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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.

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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.

The co-founder of the “Say NO To Bridge Tolls” Facebook group says he was targeted by a supporter of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The accused says he has done nothing of the sort and is being falsely accused.

LEO has the details. Also of note, the alleged intimidation stemmed from a recent State of Affairs about the bridges project.


Hey everyone!   Laura Ellis here with a look at what’s coming up this week on State of Affairs.

Today we’re looking at different facets of our medical community.  We’ll talk with some MediStar Award winners in various healthcare fields on Monday to get an idea of just how the different pieces of the medical care puzzle fit together and what role we all play in our health.

On Tuesday we’ll learn about Justice Louis D. Brandeis with Melvin Urofsky, author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life.

Was last week’s news that 162,000 new jobs were created a sign of an improving economy?  We’ll find out this Wednesday on our show about the economic outlook from the first quarter.

Thursday we invite you to join us in our performance studio for a live broadcast of State of Affairs!  As part of WFPL’s Next Louisville initiative, we’re hosting a conversation about issues in West Louisville.  It’s one of the oldest areas of town, and current residents might say one of the most overlooked.  Do you agree?  What do you think West Louisville’s issues are, and what should be done about them?  Come to our studios at 619 South 4th Street to be part of our audience and let us know what you think.

Friday we’ll round out the week with another edition of State of the News – join us to catch up on the headlines you missed and let us know what you think of what’s new.

Today’s State of the News will feature a discussion of the recent Republican Mayoral Forum. The show starts at 1:00, and you can prepare by listening to an mp3 of the forum.

Laura Ellis here with a look at what’s coming up this week on State of Affairs.

Today we will take a look at diversity among Muslims in the United States.  There are those who – while living here – still keep themselves apart from America, those Muslims who want to be “of” America, not just living “in” America, and then some who want to engage in the wider community and forge an American Muslim identity.

Tuesday we’ll talk with author and labor historian Michael K. Honey about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how the civil rights movement and the labor movement are related in their efforts to bring about economic justice.  His book, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King‘s Last Campaign tells the story of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike King was working on when he was assassinated, and how issues of economic justice still affect us today.

The Festival of Faiths is underway, and among the guests coming to town are members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.  Four of the members will visit our studio on Wednesday to talk about their mission.

On Thursday we’ll talk about a topic that’s the cause of much hand-wringing in the media: pediatric obesity.  What are the contributing factors, what solutions are proposed, and is it as bad as we think?

We’ll top things off with our weekly State of the News show, when we’ll ask for your thoughts on the week’s headlines.

He’s on the air now. If you subscribe to the podcast (iTunes), the interview will be posted later today.

Happy Monday (and last day of summer) folks!  Laura Ellis here with your weekly preview of what’s in store for SoA this week!

Today we talked about a phenomenon called Quarter-Life Crisis.  It’s a period of uncertainty and angst that can hit people in their 20s.  We had lots of calls, emails and twitters.  Thanks to everyone who participated – you had a lot to say!  If you missed today’s show, you can listen to it here.

On Tuesday we’re setting a new record for the greatest number of guests on a single show!  We’ll be talking about social innovation and entrepreneurs, and joining us are twelve guests.  During the first segment we’ll take a general look at the topic, then in the second and third segments we’ll meet some of the finalists for the Social Innovation prize offered by the Metro United Way.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again: the IdeaFestival is back!  We’re taking this show on the road and broadcasting live from the lobby of the Kentucky Center, to get in on the IF action.  If you’re attending, stop by our table and listen in for a while.  We’ll be on the air from 1-2pm, like normal, and we’ll have a few chairs set up if you want to give us a listen live.  We’ll be there Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday’s guest is Lee Dugatkin, to tell us a story full of national pride, competitiveness, and taxidermy about Mr. Jefferson & the Giant Moose, which he recounts in his book of the same name.

Speaking of good stories, A.J. Jacobs is our guest on Thursday, and if you’ve read any of his books, you’ll know he’s an author who will try almost anything if it’ll give him something entertaining to write about.  In his latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, he participates in “a series of radical lifestyle experiments” like crashing the Academy Awards, being radically honest at all costs, living by George Washington‘s 110 rules of civility, and outsourcing every task in his life to a firm in India (including the book’s advertisement, below).

On Friday we’ll forgo our usual State of the News show to bring you sociobiologist Bert Hölldobler, who studies the social behavior of ants and other insects.  His latest book is called The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies.

Today’s State of Affairs State of the News roundtable will feature…

Guest host Rick Howlett of WFPL news.

Courier-Journal Metro reporter Dan Klepal.

WFPL’s Gabe Bullard (who?)

U of L professor Dewey Clayton will join Rick for the last segment to talk about Senator Ted Kennedy (pictured).

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