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Studio 619 for January 11, 2009

Listen to the showEarly Childhood Literacy The Louisville-based National Center for Family Literacy released results of a five-year study last week about early childhood literacy. Emily Kirkpatrick is the Vice-President of NCFL and spoke with Stephanie Sanders about the study and what comes next.

Housing Slump and Downtown RenewalIUS Sanders Chair in Business Uric Dufrene talks with Gabe Bullard about urban housing trends.

Louisville Visual Art Association100 years ago a group of Louisvillians united to form the city’s oldest arts organization, which is celebrating its contributions to the city and looking towards to the future.

Great American Chef Series About once a quarter, Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies hosts a renowned American chef. This week it’s Chef Rick Tramonto. His restaurant TRU is in Chicago. His visit is part of the Great American Chef Series at Sullivan.Stephanie Sanders talked with the Director of the National Center for Hospitality Studies, Chef Tom Hickey, about the series and why it’s important for his students.

Buffett BiographyHe's often called the Oracle of Omaha. Businessman, investor and philanthopist Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world whose counsel is sought by leaders in the private and public sectors. Buffett has never written a memoir, and until recently, not much was widely known about the 78 year old Buffett's background and private life.That has changed with the publication of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, written by Alice Shroeder. Rick Howlett spoke with Shroeder about the best-selling biography and Warren Buffett.

Timmy the Gorilla's 50th Birthday On Saturday, the Louisville Zoo will host a birthday party with an ice sculpture ‘cake’ and piñata games. The special treats are for Timmy, a 50-year-old male silverback gorilla, who is also the older male gorilla in North America. Stephanie Sanders talked with Cynthia Cole, who’s a keeper at the Gorilla Forest, about Timmy and his birthday party.