Old Kentucky Tales

Podcast

This podcast is for anyone who likes history or just the stories that define our humanity and culture, particularly, as Kentuckians.  From the serious to the hilarious, if people have done it, it is now a part of our history and part of us. 

​ As the brainchild of history professor Brent Taylor from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, the podcast is his endeavor to bring "that sense of place that many Kentuckians appreciate already and that I see regularly in my Kentucky history classes.  This podcast hopes to develop that appreciation, while looking at the good and bad events of the past that have shaped us as a people."   

Brent is joined by WKCTC communication professor Jason Donner as they tackle the serious, the wacky and the seriously wacky moments that can truly be called Old Kentucky Tales.  

 

The podcast is produced in partnership with WKMS and recorded under the expertise of Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong at WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

  

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Jason and Brent talk with a special guest, author James Markert about his book "What Blooms From Dust: A Novel", published in June 2018 by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins.  We discuss the historical context of his novel - the 1930's Dust Bowl that damaged the American prairies.  We also have a preview of Brent's Kidstorians segment.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: 1920's Instant Postum and an old ad offering Webster's International Dictionary.  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason look at 10 outrageous remarks from past leaders in the old days of Kentucky politics.  How would the public react to these statements if they were tweeted

 out in the 1800's?  We will also hear from a truly inspired artist in Old Kentucky Voicemails.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: Asbestos Your Roof in 1931 and an ad for 1860 cigarettes to cure asthma!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason take a look at recipes from the World War II era that would creatively use whatever was available during the rationing from that time.  And we hear from Vinnie in a listener feedback voicemail.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: 1954's giant 21 inch TV and 1903's Furniture Float Parade!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason investigate the flu pandemic that killed more people than World War I and hear from a listener feedback voicemail from far, far away.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: 1983's Honda with air conditioning (or take a refund) and an 1903 ad for Clean Coal!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


  

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason take another trip through the 1980's playing a name game to find out... "Is that the name of a Kentucky governor or a 1980's professional wrestler?"  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: a 1980 Ford Bobcat ad paired with a 1980 Cadillac Coupe DeVille ad!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason interview special guest Nathan Lynn, historian at the McCracken County Public Library.  They discuss the impact that the 1937 flood had on the city of Paducah and the surrounding area, during which Nathan will share stories, photos and insights.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: a 1947 ad for a Marriage Loan and, simply put, Worm Candy, the most 'palatable' worm medicine for kids!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


Old Kentucky Tales S3, Ep6: Henry Clay Wasn't Down with TPP

May 22, 2018

In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason discuss Henry Clay's views on the American system of free trade.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: the ridiculous 1956 BBQ Wheelbarrow and the 1965 modern features of Ford automobiles, such as the reversible key and the (now crazy sounding) dual facing rear bench seats in Ford wagons!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason take a look at attractions held at Beech Bend Amusement Park in 1956 and discuss which events we still enjoy and which just sound strange now.  Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: Wine of Cardui (a 1900 beauty "cure") and Tire Recapping in 1943!  And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, Brent and Jason complete a dialect quiz from the New York Times and discuss the various phrases that people use around the United States.  Some will sound familiar and some are brand new.  The terms we all use define our dialectical region and this quiz then highlights in what parts of the country that term is most often spoken.  Not a typical episode, many of the possible quiz choices are hilariously unique and interesting.          

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors for this episode: 1943 Tips for Using Your Iron and 1913 Beef Tongue!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.


In this episode of Old Kentucky Tales, we interview Murray State University's history professor Dr. Brian Clardy to find out what happened when Reverend W.G. Harvey (pictured here) walked into a Klan rally in Paducah in 1975. This episode was recorded on the MSU campus at Pogue Library for a live audience.         

Listen for our Fake History Sponsors: the 1848 sale of President William Henry Harrison's carriage and Sugar Savings advertising in 1964!

And a big thanks to Sound Engineer Todd Birdsong and WKCTC's Paducah School of Art and Design.

 


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