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12:09 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"A Long Way from St. Lucy"

Murray, KY – Nine years old. First day of fourth grade. I have barely mastered Double Dutch and long division. Our classroom is on the third floor of St. Francis School, not the first level like last year. After grade three, the girls have classes separate from the boys because males are deemed near occasions of sin, whatever that means.

Grade 4 - Girls is the room right across from the principal's office. On the first day of school it is she, Sister Philippa, who greets us.

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12:06 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"A Review of Jian Ping's Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China"

Murray, KY – The little girl on the sepia-toned cover of Mulberry Child, A Memoir of China, meets the camera's eye with an unwavering gaze. The no-nonsense haircut and slight downward curve of her mouth suggest a serious demeanor, but the hint of color on the lips implies a spark of assertiveness lurking beneath author Jian Ping's earnest fa ade.

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12:38 am
Wed January 2, 2008

A New Years Eve to Remember

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – For some, New Years Eve means a night with the family, gathered around a television to watch the ball drop as the clock strikes 12. For others, it's a night on the town, partaking in local festivities. One year, for Commentator Dr. Brian Clardy, it was a night at NPR's Toast of the Nation 2004, bringing in the new year in an intimate concert with Kurt Elling.

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Commentary
12:37 am
Fri December 21, 2007

The Meaning of Kwanzaa

Murray, KY – Since its creation in 1966, African Americans have celebrated their cultural heritage with the celebration of Kwanzaa, which derives from a Swahili phrase meaning First Fruits. Dr. Brian Clardy and Dr. Debbie Owens explain the origins of the week long celebration and the seven associated principles.

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12:36 am
Fri December 21, 2007

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Some call the 1965 animated classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Christmas special that almost never was. With a miniscule production budget, choppy animation and no laugh-track, producers were certain the special would be a complete flop But to a complete surprise, it was a smash hit, eventually winning an Emmy and a Peabody award Commentator Brian Clardy talks about why this telling of the true meaning of Christmas has stayed in the hearts of countless viewers for over 40 years.

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Commentary
12:24 am
Fri December 21, 2007

Christmas Lights

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – When Edward Johnson, associate to Thomas Edison, strung lights around his home Christmas Tree in 1882, opened his windows, and flipped the switch passersby called it magnificent local newspapers called it a publicity stunt and Johnson was called the Father of the Electric Christmas Tree Lights. One hundred years ago, a tree adorned with lights would have cost around 2000 dollars, but now it's tradition for families around the world. Duane Bolin examines the importance of lights in traditions, religion, and literature.

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Commentary
12:36 am
Thu December 13, 2007

Between Town and Family in South Fulton, TN: A Hometown Christmas

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – From fruitcakes to lutefisk, every family's got their time honored holiday traditions. Commentator, Dr. Brian Clardy takes us to South Fulton Tennessee, and shares some of his Christmas customs between town and family.

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3:54 am
Tue December 4, 2007

On Chrismastime and Loss

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – For most, the holiday season signifies a time for celebration... It's no wonder why it's been declared The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. But for some, the winter holidays can be the loneliest time of the year A bittersweet reminder of past times and hardships... Dr. Brian Clardy shares with us a story from his past about how the passing of a loved one launched a new holiday tradition for his family.

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1:47 am
Tue November 6, 2007

Chick Corea

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Of the many sounds of jazz, few stand out as truly genre defying From avant-garde to bebop and hard-hitting fusion to heady forays into classical it is no overstatement to call Chick Corea one of the most prolific composers of the late 20th century Dr. Brian Clardy talks about his first exposure to this Grammy Award winning well is it safe to say genius ?

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11:43 pm
Wed October 17, 2007

A Destin Diary Day 2

Dr. Duane Bolin

Murray, KY – Commentator Duane Bolin takes us back to the summer time in the second part of his series, colorfully reflecting on his summer vacation in Destin, Florida.

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