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Byline Today | 'Southern Avenger' Controversy, Kentucky's Dropout Age Increases and More

Topics up for discussion on Byline today: A Louisvillian is nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, a Rand Paul adviser's past as a neo-Confederate advocate comes to light and a controversy at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.Jack Hunter, a staffer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, is under scrutiny for having once belonged to a group that wanted Southern secession and worked as a radio shock jock known as the "Southern Avenger." WFPL's Phillip Bailey will discuss the situation.President Obama has nominated Matthew Barzun to be the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain.Barzun is a Louisvillian and a former ambassador to Sweden—and a key Obama fundraiser. Carey Cavanaugh from the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce will join host Rick Howlett to discuss the selection.WFPL's Erin Keane will discuss a series of stories this week on theabrupt cancellation of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's runof "Twelfth Night."We'll also have a discussion of a newly launched organization meant to offer an alternative to Christian conservatives upset about the Boy Scouts of America'sdecision to accept gay Scouts.Plus, an update on Kentucky's drop out age increasing to 18, a look at the Bluegrass Pipline and more.Byline airs at 1 this afternoon. Join us at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.