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3:55 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Web-exclusive commentary: Keeping Christmas

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – In a time of on-the-go iPhone apps, celebratory Facebook wishes and "music best enjoyed by earbud" - the holiday season means, for many, a time to slow down and appreciate the family. Commentator Duane Bolin and his family make an effort every Christmas to keep the spirit of the season alive in his household. In this piece called "Keeping Christmas" he talks about what it takes and the rewards enjoyed as a result.

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3:45 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Holiday Story - "The Guardian"

Robert Valentine

Murray, KY – A Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman and the Nativity of Jesus, the winter holiday season is filled with stories classic and new, festive and religious. Commentator and storyteller Robert Valentine shares a holiday story titled "The Guardian" about a shepherd named Adonikam, who is greeted in the night by a mysterious stranger, long ago.

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2:56 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Commentary: Christmas Lights

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – The winter is a season full of festivities, diverse across cultural and spiritual traditions, but one festivity that may be most outwardly expressed and shared is the celebration of lights that adorn our houses and town squares. Commentator and History professor Dr. Duane Bolin talks about the importance of lights across faiths - and what it means to his own faith in the celebration of Christmas.

(Commentary Script Coming Soon)

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1:08 pm
Fri October 29, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - Under A Monsoon Cloud

Murray, KY – Halloween is the perfect excuse to indulge in scary stories, tall tales and murder mysteries. Commentator Michael Cohen pulls out his detective bag for an uncommon mystery novel about the covering up of a murder by members of the Mumbai police force. It's by H.R.F. Keating, an English crime fiction writer best known for his series about Inspector Ganesh Ghote. The 15th book in the series, Under a Monsoon Cloud.

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11:31 am
Fri October 15, 2010

Commentary: Abou Ben Adhem and Gail Magruder's Letter

Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – "Life was not always easy," could very well be a universal truism when reflecting on past generations. Commentator Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. We continue his series of commentaries with a lens on the past, memories of an insurance man in Arlington, Kentucky and the poem, "Abu Ben Adhem" by James Henry Leigh.

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12:12 pm
Fri October 8, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Yiddish Policeman's Union

Murray, KY – Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of an uncommon mystery about a detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day. It's Michael Chabon's award-winning novel "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

Surely it is an uncommon mystery novel that wins four top awards for science fiction. But what interested the award committees was not a future of space ships and time travel, but rather what Michael Chabon does with the past.

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4:47 pm
Fri August 20, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Oxford Murders

Murray, KY – Now that the students have returned to Murray State and classes are in full swing, we take off our summer shades and don our thinking caps. Commentator Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of the mathematical mystery, The Oxford Murders, by Argentinean novelist and professor of mathematical logic, Guillermo Martinez.

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4:18 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - Talking about Detective Fiction

Murray, KY – Mystery fans recently celebrated the 90th birthday of award-winning novelist P.D. James (August 3). James is most famous for her iconic poet-policeman Adam Dalgliesh. Her most recent book, published in 2009, is a work of literary cricitism, titled Talking about Detective Fiction. Fellow mystery critic Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of this "entertaining" analysis of the genre.

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3:52 pm
Fri July 30, 2010

Commentary: Rumpole of the Bailey

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – For television fanatics, the summer months can be long, grueling and disorienting. While production companies ready their fall season line-ups, viewers are left with a seemingly endless stream of re-runs. As an antidote for this summer affliction, Commentator Doctor Brian Clardy recommends turning to television shows of the past, and digs out a classic British series about an eccentric barrister named Horace Rumpole.

A scene from Rumpole of the Bailey - "Taming the Bull"

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11:09 am
Fri July 16, 2010

Uncommon Mystery - The Good Neighbor Policy

Murray, KY – Last Friday, SyFy welcomed viewers to Haven, a new television series based on the based on the Stephen King novel, The Colorado Kid. The publisher of that book and one of the producers for the series is Charles Ardai, the award-winning writer who penned The Good Neighbor Policy, a poem written in double dactyl form. It might just be the only criminal case in mystery in history written with such complicated commitment. Mystery fan Michael Cohen peeks through the pages.

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