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Studio 619 for November 16, 2008

Listen to the showElection Collectibles People are clamoring for election year paraphernalia after a historic election. Elizabeth Kramer sorts through election collectibles.

Analyzing Election ResultsAt last week’s Louisville Forum, a panel of political experts discussed this year’s presidential and senatorial elections. The panelists were writer and University of Louisville professor Ricky Jones, political writer Al Cross, Democratic political consultant Danny Briscoe, and Hunter Bates, former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.The group discussed Kentucky’s voting habits and why the state favored Republicans in an election where most states went for Democrats. Jones and Cross offered their insights into why Kentuckians voted the way they did.

Youth Agenda Child advocates have Kentucky payday lenders in their sights, as they unveil their legislative priorities for the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly.Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has details.

Joycelyn EldersDr. Joycelyn Elders was a lightning rod for controversy during her brief fifteen months as the Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Elders worked for President Clinton in Arkansas and when the time came, she followed him to Washington. What followed for her was a volatile few months where she made statements (or at least they were attributed to her) about legalizing drugs and teaching masturbation in schools.Dr. Elders is long past her time in Washington, and not only does she have no regrets, but she thinks her messages are as relevant today as they were in 1993. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks to Dr. Elders about her experiences in Washington, where she thinks we are with health care, and what’s she working on now.

Rick PitinoThe Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team begins regular-season play next weekend in the Billy Minardi Classic against Morehead State. Last week, Head Coach Rick Pitino spoke last week to the Louisville Rotary Club. Here are a few of his remarks about the upcoming season.

Richard Paul EvansBack in the early 1990s, advertising executive Richard Paul Evans wrote a Christmas-themed story as a memento of affection for his daughters. That story, The Christmas Box, would eventually become a best-selling book and Evans would become a full-time author.Evans has just published his 12th novel, Grace, which also has a Christmas backdrop.Rick Howlett spoke with Evans about the book, his charitable work and his appearance Monday at the Louisville Free Public Library.