WUKY In Depth

In depth stories from the WUKY news team.

Alan Lytle

It’s human nature to want to be social, even in the midst of a global pandemic.  Thanks to a spike in COVID-19 cases in most of the country, including here in the Commonwealth, we’re still being asked to wear our masks and practice social distancing; but this is also the heart of the summer tourism season, especially for Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry.  Distilleries were allowed to reopen to the public in late June, so WUKY's Alan Lytle recently dropped in on Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort to see how they’re handling our new normal.

Alan Lytle

WUKY News Director Alan Lytle is back from his staycation visiting various sites across Central Kentucky, including Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, The Mary Todd Lincoln House, The Kentucky History Center and Buffalo Trace Distillery.  He shares his observations and talks about his COVID experiences with Karyn Czar.

AP/Adam Beam

The 2020 Kentucky Primary is now in the books, and the field is set for the general election in the fall.  The race everyone was watching was which Democrat was going to get the nod to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell who is going for a 7th term.  Joining WUKY's Alan Lytle for a special post-primary edition of Capitol Chat is the editor and publisher of the Frankfort based Kentucky Gazette, Laura Cullen Glasscock.

Reedy Press

From shopping at Artique, to pickleball in Kirklevington to dining on one of our many restaurant patios, Audra Meighan recently published a comprehensive list of local experiences in a new book, and she had the unfortunate timing to release it just as everything was being shut down due to COVID-19.  She talks about "100 Things To Do In Lexington Before You Die" with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

Alan Lytle

This Tuesday some voters will head to the polls for the primary election but many more have already voted via absentee ballot.  In Fayette County all the voting booths will be located inside Kroger Field.  And, thanks to the global pandemic we may not know winners and losers for the better part of a week.  Laura Cullen Glasscock, editor and publisher of the Frankfort based Kentucky Gazette talks with WUKY's Alan Lytle about Tuesday's Kentucky primary.


It's a district that's gone from red to blue to red again.  Central Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District is hotly contested territory for one Independent candidate, three Republicans, including incumbent Andy Barr, and two Democrat hopefuls.  Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock joins WUKY's Alan Lytle to talk about the state's most competitive congressional seat.

Legislative Research Commission

The Republican dominated Kentucky General Assembly has been taking a back seat to the governor’s daily briefings and executive orders in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are the legislative branch in our government and coming up on June 23rd some of these lawmakers will be on the ballot.  Joining WUKY's  Capitol Chat is the editor and publisher of the Frankfort-based Kentucky Gazette, Laura Cullen Glasscock.

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The June 23rd statewide primary election is now less than a month away, and that means Capitol Chat is back.  We welcome in once again Laura Cullen Glasscock, the editor and publisher of the Frankfort based Kentucky Gazette.  Some important seats are up for grabs in the legislature but much of the attention is on the U-S Senate contest, especially when it comes to securing endorsements.  Several Democrats want to challenge incumbent Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP lawmaker has opposition in his own party.

University Press of Kentucky

Who doesn’t love a good true crime novel?  Especially one about a notorious murder case here in Lexington?  Golfer Marion Miley was on top of the world in the late 1930’s, winning nearly every prestigious tournament and becoming the darling of the sports world and the celebrity set. That all ended abruptly on the night of September 28, 1941 with her brutal murder at the Lexington Country Club.  Author Beverly Bell explores the life and times of the female sports star and shines new light on her untimely death…still one of the most vexing cases in our city’s history.  She talks with WUKY's Alan Lytle about her journey writing “The Murder of Marion Miley” published by the University Press of Kentucky.

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.