Commentaries http://wkms.org en Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964 http://wkms.org/post/commentary-50-years-later-freedom-summer-1964 <p><em>"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer</em></p><p>This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Brian Clardy & Matt Markgraf 42003 at http://wkms.org Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964 Commentary: Preventing Gun Violence with "Magical Thinking" http://wkms.org/post/commentary-preventing-gun-violence-magical-thinking <p>Earlier this month, Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun bill, known as the "guns everywhere bill" allowing licensed owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings. One of the provisions allows school districts to let teachers carry guns. Commentator Celia Brewer draws on a personal experience when living in New Orleans to express her concern over expanding gun rights.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:25:47 +0000 Celia Brewer & Matt Markgraf 41982 at http://wkms.org Commentary: Preventing Gun Violence with "Magical Thinking" The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker http://wkms.org/post/voice-reason-remembering-senator-howard-baker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker died last Thursday at age 88. Baker was one of the key players in Ronald Reagan's historic tax and spending cuts and was an influential member of the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal. He served as US Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985 and Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers the Republican Senator as a voice of reason in the later half of the </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:47:55 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 41732 at http://wkms.org The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker 50 Years Later: The Sunday Night that Forever Changed Music http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-sunday-night-forever-changed-music <p>Fifty years ago this Sunday (February 9, 2014), four mop-topped lads from Liverpool took to a television stage and changed the world. The Beatles made their stateside debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in three consecutive headlining performances to great anticipation and fanfare, drawing over 73 million viewers and launching the 'British Invasion.' Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on their first performance and its cultural impact over 50 years.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:50:40 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 38506 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Sunday Night that Forever Changed Music The Uncommon Authors of Mystery Novels http://wkms.org/post/uncommon-authors-mystery-novels <p>Murray State Professor Emeritus and commentator Michael Cohen surveys uncommon authors of mysteries, whose day jobs have nothing to do with whodunits. He's the author of "Murder Most Fair: The Appeal of Mystery Fiction," published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2000.&nbsp;<a href="http://wkms.org/term/uncommon-mystery" style="line-height: 1.5;">See more uncommon mysteries</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:37:17 +0000 Kate Lochte & Michael Cohen 37782 at http://wkms.org The Uncommon Authors of Mystery Novels Uncommon Mystery: Killings at Badger's Drift http://wkms.org/post/uncommon-mystery-killings-badgers-drift <p>Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen reviews British author Caroline Graham's first mystery, <em>The Killings At Badger's Drift</em>, &nbsp;published in 1987 and adapted ten years later as the first episode of the British ITV series <em>The Midsomer Murders</em>.</p><p>Michael Cohen is Professor Emeritus at Murray State University. He is the author of <em>Murder Most Fair: &nbsp;The Appeal of Mystery Fiction</em>, published by Fairleigh&nbsp;Dickinson University Press in 2000.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:15:11 +0000 Kate Lochte 37683 at http://wkms.org Uncommon Mystery: Killings at Badger's Drift Uncommon Mystery: Ask Miss Mott http://wkms.org/post/uncommon-mystery-ask-miss-mott <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mystery enthusiast Michael Cohen reviews an "uncommon mystery" to consider for your reading list. The mystery "Ask Miss Mott" by E. Phillips </span>Oppenheim<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a thriller published in 1935, an early adventure spy novel.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">E. Phillips </span>Oppenheim<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ask Miss Mott (1935)</span></strong></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:56:06 +0000 Kate Lochte & Michael Cohen 36466 at http://wkms.org Uncommon Mystery: Ask Miss Mott Commentary: Obama's Foreign Policy Gamble http://wkms.org/post/commentary-obamas-foreign-policy-gamble <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the same week Congress decides on whether or not to </span>defund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Affordable Care Act and/or prevent a government shutdown, President Barack Obama made his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, outlining the role of the United States in the Middle East and Worldwide. Commentator, Murray State History Professor and Foreign Policy Analyst, Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> examines the underlying message of the Presidents&#39; speech and its potential challenges. <em>Please note that the views expressed in this commentator are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.</em></span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:59:34 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 35323 at http://wkms.org Commentary: Obama's Foreign Policy Gamble From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London http://wkms.org/post/garden-gate-garden-museum-london <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening. In this edition of &quot;From the Garden Gate,&quot; Roy talks about his visit to The Garden Museum in London.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Garden Museum in London</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Whenever I teach in England as I did for a month this summer, I always feel as if I&rsquo;m in a kind of gardeners&rsquo; heaven. &nbsp;This summer I got a chance to visit a museum devoted entirely to gardening. &nbsp;Located across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament, the Garden History Museum is housed in the rescued and restored medieval church of St Mary-at-Lambeth.</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:33:46 +0000 Kate Lochte & Roy Helton 35317 at http://wkms.org From the Garden Gate: The Garden Museum in London 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-cultural-significance-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-i-have-dream-speech <p>On this day 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and it's cultural significance then and 50 years later.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34401 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech"