Evenings Upstairs


Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will present a talk on the history of the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville Thursday, Sept. 8 at the McCracken County Public Library as part of their Evenings Upstairs program. 

And he's uniquely qualified for the job.

Cunningham has had a long professional association with the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville; as a public defender, a Commonwealth's Attorney, a Circuit Court Judge, and now in his present position on the Commonwealth's highest court.

McCracken County Public Library

John T. Scopes was born and raised in Paducah and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. A school teacher, Scopes garnered national recognition as the defendant in the famous "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, for teaching evolution and popularizing the conversation regarding Darwin's theory of evolution. WKMS News Producer and local Morning Edition host Todd Hatton joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk about his "Evenings Upstairs" presentation about Scopes this Thursday at McCracken County Public Library.


A "haint" is an old-fashioned Appalachian mountain term for "haunt" and can be anything from Bigfoot in the woods to a ghost in the house. On Sounds Good, East Kentucky Master Storyteller Octavia Sexton previews next week's "Haint Tales" presentation at the McCracken County Public Library with a hair-raising story about "Raw Head and Bloody Bones," first told to her by her grandfather.


The McCracken County Public Library, Hotel Metropolitan and the Kentucky Humanities Council collaborate in an Evenings Upstairs at the Library on Thursday night. Former Negro League baseball pitcher Dennis "Bose" Biddle will share his work seeking justice for aging Negro League players without medical care, followed by Dick Usher performing as Pee Wee Reese, the player who supported Jackie Robinson's joining the Major Leagues. Biddle says American baseball fans have been robbed of ever knowing some of the greatest players in baseball, since black players were blocked from competing until 1947. Kate Lochte speaks with him on Sounds Good about his time in the league and his decades of social work.


The “Raisin”—short for the River Raisin that runs by the site—was the first national battlefield park devoted to the War of 1812. And it’s no Gettysburg, but rather a small patch of “brownfield” - ground contaminated by industry - south of Detroit. Thursday at 7 p.m. the McCracken County Public Library hosts author and historian Eddie Price for its Evenings Upstairs program - titled "Remember The Raisin!" Kentucky's Contribution in the War of 1812. Mr. Price joins Kate Lochte for a preview.