Culture

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Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

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Officials in western Kentucky and southern Illinois are planning for next year's arrival of tourists hoping to snag the best spot for a rare solar eclipse. 

Inky is out.

Inky, an octopus who is about the size of a basketball and of undetermined age, has lammed it out of his tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand and is at large somewhere in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand's north island.

As founder of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen talks to musicians for a living. For a while, he's asked many of them the same question: "What is the song that changed your life?"

Hear it in Rio, Kathmandu or Timbuktu — it doesn't matter. A hearty, belly laugh means the same thing on every continent: joy.

But when we laugh with someone else, our chuckles may divulge more than we realize.

Scientists have found that people around the world can tell whether folks are friends or strangers by listening to them laughing together. And the ability transcends culture and language.

The Holy Bible, along with several other books that incorporate aspects of religion, made the American Library Association's list of top-10 most challenged books in 2015.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

It's National Library Week. Sandy Linn with the Calloway County Public Library says it's a time to celebrate the positive transformation that libraries bring to communities all across the country. Hear her speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about upcoming CCPL events. 

Some songwriters are able to write songs about those turns in life too painful to talk about.

When I met Merle Haggard aboard his tour bus in the early summer of 2001, he no longer looked much like the hard-scrabble outlaw of his 20s, but a man who had been tempered by the ups and downs of riches and bankruptcy, love, loss and time. He had come a long distance since his boyhood in a converted boxcar on the wrong side of the tracks, growing up just outside of Bakersfield, Calif., and the troubled times when he served more than two years in San Quentin for robbery.

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Dr. James Duane Bolin has written his "Home and Away" column for newspapers across Kentucky for over a decade.  They recount his travels throughout Kentucky and the United States, as well as his journeys in family, social, and academic life.

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Keeneland opens its 2016 spring meet on Friday with new technologies for visitors new to the historic track. Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory says the Race Day app now features a ‘bet simulator.’

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