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the morning cram [the shaken, not stirred, edition]

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Syrian regime has “License to Kill” after diplomatic impasse

NPR reports at least 15 dead following government bombings this weekend

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ Thousands of Kentuckians visited the downed Eggners Ferry Bridge.  Emergency management officials say they are better prepared to handle disasters. Two have been arrested in connection to the slaying of a Fort Campbell soldier.  Activists invite lawmakers to a  tea party.

Tennessee~ Six state environmental panels are being reduced to three. A state-wide earthquake drill is set for Tuesday.

Datebook: January 11 – William James Turns 170

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William James was born on January 11, 1842 (and died August 26, 1910). He was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher who was trained as a physician. He may be best known for his contributions to different aspects of psychology and as the brother of novelist Henry James and diarist Alice James. William gained widespread fame for his book Principles of Psychology, which criticized Hegelianism and sough to re-conceive the human mind as inherently purposive and selective. In 1906, he gave a speech, in which he defined one of the “classic problems of politics: hot to sustain political unity and civic virtue in the absence of war or a credible threat.” and sounded “a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation.” Thoughts echoed in President Jimmy Carter’s Moral Equivalent of War Speech, 70 years later (

It’s Wednesday, January 11

Jeff Daniels’ deer-camp comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight opens at Paducah’s Markethouse Theatre tomorrow night. Steve Schwetman plays Reuben who seeks to shed the mantle of being “a buckless yooper.” Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. this weekend and next. Parental guidance is suggested due to language!

Practice sessions start Friday for a Dancing with the Stars Event, March 1 at the University of Tennessee at Martin Student Life Center. The UT-Martin Relay for Life Team fundraises for the American Cancer Society. The first practice Friday is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church 145 Hannings Lane in Martin.

LBL offers a balm for the winter blues with wildlife-viewing van tours through March. Saturday there’s an all-day Nature Watch tour seeking eagles and some 25 plus species of ducks which winter with us. The tour costs $40 per person and includes lunch at a local restaurant. See for details.

Hear KET’s Connections with Renee Shaw tonight at 6:30. See our programming schedule at Thanks!

Datebook: January 9 – Opus Dei Founder Turns 110

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Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was born on January 9, 1902 (and died June 26, 1975). He was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. He was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who declared Saint Josemaría should be “counted among the great witnesses of Christianity.” His organization has not existed without controversy, primarily resolving around allegations of secrecy, elitism, cult-like practices, and political involvement with right-wing dictatorships. Some journalists, however, have averred that many of these are unproven. The “absolutely central” point in Escrivá’s teaching, says theologian William May, is that “sanctification is possible only because of the grace of God, freely given to his children through his only-begotten Son, and it consists essentially in an intimate, loving union with Jesus, our Redeemer and Savior.”

It’s Monday, January 9

Land Between the Lakes offers a Winter Wanderers Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Search out wintering bird species during a Waterfowl Tour and a History of Eagles in LBL Tour. The cost is $40 per person, and there’s an optional Eagle River Cruise on Sunday for an additional $60 per person. Reservations are required. Call (270) 924-2020.

The McCracken County Public Library offers its first children’s story time of the New Year tomorrow with a program entitled “Father Time Rocks Around the Clock.” Children are invited to attend the free program at 10AM or 1PM. Find a complete schedule of story time events at

Musicians ages 15-20 are eligible to apply for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. One student from Kentucky will receive a full scholarship. The application deadline is January 27th, and students can submit their applications online at

Find more community events at, and thanks for listening.

Datebook: December 23 – Festivus

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Festivus, observed on December 23rd, is a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its pressures, religious aspects, and commercialism. It was introduced into popular culture by Daniel O’Keefe, a screenwriter for Seinfeld, as part of a comical storyline on the show. The holiday’s celebration includes an unadorned aluminum “Festivus pole,” practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength,” and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles.”

