Commentary

RIP Von Freeman, Chicago jazz legend, who passed away at 88 today. (Article from Chicago Tribune). We pulled this commentary from the archives by Cafe Jazz host Brian Clardy, recorded in 2007.

Earl Lavon Freeman, one of Chicago's most influential Jazz elders, has been playing tenor saxophone since the 1930s. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about why Von Freeman defines the meaning of celebrity.

Headlines and soundbytes from world leaders is sometimes the only impressions we get of a country, but how often does a politician or president accurately reflect your voice? Commentator Darlene Mazzone shares a page from her diary, about a trip to Nepal, where she discovered that the key to understanding foreign people and places it to seek the poetry in the details of their cultures.

"Dry County Blues"

Jul 15, 2012

Local musician and Murray State graduate student Kirk Raper felt a bit of a culture shock when he moved from the Nashville area to Calloway County and found that the closest place to buy packaged alcohol was across the state line. This inspired him to write a commentary in the form of a song, titled “The Dry County Blues.”

Please note, the views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

There’s never a bad time to travel, but the summer is a good time to start! Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the the joys of international travel and recommends Murray State students and staff consider the various programs offered by the university.

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A Kentucky Congressman wants to change the Constitution to effectively overturn the Supreme Court on political speech. But is that a good idea? Commentator and researcher Caleb Brown of the Bluegrass Institute says if you care about freedom of the press, everyone’s speech should get equal protection.

Celia Brewer

Local commentator Celia Brewer will commemorate the 112th birthday of her father on June 30th.

Brewer is a writer who lives in Mayfield. She wishes we all lived in a kinder, gentler world.

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Dr. Zackery M. Heern, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Murray State University, gives some historical insight into Islam and Egypt's first presidential election.

What happens when a regional cable service changes hands? Not so much, according to commentator Constance Alexander.

Numbers

May 31, 2012

Local commentator Celia Brewer says that, whether we like it or not, the concept of counting is a fact of life.

Scott Ellison says fishing ranges from so-so to fairly good depending on what you’re trying to catch.

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