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The Reader's Notebook: Gerard Manley Hopkins

July 28, 2016 — Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of the three or four greatest poets of the Victorian era. He is regarded by different readers as the greatest Victorian poet of religion, of nature, or of melancholy. However, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not accepted for publication during his lifetime, and his achievement was not fully recognized until after World War I. (poetryfoundation.org)

Week of July 25, 2016

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Salute to Joseph McCarthy Show

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. -Edward R Murrow Sometimes we get distracted. Working in rural Eastern Kentucky, we have friends who are Muslim healthcare professionals. Recent attacks against this religion and against racial and ethnic minorities remind us of a time when another religious group in the US was under fire for supporting enemies of the US. The show begins with an overly long reminder of the damage Sen. McCarthy did to our country, with the pleas of our leaders from that era not to repeat his mistakes. Yet here we are. We are also a health-related radio show, so we talk about fecal tourism, and the recent improvement in emergency room outcomes and declines in major diseases. Tip: according to Robin Wilson, author of "Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle", there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog

The Reader's Notebook: George Bernard Shaw

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote more than 60 plays during his lifetime and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. (biography.com)

Walter Blevins, Rowan County Judge Executive (7/22)

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The Reader's Notebook: Jack London

July 25, 2016 — Jack London, whose life symbolized the power of will, was the most successful writer in America in the early 20th Century. His vigorous stories of men and animals against the environment, and survival against hardships were drawn mainly from his own experience. (jacklondon.com)

Golden Age of Radio: Program #04

5 Minute MysteryThe Six ShooterSpike Jones & His City SlickersBaby Snooks

The Reader's Notebook: William Archibald Spooner

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The Reader's Notebook: Don Knotts

July 21, 2016 — Don Knotts was a comedic actor of film and television known for his roles on TV's The Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company. (biography.com)

The Reader's Notebook: Francesco Petrarch

July 20, 2016 — Petrarch was a poet and scholar whose humanist philosophy set the stage for the Renaissance. He is also considered one of the fathers of the modern Italian language. (biography.com)

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