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Studio 619 for May 4, 2008

Studio 619 airs Sunday mornings at ten on WFPL.

Kentucky Tuition Increases

A two-day hearing on proposed tuition increases at Kentucky colleges and universities has wrapped up in Frankfort. Among those monitoring the proceedings was Kentucky Public Radio’s

Tony McVeigh.

Bad Money

It’s easy right now to have a bad feeling about the economy with rising oil prices, falling house prices, food shortages, foreclosures, and the latest news of rice restrictions from wholesalers Costco and Sam’s Warehouse. According to author Kevin Phillips in his latest book Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism, we’re headed for even more problems, most of which can be tied to our dependence on debt both as a country and as individual citizens.Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Phillips about the past, present and future of the America’s place in the world economy. Kevin Phillips appears courtesy of the Louisville Free Public Library.

Chaplains at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs has had a full-time chaplain since 2003 and more racetracks around the country and the world are welcoming chaplains to minister to employees' spiritual and material needs.

President Polk

The name James K. Polk probably doesn't immediately spring to mind when you're asked to compile a list of this country's greatest presidents. But the author of a new book about the 11th Commander-In-Chief says Polk should rank among the greatest, and certainly among the most efficient. Walter Borneman is the author of Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America. He'll be in Louisville this week to speak to the Filson Historical Society.Walter Borneman joined us by phone from his home in Estes Park, Colorado to talk about his book and President Polk.

Living Wills

Many of us will have to make tough decisions about the health, and life, of loved ones or friends. But we can make it easier on those we love by preparing a living will; also known as an advanced care directive. A living will specifies your wishes as to continuing life-saving measures in the event you are unable to make the decision on your own. Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services is one of the organizations undertaking a national campaign to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision making.Listen in as WFPL’s Robin Fisher talks with Kentucky’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Jackie Strader about the importance of living wills, who should have one and where you can go for assistance.

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Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.