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Murray State alumni are working around the world. John Eads graduated with a degree in social work last spring and is now a volunteer with the Peace Corps, working to reform the juvenile detention system in Peru. Matt Markgraf had a chance to speak with Eads while he was in town to learn more about his work in the Peace Corps, what living in Peru is like, his plans for the future, and advice for anyone interested in joining the program.

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Each October, as the night falls earlier, the cool air crisps and leaves turn shades of orange and red, The Market House Theatre leads groups by lantern along the historic streets of downtown Paducah, telling stories of legend and lore. The River City Ghost Tours are underway and a play titled Dangerous Obsession opens tonight (October 15). On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf hears a ghost story preview from Executive Director Michael Cochran.

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The Murray chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Captain Wendell Oury Chapter, is hosting a Colonial Dinner on October 19, with a menu featuring foods in the style of the colonial times at The Willow Bistro. The restaurant is the historic 1929 home of Price Doyle, a prominent music professor at Murray State and his wife was one of the charter members of the local DAR chapter. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Treasurer Kathy Timmons about the event and the organization.

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The upcoming Breeders Cup Championships in Lexington is bringing in record ticket sales.

President Craig Fravel says sales have reached $19 million, surpassing the previous high of $10 million.

How many emotions does a human experience? Dozens? Hundreds? Thousands? Maybe it depends on the language you speak?

Over this past summer, long-time public radio host Garrison Keillor announced his retirement from A Prairie Home Companion, in a slow transition during their 2015-2016 season. His replacement is singer and mandolinist (and for a time a Murray State student) Chris Thile best known as part of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. Commentator Dr. Brian Clardy grew up listening to A Prairie Home Companion and says the change prompts him to reflect on other transitions in life.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac is the longest published periodical in North America, in continuous publication since 1792. Their 2016 edition was released in September and Tracy Ross speaks with Senior Associate Editor, Sarah Perreault about the new issue, methodologies for weather forecasting and work underway on the 2017 anniversary issue.

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To Kill A Mockingbird: A Big Read Documentary

Listen Thursday, October 8th at 12:30 pm to celebrate the kick-off of Hopkinsville's Big Read.

Featuring commentary by actor Robert Duvall, playwright Horton Foote, NEA Jazz Master David Baker, and Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, among others. 

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The Carson Center in Paducah hosts the 11th Annual Distillers Dinner on October 17, one of their signature fundraising events. This year's menu features Four Roses Distillery with Bourbon Hall of Famer Al Young. Tracy Ross speaks with Director of Development Debbie Wattier about what's on the menu and more about the evening's festivities.

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American pioneer and frontiersman Daniel Boone is considered one of the founding fathers of white settlement in Kentucky and though it can be a challenge to find relevance to Boone to the far western part of Kentucky - since there's no evidence he personally spent time in the region, one could argue a connection through his daughter, says Murray State history professor Ted Franklin Belue. He's done significant research on Boone, including consulting with the History Channel and serving on the board of the Filson Historical Society. Todd Hatton speaks with Belue about Boone and his legacy in the Commonwealth.

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