WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

Alan Lytle

As more people get their COVID-19 vaccines, we’re starting to see more of them dip their proverbial toes back into the social waters – while also maintaining the necessary masking and social distancing protocols. Such was the case recently for me and five of my friends who, as it turned out like dozens of others, teamed up to ramble through the streets of downtown Lexington looking for clues to solve an online LexRipper murder mystery game. So we donned some Steampunk-themed costumes, dubbed ourselves the “Fiend Finders” opened up our phone apps and had at it.  Here’s a little audio diary of the day.

Josh James / WUKY

This week on WUKY's Capitol Chat Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss three major issues Kentucky Lawmakers tackled in the 2021 Legislative Session.

University Press of Kentucky

In 1880, forty-three women walked into the president's office at the University of Kentucky and signed the student register, becoming the first female students at a public college in the commonwealth. But gaining admittance was only the beginning. WUKY wraps up our salute to Women's History Month with a conversation with Terry L. Birdwhistell and Deirdre Scaggs, co-authors of Our Rightful Place: A History of Women at the University of Kentucky, 1880—1945.

Josh James / WUKY

The GOP dominated Kentucky General Assembly is now in recess after passing a flurry of bills last week, some will earn the Democrat governor’s signature, while others will garner his veto. And lawmakers certainly aren’t done yet with this year’s session with several pieces of legislation still in play. For some analysis on Capitol Chat we turn once again to the editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette Laura Cullen Glasscock.

Aviation Museum Of Kentucky

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington is home to the Kentucky Aviation Hall Of Fame where more than a dozen women have been enshrined. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently took a trip to the museum and talked with long-time board secretary Marty Schadler. Special thanks to Marty and operations manager Hunter Moore for the museum tour.

LRC Public Information

If you listen closely you can almost hear the clock ticking down on this year's legislative session. This week on Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss several bills that are on the fast track to the governor's desk and others that are still languishing in committee.

University Press of Kentucky

As part of our salute to Women’s History Month WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with UK History Professor Melanie Beals Goan about her new book, “A Simple Justice – Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote," which chronicles the many high profile and unsung heroes of the suffrage movement.  Not surprisingly much of that discussion centered around the complicated legacy of Laura Clay.

Karyn Czar / WUKY

This week on WUKY's Capitol Chat Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discuss a number of election-oriented bills making their way through the General Assembly.

Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

For years, people from all over the world have been coming to Ashland the Henry Clay Estate to learn more about the 19th century politician known to history as the Great Compromiser. But starting in 2020 they’ve also been exposed to the not so virtuous side of this famous Kentuckian. Henry Clay – Popular Statesman AND Slaveholder.  Traces is the only known guided Slavery tour in the entire state. WUKY's Alan Lytle recently took the tour and he files this report.


International Museum Of the Horse

In 2018 the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park opened Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf, a permanent exhibit to celebrate the forgotten contributions of African Americans to the horse industry in Kentucky. Some three years later a companion interactive website, Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, has been launched to collect more rare and vital information on this aspect of our signature sport. WUKY’s Alan Lytle recently spoke about the ongoing project with IMH Director Amy Beisel.