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6:59 am
Thu December 25, 2014

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

British and German soldiers fraternizing at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914. World War I was raging at the time, but front-line troops initiated the truce, which they documented in photos and letters. Commanders on both sides were furious when they learned of it.
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, television ads, and songs. On this 100th anniversary of the cease-fire, it is possible to reconstruct the events of that day from letters, diaries, and even the recorded spoken words of the men who experienced the truce.

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11:38 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Allison Tolman plays Deputy Sheriff Molly Solverson in the FX TV series Fargo. It's a breakout role for the actress who had done only theater and commercials.
Chris Large

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 1:47 pm

Although it wasn't a great year for the shows themselves, it was a good year for programming, says TV critic David Bianculli.

"In terms of what was happening on television, in terms of new and old formats and new, exciting players coming into the mix — [it was] another good year," Bianculli tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm actually kind of encouraged."

Bianculli reflects on how far TV has come.

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11:38 am
Wed December 24, 2014

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year.
Courtesy of Matt Lankes

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 1:06 pm

"This is a very, very depressing year for film," critic David Edelstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "because none of the great material came from Hollywood studios."

Studios, he says, direct their financial resources into sequels and comic-book movies, which leaves little room for "creative expression, and for doing something weird and potentially boundary-moving."

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Culture
5:49 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 5:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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4:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Take A Nostalgic Trip to "A Day With Trains" at Pennyroyal Area Museum

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The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County host "A Day With Trains" this Saturday and next Saturday at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Watch as conductors run five trains on two elaborate model train layouts. Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to describe the train exhibits, the Christmas village and other arts and crafts activities scheduled for the event. 

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2:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Travis Stone is the New Voice of the Kentucky Derby

Credit Churchill Downs

Travis Stone is the new Churchill Downs announcer and will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby next year, the track said today. 

Stone succeeds Larry Collmus, who left after a little under a year to call races at New York Races. 

He becomes the eighth announcer at the historic track. 

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10:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

Get your sci-fi with a side of cappuccino.
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Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 12:27 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is set to be released Thursday.

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3:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Bluegrass Music Museum Director Leaves to Run ROMP Festival

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum's executive director is leaving her post to head production duties at the ROMP Festival in Daviess County. 

The Owensboro museum's board of trustees announced today that Gabrielle Gray is retiring from executive director after 12 years.  

Gray will retain her position as Executive Producer of ROMP, the signature bluegrass music festival she founded in 2004. She also remains the museum's primary grant writer. 

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6:57 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Wreaths Placed In Veteran Cemeteries Across Kentucky

Credit Deborah V Studios / http://veterans.ky.gov/cemeteries/Pages/KVCW.aspx

Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones at four state cemeteries tomorrow, including Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville.  The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.  Veterans Cemetery West Director Richard Stanley said the group's mission is to remember, honor, and teach.

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2:18 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Playhouse in the Parks' Rusty Jones Previews Holiday Shows on Sounds Good

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WKMS' Kate Lochte sits down with MSU English professor and Playhouse in the Park board member Rusty Jones to take a look at the start of theater's holiday season. 

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