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Studio 619 for January 21, 2007

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne NorthupFormer Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup joined the race for the Republican nomination in the Kentucky Governor’s race last week. Northup held the third district seat in the House of Representatives for ten years. She was unseated in last year’s general election by Democrat John Yarmuth.Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports.Critical ThinkingKentucky Public Radio’s Charles Compton takes an in-depth look at critical thinking in the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities. He’s found some teachers are worried the instructional techniques of yesterday will no longer be successful in today’s age of technology.Here is the first of the four-part series.New Baby HippoThe Louisville Zoo has welcomed a new residents to its fold....a baby pygmy hippopotamus was born a few weeks ago. WFPL’s Heidi Caravan spoke with Louisville Zoo General Curator Steve Wing about the new arrival.College Goal SundayCollege-bound students in Kentucky – in need of financial assistance – will have an opportunity to meet with financial aid professionals from Kentucky colleges and universities during College Goal Sunday, January 28th. The statewide program provides free information and assistance to students applying for college financial aid. College Goal Sunday will take place in Louisville and 18 other Kentucky communities.The Big ReadLouisville’s "The Big Read" promotes the value of reading within a community. The Louisville Free Public Library was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts to take part in the project. It encourages everyone in the community to read the same book and take part in public discussions about the reading. We spoke with Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod about "The Big Read" and the publication selected, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.Listen to the show.