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Studio 619 for September 28, 2008

Listen to the showPark InvasivesFor now, parks employees haven’t even begun to assess all the damage from this month’s windstorm. They’re still busy helping power company and public works officials disentangle branches and power lines. Meanwhile, invasive species won’t be waiting for permission to move in. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.

Public Art Louisville is investing in public art by spending $50,000 to create a master plan for public art extend throughout the city.

Center for Health EquityGood health doesn’t come easily. It’s even harder when you have no health insurance and can’t afford nutritious food. Two years ago, Louisville’s Health Department started the Center for Health Equity to help level the playing field.They’re finding measurable results are hard to come by. WFPL’s Stephanie Sanders reports.

AIDS WalkThe 16th annual AIDS Walk and other events will be held today in downtown Louisville to raise money for thousands of people in the region struggling with HIV/AIDS. Rick Howlett spoke with event director Brad Hampton about the battle against HIV/AIDS in Louisville and Southern Indiana and the the increasingly difficult task of raising money for the cause.

Jonah Lehrer"Proust Was a Neuroscientist" author Jonah Lehrer is no stranger to public radio. He’s a regular on Radio Lab, where he often offers insights into neuroscience and art. WFPL’s Gabe Bullard met up with Lehrer at this week’s Idea Festival.

National Safe PlaceNational Safe Place is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year. The Louisville-based organization is holding its national conference later this week. Stephanie Sanders spoke with Executive Director Sandy Bowen about the organization, how it’s grown and where it’s going.

Curtis Sittenfeld It’s always a challenge for an author to write a book based on a real person. But when that real person is still living and is the current First Lady, the challenge is tenfold. In her most recent novel, American Wife author Curtis Sittenfeld took the bare bones of First Lady Laura Bush’s life and built a story of loss, love and survival.It is a quintessential story of not just an American wife, but of American during 30 years of great social change. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Sittenfeld about her new novel.

Vova GalchenkoWorld class juggler Vova Galchenko was a featured speaker at this week’s Idea Festival. Gabe Bullard talks to Galchenko and finds out that even a public-radio reporter in Louisville can learn how to juggle.

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