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Tributes to the life and music of Prince are pouring in from all over the world following the pop superstar’s sudden death Thursday. Prince is being remembered in Bowling Green for a song he wrote more than 33 years ago.

John Howard Griffin, Thomas Merton Center (mertoncenter.org)

Next week, a group of Murray State faculty members will host a panel discussion on the American Catholic writer and mystic Thomas Merton. Hear William Mulligan, Cynthia Gayman and Matthew Robertson give a preview of the program on Sounds Good.

Prince — the Purple One, who reeled off pop hits in five different decades — has died at age 57. The shocking news was confirmed by Prince's publicist after reports that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

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Officials in western Kentucky and southern Illinois are planning for next year's arrival of tourists hoping to snag the best spot for a rare solar eclipse. 

Inky is out.

Inky, an octopus who is about the size of a basketball and of undetermined age, has lammed it out of his tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand and is at large somewhere in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand's north island.

As founder of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen talks to musicians for a living. For a while, he's asked many of them the same question: "What is the song that changed your life?"

Hear it in Rio, Kathmandu or Timbuktu — it doesn't matter. A hearty, belly laugh means the same thing on every continent: joy.

But when we laugh with someone else, our chuckles may divulge more than we realize.

Scientists have found that people around the world can tell whether folks are friends or strangers by listening to them laughing together. And the ability transcends culture and language.

The Holy Bible, along with several other books that incorporate aspects of religion, made the American Library Association's list of top-10 most challenged books in 2015.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

It's National Library Week. Sandy Linn with the Calloway County Public Library says it's a time to celebrate the positive transformation that libraries bring to communities all across the country. Hear her speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about upcoming CCPL events. 

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