Kaylan Thompson

Development Assistant, News Reporter

Kaylan is a graduate student studying Mass Communications & Public Relations at Murray State University. With a bachelor's in Creative Writing, she loves to write short stories and poems when she has the time. When she doesn't, she can usually be found listening to audiobooks, podcasts, or streaming WKMS. She also enjoys longboarding and working out at the gym with her best friend and husband, David.

Kaylan discovered public radio during her first semester of graduate school and now considers herself an "NPR-person" through and through. Her only regret is that she hadn't discovered it sooner!

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For the second year in a row the Penguin Project highlights the artistic abilities of children with special needs through Murray's Playhouse in the Park. This year's performance of Seussical Jr. has been a sell-out for opening weekend, with over 50 children and volunteers participating. President of the Board of Directors Dan Lavit speaks with Austin Carter on Sounds Good today to tell us more about the program. 

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Special Olympics Kentucky provides youth who have disabilities with over 15 different sports programs ranging from downhill skiing to equestrian riding to traditional sports teams and even bowling. Next month, a Regional Bowling Tournament will be held in Paducah and nearly 40 volunteers are needed to make it possible. Western Kentucky Regional Director Laura Miller speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good today to talk more about the event and other growing programs. 

Trail of Tears Commission Powwow / Facebook

It is a celebration as much as it is a memorial. With festive regalia flying and the warm scent of Indian fly bread floating through the air, the 28th Annual Trail of Tears Powwow will be held this weekend at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville. Commissioner Peg Hayes speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good  to tell us more about the festivities. 

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Employment benefits both individual and business, allowing each to contribute adequately and uniquely to the community. Individuals with disabilities, however, often find navigating the workforce intimidating, difficult and sometimes impossible. Employment Connections Manager at Easter Seals of West Kentucky, Ashley Taylor, speaks with Tracy on Sounds Good about how she works with her team to positively match disabled individuals with local employers. 

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Moving back to Mississippi from New Orleans, Elli Morris was searching for a warehouse home to suit her artistic personality. With none available, her uncle offered her a temporary home in the building he used as an office, their family’s old ice plant. The plant sparked Elli’s infatuation with her ice history and is the epicenter of her new book Cooling the South: The Block Ice Era. She speaks with Kate on Sounds Good about the her family’s involvement in the ice business and the transformation cheap, manufactured ice brought about.

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a puzzling disease attacking over 2.3 million people in the world, with around 200 cases appearing each day. Half a century ago, an MS diagnosis was much more devastating than it has to be today. Primary Care Neurologist Dr. Chris King speaks with Kate on Sounds Good today about the disease, treatment options and Primary Care's Community Forum on Multiple Sclerosis happening tomorrow evening. 

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Murray-based jam/funk/rock band Big Atomic headlines the free WKMS Live Lunch After Dark concert in Lovett Auditorium Tuesday night! They're the reigning champions from the 2015 Battle of the Bands competition... But you knew that! Here are five things about Big Atomic that you didn't know:

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From across the pond comes some of Cambridge's best actors and actresses, here to help celebrate Glema Mahr Center for the Arts' 25th season with a performance of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Center Director Brad Downall joins us on Sounds Good with more details on this performance and more free events.

Cinema International

Murray State University's Cinema International kicks off this semester's lineup of films with Snowpiercer, an a science fiction film putting an alternative spin on the term "post-apocalyptic." The 2013 South Korean film depicts class warfare on a train of the sole survivors of the global ice age created by a failed attempt to stop global warming. On Sounds Good today, MSU Department of English and Philosophy faculty member Andrew Black previews the upcoming season of Cinema International, with a closer look at this week's film, Snowpiercer. 

Austin Peay State University Department of Art and Design Trahern Exhibition Schedule

Fifteen concrete figures of men, women and children augment a dark time in history through the powerfully crafted visual narrative of sculptor Stephen Hayes' Cash Crop, the first of this season's exhibits coming to Austin Peay University's Trahern Gallery.  Gallery Director Michael Dickens speaks with Kate on Sounds Good  about the lineup this season and the opening exhibit Cash Crop

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