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State of Affairs

  • A drug-resistant superbug, once thought to be rare, is spreading through healthcare facilities in Southern California. It's called CRKP, and it's in a league of bacteria - much like another well-known superbug, MRSA - that have proven highly resistant to an array of antibiotics. These days we have a seemingly endless variety of soaps, disinfectants, anti-bacterial lotions, and hand gels, but when it comes to germs, are we going overboard? And do we really know the best way to prevent the spread of those microbes that do us the most harm - like superbugs? Tune in this Tuesday as we listen back to a conversation we had about how germs work, and how to keep them from making us sick.
  • Despite the unsettling recent snowfall, Spring has, in fact, sprung. That means it's time for garden enthusiasts to get out there and play in the dirt. It also means it's time for our semi-annual show on all things gardening in Kentucky! Bob Hill & Jeneen Wiche join us to talk spring to-do lists, garden preparation, planting dates, and maybe even a few new trends & flowers for 2011. Call in to share your questions and tips for a bountiful year in the Bluegrass. Listen to the Show
  • Another work week has come & gone, and that means it's time for another edition of State of the News. The week we'll talk about what happened at the ethics committee hearing for Councilwoman Judy Green, check in on business news, and find out what's going on in the Indiana statehouse now that the Democrats have returned.
  • A House bill to raise the drop out age in Kentucky failed in the Senate for the third time during the last General Assembly session. Current estimates put the drop out rate in our state at more than 2%, though in today’s economy 6% of high school dropouts never find work and the rest work only half as much as students who finish high school. The differences in employment potential & earnings between drop outs and college graduates are even more staggering. So why do kids continue to leave school? We listen back to a conversation on why students drop out and what we can do to encourage them to graduate.
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/29/11: Did you stand in line for your iPad 2? Having trouble deciding which to take along on spring break - the Nook or the Kindle? Are your friends tired of you re-tweeting everything your latest love interest posts? If so, you might be a techie. And if you are - or if you just want to be - join us on Tuesday for another edition of Tech Talk. Our technology gurus will answer your gadget questions and dispense advice on keeping all your devices connected and running smoothly. Listen to the Show
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/28/11: Many Louisville citizens were shocked at last week's dual industrial mishaps - a plant explosion that killed two workers in Rubbertown, and an ammonia leak that caused a scare in Butchertown. But for residents and activists in those neighborhoods, the events were sadly not surprising. For years, environmental justice groups in town have been campaigning to improve air quality and make sure manufacturers and processing plants in residential areas adhere to safety regulations. This Monday, we'll have an update on the implications of last week's accidents, then take a broader look at environmental justice. Listen to the Show
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/25/11: It's been a busy news week & we'll talk about it all on State of the News. An explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have many residents calling for improvements to the emergency response system. The interim director of Louisville Metro Animal Services has stepped down with no replacement yet selected. Also exiting is Allan Cowen, who announced his retirement as CEO of the Fund for the Arts, effective at the end of April. Join us for these metro stories, plus a check-in on the Kentucky & Indiana General Assemblies. Listen to the Show
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/24/11: He's been in office fewer than three months, but Mayor Greg Fischer's had a busy first quarter. Just this week, an explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have given rise to questions about the city's emergency response and communication capabilities. Allegations continue about Councilwoman Judy Green, leading some to call for a wider look at how Metro Council Members' discretionary funds are spent. Then there's Louisville Metro Animal services - still without a leader - and the temporary holding pattern at Whiskey Row. Call us with your questions or comments for Mayor Fischer, Thursday on State of Affairs. Listen to the Show
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/18/11: It's Friday again, and time for another State of the News. This week we'll hear an update on Metro news, and find out what's new across the river in Southern Indiana. Then we'll turn our attention to what everyone in town will really be talking about: March Madness. How is your bracket holding up after Day 1 of competition? Listen to the Show
  • STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/17/11: Everyone knows that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone… except they didn't. On Thursday we’ll listen back to our conversation with science author Rick Beyer about his book, “The Greatest Science Stories Never Told.” We’ll learn how a teenager invented television in a potato field, and how a cluttered lab lead one scientist to a Nobel Prize. Listen to the Show Related Links: Rick Beyer Astonish, Bewilder & Stupefy