It’s Friday, December 23

Tonight a rock/punk/metal-fest benefits the Paducah Cooperative Ministry. It’s the Ho Ho Hall Show from 7 to 11:30 at the Massac Community Center at 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis. Tickets are $5. Hear the Purchase Orphan Choir, the Hi Fi Ninjas, the Wish You Were, Thick as Thieves and Voyage of Slaves.

LBL’s Golden Pond Visitor Center is open from 9 to 3 tomorrow, and stays closed Christmas Day. LBL’s administrative office is closed Monday.

The Holidays at Murray State 2011 airs on KET and WKMS this weekend. It’s on KET2 and KETKY at 8 a.m. today, tomorrow on KET at 3 a.m. and midnight and KETKY at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. WKMS airs the hour-long program at 9 a.m. Sunday. Hear the Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and vocalists Sonya Baker and Tana Field.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from Cambridge England pre-empts Car Talk from Cambridge Massachusetts tomorrow 9 a.m. See our holiday show schedule at

Datebook: December 16 – New Madrid Quakes 200 Years Ago

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The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occured on December 16, 1811 in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. These four so-called ‘mega-quakes’ are believed to be an ongoing cataclysmic danger that could reprise the 1811-12 series of 2,000 quakes that affected the lands of what would be eight of today’s heartland states of the United States. These earthquakes remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history, more than eight times the size of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Despite its magnitude (right around 7), it caused only slight damage to man-made structures, mainly because of the sparse population in the epicentral area. Residents as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia, reported being awakened by intense shaking. Church bells were reported to ring as far as Boston, Massachusetts and (what is now) Toronto, and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C.. William Clark (of Lewis & Clark), then governor of the Louisiana Territory, asked for federal relief from the U.S. Government – one of the first requests for federal disaster relief in the country.

It’s Friday, December 16th

Tomorrow brings a program about making Origami ornaments for the holiday at the McCracken County Public Library. It’s from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library at 555 Washington Street in Paducah. Lea Wentworth teaches folding paper into ornaments, gifts, or cards.

The annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count through the Nature Station at LBL is tomorrow from 6 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.. Call 270-924-2299 to register. Bring binoculars, field guides and lunch. Birders will reconvene for lunch at the Nature Station to review the count. Dress for the weather. Less experienced birders are welcome. The fee is $5 per person. Birders are involved in this count nationwide.

The Festival of Trees continues at the Janice Mason Art Museum, 71 Main Street in Cadiz. Clubs, individuals and civic organizations have decorated unique trees and the Museum shop offers gift shopping. The Museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

Be sure to see for a complete schedule of special radio features for the season chosen to keep you Company for the Holidays.

Datebook: December 14 – First Explorers Reach South Pole 100 Years Ago

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Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen saw success chartering the North Pole and set to the south with a crew, in 1911. he set up camp at the Bay of Whales, donned Eskimo-style wool clothing and used skis and dog sleds for transportation. They departed from camp on October 19 with four sledges and 52 dogs. Using a route Using a route along the previously unknown Axel Heiberg Glacier, they arrived at the edge of the Polar Plateau on November 21 after a four-day climb. On December 14, 1911, his team arrived at the Pole (90° 0′ S). They arrived 33–34 days before rival Robert F. Scott’s group. Amundsen named their South Pole camp Polheim, “Home on the Pole.” Amundsen renamed the Antarctic Plateau as King Haakon VII’s Plateau. They left a small tent and letter stating their accomplishment, in case they did not return safely to their camp. They did return, however, on January 25. Amundsen’s success was publicly announced on March 7, 1912, when he arrived at Hobart, Australia.

It’s Wednesday, December 14

The Western Baptist Hospital Foundation offers sponsorship of a poinsettia or “Christmas Star” in honor or memory of a loved one. The poinsettia tree is in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. The suggested donation is $20 for a 6 inch, $40 for a 12 inch. An acknowledgement card goes on the poinsettia and another goes to announce the gift. See

Enjoy Murray’s Playhouse in the Park’s production of The Sound of Music Friday and Saturday nights at 7, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Get tickets at Take a canned good or non-perishable food item with you for the Festival of Lights at Murray’s Central Park.

