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Murray State's Theatre Department conjures Shakespeare's The Tempest Thursday through Sunday in the Robert E. Johnson Theatre of Doyle Fine Arts. Director Daryl Phillipy talks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the "fantastic spectacle" of a show, complete with magical elements and a steampunk aesthetic.

We continue a series of reports called Racer Scholar Profiles, highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across college and schools. Our fourth guest is Dr. Jason Jaggers, Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, who studies exercise concepts in special populations, including those with diabetes and HIV. Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Jaggers on Sounds Good about his research.

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Update: This reading was rescheduled to April 2, due to winter weather in February. This conversation was re-broadcast on Sounds Good, April 1.

In 2013, Penguin Books published Adrian Matejka's book about the flamboyant boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world who held the title from 19088 to 1915. The book received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recognizing its important contribution to the understanding of racism and human diversity. Writing for Boston.com of The Boston Globe, John Freeman says that Matejka's voice is that of the boxer: "The gold-toothed, Shakespeare-loving, womanizing child of ex-slaves talks jive, taunts opponents, and muses philosophical about the American condition: 'When I clinch a man/it's like being swaddled in forgiveness.'" Kate Lochte visited with Matejka about The Big Smoke ahead of his reading Thursday night at Murray State.

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Murray State University has a Muslim student population of roughly 360 students, along with their families, which is relatively large for the small college town. Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, who teaches in the Political Science Department, says he hadn't encountered many Saudis in his life until he came to western Kentucky. Tomorrow, students, faculty and community members are invited to meet and interact with people from different parts of the world in a day-long Islamic Culture Experience in the Curris Center Dance Lounge, hosted by the Murray State's Muslim Student Organization, including documentary films, cultural activities and food. Dr. Alkhatib and his wife Maysoon Suleiman-Khatib, an adjunct professor in the Organizational Communications department, join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with the details.

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Each of Kentucky's public universities has someone managing governmental affairs, who follows pieces of legislation affecting higher education and its impact on a regional level. Murray State's Director of Governmental Relations Jordan Smith joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about some of the bills passed in this year's Legislative Session, an internship opportunity with the Legislative Research Commission for qualified college students and his thoughts on what it's like to work with Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies in Frankfort.

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The data is growing suggesting that finding meaning and value in life can be central to psychological wellbeing, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the field's new focus from pathology to positives, the challenge clinicians have of going beyond happiness and how Viktor Frankl pioneered this method of psychological thought.

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115 years ago, James Weldon Johnson's lyrics and his brother John Rosamond Johnson's music resulted in the hymn "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Over the years, the song has been called a national anthem for African Americans. Clark Atlanta University's Dr. Tim Askew talks about his new book, Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at Murray State's Wrather Auditorium Thursday at 4 p.m. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks Dr. Askew about how his research led him to what some see as his controversial conclusions.

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The Department of Modern Languages at Murray State University hosts "Remembering the Holocaust" this Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 in Faculty Hall Room 208. The event features presentations by Holocaust survivor Arthur Pais and Holocaust scholar Dr. Joseph White. The presentation is free and the community is invited to attend. MSU Assistant Professor of French and German Dr. Roxane Riegler joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to talk about the speakers for this event.

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WKMS continues a new series of reports called "Racer Scholar Profiles" - highlighting Murray State Faculty research, scholarly and creative activities across colleges and schools. Our guest is Dr. Shea Porr, whose background is nutrition and exercise physiology in horses with the Hutson School of Agriculture's equine program. Dr. Porr speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about her work with students, from incorporating social media in the classroom to testing hemp as an alternative to traditional horse bedding.

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The Murray State Jazz Orchestra is working to highlight its student performers and historic year in 2014 by creating a CD recording of the songs they played at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Murray State Jazz aficionados can find more information about helping this project at raceralumni.com/bebold. Murray State's Interim Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Todd Hill stop by Sounds Good to talk to Kate Lochte about the project.

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