Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.

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Today, Catholics are a prominent part of Kentucky politics.  Current State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, former U.S. Representative Anne Northup, and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning are just a few examples.  But in 1960, for only the second time in U.S. history, a Catholic topped a major presidential ticket and Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy confronted the same issue that defeated fellow Democrat Al Smith in 1928: his religion.  Some Kentuckians feared Kennedy's faith, believing he would follow the Vatican over the U.S.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2011 Austrian film "Breathing."  This meditation on redemption is the product of a first-time director and a first-time actor, and it follows a young man incarcerated for an accidental killing as he rediscovers life through working in a morgue.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul and MSU assistant professor of French and German Dr. Roxane Riegler about "Breathing."

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International celebrates Halloween with the seminal 1922 horror classic "Nosferatu."  The silent film puts a German expressionist spin on the story of Count Dracula and, thanks to director F.W. Murnau (muhr-NOW) it invented much of the visual language of modern horror movies.  And, when you get right down to it, "Nosferatu" is still creepy, even after almost a century.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul and MSU theatre professor Dr.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2003 Bhutanese film "Travellers and Magicians."  It's a colorful travelogue that tells a story within a story.  A young government official in love with the idea of America travels from his sleepy village to the capital to pick up the documents that will allow him to travel to the United States.  Along the way, he meets a Buddhist monk who offers him a new way to see his native culture.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul about "Travellers and Magicians."

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This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2002 French/Chinese film "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress."  This acclaimed coming-of-age film is based on the director's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.  Set during China's cultural revolution, two boys are sent to the country for Maoist re-education.  They discover a cache of forbidden French books and awaken the imagination of a young seamstress.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St.

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2015 Belgian film "Brand New Testament."  The dark comedy portrays God as a reclusive cynical writer living in a Brussels high rise with his daughter.  She determines that her dad is doing a less-than-good job and decides to change the world's status quo with a "new" New Testament.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International director Dr. Therese St. Paul,  Professor Robert Fritz of MSU's Global Languages Department, and Dr. Eleanor Rivera of Murray State's Department of History about "Brand New Testament."

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2011 film "Clandestine Childhood."  This Argentinian film, set during the rule of Argentina by a military junta in the late seventies and early eighties, tells the story of a young boy whose family is resisting the government.  It's told from the boy's perspective, mixing film and animation to portray how he sees the country's swirling political turmoil.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul, Murray State Political Science professor Dr. Marc Polizzi, and Dr.

Steve Crawford

It's not unheard of for someone to become famous AFTER they die; think Emily Dickinson, Vincent Van Gogh, or Franz Kafka.  But unlike these artistic lights, Charles Atkins achieved his notoriety by just hanging around.  

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2016 film "Ixcanul."  (ish-cah-nuhl)  This 2016 Guatemalan film takes a classic story and sets it among that country's indigenous Mayan population.  It explores their culture and aspirations with breathtaking cinematography and a daring use of the native dialect.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul and Dr. Ben Post of MSU's Department of Global Languages and Theatre about "Ixcanul."

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Author and critic H.L. Mencken called Irvin S. Cobb "at once the successor to Mark Twain and the heir of Edgar Allan Poe."  Cobb's "Judge Priest" stories eventually became a film starring his friend Will Rogers, and his short story "Fishhead" inspired Robert Bloch to delve into the macabre in his novel Psycho.  The Paducah native's prolific output and fame even compelled a young Rod Serling to pen a radio play of Cobb's life.

Still, since his mid 20th century high point, Cobb's fame and reputation have dimmed.  Everywhere, that is, save in his native western Kentucky. 

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