WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

University Press of Kentucky

More than a century ago, Kentucky native Katherine Jackson French’s research kick-started a resurgence of Appalachian music that continues to this day, but her collection of traditional Kentucky ballads, which should have been her crowning scholarly achievement, never saw print.  Liza DiSavino, an assistant professor of music at Berea College, has uncovered the story of why.  It’s an intriguing tale of academic rivalries, gender prejudice and broken promises.  WUKY's Alan Lytle recently talked with Liza  about her new book, Katherine Jackson French- Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector. 


University Press of Kentucky

In March 1856, a dead body washed onto the shore of the Mississippi River. The body belonged to a man who had been a passenger on the luxurious steamboat known as the Ohio Belle, and he was the son of a southern planter. Who had bound and pitched this wealthy man into the river? Why? As reports of the killing spread, one newspaper shuddered, "The details are truly awful and well calculated to cause a thrill of horror."  That description was too much for Kentucky Historical Society advocate Stuart W. Sanders to ignore.  Drawing on eyewitness accounts, his new micro-history, Murder on the Ohio Belle uncovers the mysterious circumstances behind the bloodshed.  It's a story of double murders, secret identities, and hasty getaways -- that reveals the bloody roots of antebellum honor culture, classism, and vigilante justice.


Chicago Review Press

In the late winter of 1968 Democrat US Senator Robert Kennedy undertook a two day tour of Eastern Kentucky to gauge the progress of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty and to test his antiwar and antipoverty message with Appalachian voters.  Now there’s a new book out on this important chapter in Kentucky and American political history.  WUKY's Alan Lytle recently sat down with award winning journalist Matthew Algeo – author of All This Marvelous Potential – Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia.


In this special edition of the Business Side WUKY's Dan Collins checks in with Lane Report Executive Editor Mark Green.  The statewide business magazine has been extensively covering the increasing number of Kentuckians now working from home thanks to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.


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The Civil War is without question one of the most painstakingly examined periods in our nation’s history.  In fact, whole conferences are dedicated to its beginning and aftermath.  Our guest today says his book should be regarded as a compendium to help fill in the gaps of historical research regarding some key contributions by Kentuckians.  Before we all started practicing social distancing WUKY's Alan Lytle sat down with historian Thomas E. Stephens - author of Civil War Game-Changers: Kentucky and Kentuckians In America's Bloodiest Conflict.


Thoroughbred racing has a new scandal on its hands this week as more than two dozen people have been charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.  In fact Jason Servis, the trainer of champion Maximum Security which crossed the finish line first in last year’s Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified for interference is among those facing charges of administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others. Horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Natalie Voss, features editor for the Paulick Report talks with WUKY's Alan Lytle about what this could mean for the Keeneland Spring meet and beyond.


Spring will be here soon, and with it comes the busiest time of year for buying and selling homes. In January, The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors released a summary of figures from 2019. Now, with Q1 of 2020 nearly behind us we look to the numbers to try and make sense of an often fickle and unpredictable market.


UK Libraries

All this month we are visiting with Reinette Jones who along with colleague Rob Aken, oversee the UK Libraries’ Notable Kentucky African Americans Database – a free online resource for anyone who wants to know more about the history of our commonwealth.  The database is full of little known stories of achievement, injustice, and agency of African Americans, past and present, and today we have the story of Lillian Nareen White, who holds the distinction of being the first African-American Female Basketball Player at the University of Kentucky.


UK Libraries

All this month we are visiting with Reinette Jones who along with colleague Rob Aken, oversee the UK Libraries’ Notable Kentucky African Americans Database – a free online resource for anyone who wants to know more about the history of our commonwealth.  The database is full of little known stories of achievement, injustice, and agency of African Americans, past and present, and this week we look at the rise of African American attorneys in Kentucky.


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It’s a ways out still from Kentucky’s primary elections in May. But with the troubled Iowa caucuses getting the Democratic presidential nominating process off to a rocky start, WUKY’s Josh James spoke with University of Kentucky election expert Joshua Douglas about voter confidence – and what officials can do to win some of it back. 

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