Good morning, fine people.  This is Laura Ellis with a look at what’s coming up this week on SoA.

From now through September, historian Rick Bell will be conducting free walking tours that focus on the history of the waterfront.  He’s joining us today to tell some stories from the riverside.  It wasn’t always a fancy park; it wasn’t until we started prepping for this show that Robin Fisher reminded me of the giant mounds of sand that used to be near the base of the bridge.  Personally, I’m looking forward to the story of the time the river froze solid, and a temporary saloon opened in the middle of it.

The US Department of Health & Human Services recently awarded a $7.9 million grant to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness.  Tomorrow we’re talking with officials from our health department about the grant, specifically focusing on plans to use some of the money to revamp the school nutrition program in JCPS.

Hoarding – the compulsive collecting of items and resistance to throwing things away – is listed in the DSM-IV as a symptom of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder and can also be a symptom of brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders and other conditions.  The behavior has been getting lots of attention lately because of a TV show that looks at the lives of hoarders.  On Wednesday we’ll learn more about hoarding – what researchers think causes a person to compulsively hold onto belongings, how hoarding is treated, and how likely the treatment is to be successful.

On Thursday author Scott Huler joins us to talk about his book, On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make our World Work.  It follows our system of infrastructure from each element’s source to its destination – Wires, pipes, roads, water, etc. – to see how the grid really works to bring us the utilities we need.

On Friday we round out the week with State of the News, a look at what stories are making headlines, with the reporters who cover them.