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Studio 619 for February 1, 2009

Listen to the showThe Economy

Layoffs, bank failures, foreclosures, company shut downs; this is the current US economy. We keep hearing that the economy is not near the bottom, but what does that really mean? And how will we know when the economy is on the way back up? It certain seems the US economy will sustain fundamental change from this current recession, but is that a good thing? WFPL’s Robin Fisher posed these and other questions to Robert Rasche, Senior Vice President and Director of Research for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

wHY ArchitecturewHY Architecture isn’t a question but the answer to who will design the long-awaited expansion of The Speed Art Museum’s building on the University of Louisville campus. The decision was announced last week and is the latest development in a multi-year process that has involved staff and board members interviewing many architects and visiting museums around the world. wHY Architecture has experience building and reforming museum spaces. Its clients include The Grand Rapids Art Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer spoke to The Speed Museum’s director, Charles Venable, and wHY Architecture’s principal architect, Kulapat Yantrasast.

Iranians for PeaceJanuary 28th, the Iranians for Peace organization sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to meet with Iranian leaders in an effort to improve relations between Washington and Teheran. Gabe Bullard talked with IFP board member Haleh Karimi about the letter and the group’s mission. Karimi is a native of Iran who lives in Louisville.

Kentucky Derby Chief Party Officer

Churchill Downs, Incorporated is taking applications for what it calls the best job in America. Chief Party Officer (CPO) of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Infield. Rick Howlett spoke with Churchill Downs' Julie Koenig about the job and how to pursue it.