Sounds Good

11 am - 1 pm Weekdays
Tracy Ross, Austin Carter

About The Show

The music on Sounds Good is a mix of legacy artists who are still making great music now (Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt) deep cuts from classic artists (The Band, The Beatles, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, REM) great contemporary artists who don' t receive commercial airplay (Neko Case, Wilco, Jack White, Darrell Scott, The Black Keys) and those who defy the boundaries of categorization (Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Ry Cooder, Bill Frisell, Justin Townes Earle). You'll also get a bit of World music, Blues, Soul/R&B, Reggae and Jazz.

Additionally, you'll hear interviews with newsmakers and community leaders, live music from some of our region's best musicians, our community events calendar and more.

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Science
3:53 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Music & Memory Program Brings 'Joyful Therapy' to Individuals with Alzheimer's and Dementia

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Haws Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fulton is embarking on the use of the program Music & Memory with those suffering with Alzheimer's and dementia. The Center's Jo Ann Roy says that they have about twelve iPods in use with residents and in a month or so they will bring families in to view the documentary about Music & Memory titled "Alive Inside" at the facility. In Murray, Cheri Theatres offers two free viewings of "Alive Inside," winner of the Audience Award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. Kate Lochte speaks with Deborah Ferris, Regional Program Coordinator for Music & Memory about the organization and how iPods full of music help give patients therapeutic joy.

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Arts
2:51 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Murray Poet Brings High School Yearbook To Life in "64 Blue Letters"

Constance Alexander on Sounds Good
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'Have a good summer! Love ya! Stay as sweet as you are! Don't ever change!' These are some of the messages that have appeared in high school yearbooks for decades. While much has changed since 1964, much of the fundamental high school experience are more or less the same. Playwright, author, teacher, former business executive Constance Alexander joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to read from her book of poems 64 Blue Letters, recalling a high school yearbook in verse.

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Science
4:11 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Values and Purpose: Finding Meaning in Life

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The data is growing suggesting that finding meaning and value in life can be central to psychological wellbeing, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the field's new focus from pathology to positives, the challenge clinicians have of going beyond happiness and how Viktor Frankl pioneered this method of psychological thought.

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Culture
3:00 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Lecture: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" an Analysis of the 'Black National Anthem'

Dr. Tim Askew
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115 years ago, James Weldon Johnson's lyrics and his brother John Rosamond Johnson's music resulted in the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Over the years, the song has been called a national anthem for African Americans. Clark Atlanta University's Dr. Tim Askew talks about his new book, Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Murray State's Wrather Auditorium Thursday at 4 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Askew about how his research led him to what some see as his controversial conclusions.

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Education
10:26 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UT Martin's Women's Symposium Features Keynote on Breast Cancer Awareness

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"I think that as a society, we really do need to continue to encourage women to get that routine mammogram, those routine screenings," says Dr. Victoria Seng, University of Tennessee at Martin's Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, citing frightening statistics about breast cancer: every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer among white and black women. 85% of women with breast cancer have no known family history, as was the case with her experience, she says. Dr. Seng joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to share her story ahead of her keynote speech at UT Martin's 4th Annual Women's Symposium Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m.

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Culture
1:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Author Reflects on Helping War-Affected Children in Africa

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Kentucky-born author and psychologist Bethany Haley spoke with Kate Lochte about her new book, “The Color of Grace.” 

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Sports
4:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Neal Bradley Recaps The Racers' Heartbreaking Loss & Looks Ahead as #RacersTakeonNIT

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The Murray State Racers celebrated an entire season of great basketball news, but with one heartbreaking shot we end on a bit of a down note as far as the NCAA tournament goes. However, as the #RacersTakeOnNIT they could probably make into the final 4 of the National Invitation Tournament. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with "Voice of the Racers" Neal Bradley on the past few games, missing the chance to get into the NCAA and their first game of the NIT: tonight's match against UTEP.

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Government
3:16 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Open Dialogue Between Government and Society

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Award-winning Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown spoke to WKMS's Kate Lochte to salute Sunshine Week.  It's a national observance to encourage transparency in government and an appreciation for state open meetings and open records laws, as well as the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Murray State Equine Science Professor Pairs Student Interests with Real-World Research

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WKMS continues a new series of reports called "Racer Scholar Profiles" - highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. Our guest is Dr. Shea Porr, whose background is nutrition and exercise physiology in horses with the Hutson School of Agriculture's equine program. Dr. Porr speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her work with students, from incorporating social media in the classroom to testing hemp as an alternative to traditional horse bedding.

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Arts
2:44 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Playhouse in the Park Presents "The Diary of Anne Frank"

The Diary of Anne Frank Poster for Playhouse in the Park's production
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Playhouse in the Park presents a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank by Wendy Kesselman, a drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a storage attic during WWII and the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence, fears and hopes. The story emerges from the historical account written by Anne Frank and her thoughts on the experience and growing up. Director Don Fleming and cast member Amanda Futrell, who portrays Petronella Van Daan, stop by Sounds Good to preview the production, opening this weekend.

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