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Universities, Students Defend The Arts After Bevin Calls For Cuts

Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for state higher education officials to eliminate some college degree programs if they don’t graduate students who can go into high-demand jobs. In a speech earlier this week, he specifically called out students majoring in “interpretive dance,” a program that isn’t technically offered in Kentucky. Despite this rhetoric, many still believe there’s room for fine arts and liberal arts majors in Kentucky’s state universities.

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Murray, KY – It's evident that the violence in the Middle East has escalated in the past few weeks. What might not be as evident is the historical reasons behind the conflict. Murray State History Professor Dr. Chris Bierwert provided some backround to the situation.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Jim Michael's conversation with Dr. Bierwert.

Murray, KY – It's evident that the violence in the Middle East has escalated in the past few weeks. What might not be as evident is the historical reasons behind the conflict. Murray State History Professor Dr. Chris Bierwert provided some backround to the situation.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Jim Michael's conversation with Dr. Bierwert.

Murray, KY – Author Kim Trevathan recounts his canoe odyssey with photographer Randy Russell down the Cumberland River in his book "Coldhearted River."

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Kate Lochte's interview with Kim Trevathan about his book and his journey. Kim Trevathan is intructor of writing/communication at Maryville College. He is also the author of "Paddling the Tennessee River: A Voyage on Easy Water."

Murray, KY – 2006 Graves County High School valedictorian Joseph Moore was selected as one of only 141 high school students nationwide to participate in the Presidential Scholars Program. In late June, the group converged on Washington, D.C., where participants toured the nation's capital, met President George W. Bush, and interacted as some of America's best and brightest college-bound students.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Kate Lochte's interview with Joseph Moore.

Murray, KY – Lonnie Cruse has already published three books in her series of mysteries set in Metropolis, Illinois.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear the continuation of Kate Lochte's conversation with Cruse about her writing. For more information on Metropolis mystery author Lonnie Cruse, visit her website www.lonniecruse.com.

Murray, KY – A killer drapes his victim's body over the Superman statue's arm in her debut mystery that came out just as Lonnie Cruse celebrated her sixtieth birthday. The Southern Illinois grandmother's character Sheriff Joe Dalton has an Andy Griffith sort of style, but he deals with rougher crimes than Mayberry's moonshiners.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear the first part of Kate Lochte's interview with Lonnie Cruse. You can learn more about author Lonnie Cruse at her website www.lonniecruse.com.

Murray, KY – What is polenta?

Click the "Listen" icon above to find out from Chef Denise and Johanna. Johanna Comisak Rhodes is a food lover and former WPSD-TV personality. Denise Gordon is chef and co-owner of Cafe Minou in Paducah.

Murray, KY – North Georgia turkey call manufacturers, the Roberts brothers, joined Kate Lochte for a discussion on the finer points of friction turkey calls. The Roberts brothers began in explaining how they were recognized as the "Field and Stream: Best of the Test" friction call.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Kate Lochte's interview with the Roberts brothers. You can find out more about the brothers and their calls at www.robertsbrothersturkeycalls.com.

Murray, Ky – The culinary world can often be confusing. For this reason Chef Denise Gordon answered a few listener questions in this edition of Catfish to Caviar.

Click the "Listen" icon above to hear Johanna and Denise discuss questions from listeners. Johanna Comisak Rhodes is a food lover and former WPSD-TV personality. Denise Gordon is chef and co-owner of Cafe Minou in Paducah.

Murray, KY – After his defeat in the 2000 election, former Vice President Al Gore re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In the documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," director Davis Guggenheim presents an eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show."

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Trouble In The Air: Herbicide Dicamba Blamed For Crop Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering its approval of a controversial new form of herbicide that farmers say is damaging millions of acres of soybeans. Some 40 complaints have come from Ohio Valley farmers. Growers are looking for answers, and some suspect a quirk of the region’s climate may be increasing the risk of harm.

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