Saving Stories

In this latest edition of WUKY's  award winning history program Saving Stories, Dr. Doug Boyd with the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries presents audio from a collection of interviews Robert Penn Warren conducted in 1964 on the unfolding Civil Rights Movement.  On April 27, 1964 Penn Warren battled through equipment issues to have a candid conversation with James Baldwin.  The author, lecturer and activist was featured in the recent Academy Award nominated documentary "I Am Not Your Negro."

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In this latest edition of WUKY’s award winning history series Saving Stories, Dr. Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries and Alan Lytle discuss an incident that happened on the UK campus.  Fifty years ago this week, the country was rocked by the shooting of four student protesters by National Guard troops on the Kent State campus - that incident touched off demonstrations across the country including at UK where an ROTC annex building caught on fire.  And fifty years later the Nunn Center continues to document the varying accounts of just what happened.

If this were a normal year we’d be in the final days of the Keeneland Spring Meet and people would be flocking to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby this Saturday but of course the global pandemic changed all of those plans.  Racing or no racing, Lexington remains the Horse Capital of the World and UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History continues to document this signature industry.  In this latest edition of WUKY’s award winning series Saving Stories, center director Doug Boyd highlights a recent interview with former Keeneland President Ted Bassett.  The native Kentuckian talks about preserving the delicate balance between tradition and modernity at the iconic racetrack.  This interview is part of a larger project between the Nunn Center,Keeneland and Thoroughbred Daily News called Life's Work.

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The University of Kentucky Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History has several interviews with survivors of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic; some of which were recently accessed by the New York Times for an in depth story on Philadelphia's infamously slow implementation of social distancing policies that could have helped slow the spread.  In our latest edition of WUKY's Award-Winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center director Dr. Doug Boyd plays first-hand accounts from flu survivors in Philadelphia and here in Kentucky.

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In our latest edition of Saving Stories, WUKY's award winning history program, Dr. Doug Boyd with the UK Libraries Nunn Center for Oral History shares newly discovered audio from a series of interviews with Lyman T. Johnson; the first African-American student to set foot on the UK campus.  Johnson successfully challenged a state law that prohibited students of different races to be educated together in the same classroom.  The university had been getting around the 'Day Law' by sending professors to the Kentucky State University campus in Frankfort to instruct African-American students.  That all changed with Johnson in 1949.

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Wait 'til you hear what Happy Chandler had to say about Colonel Sanders! In the latest installment of Saving Stories, WUKY's Award Winning History Series, Doug Boyd, director of the UK Libraries' Nunn Center for Oral History and Ben Chandler, grandson of political legend A.B. Happy Chandler, discuss 68 previously restricted interviews featuring Chandler, his friends, family, allies and adversaries.  Happy Chandler was part of Kentucky's, and the nation's, political and cultural landscape for the better part of the 20th century.  In one interview Chandler talks about one of the many dirty tricks played on him by his political rival John Y. Brown Sr.  This particular episode involved none other than "The Colonel" Harlan Sanders.

Saving Stories: Len Press And The Fateful Trip That Inspired KET

Aug 15, 2019
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In this latest installment of WUKY's Award Winning history program Saving Stories, Alan Lytle talks with Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Nunn Center for Oral History about the hours of interviews with Kentucky Education Television founder Len Press.  The former WBKY general manager talks about his first visit to Knott County, Kentucky in 1952; a trip that would not only change the trajectory of his life and career, but also provide the spark of an idea of connectivity later realized through the launching of the statewide public television network now known as KET.

WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories with Dr. Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries, returns with audio from the Heyburn Initiative For Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.  Among the more than 40 interviews conducted by project director Anu Kasarabada, is a conversation with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died at the age of 99 earlier this month.  Stevens is one of only a few Supreme Court Justices who started their law careers by clerking for a Supreme Court Justice.  In this interview from 2017 Stevens reveals that a coin toss determined whether he would clerk for Justice Wiley Rutledge or Chief Justice Fred Vinson; both hailed from Kentucky.

Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and in a special edition of Saving Stories we hear a first-hand account of what it was like for the thousands of soldiers sent on a do-or-die mission to liberate France from the Nazis.

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As the University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad vies for yet another National Championship, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries is collaborating on a project to preserve the program's rich and storied history.  Center director Doug Boyd talks about it with WUKY's Alan Lytle in this edition of Saving Stories.  You'll hear from two of the principals that helped usher in the modern era of cheerleading at UK.