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Studio 619 for June 15, 2008

Jon Draud 

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud believes he has finally quieted questions surrounding his request for a fully-loaded state car. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the story.

Equine Therapy

What can you do with three young mustangs, a handful of quarterhorses, a huge draft horse, a miniature horse named Heart Throb and a donkey? It's not a set-up for a joke... it's real-life at Esperanza Farm in Goshen. And this motley crew of equine therapists is changing lives.


Today's audiences expect special effects on stage and businesses are rising to meet that expectation.

  Indian Head Rock

An 8 ton sandstone rock is sitting in a municipal warehouse in Portsmouth, Ohio. It’s called Indian Head rock, and Kentucky wants it back. Or put back. Or something. But residents of Portsmouth want to keep it – they say it bears the carved initials of their ancestors. Now, it’s up to the court to decide. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland has the story, in five scenes.

Tennessee Ernie Ford

Tennessee Ernie Ford is considered one of the pioneers of American entertainment in the television age. In addition to his groundbreaking work as a television host in the 1950s, Ford, born Ernest Jennings Ford, was a successful recording artist in multiple genres, including country and western, pop and gospel.Ford recorded what would become his signature tune, "Sixteen Tons" in 1955. It rocketed to the top of the country and pop charts and made Ford a household name. He died in 1991.Now Jeffrey Ford, the eldest son of Tennessee Ernie and Betty Ford, has written a memoir about his parents, called River of No Return: Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Woman He Loved. In it, he recalls what it was like to grow up with his celebrated father and the trials that accompanied the fame and fortune, including both parents' battle with alcoholism. Jeffrey Ford spoke to WFPL's Rick Howlett from his home in Nashville.

Grill Guru

Whether you are grilling or barbecuing, you’re still cooking over fire. But it’s not your grandpa’s grilling anymore. With the proliferation of ethnic restaurants and the popularity of the Food Network, the grill isn’t just for hamburgers anymore. With recipes covering everything from Uruguayan Rolled Pork to Tofu on Stilts back to the Great American Hamburger, grilling Guru Steven Raichlen has it all covered in the updated version of his award-winning The Barbecue Bible. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Raichlen about cooking with fire.

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