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Studio 619 for May 24, 2009

Listen to the showHealth Care PossibilitiesEarlier this month, President Obama called on Congress to tackle the issue of health care reform this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted there could be a bill under consideration in her chamber by the end of July.Gabe Bullard has been speaking to some local officials about why health care is so expensive, and what kind of legislation might emerge from Capitol Hill.

Education Numbers

Statistics released this week by the state indicate graduation rates and drop-out rates are up in Kentucky. However, there’s good reason to believe those numbers are inaccurate. Kentucky Public Radio’s Charles Compton reports.


Last week in Louisville, the Kentucky chapter of a group called Seniors4Kids held an awards ceremony to mark its first year. It's an organization of people over the age of 50 who advocate and perform other work in support of early childhood education intitiatives. Among those honored at last Thursday's event was former state lawmaker and civil rights leader Georgia Powers and the Kentucky State Foster Grandparents program. Seniors4Kids was created by a national group called Generations United.

Nancy Jo Kemper

The woman who heads the Kentucky Council of Churches reitres next month. The Reverend Nancy Jo Kemper began her tenure in the summer of 1991. After spending much of her early career in the pulpit, Kemper admits, she didn’t know what to expect in her new position. She says she never got the impression at the state capitol it’s wrong to mix politics and religion.

Church Giving

Budgets are tight from households to high rises. During these tough economic times more people are turning to churches and religious organizations for help. Stephanie Sanders reports on how two of them are responding to the needs of the community while trying to keep their own books balanced.

Faith-Based Drug Recovery

There is certainly more than one road to recovery in the fight against drug addiction. One strategy is based on religion. Stu Johnson reports on how such faith-based treatment programs work.

Landscaping and Climate ChangeScientists aren’t always so keen on predicting how climate change will affect a region as small as, say, the Ohio River Valley. But landscapers and gardeners can tell you that changing conditions are affecting what they plant when and where. Kristin Espeland has the story on how landscapers and gardeners are preparing for a warmer world.

As You Like It

An local theater company applies its own innovative ideas to its staging of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

Sweet Spot

In 1884, a 17-year-old Louisville woodworker named Bud Hillerich turned a piece of white ash wood into a baseball bat. That bat and Hillerich's subsequent creations were, well, a hit. Ten years later Hillerich registered the name Louisville Slugger with the U.S. Patent Office. The Louisville Slugger brand went on to become as iconic as many of the players who used the bats. Recently, two writers, David Magee and Philip Shirley, were granted access to the Louisville Slugger Museum's photographic archives for a new coffee table book about the company and its famous product.

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