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Special Giveaways During All Things Considered – October 26, 2011

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We’re thrilled to have Brian Laczko and Debbie Wattier from The Carson Center in Paducah in our studio today during All Things Considered! They’ve brought some special gifts to give away. Here’s the breakdown:

1. Everyone who participates today during ATC will be entered into a drawing for a pair of main floortickets to the Carson Center’s presentation of My Fair Lady on Wednesday,November 2 at 7:30 p.m.

2. For all pledges of $100 and up you can receive a pair of tickets to Trout Fishing in America – coming to the Carson Center November 17.

And after we meet the challenge grant….

3. For ONE Day Sponsor pledge of $250 a listener will receive a pair of main floor tickets to Larrythe Cable Guy November 20 at 7 pm.

4. For ONE $365 “dollar a day” pledge a listener will receive a pair of tickets to the Distiller’sDinner this Saturday October 29.

Contribute what you can to your public radio home at 800-599-4737, or online at

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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Datebook: October 26 – Happy Diwali!

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Diwali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC. It’s an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Happy Diwali! Here’s  a fun video from The Office.

It’s Wednesday, October 26

Chanticleer performs at the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Twelve male voices from countertenor to bass perform original interpretations of vocal literature across the ages. Tickets are $20 at the door or by membership, which includes concerts in Dyersburg.

Tomorrow Hopkinsville Community College English professor Taylor Carlisle leads a book discussion in the Christian County Public Library Board Room at 6:30 p.m. It’s about Jaimy Gordon’s 2010 National Book Award Winning, Lord of Misrule, set in the world of horseracing.

Sunday brings the Race to the Canal to LBL. There are mountain bike races for all ages and ability levels with 31 classes and prizes for the top 3 in each, weather permitting. Register at Wood-n-Wave in Grand Rivers Friday and Saturday, at the start and finish point on Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30, or online at

Help WKMS reach its fundraiser goal of $130,000 in community support by 8 p.m. Saturday. Click pledge now at Thanks.

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

the morning cram [10 years of Patriot Act edition]

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Ten years after it’s signing, the Patriot Act is still controversial.

NPR reports that on the tenth anniversary of President George W. Bush’s Patriot Act, Americans still disagree about whether or not it violates their right to privacy.

Kentucky~ Paducah property taxes go up (a little bit). Paducah Middle’s Walker moves to the district office under scrutiny. The 101st deals with budget cuts. Records show no evidence of David Williams sexual abuse. Beshear is well in the lead with money to blow.

Tennessee~ The Legislative Black Caucus wants in on redistricting.