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Studio 619 for June 22, 2008


Public transportation in Louisville is getting more expensive. On July 1st the Transit Authority of River City, better known as TARC, will raise its fares 25 cents, and, effective August 24, some services will be cut.Officials say both measures approved this week by the TARC board are necessary to offset soaring fuel prices. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard reports.

Ethanol Efficiency

About half the nation’s gas supply is blended with 10% ethanol. That fuel—called E10--helps reduce harmful emissions. E85 is cleaner burning, too, much more so. But it’s also much less efficient than straight gasoline, and more expensive. The federal government is encouraging ethanol production so much that farmers are growing more and more corn, but does ethanol hold as much promise as it does compromise? For the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet—that of the U.S. Postal Service—it’s looking more like compromise. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.

Reporters and the Presidential Race

A recent poll released by Rasmussen Reports found that just 17 percent of voters polled nationwide believe reporters try to give unbiased coverage of election campaigns.The statistics raise a number of questions about the quality and fairness of reporters covering this year’s presidential race. Kentucky Public Radio’s Dan Modlin spoke with Scott Rasmussen, the president of Rasmussen Reports.Rasmussen ReportsFamily and Children First Anniversary

One of Louisville's oldest charitable organizations is marking its 125th anniversary this year. Rick Howlett spoke with the executive director of Family and Children First, Dan Fox, about the milestone.

Family and Children FirstJefferson Davis

Throughout the country are events commemorating the bicentennial birthday of Kentucky’s native son Abraham Lincoln. This month, events in several Southern states are celebrating another Kentucky-born politician: Jefferson Davis.


Marijuana. Just the word can conjure up a myriad of images depending on your age and point of view. But the one image that is most intriguing overall is marijuana as a medical tool. Harvard Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, has been studying marijuana and its potential for medical use since the 1960’s when his oldest son developed cancer. Now forty plus years later, Dr. Grinspoon is still going strong in trying to educate the public about the medical uses for marijuana. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Dr. Grinspoon about the uses, misconceptions and future of medical marijuana.

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