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Studio 619 for March 16, 2008

Museum Plaza Delays

In early January, construction on the Museum Plaza project in downtown Louisville was halted. By the end of February, cranes and other equipment had vanished from the site. As Gabe Bullard reports, it could be months, or longer, before construction resumes.

This Beautiful City

A New York theater company documents the evangelical movement in a Colorado city and from scores of interviews crafts a play now on stage in Louisville. Elizabeth Kramer reports.

LMPD HelicoptersLast month, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city would sell its backup police helicopter to help ease the budget crunch. But while one helicopter is up for sale, the other is out for repairs from a crash in August of 2006.Gabe Bullard talked with Assistant Police Chief Tim Emington about the sale and what having one helicopter means to the LMPD.

 Thomas Merton EpiphanyHave you ever had a moment of suddenly clear, inspired thinking that perhaps changed the course of your life? One of the most famous epiphanies in history is that of Trappist monk Thomas Merton in downtown Louisville. It happened fifty years ago this week, and Stephanie Sanders spoke with Dr. Paul Pearson, the director and archivist of the Merton Center at Bellarmine University, about the event and the celebration of its anniversary this week.

Carnegie Institute for Art and HistoryThe Carnegie Institute for Art and History is located in New Albany, and houses both permanent and rotating exhibits related to the history and art of this region. From the Underground Railroad to hand carved dioramas of early life in Georgetown, IN to a look at the intersection of art and reading, there is someone for every one of every age. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks to Sally Newkirk, director of the Carnegie Institute for Art and History about what’s going on across the river.

Murder in MayberryA sensational murder case in Madisonville, Kentucky is the subject of a new book. "Murder in Mayberry: Greed, Death and Mayhem in a Small Town" was written by the husband and wife team of Jack and Mary Kinney Branson. Jack Branson had a close connection to the case; the victim of the was his 85 year old aunt. Rick Howlett talks with the Bransons about the 2003 case and the book.

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