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Studio 619 for March 1, 2009

Listen to the showInformation Design

Signs and design go hand in hand not only to please the eye but, more importantly, to communicate crucial information. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports.

Coal AshLast December’s massive coal ash spill knocked a house off its foundation, polluted a river, and covered more than 300 acres in central Tennessee with a thick black sludge. It caught the attention of lawmakers and environmentalists alike, who discovered how little these coal ash storage ponds are regulated. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland investigates coal ash in Kentucky and finds some of the same lack of oversight exists here.

Dr. Sue Garrett

“Touched by an Angel,” “Angels and Demons…” the angel Gabriel… whether it’s television, movies or the Bible, references to angels aren’t hard to find. It was, in fact, the growth in recent years of angels in pop culture that prompted a local author and professor to write her latest book, taking a closer look at angels, as well as the nature of God’s presence in the world and the fate of humans after death. WFPL’s Susan Sweeney Crum spoke with Dr. Sue Garrett, a New Testament professor with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, about her book, No Ordinary Angel.  

Charles Bracelen Flood

The year 1864 was to Abraham Lincoln what 1776 was to George Washington. But whereas Washington led his rebels in the creation of the United States, Lincoln fought rebels to keep the states united. Lincoln also faced rivals off of the battlefield as he fought to win re-election to the Presidency. Charles Bracelen Flood, who is based in Kentucky, has published a book called 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History. He writes about the challenges Lincoln and the nation faced that year. Flood spoke with WFPL's Gabe Bullard.

 Baseball & the Baby Boomer

Talmage Boston is an attorney based in Texas. He's also a lifelong baseball fan who grew up watching some of the game's greats during the 1960s and 70s. He's compiled some of those memories, and more, in a book called Baseball and the Baby Boomer. He spoke to Rick Howlett from his law office in Dallas.