Culture http://wkms.org en Commentary: The Best Stories Come from 'Happy Accidents' http://wkms.org/post/commentary-best-stories-come-happy-accidents <p>Madisonville&nbsp;author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. In "<em>Serendipity</em>," the first of her latest series, she channels Bob Ross and reflects on how sometimes the best stories come from "happy accidents."</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:08:24 +0000 Kate Lochte & Patricia Wiles 43007 at http://wkms.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever http://wkms.org/post/how-long-do-cds-last-it-depends-definitely-not-forever Back in the 1990s, historical societies, museums and symphonies across the country began transferring all kinds of information onto what was thought to be a very durable medium: the compact disc.<p>Now, preservationists are worried that a lot of key information stored on CDs — from sound recordings to public records — is going to disappear. Some of those little silver discs are degrading, and researchers at the Library of Congress are trying to figure out why.<p>In a basement lab at the library, Fenella France opens up the door to what looks like a large wine cooler. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:35:25 +0000 Laura Sydell 42964 at http://wkms.org How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever Fair Play: Kentucky Playwrights Show Off Blue-Ribbon Works at State Fair http://wkms.org/post/fair-play-kentucky-playwrights-show-blue-ribbon-works-state-fair Dairy goats and blueberry pies aren’t the only champions at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The commonwealth’s playwrights also compete to show their works on the fair stage. Founded by Corinth-based playwright William McCann in 2012, the Kentucky New Play Series selects six short plays written by Kentuckians&#160;from an open competition to premiere at the state fair. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:20:30 +0000 Erin Keane 42937 at http://wkms.org Fair Play: Kentucky Playwrights Show Off Blue-Ribbon Works at State Fair Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives http://wkms.org/post/fighting-tasty-invasive-fish-forks-and-knives Add kitchen knives to the list of weapons that humans are using to fight invasive species. I'm talking about fish who've made their way into nonnative waters.<p>How do they get here? Sometimes they catch a ride in the ballast water of ships. Or they're imported as live food or dumped out of aquariums. Once here, they can wipe out native fish, trash the ecosystem and wreck the beach business.<p>Take the <a href="http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/snakehead.shtml">northern snakehead</a>, which has made its way into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:18:53 +0000 Bonny Wolf 42936 at http://wkms.org Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63 http://wkms.org/post/actor-comedian-robin-williams-dies-63 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyctIk4YwZk</p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:39:08 +0000 Dana Farrington 42794 at http://wkms.org Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63 Paducah Relay For Life Hosts "Main Course" Dinner & Auction http://wkms.org/post/paducah-relay-life-hosts-main-course-dinner-auction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Relay for Life of McCracken County hosts the American Cancer Society's "Main Course" event this Thursday at the Irvin Cobb Hotel Event Center. Eight local restaurants and two wineries are participating, along with music from the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Little Big Band and live and silent auctions featuring signed scripts of critically acclaimed TV shows. On <em>Sounds Good</em>, Kate </span>Lochte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> speaks with Relay for Life Specialist Tom Dolan about the event.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:40:34 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42786 at http://wkms.org Paducah Relay For Life Hosts "Main Course" Dinner & Auction SNAPSHOT: Paducah's Emancipation Celebration 2014 http://wkms.org/post/snapshot-paducahs-emancipation-celebration-2014 <p>In Paducah today the community celebrated the 152 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The annual Eighth of August Celebration draws hundreds of families to celebrate the African American history of Paducah. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:28:12 +0000 Lance Dennee 42753 at http://wkms.org SNAPSHOT: Paducah's Emancipation Celebration 2014 Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute http://wkms.org/post/will-americans-buy-bug-snacks-maybe-if-theyre-funny-and-cute Insects can be a great source of protein, and in many parts of the world, people gobble them up.<p>But here in the U.S., a certain "ick factor" has kept consumers from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To combat the ickiness and convert skeptical consumers, bug-food advocates are trying a specific marketing tactic: be clever and cute.<p>Behind a table at the 2014 Denver County Fair, Wendy Lu McGill, an advocate of eating bugs — a practice known as <a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entomophagy">entomophagy</a> — preached the benefits of crickets and locusts. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:08:41 +0000 editor 42676 at http://wkms.org Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute Evenings Upstairs Preview: Former Negro League Pitcher on Breaking Down Barriers http://wkms.org/post/evenings-upstairs-preview-former-negro-league-pitcher-breaking-down-barriers <p>The McCracken County Public Library, Hotel Metropolitan and the Kentucky Humanities Council collaborate in an Evenings Upstairs at the Library on Thursday night. Former Negro League baseball pitcher Dennis "Bose" Biddle will share his work seeking justice for aging Negro League players without medical care, followed by Dick Usher performing as Pee Wee Reese, the player who supported Jackie Robinson's joining the Major Leagues. Biddle says American baseball fans have been robbed of ever knowing some of the greatest players in baseball, since black players were blocked from competing until 1947. Kate&nbsp;Lochte speaks with him on <em>Sounds Good </em>about his time in the league and his decades of social work.</p><p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:26:09 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42631 at http://wkms.org Evenings Upstairs Preview: Former Negro League Pitcher on Breaking Down Barriers Let's Meet Over Coffee in Martin http://wkms.org/post/lets-meet-over-coffee-martin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Join us for a WKMS Meet &amp; Greet in Martin! Meet with WKMS staff and a whole community of public radio listeners. Share your thoughts about programming, give suggestions and mingle with others who enjoy the same public radio personalities and programs you love.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:56:03 +0000 Matt Markgraf 42594 at http://wkms.org Let's Meet Over Coffee in Martin