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WUKY's Joe Conkwright talks with Elisha Holt with Francisco's Farm Art Fair. She talks about what to expect at this weekend's event in downtown Midway. 

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The Field is set for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby and Essential Quality, has been installed as the morning line, 2 to 1 favorite. It’s been thirty years since a Bluegrass Stakes winner (Strike the Gold 1991) has triumphed on the First Saturday in May but could it happen this year? Joining us to talk all things Derby are two representatives from the Lexington-based Paulick Report; Features Editor Natalie Voss and News Editor Chelsea Hackbarth.

120: Common Threads Of Kentucky History - Divided We Stood

Apr 26, 2021
Kentucky Historical Society

The Kentucky Historical Society and WUKY are back with another episode of 120: Common Threads of Kentucky History. This week we discover and discuss a number of unique stories tied to Kentucky's role in the Civil War. We talk with Amy Murrell Taylor, associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky about her book, Embattled Freedom; Journeys Through The Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps, which recently won the prestigious Frederick Douglass prize for the study of global slavery, and Chuck Welsko, manager of the Kentucky Historical Society's Civil War Governors project. We also hear a number of first-hand accounts of Kentuckians who were caught up in the conflict. Once again your hosts are WUKY's Alan Lytle and Greg Hardison & Stuart Sanders of KHS.

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As we continue to inch toward that 2.5 million vaccine goal in Kentucky, which will bring about a loosening of COVID restrictions, spring is usually a time when we see ramped up social activity, with that thought in mind WUKY's Alan Lytle recently spoke with Mary Quinn Ramer, the president of VisitLex about lessons learned from 2020 and what to expect going forward post-pandemic.

“The Winn Gunn House, Smith and Smith Funeral Home,” Tour the Historic Bluegrass, accessed April 19, 2021, https://tourthehistoricbluegrass.com/items/show/25.

Over the years it’s had many names: “Gunntown,” “Kinkeadtown,” and “Goodloetown,” and thanks to the talented and driven Black professionals in Lexington’s East End neighborhood, it was also a center for creation and growth for the horse racing industry in Kentucky. Now, Keeneland and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation are teaming up on a virtual walking tour of the area using a new state of the art phone app. For more details on this new project WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with Brittany Sams, she’s a historic preservation specialist with the Blue Grass Trust For Historic Preservation.

Office of Kentucky Governor

Last week on Capitol Chat WUKY's Alan Lytle and Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock discussed 3 major accomplishments, mainly bipartisan, of the recently concluded Legislative Session. Today they look at the flip side of that coin, the partisan battles between GOP lawmakers and constitutional officers versus the gubernatorial administration of Democrat Andy Beshear. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.