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4:45 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Actors Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper horse around on the set of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while filming in New York in March. Tina Fey's new TV series was developed for NBC, but will air on Netflix instead.
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Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:49 pm

When critics asked Tina Fey how her new series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would be different now that it's airing on Netflix instead of NBC, she had quite the zinger ready.

"I think season two's gonna mostly be shower sex," Fey said during a press conference last week, drawing laughs. But she also had a point.

Fey's first series since 30 Rock was developed for her longtime TV home, NBC.

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1:11 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Remarkable Kentuckians: The Sharpshooter That Broke the British in New Orleans

Ephraim Brank
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The War of 1812 was considered by many Kentuckians to be their war as control over the Mississippi River was at stake. This struggle culminated in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. At the peak of this decisive American victory is one man: a western Kentuckian named Ephraim Brank of Muhlenberg County. Historian James Claypool joins us on Sounds Good to tell us the story of the Kentucky sharpshooter that broke the British resolve and promoted their retreat.

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7:57 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Kentucky Beekeeper Goals for 2015

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Kentucky's chief beekeeper would like to see the numbers of her colleagues grow across the state in 2015. 

 

State Apiarist Tammie Horn said there are only a couple hundred commercial beekeepers in the U.S.  Horn, a senior researcher at Eastern Kentucky University, says the vast majority of those who tend hives in the Commonwealth are part-timers, otherwise known as sideliners.   She said these beekeepers can still see financial benefits.

 

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Culture
6:59 am
Thu December 25, 2014

A Century Ago, When The Guns Fell Silent On Christmas

British and German soldiers fraternizing at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914. World War I was raging at the time, but front-line troops initiated the truce, which they documented in photos and letters. Commanders on both sides were furious when they learned of it.
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

A century ago, young men in Europe were killing each other by the tens of thousands. World War I, which had erupted just a few months earlier, was raging. Yet on a frozen Christmas Eve, the guns briefly fell silent.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend, portrayed in films, television ads, and songs. On this 100th anniversary of the cease-fire, it is possible to reconstruct the events of that day from letters, diaries, and even the recorded spoken words of the men who experienced the truce.

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11:38 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Bianculli's Top 10: 2014 Was A 'Good Year For Programming'

Allison Tolman plays Deputy Sheriff Molly Solverson in the FX TV series Fargo. It's a breakout role for the actress who had done only theater and commercials.
Chris Large

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 1:47 pm

Although it wasn't a great year for the shows themselves, it was a good year for programming, says TV critic David Bianculli.

"In terms of what was happening on television, in terms of new and old formats and new, exciting players coming into the mix — [it was] another good year," Bianculli tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I'm actually kind of encouraged."

Bianculli reflects on how far TV has come.

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11:38 am
Wed December 24, 2014

In A 'Depressing' Year For Films, Edelstein Finds Some Greats

Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason in Boyhood, was 6 years old when director Richard Linklater picked him for the role. Made over the course of 12 years, the film is David Edelstein's favorite of the year.
Courtesy of Matt Lankes

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 1:06 pm

"This is a very, very depressing year for film," critic David Edelstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "because none of the great material came from Hollywood studios."

Studios, he says, direct their financial resources into sequels and comic-book movies, which leaves little room for "creative expression, and for doing something weird and potentially boundary-moving."

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5:49 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:30 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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4:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Take A Nostalgic Trip to "A Day With Trains" at Pennyroyal Area Museum

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The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County host "A Day With Trains" this Saturday and next Saturday at the Pennyroyal Area Museum. Watch as conductors run five trains on two elaborate model train layouts. Museum Executive Director Alissa Keller joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to describe the train exhibits, the Christmas village and other arts and crafts activities scheduled for the event. 

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2:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Travis Stone is the New Voice of the Kentucky Derby

Credit Churchill Downs

Travis Stone is the new Churchill Downs announcer and will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby next year, the track said today. 

Stone succeeds Larry Collmus, who left after a little under a year to call races at New York Races. 

He becomes the eighth announcer at the historic track. 

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10:29 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

Get your sci-fi with a side of cappuccino.
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Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 6:29 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is set to be released Thursday.

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