Commentary

Commentary
12:12 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Yiddish Policeman's Union

Murray, KY – Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of an uncommon mystery about a detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day. It's Michael Chabon's award-winning novel "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

Surely it is an uncommon mystery novel that wins four top awards for science fiction. But what interested the award committees was not a future of space ships and time travel, but rather what Michael Chabon does with the past.

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11:27 am
Fri October 1, 2010

Called Back - surviving a near-death experience

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – In the last moments of life, we often hear about seeing the light' and moving towards it. But what happens to a person when that light grows faint and they're suddenly pulled back to Earth? Commentator Dr. Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. In this commentary, he shares this experience and references Emily Dickenson's epitaph, "Called Back."

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11:58 am
Fri September 3, 2010

Commentary: "Life is a Miracle" - thoughts after a near-death experience

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Cradling a newborn, burying a loved one or laying in a hospital bed and waiting, it's easy to forget that life is fleeting and fragile unless presented with a stark reminder. Commentator Dr. Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. He's since grown fond of Wendell Berry's essay, "Life is a Miracle" and shares his interpretation of the piece.

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12:36 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Judicial Overreach and the Democratic Process

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – The issue of marriage and equality is in the news again after a California judge overturned the controversial Proposition 8. In Kentucky, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the ban on Ten Commandment displays in county courthouses. Commentator Richard Nelson says both decisions were left to a single or small group of judges rather than being open to the democratic process. For contentious issues like these, he proposes judges show restraint, not overreach.

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4:47 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Oxford Murders

Murray, KY – Now that the students have returned to Murray State and classes are in full swing, we take off our summer shades and don our thinking caps. Commentator Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of the mathematical mystery, The Oxford Murders, by Argentinean novelist and professor of mathematical logic, Guillermo Martinez.

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4:18 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - Talking about Detective Fiction

Murray, KY – Mystery fans recently celebrated the 90th birthday of award-winning novelist P.D. James (August 3). James is most famous for her iconic poet-policeman Adam Dalgliesh. Her most recent book, published in 2009, is a work of literary cricitism, titled Talking about Detective Fiction. Fellow mystery critic Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of this "entertaining" analysis of the genre.

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3:52 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Commentary: Rumpole of the Bailey

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – For television fanatics, the summer months can be long, grueling and disorienting. While production companies ready their fall season line-ups, viewers are left with a seemingly endless stream of re-runs. As an antidote for this summer affliction, Commentator Doctor Brian Clardy recommends turning to television shows of the past, and digs out a classic British series about an eccentric barrister named Horace Rumpole.

A scene from Rumpole of the Bailey - "Taming the Bull"

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4:31 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Commentary: "Speech rights harmed when Court bars Ten Commandments"

Richard Nelson

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11:09 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Good Neighbor Policy

Murray, KY – Last Friday, SyFy welcomed viewers to Haven, a new television series based on the based on the Stephen King novel, The Colorado Kid. The publisher of that book and one of the producers for the series is Charles Ardai, the award-winning writer who penned The Good Neighbor Policy, a poem written in double dactyl form. It might just be the only criminal case in mystery in history written with such complicated commitment. Mystery fan Michael Cohen peeks through the pages.

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10:30 am
Fri July 9, 2010

Commentary: The Star Studded Banner

Murray, KY – If you went to the county fair, or almost any other event last Fourth of July, you probably heard at least one rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Commentator Robert Valentine says he loves America's anthem as much as anyone here in the Land of the Free, but he does take umbrage when singers needlessly dress it up on the stage.

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