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Studio 619 for April 6, 2008

Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act In 1954, Anne and Carl Braden did the unthinkable. By design, they bought a house in an all white neighborhood in Shively, Kentucky and then sold it to an African-American family. The neighborhood was outraged, violence ensued and when it was all said and done, Carl Braden was incarcerated for sedition against the state of Kentucky. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with local activist Suzy Post about the Bradens, their legacy and Post’s own experiences with discrimination in our community. To commemorate the Braden’s’ work and the 40th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, a historical marker will be placed at the Braden’s former home at 4403 Virginia Avenue on Friday, April 11th at 11:00 in the morning. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Warming and Public Perception

As it turns out, the more you know about global warming, the less you care. Strange, isn’t it? That’s what scientists from Texas A&M University learned after they conducted a public opinion poll and analyzed the data. They also found that whites, men, and Republicans perceived a greater risk from global warming than others. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland learns more in this interview with the study’s lead author, Paul Kellstedt.

Byron Pitts and Literacy

 CBS News National Correspondent Byron Pitts uses words to take viewers inside a story, but utilizes language to effectively communicate a story in a short amount of time. He's done this at the sites of some of the biggest stories of the last few years, including from Ground Zero on 9/11. When we was twelve, Byron Pitts couldn't read, and it took several years for him to overcome his challenge and become the writer and award-winng journalist he is today.

Pitts was one of the meynote speakers at last week's National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville and spoke to Stephanie Sanders about the problems many illiterate Americans still face.

  National Poetry Month

A local university and a local press have joined forces to create a festival of poetry this month.

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