Five Things

Five Things

From Louisville Public Media

How do the objects we love define us? What can we learn from the things we treasure? And how can we discover a life story through those objects? Five Things, from 89.3 WFPL and Louisville Public Media, explores those questions and more.More from Five Things »

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 27: Writer Shannon Stocker on Risk and Pain

Our guest is writer Shannon Stocker, who chose a risky experimental treatment in another country in a last-ditch effort to cure a painful disorder. It's known as "complex regional pain syndrome," or CRPS, and it's tough to diagnose and treat. Stocker says she and her husband Greg had to work together to figure out how to help her, which ultimately led them to try a medically-induced coma in a Mexican hospital. She talked with me about how chronic pain can affect a person's mental health, why she loves her cheap wedding ring, and the woman in Mexico who predicted her daughter's birth.

Episode 26: Shakespeare Director Matt Wallace on Putting On a Show

Matt Wallace is the producing artistic director at Kentucky Shakespeare, which puts on the summer Shakespeare festival in Central Park along with outreach and education throughout the state. He also works with Shakespeare Behind Bars, where he directs an annual Shakespeare production with inmates at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Oldham County. Plus, ask anyone about Matt Wallace, and they'll always mention how nice he is. (It's true, he really is.)

Episode 25: Dennis Ledford and His Vintage Life

Our guest is Louisville musician Dennis Ledford. He's been part of the Louisville music scene since the 1960s, and if you graduated from high school in Louisville in the 90s, he probably played your senior prom as part of Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes. He's got stories on stories to tell, and what really struck me about our conversation was that all of his objects were really about people.

Episode 24: Pastor Joe Phelps on Connection, Loss, and Springsteen

My guest this week on Five Things is Joe Phelps, the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. His church is known for being a progressive place, and we talked about the forces that have led him to the viewpoints he has now. He's experienced great loss along with great success, and he sees it all as a continuum.

Episode 23: A Life in the Circus with Anne Miller

Our guest is Anne Miller, who has a Ph.D in neuropsychology and is also the co-owner of Suspend Louisville, a studio that teaches circus arts like aerial silks, acrobatics, and juggling. You might be surprised to learn how much those two different paths have in common.

Episode 22: Marybeth Legler on River Life, Intuitive Cooking, and a Golden Unicorn

On this week's edition of Five Things, my guest is Marybeth Legler, a kindergarten teacher and nutritionist who lives in Louisville. She grew up in northern Indiana, near Fort Wayne, and when she came into the studio to talk about five significant objects that have defined her life, she was wearing one of them. She has some incredible tales to tell, and a unique way of looking at her life story.

Episode 22: Marybeth Legler on River Life, Intuitive Cooking, and a Golden Unicorn

Episode 21: Writer Anne Bogel on Coffee, Jane Austen, and Good Walking Shoes

On this week's edition of Five Things, my guest is Louisville writer Anne Bogel. Her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy (which I've read for years), covers a variety of topics: work, family, style, and her primary passion, books. She also hosts a podcast called "What Should I Read Next," in which she helps readers find new books to enjoy. We talked about her favorite kinds of coffee — and why it's challenging for her to find a new favorite, the importance of a good pair of walking shoes, and just how much she really loves Jane Austen.

Episode 21: Writer Anne Bogel on Coffee, Jane Austen, and Good Walking Shoes

Episode 20: Air Guitar Champ Matt Burns on "Bill & Ted," Video Games, and Ukeleles

On this week's edition of Five Things, my guest is Matt Burns, the reigning world champion of competitive air guitar. When he's not melting faces onstage, he's a waiter in Staten Island, New York. He's been in Louisville as part of the cast of "Airness," a play about air guitar at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Burns played the announcer for the various air guitar competitions that were depicted onstage, and then at the end of the show, he gave a special surprise performance that had the audience on their feet. This is a fun one.

Episode 20: Air Guitar Champ Matt Burns on "Bill & Ted," Video Games, and Ukeleles

Episode 19: Larry Muhammad on Writing, Working Out, and Kentucky Black History

This week's guest on Five Things is writer Larry Muhammad, a former longtime reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal who now spends his time writing, directing and producing plays. He brought a stack of papers into the studio for our conversation about the objects that are important to him, and he surprised me by telling me about the meaning behind his frequently-used pen name, Cisco Montgomery.

Episode 19: Larry Muhammad on Writing, Working Out, and Kentucky Black History

Episode 18: Curator Aldy Milliken on Art, Living Abroad, and the Perfect Sarong

This week's guest on Five Things is Aldy Milliken, director of the KMAC Museum, formerly known as the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Milliken came to Louisville in 2012 from Stockholm, where he ran a gallery and championed contemporary art. He's American, raised on the east coast, but he spent time on the west coast in Indonesia, and in Hungary before moving to Sweden.

Episode 18: Curator Aldy Milliken on Art, Living Abroad, and the Perfect Sarong

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