Sesame Street has been a constant presence in children's entertainment for nearly 50 years. In addition to Big Bird and Elmo and Oscar the Grouch, the program also has human characters who ground the show, teaching the muppets big life lessons and helping them on their zany adventures. But over the past few weeks, there have been some issues with the grown-ups of Sesame Street.

Meet the Couple Behind ‘Kentuckymojis’

Aug 2, 2016
Kentuckymoji, via WFPL

Evan and Claire Purmort came up with the idea for their mobile app in the most Kentucky way possible: Early last year the couple was at brunch, iPhones out, bemoaning the lack of a mint julep emoji.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has unveiled a new online collection highlighting Tennessee’s involvement in the Women’s Suffrage movement and passage of the 19th Amendment.  

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If Louisville doesn't want its century-old Confederate monument, other towns are willing to take it. The Courier-Journal reports the city's Commission on Public Art held a special meeting on Monday to consider the monument's relocation.

Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

A non-profit organization is preserving part of Kentucky’s Civil War history.

Magnolia Pictures/Amazon Studios

Paducah's Maiden Alley Cinema is ending the summer on a high note, with several acclaimed independent films programmed for the rest of July and August. In the next couple weeks, the nonprofit arthouse will feature Tickled, a documentary on the surprisingly seedy world of competitive tickling, as well as The Neon Demon, the latest offering from Nicolas Winding Refn – the director of Drive. John Null caught up with MAC's John Holt to discuss the coming attractions.

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A western Kentucky tourism official says fundraising is continuing toward the construction of a proposed museum dedicated to bluegrass music legend Bill Monroe.

We're still waiting for the full picture of what happened in Dallas, Texas — and in Baton Rouge, La., and in Falcon Ridge, Minn., for that matter — to emerge. But what we know so far is this: In Dallas on Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered for what had been a peaceful protest over the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, two black men who were killed by police officers earlier in the week.

Courtesy Grow Appalachia

Every few years, Appalachian food gets “rediscovered” by mainstream media outlets as an up-and-coming culinary trend. But does that interest actually benefit residents of the region as they navigate away from a coal-fueled economy?    Ashlie Stevens of member station WFPL looked at the pros – and cons – of the outside attention to Appalachia’s other natural resource. 

Vandana Khanna

Indian American poet Vandana Khanna speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good ahead of her reading next week at MSU's Clara M. Eagle Gallery, part of Murray State's 2016 Creative Writing MFA Summer Residency. Khanna’s work has won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize and the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize as well as been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.