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Studio 619 for April 5, 2009

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Substance Abuse

Nationwide, nearly 80 percent of people who enter the criminal justice system have some kind of substance abuse program. But Kentucky officials believe there may be a better way to treat them than to lock them up. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland speaks with University of Kentucky professor and researcher Michelle Staton-Tindall about a new program to help substance abusers before they even go to trial.

University of Louisville Wind Ensemble

The University of Louisville’s Wind Ensemble has been busy. Last week, it was one of only three groups invited to play at Carnegie Hall as part of a showcase concert at the New York Band and Orchestra Festival. The invitation came after it played at the last conference for the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney, Ireland.Led by music professor Fred Speck, the ensemble plays a range of styles in the repertoire for wind instruments. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer talked with Speck about the ensemble’s recent performance and its schedule for the rest of the semester.


A new organization called Lighthouse Women’s Shelter is trying to get off the ground in Louisville. It’s another shelter for abused women and their children. Stephanie Sanders spoke with the organization’s president, Brenda Steinbrink, about the need for such shelters in Louisville.Rite of Spring

This weekend, the Louisville Ballet paired an up-and-coming choreographer with a world renowned ballerina, and it attracted attention from many critics.

The Great Agnostic

Robert Ingersoll was considered to be one of the greatest orators of the 19th century. Called "The Great Agnostic" or as the New York Times said in their 1899 obituary, "the famous infidel", Ingersoll "preached" against organized religion, against slavery and for women’s rights. He loved talking about Shakespeare and it was said he could talk for hours and the audience was never restless. WFPL’s Robin Fisher talked with Ingersoll scholar Roger Greeley about "the Great Agnostic", the controversy surrounding his views and why Ingersoll has vanished into history.

Baseball Superstitions

Major League Baseball has many rules that players, managers and coaches must follow, but over the game's long history, an equally large number of strict rituals, superstitions and courtesies have evolved, on and off the field. Many of those have been compiled in a new book by baseball historian Paul Dickson. It's calledThe Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime. Dickson spoke with Rick Howlett from his home in Maryland.