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Studio 619 for December 28, 2008

Listen to the showFord Furlough EffectsMany area Ford employees are home this week as the two Louisville-area remain dark. The plants are temporarily shut down, but the idle workers could affect the local economy in the meantime. Gabe Bullard talked to John Talmage, president of the Washington D.C.-based retail research group Social Compact, about what the furloughs mean for Louisville’s consumer climate.

Environment '08 Many environmentalists say the biggest lost opportunity for the environment this year was the lack of any national legislation dealing with climate change. In Kentucky, they worry about the state’s ability to protect its environment going forward —not just from climate change but from pollution much more—because of so many deep budget cuts at the Energy and Environmental Protection Cabinet. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland has more on the environment’s biggest wins and losses in 2008.

Metro United Way FundraisingMetro United Way is in the last month of its annual fundraising campaign and it could be poised to reach its goal.

New Year's Resolutions Are you vowing to lose weight, quit smoking, get out of debt or improve your life in some other way in 2009? You're not alone.   Millions of people will make resolutions for the new year, butnot many of them will hold for long. Rick Howlett talked about resolutions with Stacy Vicari, a Louisville-based life coach who helps people assess and make changes in their lives.

Lesley KagenA main character with a traumatic brain injury tries to solve a crime in a small Kentucky town in 1973.  Throw in a pot-smoking Yankee neighbor, tense race relations, a shell-shocked Vietnam Vet and  . . . well you get the picture.  There’s a lot going on in Lesley Kagen’s latest novel, Land of a Hundred Wonders.  But it all comes together through the main character Gibby McGraw.  Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Kagen about developing a character with a traumatic brain injury and how this frees the character from social conventions.