Culture http://wkms.org en For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope http://wkms.org/post/rare-languages-social-media-provide-new-hope At a time when social media users, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/01/16/263096375/researchers-are-totes-studying-how-ppl-shorten-words-on-twitter">for no particularly good reason</a>, are trading in fully formed words for abbreviations ("defs" instead of "definitely"), it may seem that some languages are under threat of deterioration — literally.<p>But social media may actually be beneficial for languages.<p>Of the estimated <a href="http://www.unesco.org/culture/languages-atlas/">7,000 languages</a> that are spoken around the world, UNESCO projects half will disappea Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:38:07 +0000 Lydia Emmanouilidou 42405 at http://wkms.org For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store http://wkms.org/post/lessons-behind-counter-comic-book-store When the news broke that Thor, the hyper-masculine thunder god, had become a woman, my Twitter feed exploded. It seemed like everybody had something to say.<strong> </strong>"Who will play the female Thor in the movies?" came up a lot. Meanwhile, I first had to figure out who Thor was. To me, stories about superheroes were for nerdy white guys imagining a world where they could lift heavy things and somehow get the girl. In short, boring. I was hopelessly behind the times.<p>But like any good journalist, I wasn't about to let total ignorance keep me from chasing down a good story. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:37:57 +0000 Lidia Jean Kott 42404 at http://wkms.org Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook http://wkms.org/post/lost-sea-legos-reunite-beaches-and-facebook Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck the Tokio Express, a container ship that had nearly 5 million Legos onboard. The colorful toy building blocks poured into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.<p>Tracey Williams and her children first happened upon the Tokio Express Legos in the late 1990s. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:40:31 +0000 editor 42391 at http://wkms.org Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook MSU Archaeologist Asks 'Was Wickliffe a Native American Cathedral Town in 1250?' http://wkms.org/post/msu-archaeologist-asks-was-wickliffe-native-american-cathedral-town-1250 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mounds and Priests, Cathedrals and Popes... Unlock the secrets of the </span>Wickliffe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mounds in a presentation by archaeologist Dr. Kit </span>Wesler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Mc</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cracken</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Public Library's Evenings Upstairs program tomorrow night (July 24) at 7. We get a preview on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounds Good</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:36:03 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42323 at http://wkms.org MSU Archaeologist Asks 'Was Wickliffe a Native American Cathedral Town in 1250?' Replica Pioneer Village to Neighbor Fort Massac http://wkms.org/post/replica-pioneer-village-neighbor-fort-massac <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A non-profit group is moving ahead with plans to construct a replica </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century pioneer village on recently acquired land near&nbsp;Fort </span>Massac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;State Park.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:33:27 +0000 Allison Crawford 42329 at http://wkms.org Replica Pioneer Village to Neighbor Fort Massac Ice Cream and Antique Cars Galore in Downtown Paris http://wkms.org/post/ice-cream-and-antique-cars-galore-downtown-paris <p><em>"You can eat ice cream for three hours!" </em>This Saturday, Downtown Paris hosts their annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show fundraiser. Dig in to 180 gallons of ice cream at themed booths and see shiny cars on display. There's also ice-cream eating contests, frozen t-shirt contests, and inflatables for kids. Downtown Paris Association's Director Kathy Ray joins <em>Sounds Good </em>with the details.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:52:32 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42267 at http://wkms.org Ice Cream and Antique Cars Galore in Downtown Paris Nearly 24,000 Books for Sale in Paducah, Including Rare and Out-of-Print Works http://wkms.org/post/nearly-24000-books-sale-paducah-including-rare-and-out-print-works <p>This year's Friends of the McCracken County Public Library book sale is likely to be one of their largest, featuring an estimated 24,000 books, from genres including&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">art, history, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, westerns, literary fiction, large print works and children's books. They received a large donation from a book store going out of business as well as several rare and out-of-print works. On<em> Sounds Good</em>, Jennie&nbsp;Boyarski&nbsp;speaks with Kate Lochte about the sale and some of the unique finds.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:36:29 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42180 at http://wkms.org Nearly 24,000 Books for Sale in Paducah, Including Rare and Out-of-Print Works Craft Brewery Opening in Paducah This Fall http://wkms.org/post/craft-brewery-opening-paducah-fall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Sounds Good</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we meet Todd </span>Blume<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the co-owner and brewer of Paducah Beer </span>Werks<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, set to open this fall in Paducah. Located in the old Greyhound Bus station at 301 N. </span>4th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street, </span>Blume<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is converting the space into a fully-functional craft brewery, while keeping some of the station </span>aesthetic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and artwork. He's in the discovery process of determining the palate of Paducah and aims to start with four beers, some </span>seasonals<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and eventually partnering with local restaurants. </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hear the conversation:</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:12:55 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 41944 at http://wkms.org Craft Brewery Opening in Paducah This Fall In 1880, Louisville Men Became The First Americans To Do A 100-Mile Bicycle Ride http://wkms.org/post/1880-louisville-men-became-first-americans-do-100-mile-bicycle-ride <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="This isn&#039;t Anderson or Schimpler, most likely, but the bicycle is similar to the one the men rode in 1880. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:33:30 +0000 Jacob Ryan 41862 at http://wkms.org In 1880, Louisville Men Became The First Americans To Do A 100-Mile Bicycle Ride Reading The Declaration Of Independence: A Tradition Continues http://wkms.org/post/reading-declaration-independence-tradition-continues It was 238 years ago today that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. That revolutionary document not only formalized the American colonies' united front in the Revolutionary War, it articulated the ideals of human equality and self-determination that still serve as the guiding principles of American government.<p><em>Morning Edition</em> continues its Independence Day tradition of reading that document aloud. This year, we asked visitors at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to do the honors. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:50:53 +0000 NPR Staff 41823 at http://wkms.org Reading The Declaration Of Independence: A Tradition Continues