The first president of National Public Radio has died. Don Quayle was 84 years old. He had a long career in public broadcasting — both television and radio. NPR's Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact.

Don Quayle gave me my first radio job. It was the early '60s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network — the precursor of NPR — a skinny little network of 12 East Coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it.

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The Murray State University Secular Student Alliance presents historian, author, philosopher, and secular activist Dr. Richard Carrier.  Dr. Carrier speaks April 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Blackburn Science Building in Room 228 on the historicity of Jesus and evidence for his resurrection.  But first, he spoke with Todd Hatton to preview his lecture on Sounds Good.

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Discovery Park of America's founder, Robert Kirkland, passed away this morning at 7:15 in his Union City residence at the age of 77. The park will be closed Wednesday for a ceremony titled "A Celebration-of-Life" for family and friends.

Over 17 million listeners on more than 900 public radio stations, including this one, hear “A Prairie Home Companion” each Saturday evening.

The show’s creator and host, Garrison Keillor, speaks with Kate Lochte about his solo performance at Paducah’s Carson Center Thursday night at 7:30.

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Murray State University has a Muslim student population of roughly 360 students, along with their families, which is relatively large for the small college town. Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, who teaches in the Political Science Department, says he hadn't encountered many Saudis in his life until he came to western Kentucky. Tomorrow, students, faculty and community members are invited to meet and interact with people from different parts of the world in a day-long Islamic Culture Experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge, hosted by the Murray State's Muslim Student Organization, including documentary films, cultural activities and food. Dr. Alkhatib and his wife Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib, an adjunct professor in the Organizational Communications department, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with the details.

New York Times and USA today best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, visits West Kentucky Community and Technical College as the finale to the college's 2015 One Book, One Campus, One Community Read. Although the book is set in the 75 year period between 1854 and 1929, when an estimated quarter of a million abandoned and homeless children were placed with families through the United States and Canada during the "Orphan Train Movement," Kate Lochte asks the author if she sees parallels today.

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

115 years ago, James Weldon Johnson's lyrics and his brother John Rosamond Johnson's music resulted in the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Over the years, the song has been called a national anthem for African Americans. Clark Atlanta University's Dr. Tim Askew talks about his new book, Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Murray State's Wrather Auditorium Thursday at 4 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Askew about how his research led him to what some see as his controversial conclusions.

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The Department of Modern Languages at Murray State University hosts "Remembering the Holocaust" this Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 in Faculty Hall Room 208. The event features presentations by Holocaust survivor Arthur Pais and Holocaust scholar Dr. Joseph White. The presentation is free and the community is invited to attend. MSU Assistant Professor of French and German Dr. Roxane Riegler joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the speakers for this event.