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Linda Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader

This guest appears on the following programs:
Program 2721
3/23/01: The 2000 U.S. Census—our numbers grew as four million Kentuckians were counted. But one job in higher education got a bigger headline—Rick Pitino’s return to Kentucky. Meanwhile, in Washington, it was the war of the big Macs—McConnell versus McCain—over campaign financing. And in Frankfort, the legislature closed down amid a new outbreak of partisan bickering. (#2721)

Program 2735
6/29/01: Changing presidents at the University of Kentucky, a president’s pay and a powerful political friend at the University of Louisville, and an editor who ponders—in print—the problems and policies of her own paper. (#2735)

Program 2745
9/7/01: Back to school—where teacher quality drives home. Hard times knocking at the door—state services cut, but labor pleads for a higher wage. And a golden voice gone to another choir: Our games were never better than when Cawood called them. (#2745)

Program 2823
4/25/02: It’s almost over for the rancorous legislature, and still no state budget. It is over for Gordon Davies, fired as higher education chief in what the papers say is a retreat from excellence. Meanwhile, Kentucky loses Hyundai. (#2823)

Program 2824
4/12/02: The state budget deadlock becomes a crisis, a weakened garbage bill may pass, and only a few future teachers at Kentucky State University pass qualifying tests. (#2824)

Program 2829
5/17/02: The future of higher education reform in Kentucky, changes in Democratic Party leadership, and Lexington’s mayoral race. (#2829)

Program 2833
6/14/02: A discussion of four statistical paradoxes. For instance, the percentage of high school graduates increased more in Kentucky than in any other state in the current United States Census reports—yet our state still ranks next to last in the number of citizens who’ve finished high school. (#2833)

Program 2907
12/13/02: A bleak spending outlook from ABC’s to beyond: how the state budget crisis imperils education progress. Patton’s grim prognosis is not convincing, says Republican leader Sen. Dan Kelly, who sees no interest in tax increases. (#2907)

Program 2917
2/21/03: Kentucky lawmakers hear $400 million of ch-chings, but is it enough to approve slots? Newport wants some cash. And does the House budget really spare education funding? (#2917)

Program 2924
4/11/03: Golf courses instead of social workers, Medicaid for the dead, and the Republican catfight. Plus, have school reforms run out of gas? (#2924)

Program 2926
4/25/03: Holding schools accountable—the struggle over tests. Cutting state services—the struggle over finances. And crafting a message—the struggle for governor. (#2926)

Program 3002
11/14/03: From the discount shelf near the exit sign, Gov. Patton proposes revenue strategies. “Leave gracefully” is Senate President David Williams’ reply. So what about the shortfall? (#3002)

Program 3007
12/19/03: Gov. Fletcher calls for spending cuts and tax reform—sooner rather than later ... plus other political developments. (#3007)

Program 3015
2/13/04: Fletcher’s road to tax reform, a poll that prefers service cuts to tax hikes, a ban on smoking bans, the University of Kentucky’s goodbye to Lexington Community College, a new president for Kentucky State University, and a new look at next week’s race for Congress. (#3015)

Program 3024
4/16/04: Failure to pass a budget tops a rancorous legislative session. The future of local programs is in limbo. And an amendment against same-sex unions is sent to voters. (#3024)

Program 3027
5/7/04: Education and business are our feature topics, but as always, we’ve got the political stuff, too: the budget ballet; the May 18th primary; and the governor’s high-profile lightning rod on schools, Virginia Fox. (#3027)

Program 3036
7/9/04: Questions of the week: Sen. Edwards in Kentucky? A new budget plan by Democrats for Gov. Fletcher? A newspaper says it’s sorry over its civil rights coverage. And will Frankfort and Franklin County be the state’s next merged local government? Answers to these questions, plus an interview with a University of Kentucky history professor on civil rights. (#3036)

Program 3047
9/24/04: Gov. Fletcher calls for a special session on health care benefits for state workers. Is it a reach for a cure or a cover? Also, dirty air in Louisville and stormy clouds over the University of Kentucky. (#3047)

Program 3050
10/15/04: The Kentucky House of Representatives sends its prescription for health care benefits to the Senate for a second opinion. (#3050)

Program 3107
12/17/04: Issues in higher education: selfless and self-interested donors. And about that state budget ... A judge tells the governor and the legislature to get moving. (#3107)

Program 3126
4/29/05: Fletcher’s task force on a Louisville basketball arena—the controversy over site and mission. The high cost of higher education—graduation rates still fall below other states’. Plus, transition at Humana and prep for party time at the 131 running of the Kentucky Derby. (#3126)

