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Studio 619 for May 17, 2009

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The Future of the Newspaper Industry

The nations' financial crisis has pundits weighing in on the future of newspapers. Decrees have ranged between the death of the medium to better prospects after the country climbs out of the recession. The clamor sent WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer to see if local newspaper executives are rattled.

Fontaine Ferry Park

It's a part of Louisville's history that most who grew up here are familiar with, although not everyone's memoriesare good ones. Fontaine Ferry Park on the Ohio River was home to Hilarity Hall and Gypsy Village, and rides like the Comet and the Whip. From 1905 through the late 60s, families from all over the area enjoyed the park. But during much of that time, its doors were closed to African-Americans. The 64-acre amusement park was segregated, and by 1969, the racial tensions reached a point that ultimately led to the park's closure, on opening day of that year.An exhibit dedicated to Fontaine Ferry has just opened at the Frazier International History Museum in downtown Louisville. WFPL's Susan Sweeney Crum talked with Frazier spokesperson Krista McHone about the exhibit, the good times, and the controversy surrounding the park.

At the Breakers

Just in time for summer vacation, Kentucky author Mary Ann Taylor-Hall has released her new novel, At the Breakers. It is a story that reads like a Springsteen song, about love, loss and growing up. At the age of forty-two, Taylor-Hall’s main character is finally coming to terms with her teen pregnancy, bad marriages and missed opportunities. WFPL’s Robin Fisher talks with Taylor-Hall about her vision for the novel, writing in general and why novels are so difficult.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

This week, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to the Kentucky Center. The company was started by Alvin Ailey in 1958 with a group of young African-American modern dancers. In his life, he created 79 ballets. And although Ailey died in 1989, his legacy lives on through a company that performs his works and continues to commission pieces by other choreographers. It also lives through a program between the company and Fordham University in New York. And it’s there where Aqura Lacey, a 19-year-old woman from Louisville, has just finished her freshman year. She took dance through an outreach program supported by the Kentucky Center and later studied with the Louisville Ballet School. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer asked Lacey how it all started.

Not Fade Away Exhibit

Some rarely-seen photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones taken during their first tours of the U.S. in the mid-1960s will be on display in Louisville later this week. They've been on display for the past three months at the Not Fade Away Gallery in New York City. Rick Howlett spoke with the gallery director Larry Marion about the exhibit that will be part of the Abbey Road on the River festival in Louisville May 21-25.

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