Commentaries

Good Reads
2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of uncommon mystery reviews on Sounds Good with Arturo Pérez Reverte's 1990 mystery The Flanders Panel. It's a multi-layered, 'whodunit' thriller set in the world of art restoration and the riddles of a Renaissance-era masterpiece.

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Society
5:16 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Commentary: "The Art of Caregiving" and an Alzheimer's Support Group in Murray

Constance Alexander

Working with an Arts Access Grant titled "The Art of Caregiving" from the Kentucky Arts Council, Murray author Constance Alexander is coordinating collaborators across arts agencies and healthcare providers in a positive community conversation about patients and caregivers at the end of life. There's a public forum at the Calloway County Public Library at 710 Main Street in Murray, Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Alexander's commentary relates to these community activities focusing on a new support group in Murray.

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Commentary
4:34 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Death is a Lonely Business

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One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century also dabbled in stylish noir tales of mystery and murder. Drawing inspiration from Raymon Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury penned a mystery set in a 1950s Venetian circus and the quirky detective Elmo Crumley.

On Sounds Good, Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of commentaries about "uncommon mysteries" with a review of Ray Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business, published in 1985.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Commentary: 1964 Presidential Campaign, 50 Years Later

Lyndon B. Johnson photo by Arnold Newman, White House Press Office (WHPO), Wikimedia Commons; Barry Goldwater, photo by Marion S. Trikosko, Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons

The 1964 United States Presidential Election between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater is regarded as both a landslide win for the Democratic Party, followed by Johnson's "Great Society" programs: the Voting Rights at of 1965 and the War on Poverty; and also the foundation of the conservative values of the modern Republican Party, leading to the "Reagan Revolution" in the 1980s. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the legacy of the 1964 campaign for president, 50 years ago.

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Good Reads
2:05 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

'A Place to Read' - Personal Essays by Michael Cohen

A Place to Read: Life and Books
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For WKMS, Michael Cohen contributes a series titled "Uncommon Mysteries" in which he writes about unique examples of the genre. He is celebrating the publication of an autobiography in the form of 22 personal essays titled A Place to Read: Life and Books. He speaks with Kate Lochte about his new book, on Sounds Good.

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Good Reads
2:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Auster's "City of Glass"

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Commentator Michael Cohen returns with another round of "Uncommon Mysteries" on Sounds Good. The first is also happens to be the first novel in The New York Trilogy, penned by Paul Auster. City of Glass, published in 1985, is considered a "soft-boiled, meta mystery" by critics, inspired by the postmodern movement in which the author himself is referenced as a character in the story. Drawing from Don Quixote, the private investigator struggles with madness, identity and reality.

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Commentary
12:05 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Commentary: Bandit (A Boy and His Cat)

Madisonville author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. She reflects on "Bandit," the story of her son and his cat, from kitten to college.

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Commentary
2:12 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Commentary: The Roots of Technology

Madisonville author Patricia Wiles returns as a WKMS commentator after a hiatus of many years. She reflects on "The Roots of Technology" and how, while 'graying gracefully' she and her husband have bonded over their iPhones.

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Politics
10:32 am
Sat August 9, 2014

(Commentary) Fancy Farm 2014: One Week Later

On August 2, 2014, a record attendance showed up for the 134th Fancy Farm Picnic to hear with classic stump speeches from local and statewide politicians vying for the hotseat. Murray State history professor, commentator and political junkie Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this year's event, one week later and some of his impressions ahead of the November election.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964

Students protesting in Mississippi
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"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.

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