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In Conversation

A weekly News, Politics and Society podcast
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The phrase "thoughts and prayers" has become overused almost to the point of cliché, but using faith and prayer as a tool to get through hardship is as old as recorded history. This week on "In Conversation," we explored the role of religion i
Veterans Day is about honoring our heroes and showing support for our soldiers. There are ceremonies and parades, and special offers for veterans to thank them. But military service is a tough and sometimes thankless job. And the challenges se
Watch out, bourbon and horse racing, the auto industry is catching up to be one of the things Kentucky is most known for. More than 500 automotive-related companies reside in Kentucky. And Gov. Andy Beshear announced last month that Ford Motor
When news spread across the city that 16-year-old Tyree Smith was shot and killed in a random shooting while waiting for his school bus, the reality of gun violence shook the city. Almost daily, it feels as if the Louisville community wakes u
Policing and police reform have had a particularly bright spotlight on them in recent years, and the Louisville Metro Police Department has gotten more than its share of attention.  At one point, Louisville aspired to “model city” status when
Abortion, guns, and religious liberty. Few issues are more hot button than these. And in its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases involving all three. Because the topics are complicated but important, on this week’s show two l
More than 6 million Americans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, making it the most common form of dementia. Dementia, in any form, interferes with cognitive function, memory and personality. It can dramatically affect the
If you're a renter trying to keep a roof over your head or a landlord relying on housing income, these last few months have been particularly unsettling. The federal moratorium on evictions has ended, and even with financial assistance availab
The most recent census numbers show more than seventy-five thousand Asian-American folks live in Kentucky, and a new podcast seeks to share their stories and experiences. “Where Y’all Really From” is the first show to come out of the Louisville
Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s favorite son, left a big footprint on the world. It’s about to become bigger with the new eight-part documentary produced by filmmaker Ken Burns that premieres this weekend on PBS. Burns brings his storytelling eye t
Usually, the word anniversary brings to mind celebrations. Commemorating happy occasions. The marking of a precious moment in time. But remembering 9/11 is different. Yes, it’s the anniversary of the date on a calendar. But it was also a compl
If you work for a living, figuring out how to live and work during COVID-19 has been no small job. Some are still wrestling with working remotely and staying productive when the commute to work involves passing the television set. Others are w
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a regular back-to-school season for our children. And unfortunately, this year’s return still has personal protective masks on the school supplies list. When COVID-19 first started, many of the most severe
For a moment in time, it seemed as if we were getting COVID-19 under control. But then the delta variant moved in with a swiftness, and now many of us have more questions than reliable answers. On this week’s “In Conversation,” host Rick Howl
It’s about to get fancy up in here. Fancy Farm Picnic, that is.  The Fancy Farm Picnic is considered the Super Bowl of Kentucky politics. Or as former WFPL Morning Edition host Jonathan Bastian described it in 2013, “enflamed politicians shaki
As the Kentucky  horse racing industry gallops toward the future, scandals plague the field, and changes might be just around the next turn. This week on “In Conversation,” we discussed the state of the thoroughbred horse racing industry. We t
It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. At least if you have good books to read, gardening to do, and social media fights to get into. This week, we listened to a few “In Conversation” discussions from earlier this year. Two Louisville libraria
This week we talked to Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) about what is happening in Washington, D.C. as it impacts Kentucky. Host Rick Howlett discussed various issues with Yarmuth, who represents the state’s 3rd Congressional District i
The most recognizable “face” of a college or university can often be a popular athlete. Yet, until recently, the athletes haven’t been able to earn money from being unofficial ambassadors. But college athletes now get to profit from endorsem
Food, food, food — that’s what Friday’s show was all about. And it’s just in time for a three-day We started off with grilling tips from local BBQ master Chan Nelson who followed his dream of turning his food truck into a restaurant. Host Rick
No matter what community you come from — city, suburb, or rural — you probably know where the local library is. This week on “In Conversation” we talked with Lee Burchfield, director of the Louisville Free Public Library. We discussed the stat
June is a month of commemoration and celebration. For the first time this year, Louisville Metro Government employees had Juneteenth off work, to commemorate enslaved people being freed as part of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth orig
Live music. Live theatre. Live events. Being able to attend shows, performances and other events in person is part of the long-awaited leap from pandemic life to a summer that resembles the old normal. On this week’s show we talked to commun
As you drive through Louisville, you see more people out shopping and dining since before the pandemic hit. But you also see more help wanted signs. While the economy has been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, employers are practic
In the best of times, it’s not easy being in charge of a city. And it’s fair to say, 2020 and 2021 have not been among the best of times. Mayor Greg Fischer joined us this Friday on “In Conversation,” to talk about where we’ve been, where we a
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