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Amnesty International at Murray State University hosts death row exoneree Kirk Bloodsworth Friday night at 6 in MSU's Freed Curd Auditorium. Bloodsworth is the first person in the United States exonerated from death row by DNA testing. The lecture is open to all. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Kirk Bloodsworth about the circumstances of his exoneration.

Murray State's Department of Art & Design faculty, area artists, alumni and talented students offer their works at an auction to raise money this Friday with the Annual MSU Holiday Art Auction. Kate Lochte speaks with artist, professor and chair of the auction committee, Sarah Gutwirth. 

Today is the last day of a two-artist show featuring artworks in wood and photographs in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. There's a talk by photographer Noah Doely at 4 p.m. with a show-closing reception following. So there are only a few hours left to see the exhibitions. A couple weeks ago, we met Doely on Sounds Good. Today, we meet Murray State's new assistant professor in furniture design and woodworking, Sarah Martin. She and Kate Lochte take a walk through her exhibition, titled "Sites" in the Gallery on the sixth floor of Doyle Fine Arts.

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WebMD describes depression as "a serious illness - just like diabetes or heart disease. Expecting positive thinking to cure depression is like expecting a person with diabetes to lower his blood sugar level by thinking happy thoughts. Most people need treatment to beat depression." On Sounds Good, we continue our conversation about depression with Murray State University assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, with an exploration of acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT.

Voice of the Racers Neal Bradley stops by Sounds Good to talk with Tracy Ross about all things Murray State Racers Football and Basketball. The football season is wrapping up and Bradley gives a summary of how the Racers fared. Also, the Men's Basketball season is just getting underway and we'll hear about some of Coach Steve Prohm's strategies for the season.

Murray State University theatre professors Daryl Phillipy and Lissa Graham Schneider set the mood for Halloween with readings from two classics in horror fiction: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, on Sounds Good.

Murray State alumna Holly Wise is passionate about multimedia storytelling with an emphasis on international humanitarian issues. She teaches at Texas State University near Austin and she founded VoiceBox Media in 2012. Its purpose is to create journalistically sound multimedia story packages for small to mid-sized nongovernmental organizations in order to bridge the gap between them and potential donors. Kate Lochte and Holly Wise chat on Sounds Good about her accomplishments.

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Murray State University hosts representatives from Frankfort and statewide agencies in the energy sector today for an observance of National Bioenergy Day (#bioenergyday) at the Equine Center. Sessions include conversations on energy strategies involving advanced biofuels, woody biomass and the first modern legal harvest of industrial hemp in Kentucky (today at Murray State).

The observance also includes the official lighting of Murray State's bio-burners and the announcement of a state wood energy grant. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets the details from Tim Hughes, Director of the Division of Biofuels of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. 

Murray State University hosts a teach-in today titled "Eracism 101," an effort in advancing the community in conversation on race in a positive way. Tracie Gilbert, Minority Teaching Fellow in the MSU Department of Psychology, English & Philosophy says the lack of touching the topic of race and racism fosters ignorance and that aversion and denial is what leads to the perpetuation of injustices. She speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the courageous conversations and what the event hopes to achieve.

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"One of the cornerstones of treatments for depression is getting out and moving in the world in ways that matter to the individual," says Dr. Michael Bordieri, assistant professor of psychology at Murray State University. Mindfulness can be a way to help achieve that, by becoming aware of ones thoughts and not changing them, but rather letting them go. This is the topic of the fourth conversation in our series on understanding depression: the emerging therapeutic use of mindfulness.