Program 3141
8/12/05: The governor is subpoenaed. The paper trail of politics and patronage: Who has more credibility—Democrats or Republicans? The pardon watch. Those scary headlines about failing schools. And a limited smoking ban in Louisville. Guest host: Linda Blackford, education writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3141)

Program 3146
The governor changes course; nine employees look for new jobs. Who will run the Republican Party? The campaign starts up for 2007. And Big news from two big businesses. Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader guests hosts. (#3146)

Program 3150
The state of state finances. Another Frankfort investigation? Stumping for higher education. And what does the public need to know? (#3150)

Program 3203
11/18/05: Sometimes a pardon is just a pardon. ’Tis the season for fund raising. Louisville’s smoke is snuffed, and Kentucky witnesses a media implosion. Guest host: Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3203)

Program 3223
4/7/06: The passing of a Kentucky icon: Barry Bingham Jr. Does a new budget mean new life for education? The future of expanded gambling. And the immigration debate takes to Kentucky streets. (#3223)

Program 3237
7/14/06: A new eye on mountaintop removal. And the Republicans are in turmoil, but where are the Democrats? Guest host: Linda Blackford, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3237)

Program 3243
8/25/06: Big news and a big deal for the governor, reading political tea leaves, and the latest grades on higher education. Guest host: Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader. (#3243)

Program 3407
12/14/07: Gov. Steve Beshear begins. Ernie Fletcher finishes. And Rep. Harry Moberly goes to the mountaintop. (#3407)

Program 3515
2.13.09: Scheduled guests: Linda Blackford, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Tom Loftus, Frankfort Bureau Chief for the Courier-Journal; and Al Mayo, reporter for WHAS-AM, Louisville (#3515)

April 10, 2009 (recorded April 9, 2009)
Panelists: Blackford, McNay, Steitzer (#3523)

May 15, 2009
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Luby (#3528)

June 12, 2009
Panelists: Blackford, Cross, Stotelmyer (#3532)

August 28, 2009
Panelists: Blackford, Brock, Stotelmyer (#3543)

December 18, 2009
Panelists: Blackford, Cross, Yetter (#3607)

February 5, 2010
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Steitzer (#3614)

July 23, 2010
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Alessi, Blackford, McVeigh (#3638)

September 10, 2010
Panelists: Arnold, Blackford, Bryant (#3645)

December 3, 2010
Panelists: Blackford, Steitzer, Stotelmyer (#3705)

April 22, 2011 (recorded April 21, 2011)
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Alford, Blackford, Ellis (#3725)

July 1, 2011
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Gerth (#3735)

October 7, 2011
Panelists: Alessi, Arnold, Blackford (#3749)

February 10, 2012
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Gerth (#3815)

March 2, 2012
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Blackford, Gerth, Yetter (#3818)

April 20, 2012
Panelists: Blackford, Williams, Wynn (#3825)

June 8, 2012
Panelists: Blackford, Stotelmyer, Wynn (#3832)

August 10, 2012
Panelists: Alessi, Blackford, Gerth (#3841)

November 9, 2012
Panelists: Alessi, Blackford, Ellis (#3902)

December 14, 2012
Panelists: Blackford, Gerth, Van Benschoten (#3907)

February 1, 2013
Panelists: Blackford, Colston, Hall (#3914)

April 12, 2013
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Lampe (#3924)

June 7, 2013
Panelists: Blackford, Gerth, Pendleton (#3932)

August 30, 2013
Panelists: Blackford, Cross, Loftus (#3944)

September 27, 2013
Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV substituting for Ferrell Wellman
Panelists: Alessi, Blackford, Cross (#3948)

January 10, 2014
Panelists: Blackford, Ellis, Loftus (#4011)

April 11, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Blackford, Cheves, Wynn (#4024)

May 30, 2014
Substitute Host: Joe Arnold, WHAS-TV Louisville
Panelists: Blackford, Smith, Wynn (#4031)

October 24, 2014
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Arnold, Blackford, Gerth (#4052)

January 9, 2015
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Beam, Blackford, Keith (#4110)

February 20, 2015
Interim Host: Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV
Panelists: Blackford, Combs, Stamper (#4116)

June 5, 2015
Host: Bill Bryant
Panelists: Blackford, Cassady, Wheatley (#4131)

June 26, 2015
Host: Bill Bryant
Panelists: Bailey, Blackford, Cheves, Keith (#4134)

July 24, 2015
Host: Bill Bryant
Panelists: Beam, Blackford, Yetter (#4138)

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