In Conversation There's a lot going on in Louisville, and WFPL's In Conversation with Rick Howlett gives people a platform to talk — both to each other, and with the larger community — about the biggest issues facing our city, state and region. Live at 11 a.m. every Friday on 89.3 WFPL. Miss the show? Listen here as a weekly podcast.
In Conversation

In Conversation

From 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

There's a lot going on in Louisville, and WFPL's In Conversation with Rick Howlett gives people a platform to talk — both to each other, and with the larger community — about the biggest issues facing our city, state and region. Live at 11 a.m. every Friday on 89.3 WFPL. Miss the show? Listen here as a weekly podcast.

Most Recent Episodes

The toll of COVID grief

The world is in year three of a pandemic that has taken over one million lives in this country alone. Countless families and friends are grieving the loss of loved ones to COVID-19. This week on "In Conversation," we talked to grief counselors and other experts about the unique aspects of grieving amid the pandemic and beyond. We also heard from journalists about the local impact of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion a federal constitutional right.

An update on Kentucky tornado recovery

It has been about six months since a swath of tornado devastation in western and southern Kentucky killed 81 people. It also caused hundreds of millions of dollars of destruction, leaving many to rebuild their homes, businesses, and communities. This week on "In Conversation," we talked to journalists who have been covering the tornado destruction and the recovery efforts in their communities.

Pride Month and LGBTQ news

It's Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ history and contributions, celebrated in June to honor the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. This week on "In Conversation," we talked to organizers and activists about LGBTQ representation and equality, and what local organizations are doing to help. We also looked at some legal challenges that could affect LGBTQ Americans, like Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, and legislation around transgender athletes here in Kentucky.

Summer reading recommendations

Warm weather is here, and people are getting out of the house for fun and frolic. And for some of us, the perfect summer day isn't perfect without a good book. This week on "In Conversation," guests from the Louisville Public Library gave the skinny on which books to tuck into your beach bag or read in your favorite chair. We also talked about the books that might keep children and young adults reading while school's out for summer.

Athletes and Activism

Muhammad Ali, Louisville's favorite son, is remembered for his activism as much as his first-class boxing. But Ali was not alone in using the pulpit of his sporting success to stand up for social causes. This week on "In Conversation," we explored how fighting for equity — in the past and now — is as important to many athletes as competing for awards and accolades.

Unpacking state and local primary elections

Primary Election Day is May 17th, with early in-person voting taking place May 12-14. Louisville decides who its mayoral candidates will be in the fall, and Kentucky has key congressional races up for grabs. On "In Conversation," state and local journalists joined host Rick Howlett in a live voter guide, to sort out the people and positions you'll be voting on.

Getting you ready for Derby doings

It's Derby Week in Louisville, Kentucky, y'all! Is there anything more to say? Actually, there is, as host Rick Howlett sat down with two handicappers to get the scoop on what bets are good, which horses are long shots, and where the racing industry stands these days. The Kentucky state song will be performed at this year's Derby, despite controversy over its racist themes. We talked to Emily Bingham about her book "My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning Of An Iconic American Song."

Talking With Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is heading into the final months of his administration. This week on "In Conversation," we checked in with him about the next city budget, and issues like policing, racial justice, homelessness and Louisville's economic emergence from COVID-19.

Young people coping with COVID-19

This Friday on "In Conversation," we talked about the pandemic's effect on how kids are learning, developing, and socializing. What does the future hold for young people as we navigate current and possibly new variants? We talked to child development experts and educators, and ask some young people how COVID-19 changed their lives. This episode was made possible in part by the Jewish Heritage Fund and through funding provided by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop as part of the Next Gen Public Media Initiative, generously supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Aging healthy and happy

Reaching a certain age once meant your best years were behind you. But scientists say advances in medicine now mean people are aging "better" than they used to. On this Friday's "In Conversation" host Rick Howlett talked with experts about how growing older doesn't look quite the same as it used to. And we got their advice on how to stay healthy and happy later in life.