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Studio 619 for June 24, 2007

Thrity Umrigar On ImmigrationWe can’t open a newspaper today or turn on the television without seeing something about immigration. But what about the immigrants themselves? Do you know what it’s like to leave your country, your culture, for foreign shores? Thrity Umrigar’s latest novel "If Today Be Sweet", explores the plight of the recent immigrant. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Umrigar about her novel, being an immigrant in America and what we mean by "community."ATV SafetyWith summer upon us, all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts are enjoying a ride in the dirt on their three and four-wheelers. But hospitals across the Kentucky say that will mean more business at the emergency room. Kentucky Public Radio’s Lisa Autry has a report on the hazards associated with the vehicles and how they can be avoided.IU Summer Music FestivalInternationally renowned musicians will perform throughout the summer at Indiana University in Bloomington. It's part of IU’s annual Summer Music Festival. Performances include an opera theater production, orchestral concerts and an expanded chamber music series. Join WFPL’s Julie Goodwin as she talks with Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards about the festival, which continues through August 4th.Ky Earthquake PreparednessIn February 1812, a seven-point-nine magnitude earthquake caused the Mississippi River along Kentucky’s western border to reverse course. Scientists believe we could be overdue for another one, and if and when it occurs, the state plans to be ready. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has a report.National Senior GamesSome 12,000 athletes have arrived in Louisville for the National Senior Games. The Olympic-style games for people age 50 and older began this weekend and continues through July 7 at various venues in the Louisville area. It includes comptitions in 18 sports. WFPL’s David Tao spoke with Senior Games Volunteer Coordinator Abby Bolt about the event, now in its 20th year, and related activities. Listen to the show.