Culture

Commentary
5:12 am
Wed July 11, 2007

I Remember Ray Brown

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Dizzy Gillespie said "Ray Brown played the strongest, most fluid and imaginative bass lines in modern jazz." A quote such as this summarizes Brown's expansive, nearly six-decade career, collaborating with superstars like Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, any many others. Dr. Brian Clardy remembers his first hand experience with Ray Brown, days before Brown's sudden death in 2002.

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Commentary
5:19 am
Mon July 9, 2007

Craig Morris

Murray, KY – From inventor Nathan B. Stubblefield to anecdotist and Navy Chaplain Howell Maurice Forgy, Calloway County has been home for many historic intellectuals. Commentator Martin Booth Tracy talks about how one Murray native by the name of Edward Craig Morris stayed true to his Kentucky roots while curating for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and excavating the Andean Mountains of Peru.

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Commentary
1:05 am
Mon June 25, 2007

Manhunt: 12 Days Search for Lincoln's Killer

Murray, KY – With the bloody Civil War finished, Author James L. Swanson tells us, Abraham Lincoln was "jubilant." But not all was jubilant for Actor and Activist, John Wilkes Booth. After the infamous assassination on April 14th, 1865, Booth ran for his life in what Swanson calls "A Twelve Day Manhunt." Hear what mystery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this "murder most foul!"

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Commentary
4:49 am
Mon June 11, 2007

Uncommon Mystery - A Death in Belmont

Murray, KY – Imagine how strange and frightening it would be to see yourself, not quite a year old, with your mother and two men, one of whom is a confessed serial killer. This is what happened to author Sebastian Junger and is only a small part of what he recounts in "A Death in Belmont." Hear what mysery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this Boston thriller.

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Commentary
3:25 am
Mon June 4, 2007

Ornette Coleman

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – By the early 1960's, American culture burst with innovation and freedom of expression. From Jackson Pollack to Alan Ginsberg, the flux of modern art erupted into the postmodern world today. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about a legend whose experiments with jazz music have been resonating for nearly 50 years.

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Commentary
4:03 am
Tue May 29, 2007

Uncommon Mystery - Desert Heat

Murray, KY – Author J.A. Jance creates what Publisher's Weekly calls "a taut and poignant mystery" with her novel, "Desert Heat." Protagonist, Joanna Brady, finds her husband shot in the Arizona desert on the night of their tenth wedding anniversary. But this, and her husband's suspicious death in the hospital, is only the beginning. Hear what mystery novel expert Michael Cohen thinks about this southwest thriller.

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Commentary
5:23 am
Thu May 3, 2007

Commentary - Martinez Rogers

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – The music business today is crossing genres, breaking boundaries, and opening doors like never before. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about an up and coming musician doing all of these things with jazz music in a small studio in his apartment.

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3:54 am
Thu April 19, 2007

Commentary - Kurt Elling

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Contemporary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has been wowing many critics with his latest album titled "Nightmoves." Dr. Brian Clardy talks about what he alls the "Subdued Virtuosity" of Elling's new album and why the critics are impressed.

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3:44 am
Thu April 5, 2007

Commentary - John Coltrane

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – Finding love in a society seemingly filled with hate can be very difficult. Dr. Brian Clardy talks about how one jazz performer devoted an entire album to love during one of America's most turbulent times.

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4:52 am
Mon April 2, 2007

Commentary - No Daughter of Mine

Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – The words, "No daughter of mine" are familiar enough to young women who've heard the phrase countless times as they struggle for independence from strict parents. Commentator Constance Alexander remembers hearing it often from her parents... until that one summer.

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