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10:37 am
Mon June 30, 2014

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:50 pm

Songs announce themselves as essential in different ways. Some knock you off balance; some help you find your rhythm. Some insinuate themselves into your life slowly, until you can't imagine a time they didn't exist; some leap out of car windows, change the course of your week and then vanish.

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12:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Safiah Hassan Demystifies the Hijab, Talks Ramadan Traditions

As devout Muslims young and old across the country begin a month of fasting today with the start of Ramadan, a 19-year-old Muslim woman from Murray is working to spark discussions about her faith. 

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Culture
12:46 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Tonight: BBC Films Paducah Square Dance For Doc

Tonight, a BBC film crew will be in Paducah to shoot part of a documentary about Southern music. Specifically, they'll be visiting a square dance, and it just so happens that the person who organized the BBC's visit is the one person to talk to if you want to know anything about Southern music or Southern culture: Dirt Daubers and Shack Shakers frontman J.D. Wilkes. Todd Hatton speaks with the musician, author, and filmmaker about how he got the BBC's attention.

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Culture
10:07 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Crazy Bad Luck: It's Friday The 13th With A Full Moon

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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:59 pm

  • Korva teaches us how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia

Today is a bad day for those with paraskevidekatriaphobia. It's also a bad day for those with selenophobia. For those with both, don't look at the calendar or the sky.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, for those of you who haven't had a chance to Google the term (like your blogger did), is the fear of Friday the 13th. Selenophobia is the fear of the moon. Today is not only Friday the 13th, but there was also a full moon in the Eastern time zone early this morning (12:11 a.m., to be precise).

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Culture
4:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Superman Lands in Metropolis for Festival Kickoff

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The annual Superman Celebration kicks off in Metropolis tonight.

The festival’s co-chair Karla Ogle says participants have four days of “super fun” ahead of them.

“Expect to see kind of a combination of Disney World and Halloween, and I think it’s going to be a very fun weekend with a little bit of everything,” she said.

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Food
6:51 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Summer Feeding Sites for Children on Free Lunch Programs

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National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. 

Kathy Galliger, an official with the State Department of Education, said logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer. While her agency, the state's summer food service program, doesn't track such numbers, Galliger suspects Kentucky's figures are even worse than the one-in-seven national statistic.  Still, she said there are federal dollars to pay for food.

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Culture
2:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Antique Motorbike Weekend at Dawson Springs

Antique Whizzer Motorbike
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Kenny and Sylvia Thomas are the event coordinators for "Fun Weekend 2014" at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. This is the 5th year for the event which runs next Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21. The highlight of the event is the Antique Motor Bike & Scooter Show next Friday at 6 p.m. at Downtown Veteran's Park in Dawson Springs. Kenny "Bebop" Thomas speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good.

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Culture
11:40 am
Wed June 11, 2014

5 TV Shows That Deserve Another Chance

LeVar Burton, the face of Reading Rainbow.
From the Reading Rainbow website

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:05 pm

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Culture
9:51 am
Sat June 7, 2014

New Faces Keep 'Orange Is The New Black' Humming In A New Season

Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman is among the fascinating characters who continue to push forward in the second season of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black.
Jojo Whilden Netflix

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 4:41 am

Orange is the New Black has always been a bit of a head fake.

Creator Jenji Kohan has admitted she uses the story of WASPy prison inmate Piper Chapman to draw TV audiences into stories about the types of women who rarely take centerstage in more mainstream fare: a transgender woman, an older Russian woman, poor and undereducated black and Hispanic women and the mentally ill.

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Culture
11:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

70 Years After A Crucial Invasion, World Honors D-Day

President Obama speaks during the joint French-American D-Day commemoration at the Normandy American Cemetery.
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Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 11:07 am

World leaders are gathered in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day some 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley called the area overlooking the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of U.S. troops are laid to rest, "one of the most beautiful places on Earth."

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