads?
Frankfort, KY ~ The political advertisements began in earnest late this summer. And they will run until voters cast their ballots Tuesday. Much attention each election is given to the tone of political ads. In another Kentucky Public Radio report, Stu Johnson speaks with one area political scientist who says there’s much to be gained from negative advertising.
Are Kentucky voters angry? If so, why?
Frankfort, KY ~ Turn on the radio or television, or go online these days, and you’ll hear a lot of talk about angry voters. Are Kentucky voters angry? And if
so, why? Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh went looking for answers.
Inspecting the Mindset List
Murray, KY ~ Czechoslovakia has never existed. As odd as that sounds, those of us of a certain vintage know that’s not true. This is just one of the many points on Tom McBride and Ron Nief’s Mindset List.
Playhouse opens Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
Murray, KY ~ In Depression-era Alabama, attorney Atticus Finch is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American man accused of rape. In the 50 years since its publication, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has been called a story of dignity and tolerance. Friday, Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens a stage production of Mockingbird. Director Don Fleming and the young Brynn Jones, who plays the key role of Scout Finch, joined Jacque Day in the studio for this conversation.
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Written by Chris Taylor

October 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Posted in The Front Page

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