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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘In Our Time’ with Melvyn Bragg

Watch out when Melvyn Bragg clears his throat. Unlike other veteran radio show hosts, Bragg won’t switch off the microphone in order to cough, cluck or otherwise clear his tonsils.

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Book: Black holes, game shows and Kenny Rogers

Patrick Wensink's "Black Hole Blues"

Black Hole Blues
By Patrick Wensink. Eraserhead Press; 196 pgs., $10.95.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘Wine for Normal People’ & ‘Craft Brew Cast’

You can tell just by looking at the icons of most beer podcasts that they contain the worst of all that’s wrong with programs not mediated by public airwaves.

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Book: A city of progress

New book details the history of Old Louisville’s Southern Exposition

Louisville’s Southern Exposition, 1883-1887: The City of Progress
By Bryan S. Bush. The History Press; 128 pgs., $19.99.

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Book: Shaken and stirred

Spalding alum’s short story collection inches toward Southern Gothic

Ten Tongues
By Cyn Kitchen. Motes Books; 128 pgs., $25.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Saturday Review’

My brother and I were sitting in a pub, criticizing the menu but praising the beer list.

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Harriett Gilbert’s ‘The Strand’ and ‘World Book Club’

Late one Saturday night some six years ago, I was driving home from a party in Hoosierland and I did something I never, ever do: I went past my exit on I-64.

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Book: A newfound creativity

Dan Rhema becomes an artist after a near-death experience

I Close My Eyes To See: The Dan Rhema Story
By Dan Rhema and Kevin Wilson. Altered Vision Arts LLC; 145 pgs., $9.99 e-book.

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Write on

Connecting writers, publishers and readers is key to kick-starting Louisville’s literary scene

There’s no doubt Louisville embraces the arts: vibrant local music scene, a ballet that boasts a yearly audience of 100,000, a theater company that claims twice that many patrons, as we

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Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

‘Desert Island Discs’

In Howard Jacobson’s novel, “The Finkler Question,” which won last year’s Booker Prize, the title character makes an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island D