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Studio 619 for February 22, 2009

Studio 619 airs Sunday mornings at ten on WFPL.

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KERA Reform and Arts Education

Legislators are aiming to overhaul the state’s student testing system, and many educators are concerned about how it will affect arts education.

Martin Indyk

Martin Indyk is a widely respected authority on the Middle East. Indyk, a native of England who was educated in Australia, has twice held the post of U.S. Ambassador to Isreal, appointed in 1995 and again in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. His second stint on the job extended six months into the administration of George W. Bush. Indyk, who's now the Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, has written a book about his experiences as a diplomat and Middle East expert. It's called Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East. Indyk will deliver a lecture next week at the Louisville Free Public Library.

Cathedral Arts

A downtown church is opening its doors with a slate of arts events.

Tori Murden McClure

Louisvillian Tori Murden McClure has skied, climbed and paddled in, around and across places where very few people have before. She has skied to the South Pole, climbed the Louis Nunatak in Antarctica and rowed a boat across the Atlantic.Gabe Bullard talked with McClure about her new book, which details her first and ultimately failed attempt to paddle across the ocean and the events that convinced her to complete the journey.

Church Organs

Praise bands have gained popularity with many congregations in the past 20 years. Now, an old instrument is recapturing interest — the organ.

Lauren Groff

2008 saw yet another young, talented writer burst onto the literary scene. This time it was 30 year old Lauren Groff with her first novel The Monsters of Templeton. Proving herself to be no flash-in-the-pan, Groff is back with year with a short story collection, Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories. In her new work, Groff explores themes of independence, sexual empowerment and loss with an intense voice and strong attention to details. Join WFPL’s Robin Fisher as she talks with Groff about her latest book.

Looking for previous episodes? You'll find them in the Studio 619 Audio Archive.

Laura is LPM's Director of Podcasts & Special Projects. Email Laura at lellis@lpm.org.