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Paducah’s Muslim families now have a local center for worship after moving into a vacant church.  

The Islamic Center of Paducah started hosting prayer services earlier this year at its new Berger Road location.   

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Find out when WKMS teams up with MSU's Cinema International to host a one-night showing of science fiction cult-classic Blade Runner. We'll be showing "The Final Cut." 

Join us for a free showing and a celebration of science in the Curris Center Theatre on campus: Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Calloway County Public Library's Sandy Linn stops by Sounds Good with news of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook giveaway welcoming Murray State students who come and sign up for, update or use their library card, faculty and staff. A new monthly story time for young children (2-5) and LEGO building events for kids (5-12) start in September. She also teases the community reads coming soon.

Kate Lochte

Slam poet Regie Cabico stopped by the WKMS studios to speak on his work and hosting the inaugural Mocktails Slam at Murray State University tonight. 

Murray State University 1961 Shield Yearbook, Courtesy of Wesley Bolin at Pogue Library

A group of six college students walked from Murray State University across the street to a small restaurant, about to quietly protest its “white-only” policy. Entering the establishment, the five white boys from New York ordered meals for the group. When the food was ready, Nancy Tyler Demartra, the first African American to attend MSU full-time and eventually graduate, stood up to pay. When the cashiers refused her money, the entire group said “no, thanks,” and walked out. It took about three months of visits like these, but with the help of others on campus the group finally pushed the restaurant to adopt an “open” serving policy. That was 1961. Fifty-four years later, Nancy speaks with Kate on Sounds Good about her experiences at MSU and her accomplishments in the Human and Civil Rights arenas.

A pathway can lead just about anywhere so who knows where we might end up. The journey is the thing! An episode of Classical Pathways with host George Eldred can take us through time musically from sunrise to night. Other examples might be music from a given locale, perhaps a musical “cruise” calling at many ports, or a “genealogy” looking at composers and those who studied under them. 

Hear Classical Pathways on the WKMS All-Classical Channel Sundays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

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The Western Kentucky Botanical Garden in Owensboro wraps up the summer with Balloons Over The Garden, the last weekend of August. Originally part of the Dazzling Daylillies Festival last June, the event was rescheduled due to weather. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Rob Blackham, Vice President of the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden Board and engineer involved with "Balloons Over The Garden" about how one can cross 'riding in a hot air balloon' off their bucket list and whether or not 'selfie sticks' are allowed on the ride.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Downtown Paducah's Columbia Theatre is in the early stages of rebirth, or that's what members of the Columbia Club hope. The massive theatre first opened to the public in 1927 and has been deteriorating since its last show in 1987. The estimated cost to renovate the space is six million dollars, which the club hopes to raise through grants and local investors. Matt Markgraf takes us on a tour of the building while he lends a hand on a recent clean-up day.

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Bluegrass music is just a part of the territory around Owensboro and Daviess County.

Now there’s a more formal push, as part of a promotional campaign, to let people know it’s a year-round place to hear bluegrass music or jam.  

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University Assistant Professor of History Dr. Zackery Heern says modern Shi'ism started with the "modernity" in general - around the 1700s, roughly the same time as the Enlightenment in Europe, birth of the United States and French Revolution. He's published a book titled The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Heern about his research and gains some context and clarity into the historical differences between Shi'ism and Sunnism.

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