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Studio 619 for August 3, 2008

Studio 619 airs Sunday mornings at ten on WFPL.

Listen to the showFord's FutureFord shifts to smaller cars and a new manufacturing platform. It’s good news for the Louisville Assembly Plant, which will be among the factories making the switch. But what about after that? Has the company played its cards correctly? Stephanie Sanders talks with Mike Austin, Technical Editor of Car and Driver Magazine.

Trey GraysonKentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson was recently elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Grayson is the first Kentucky secretary to hold the position. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard talked with Grayson about his goals within the organization, which includes revamping the electoral primary system.

High School Dropout Rate America’s Promise was part of a city-wide summit in Louisville last week to discuss ways to reduce the high school dropout rate in Jefferson County. Stephanie Sanders spoke with President and CEO Marguerite Kondracke about national trends in graduation rates and why no one is noticing.

Urban FarmingThe Windy city just launched the "Chicago Fresh Initiative," which, in part, aims to start growing food on vacant city properties. The Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture offers city farmers a spot in a communal greenhouse. Seattle’s P-Patch community gardens now supply nearly 10 tons of food a year to city food banks. While community gardens and farmer’s markets have long histories, new attention is being paid to urban farming as a viable way to feed families. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.

Film Industry in Kentucky Filmmakers are making more films outside of Hollywood thanks to state tax incentives. More than 40 states are offering big film industry tax credits and Kentucky could be next. Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Weak Economy and DonationsYou would think a weakening economy would mean fewer people are buying new clothes and household items… which would mean they’re donating their used items less often, right? That’s the case in some U.S. cities, but not Louisville. Stephanie Sanders spoke with the vice-president of development for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, David Cobb.

Grammar GirlThe nuances of the English language can be tricky for those who strive to write and speak properly. Two years ago, writer Mignon Fogarty decided to do her part to wipe out bad grammar, creating what's become a popular podcast focusing on proper English usage and syntax rules, under the name of her alter ego, Grammar Girl.Now she's just published a grammar reference guide. It's called Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. Rick Howlett caught up with Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, at her home in Reno, Nevada.

Looking for previous episodes? You'll find them in the Studio 619 Audio Archive.