LBL continues to offer permits, maps, and cutting guidelines for free Cedar Christmas Trees through Christmas Eve. Stop by the Administrative Office 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the Golden Pond Visitor Center, 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday, closing at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Follow our holiday programming schedule at Enjoy today.

Datebook: December 13 – Emily Carr Turns 140

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Emily Carr was born on December 13, 1871 (and died March 2, 1945). She was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a post-impressionist painting style, Carr didn’t receive widespread recognition for her work until late in life, around the age of 57. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes and forest scenes. She was one of the first artists to attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style. Her life itself has made her a “Canadian icon”, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, for being “an artist of stunning originality and strength.”

It’s Tuesday, December 13

“Santa’s Last Blast” is on the Paris Court Square Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.. There will be free wagon rides, a trackless train, clowns, games, stories, and reindeer goats. Santa ‘s in Friday night, then Saturday 10-2 and Sunday 2-4. This is the final weekend for Trees on the Square at the Heritage Center Saturday noon-6 and Sunday 1-4.

Holiday shows continue at LBL’s Golden Pond Planetarium through December 23. “‘Tis the Season” shows Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. “Christmas Story” Shows are Wednesday through Sunday at noon and 2. Admission to the planetarium is $4 ages 13 and up, $2 ages 5 to 12 and free ages 4 and under. Call 270-924-2020 for more.

Madisonville Community College’s Glema Center for the Arts shows the exhibit “Made to Be Played: Traditional Art of Kentucky Luthiers” weekdays from 9 to 4 and during performances through Saturday. The exhibit chronicles masters in the making and repairing of stringed instruments.

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the morning cram [it’s Friday, and you ain’t got no job…edition]

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Or maybe you do, since unemployment is at it’s lowest level in two years.

NPR reports nationwide unemployment has fallen to 8.6 percent with the addition of 120,000 jobs according to new Bureau of Labor stats.

Kentucky~ More charges in the McCracken County Humane Society. MSU beats WKU to reach 8-0. Go find the perfect tree in LBL. It was a wet November. Gov Beshear wants more gambling.



the morning cram [things fall apart edition]

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FEMA runs out of cash as Americans clean up after Irene.

NPR reports that funds are needed from North Carolina to Vermont and FEMA is stretched almost to its limits.

Kentucky~ The new road through LBL gets an award. Think twice before going for a dip in the Clarks River. Governor  High School kids may need more than a good ACT score to qualify for a scholarship. Beshear is  about to let us all know how we’re going to pay our debts .

Illinois~ It’s getting real in the Brookport City Hall parking lot.

Tennessee~ A soldier’s conviction is overturned and he’s headed back to the army.

Datebook: August 25 – Monty Hall turns 90

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Monty Hall was born Monte Halperin, August 25, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster may be best known as host of the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.  Let’s Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from 1963 to 1968, and on ABC daytime from 1968 to  1976, followed by several syndication runs. Hall received stard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, and Canada Walk of Fame. In 1968, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his charity work. Hall received the 2005 Ralph Edwards Service Award from Game Show Congress, and in 2007, was one of the first inductees into the American TV Game Show Hall of Fame.

It’s Thursday, August 25

Saturday is Fight Against Child Obesity Day in Paducah. Futskilz Soccer Training is organizing the free event from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the McCracken County soccer complex. LBL Environmental Education staff brings information about the USDA Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative. Greater Paducah Sustainability is providing recycling information. It’s for ages 6 and up, including relay races and games.

The Union City Community Concert Association opens its new year’s offerings with a showcase of the area’s most talented young people – Fair Show-Season 2 – to the Union City Civic Auditorium Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Market House Theatre’s Footlights is accepting registrations for its new trimester of classes starting Saturday. April Cochran leads the youth acting troupes for grades 1 thru 12 which meet Saturdays in the theatre classroom at 120 South Second Street in Paducah. Register through the theatre box office, 270-444-6828.

A Prairie Home Companion brings a Bill Monroe tribute to Murray November 5. See more at Thanks!