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Studio 619 for September 21, 2008

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Voices from the Windstorm

Last Sunday's windstorm resulted in the largest power outage in Kentucky history.  Hundreds of thousands of people were without power, and some were forced out of their homes.By the middle of the week, demand had diminished enough for the Red Cross to keep only one shelter open in the Louisville Gardens. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard visited the shelter.

Take Back the NightThe annual "Take Back the Night" vigil will be held this week at the University of Louisville. The free event is aimed at raising awareness of violence against women. Rick Howlett spoke with Sharon Larue, U of L's Director of Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC) about this year's event.

Blue Laws This year marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, but nearly half of Kentucky is dry. In many areas where alcohol can be sold, so-called blue laws prohibit the sale of spirits on Sundays. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard has more.

JamestownIf the words "Jamestown Settlement" conjure up images of pioneers in tall hats or bonnets sharing a Thanksgiving meal with their Native American neighbors, think again. The men and women who settled Jamestown were wholly unequipped to deal with the marauding "natives", egotistical leaders and harsh living conditions of their new home.By 1610 the colonists were starving and very few people thought they would survive when salvation arrived in the form of two rescue ships from England. But the story of the Patience and Deliverance is fascinating on it’s own. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with historian Daniel Blake Smith about his new book The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown.

Ed McClanahanKentucky writer Ed McClanahan is known for his true and fictional stories about colorful characters. His new book "O the Clear Moment" delivers more of them. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer sat down with McClanahan and asked him more about his latest book and how he develops some of his "fictional" characters.Writer Ed McClanahan is now on a nationwide tour of readings from his new book "O the Clear Moment."


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