Culture

James Chen, Jingdezhen, City of Crafts & Folk Art, courtesy of Paducah CVB

Representatives from UNESCO Cities of Crafts and Folk Art will meet in Paducah next September. This will be the first formally-designated annual meeting of the thematic area. 

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Murray State University is home to a diverse body of international students. Iqra Ilyas and Nadia Khan are graduate students from Pakistan. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf learns what they are studying at Murray State, how they met in western Kentucky, American television and politics, cultural misconceptions and hopes for the future.

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Visitors to downtown Paris, Tennessee can now use an app on their mobile device to find shopping and dining, find events or go on an audio-assisted walking tour.

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Calloway County judge-executive Larry Elkins has provided an update to the Murray State News on his opposition to current plans for the renovation and expansion of the Calloway County Public Library.

A synagogue in Owensboro, Kentucky is preparing to hold services for the High Holy Days that begin at sundown on Oct. 2. 

The synagogue was built in 1877 by 13 founding families. There are currently seven member families, as well as a few non-members who participate.

The effort to keep the synagogue functioning is led by two Jewish members who open the doors for a Friday evening study session. Through those open doors have come several non-Jews drawn to the Jewish teachings.

“Come let us welcome the Sabbath. May its radiance illumine our hearts as we kindle these tapers,” said synagogue President Sandy Bugay, as she recently lit the candles that mark that start of the Jewish Sabbath that begins at sundown Friday and ends at sundown Saturday.

Bugay led the Hebrew blessing for the half-dozen people gathered around a table in a meeting room at the synagogue:

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The Drug Enforcement Agency special agents that inspired the Netflix series Narcos will speak tonight at Murray State University. Javier Pena and Steve Murphy share their story tracking down notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. 

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Most considerations of the American Civil War tend to center on the places where the Union and Confederate armies clashed: Gettysburg, Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, or Chickamauga.

A new book from western Kentucky historian John Cashon, Paducah and the Civil War, makes the case that the River City belongs on that list as well.

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Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is hosting a pair of critically-revered movies over the next two weeks - the Meryl Streep-starring Florence Foster Jenkins and Don't Think Twice, written and directed by comic Mike Birbiglia and produced by This American Life's Ira Glass. John Null caught up with MAC's programming director, John Holt, to discuss the coming attractions.

"I believe the intellectual life of the whole of Western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups ..."

So wrote the British physicist and novelist C. P. Snow in his famous "The Two Cultures" Rede Lecture delivered at Cambridge University in 1959.

Pokemon Go trainers will do almost anything for a rare find, including getting into a car and speeding around to catch them. And then they tweet about it. According to a study, there were over 113,000 social media messages in 10 days last July that showed people getting into potentially unsafe traffic situations while trying to catch cute virtual monsters.

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