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E-cigarettes deliver nicotine hits and controversy
We live in an ever-growing “e-world,’ from e-mail to e-bay and countless other “e” products and services. Kentucky Public Radio’s Ron Smith reports that one relatively new “e” item, the e-cigarette, is delivering nicotine hits and plenty of controversy.
February conversation with Murray State President
Dr. Dunn and Chad Lampe discuss the suspension of a Murray State professor over alleged racist slurs as well as the budget priorities for the university.
Civil War Dispatch 6 – America’s 16th President
We continue our ongoing look back at the U.S. Civil War in the Commonwealth. On today’s Kentucky Civil War Dispatch, America’s incoming 16th president heads to Washington, and begins his efforts to hold the country together even before he’s sworn in.
Darrell Scott on upcoming Lovett Live concert
Singer/songwriter Darrell Scott has been a working musician for over three decades. Music from the Front Porch host John McMillen spoke with Scott about his Kentucky roots, his latest album, and what to expect when he performs Saturday, February 19 at 8 as part of MSU’s Lovett Live Onstage Series.
Raffaele Ponti on PSO’s “Brilliant!”
George Eldridge sits down with Paducah Symphony Orchestra conductor Raffaele Ponti to learn more about Saturday’s performance of scores from Academy Award-winning films.
Antique Mall Closure Causes Unrest in Small Town
Hazel, Kentucky, is a border town in Calloway County, just before the Tennessee state line. It’s a town of fewer than five hundred people, and it would be a blip on the road for most travelers if it wasn’t for Hazel’s most important asset: antiques. The city’s official website calls antique stores “the lifeblood of this community.” As Angela Hatton reports a dispute over business licenses may hurt the future of those stores.
In 1960s Baltimore, the 50s are out, and change is in the air. This weekend, Murray’s Playhouse in the Park opens “Hairspray.” Based on the 1988 film by John Waters, this musical comedy takes on society’s injustices and the many forms of prejudice. Director Lisa Cope and Murray State freshman and cast member Aaron Jones joined Jacque Day for this discussion.
Conversation with Irish novelist, MSU Watkins Chair Martin Roper
Irish novelist Martin Roper is Murray State’s newest endowed Watkins Chair in Creative Writing. His acclaimed first novel titledGone was published in 2002 by Henry Holt, and portions of the book also appeared in The New Yorker. And he’s presently at work on a new novel. Martin Roper reads Thursday, February 17 as part of the Murray State University Reading Series. He joined Jacque Day for a discussion about his life and work.

Written by Chris Taylor

February 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Weekend Energy Preview 2-19

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so loud, it’s like playing a flugelhorn on the Matterhorn.


Gramophonedzie – Out of My Head – This is one of those artists that introduced himself with perfect timing, riding the vintage retro house wave developing over the past year or two. Riding is an understatement – Gramophonedzie is like a galleon decked out with cannons. I was floored by his earlier single Why Don’t You, and am thrilled to introduce his new one, Out of my Head, on Weekend Energy.  Official video for Why Don’t You.

Jaguar Love – Polaroids and Red Wine (Dave Scorp Remix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Saya – Addicted to Bass (French Version) – This French Canadian singer is one of those artists who will either be incredibly famous within a year or destined to be underground forever. Either way, I’m addicted to her first single Addicted to Bass. It mixes the super-charged vibe of electro house from the early 90s, which is on the verge of making a come-back. Honestly, she’s a few years too soon, but that could be a good thing. The French version has more vigor in it, so hear that one on the show tonight.  Be among the first to check out her slick music video.

Amanda Palmer & The Young Punx w/Peaches – Map of Tasmania (Club Mix) – Amanda Palmer has made herself legendary performing with Dresden Dolls, and this cheeky, pro-feminist-ish, popper of a single will do nothing short of elevating her status. I’m just as excited to be playing a new single by The Young Punx, who are regulars when it comes to developing incredibly catchy indie dance tunes. I’ll let you figure out what this song is about – the music video will give you a hint… Unless you’re a prude, check out the hilarious and risqué music video.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)

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Written by Matt Markgraf

February 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm