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In case you missed it, NPR’s Michele Norris was on State of Affairs Wednesday to discuss her new new book, The Grace of Silence.


On Thursday, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth appeared on WFPL’s State of Affairs. Here is the audio.

Yarmuth is running for re-election to the Third District seat against Republican Todd Lally, who was on the show last week. Here is the audio.

Also in the race are Libertarian Ed Martin and independent Michael Hansen.

On Tuesday, Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer appeared on WFPL’s State of Affairs. Here is a link to the show audio.

Fischer is the third of the major candidates to appear on SoA. Here is audio of independent Jackie Green and Republican Hal Heiner.

Independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green appeared on State of Affairs on WFPL Thursday. (Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner will appear separately next month.)

Rick Howlett has the highlights, and you can listen to the whole show here.

Happy Monday, folks!  I hope you all had your fill of street rods, 48-hour films, and art cars over the weekend.  I saw an art car that was covered in moving, singing fish and lobsters.  And a Mazda Miata covered in mirrors like a disco ball.  And don’t even get me started on the street rods or we’ll never get to what’s coming up this week on State of Affairs.

Today we’re talking about losing a spouse.  How do people cope?  Are the needs of young widows and widowers different from those of their older counterparts?  Is it different when the loss in unexpected rather than after a long illness?  And how can you help someone who has recently lost a spouse (hint: this post about what not to say should probably be on your reading list).

This year’s Kids Count Report is out, and we’ll take a look at how children are faring in Kentucky and Indiana tomorrow.

Speaking of the children, Whitney Houston decided long ago that they are our future.  The Kentucky Student Ventures Corporation is teaching them to be entrepreneurs – with an emphasis on green business practices.  We’ll learn about the program and meet one of the students on Wednesday.

On Thursday we find out how a team of U.S. Army robots was modeled after the way schools of fish swim, and how telephone networks were inspired by the intricate work patterns of ant colonies.  We’ll be talking with Peter Miller, author of The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done.

Then on Friday we’ll round out the week with State of the News – including analysis of what went down at Fancy Farm and how it will affect the candidates going into fall campaigning.

Hey folks!  This is Laura Ellis with your weekly look at what’s coming up this week on SoA.

Today we’re talking about the rites of the dead.  No wait, it’s the rights of the dead – things like estate taxes, probate court, intellectual property rights, and what becomes of our physical remains.  Our guest is Ray Madoff, author of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead.  The rites of the dead would be – as we often say around here – a whole other show.

Sure it’s pretty to look at and fun for boating, but the Ohio River is also an important shipping route.  Tomorrow we’ll talk about commerce on the river with an Ohio River historian, a representative from the Waterways Council, and a guest from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rafe Esquith, author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, is in town Wednesday for the Louisville Free Public Library’s Author Series.  He joins us earlier in the day to talk about his innovative teaching methods and how they’ve improved the test scores of the Hobart Shakespeareans.

Sexual abuse is devastating to both the survivor and the family involved.  On Thursday we’ll talk to therapists and a survivor about the family’s role in recovery.

On Friday it’s time for State of the News – we’ll check in on what made headlines this week around the city and the commonwealth.

And speaking of elsewhere in the commonwealth, today we welcome listeners of WEKU – they’re now broadcasting State of Affairs.  Welcome, new listeners!  Join us at 877-814-8255 or

Hey folks, it’s Laura Ellis, with a somewhat tardy look at what’s on the State of Affairs agenda this week!

Today we had lots of fun talking about all the fun things there are to do right here in our own city, on a show about staycationing in Louisville.

Tomorrow we’ll talk to author Jasmine Farrier about her book Congressional Ambivalence: The Political Burdens of Constitutional Authority.

On Wednesday we’re taking a look at the causes, symptoms, treatments and prevention of prostate cancer.

Have you ever heard people talk about taking care of their elderly parents express that they feel like they are parenting their own parents?  This Thursday we’ll have a conversation about the rights of the elderly, including the right to privacy (and how that plays out in places like assisted living facilities), and our tendency to infantilize seniors as they grow older and need more assistance.

And of course, Friday brings us another edition of State of the News, where we go behind the headlines, with the reporters who cover the news.

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.

This is Laura Ellis with a special Tuesday edition of this post, since Monday was a holiday and we broadcast a special program rather than SoA.

Call us today with your technology dilemmas – it’s our semi-annual Tech Talk show and our gadget gurus will be on hand to help the technologically impaired.

We hear a lot about prison conditions, but not much about the plight of the family members left behind when a loved one is incarcerated.  On Wednesday we’ll talk about the issues faced by the children of prisoners, and a program at the YMCA designed to help them.

Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter joins us on Thursday to talk about his newest book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One.

Then on Friday, we’ll wind things up with a look at what’s new, on our weekly State of the News show.

Hey folks, it’s Laura Ellis with your weekly preview of what’s on the SoA agenda this week.

Today we’re talking about a tumultuous 13 years in our nation’s history – Prohibition.  What lead to the outlawing of alcohol, what were the repercussions of the law, and how did it come to be repealed?  We’ll find out from Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

The Louisville Orchestra has come a long way since its 1948 beginnings, and while it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, the organization has built an international reputation for innovation.  A new documentary, Music Makes a City, reflects on the orchestra’s history.  The film premiers on May 20, and we’re talking about it on Tuesday.

The Louisville Connectors project is a brain child of Leadership Louisville.  The 128 connectors, selected from nominations by the public, are individuals whose influence reaches across disciplines and sectors to bring people together in interesting and useful ways.  While the list is not without criticism (the C-J pointed out that all four connectors in the faith-based category are Christian, and that no one is really sure what the connectors will actually do) it’s hoped that these community members will be the next generation of Louisville leaders.  We’ll meet some of them and learn more about the project on Wednesday.

On Thursday we’ll talk with doctors and researchers about one of the hardest-working parts of your body.  Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, and tends to keep on going in spite of our sometimes bad health habits.  We’ll find out the basics of how the heart works, what can go wrong, and how to keep it healthy.

Rounding out the week on Friday, it’s State of the News – a look at what made headlines this week in Metro Louisville and beyond.

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