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Studio 619 for April 27, 2008

Fair Pay Restoration Act

Paying similarly qualified men and women the same amount of money for doing the same job seems simple, on the surface. It was in the news this week because Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, and Wednesday night the Senate debated the Fair Pay Restoration Act. That act, which addressed the issue of when the statute of limitations begins in pay discrimination cases, was approved by the House of Representatives but didn’t make it through the Senate.

WFPL’s Laura Ellis talks with Phyllis Hargrave, president of Business and Professional Women of River City, about the status of pay equality in Kentucky and the nation.

 Wine in Kentucky

For much of the 20th Century, tobacco was a profitable crop for small farms in Kentucky. But with the tobacco market shrinking and years after the government discontinued subsidies for growing it, small farm owners are looking to diversify. And some of them have turned to wine. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard has more on the potential for grapes to replace tobacco in Kentucky agriculture.

Art and Portland Revitalization

Louisville's Portland neighborhood has long had many historic attributes. Recently, more artists are bringing their endeavors to the neighborhood and residents hope it all can help revitalize this community.

Triple Crown

As Kentucky Derby Day approaches, many horseracing fans are wondering if this will be the year that a Triple Crown winner is crowned. No Kentucky Derby champion has gone on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes since Affirmed did it in 1978. There have been only 11 Triple Crown winners since 1919.New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape dug into the archives and compiled a book of stories about those eleven champions, as seen through the eyes of some of racing's greatest scribes. Rick Howlett spoke with Drape about the book, To The Swift: Classic Triple Crown Horses And Their Race For Glory, and the odds of seeing a Triple Crown champion in 2008.

Werner Reiterer

Austrian artist Werner Reiterer is somewhat of a prankster, a quality that is evident in some of his work in a new exhibit at The Speed Art Museum.


John Patrick Shanley saw the launch of his career in Louisville through the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 1984. From there he wrote screenplays for movies such as Moonstruck and Joe Versus the Volcano. His plays American Italian Reconciliation, Kissing Christine, and Missing Marisa have also been showcased at Actors Theatre of Louisville. In 2005 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play with Doubt, the story of a nun who becomes suspicious of the interest a fellow clergyman takes in a student.The director for the current production at Actors Theatre of Louisville is Wendy Goldberg, Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater. Join Daniel Gilliam as he talks with Ms. Goldberg about her production currently running through May 10th.

Will Rogers 

 Will Rogers was a humorist, cowboy, movie pilot, newspaper columnist and darn near anything else you can think of – well he did it. And he did it all with the love and adoration of the American public. So much has been written about Rogers that it is hard to believe there could be anything left to explore, but authors Richard Maturi and Mary Buckingham Maturi found just the thing. Their latest book, Will Rogers, Performer looks at Rogers’ performing career from the Ziegfeld Follies to the movies. Listen in as WFPL’s Robin Fisher talks to Rick Maturi about this amazing performer.

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