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Studio 619 for October 26, 2008

Listen to the showPrison PopulationA burgeoning prison population, and the human and financial costs associated with it, has Kentucky lawmakers considering a major overhaul of the state’s Penal Code. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the story.

New Forest Plan Officials from Jefferson Memorial Forest conducted the first ever comprehensive study of forest uses and needs. And they uncovered a public desire for more educational and activity centers. Now, Metro Parks planners have unveiled a master plan, with a suite of recommendations for attracting more visitors to the park, including adding miles of new trails, building an equestrian center, modernizing the campground, and opening up a brand new visitor center. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland spoke with planner Lisa Hite about the changes visitors can expect.

Fall Meet at Churchill DownsLive racing is once again underway Sunday at Churchill Downs. An the legendary track has added a few new tweaks to its schedule. Stephanie Sanders finds out more.

Pat Gallagher The Muhammad Ali Center has its first artist in residence, a painter who is creating a major exhibit that reflects the community.

Annette Gordon-ReedIn the 1990s, author, historian and New York Law School Professor Annette Gordon-Reed explored the 38 year relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, his mistress and slave at the Monticello plantation in Virginia. Her research resulted in the book Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. Now Gordon-Reed is back with The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which delves further into the Hemings family tree. Rick Howlett spoke with Gordon-Reed during her recent stop in Louisville.

Etger KeretSalman Rushdie calls Israeli author Etger Keret a "brilliant writer" and a "voice of the next generation." Sunday, Keret is in Louisville.