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WUKY's Alan Lytle discusses Kentucky history with Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History on the award-winning history series Saving Stories.

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  • This past weekend the University of Kentucky, and all of the Commonwealth lost a treasure in former dean of UK Libraries Terry L. Birdwhistell. Over a 40+ year span with the university, the Kentucky native conducted nearly 1,000 oral history interviews and was responsible for establishing the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. In this special edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center director Dr. Doug Boyd shares the story of how and when his colleague, mentor and friend managed to score a one-on-one interview with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1981.
  • In this special MLK Holiday edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries highlights an extraordinary interview with Dr. King from March of 1964. Hear the non-violent advocate and activist at the height of his influence in a one-on-one conversation with Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren discussing the revolutionary nature of the Civil Rights movement and where he thought it should go next.
  • A significant milestone will be observed this weekend in western Kentucky. It was a year ago that more than a dozen tornadoes ripped through the region leaving a giant trail of death and destruction. In this edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Doug Boyd with UK's Nunn Center shares interviews from a project featuring emergency management personnel and first responders on the front lines during and after the December 2021 tornado outbreak in Western Kentucky. They talk about the opportunity to learn about the long-track tornadic system and how Western Kentuckians successfully overcame adversity from such devastation.
  • WUKY is participating in this year’s Public Media Day of Action on Thursday November 10th. It’s a movement led by Public Media For All; a diverse coalition of public media workers of color, whose purpose is to raise awareness of the negative effects of a lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in public media while sharing solutions for individuals and organizations. To provide a historical perspective of the media landscape, Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries is here with a segment of Saving Stories looking at how Lexington's daily mainstream newspapers handled coverage of African American communities. In 2004 the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader apologized for the newspaper's failures in covering the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.
  • In this special edition of WUKY's award-winning history program Saving Stories, Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares audio from an interview between the Country Music icon and a Kentucky middle school student. It's part of the Nunn Center's Bonnet Productions collection. In 1983, students at Henderson County North Middle School, under the direction of teacher Roy Pullam, began conducting videotaped interviews with prominent people in Kentucky. The Nunn Center is now in possession of all these interviews.
  • The recent death of Queen Elizabeth II has us revisiting an episode of WUKY’s award-winning history program Saving Stories with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries. Boyd and WUKY’s Alan Lytle discuss a whale of a royal tale from Mark Thornewill.
  • A cultural center known for chronicling Appalachian life is cleaning up and assessing its losses. Like much of its stricken region, Appalshop has been swamped by historic flooding. The water inundated downtown Whitesburg in southeastern Kentucky, causing extensive damage to the renowned repository of Appalachian history and culture. Some losses are likely permanent, after raging waters soaked or swept away some of Appalshop’s treasure trove of historic material. Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and colleagues from the UK Libraries traveled this week to Appalshop to help save as many irreplaceable materials as possible. In this special edition of WUKY’s award winning history program Saving Stories, Doug talks about the devastation he saw and highlights the special relationship the Nunn Center has with Appalshop.
  • It's Pride Month and WUKY's award winning history segment Saving Stories marks the milestone with a look back at the brief but impactful run of Cafe LMNOP; a popular nightspot which was located near the UK campus. Doug Boyd with the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares an interview with the club's brainchild Bradley Pickelsimer.
  • Today marks the 50th anniversary of the federal civil rights law known as Title IX which changed the game for women’s college athletics. Back in the spring of 2021, as part of our salute to Women's History Month, WUKY’s Award Winning History program, Saving Stories, featured an interview with Sue Feamster, the UK women’s basketball team’s first varsity coach. We're revisiting that segment with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.
  • We are heading into Juneteenth weekend – a holiday where we observe the official emancipation of African American slaves at the end of the Civil War, and in this segment of WUKY’s Award Winning History series, Saving Stories, Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries highlights an interview with long-time racial and social justice activist Jim Embry. Embry explains how the roots of his activism stretch all the way back to Juneteenth.