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Courtesy of Sarah Hopley and Murray State's Pogue Library

Mad scientists, monsters, Martians and more are artfully depicted on the covers of over a thousand science fiction magazines in a special collection at Murray State's Pogue Library. With Halloween creeping around the corner, Matt Markgraf stops by Pogue's War & Diplomacy Room to speak with Special Collections and Exhibits Librarian Sarah Hopley about the books, taking a look at some of the standouts, beginning with an early issue of an influential magazine.

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Mandolinist, composer, singer, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and future host of A Prairie Home Companion Chris Thile talks about his time as a student in Murray, on Sounds Good with Tracy Ross, ahead of his performance October 29 at Lovett Auditorium, benefiting the Murray State Music Department. Also, Asia Burnett speaks with Tina Bernot, MSU Interim Executive Director of Development, about how the concert came to be and how the scholarship will be used.

Photo by Claire Dunning, for WKMS

Murray State's Indian Student Association is holding a Flash Mob today in front of the Carr Health Building on campus, featuring a mash up of diverse Indian dance and music. Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president, international student Mayur Bhandare. They talk about how he came to Murray State, his hometown of Nashik, cultural differences between India and the United States and an Indian festival coming up next month.

Courtesy of John Eads (with thanks to Grecia White)

Murray State alumni are working around the world. John Eads graduated with a degree in social work last spring and is now a volunteer with the Peace Corps, working to reform the juvenile detention system in Peru. Matt Markgraf had a chance to speak with Eads while he was in town to learn more about his work in the Peace Corps, what living in Peru is like, his plans for the future, and advice for anyone interested in joining the program.

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The Murray State Racers football team has had split results over the past two games. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and "The Voice of The Racers" Neal Bradley discuss the games games, including the Homecoming victory over Austin Peay. They also look ahead to the Racers' next two games, starting with tomorrow's game at UT Martin and a brief preview of basketball season.

Next week is international "Open Access Week," with events around the world - including regionally at Murray State University. Open Access is a way to open up scholarly communication between different academies internationally, says Philip Siblo-Landsman of MSU Libraries. He speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about events at Murray State and more about what open access aims to achieve.


"Fun with Languages" partners with Murray State's Waterfield Library to offer Saturday morning language clubs for children in preschool to 8th grade. Participants may choose to learn French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Chinese. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Valerie Hendley about she has expanded this language learning program across the region.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The Murray chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Captain Wendell Oury Chapter, is hosting a Colonial Dinner on October 19, with a menu featuring foods in the style of the colonial times at The Willow Bistro. The restaurant is the historic 1929 home of Price Doyle, a prominent music professor at Murray State and his wife was one of the charter members of the local DAR chapter. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Treasurer Kathy Timmons about the event and the organization.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a diverse and growing community of international students and we are interested in learning more about them. Matt Markgraf recently met Aydan Aslanova a student from Azerbaijan who is involved in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at MSU. They talk about what she's studying, her hometown of Baku, and learn why chivalry and smiling are different in the United States compared to her home country.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America plays a free concert at Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium on October 15, their first concert in the area as they tour the Midwest. On Sounds Good, Austin Carter speaks with Mark Welch, Director of Community Relations & Alumni Affairs, and Dennis Johnson, Director of Bands and Orchestras, about how the upcoming concert came about and what the audience should expect in the repertoire.