Former Lexington Herald-Leader John Carroll editor died Sunday. The veteran journalist oversaw the paper's Pulitzer-Prize winning series about scandal in the University of Kentucky basketball program and about how public schools in Kentucky were funded. Carroll also served as editor for newspapers in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.
Antiques Roadshow appraiser Wes Cowan and longtime NPR host Bob Edwards – both Louisville natives – appeared at the Kentucky Historical Society recently to discuss the importance of knowing and understanding our past. Here are some highlights from their conversation.
The Ghost Army
War, deception and art come together in this astonishing true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during WWII. This remarkable tale of a top-secret mission that was at once absurd, deadly and amazingly effective is told through the stories of the veterans, many of whom would go on to have careers in art, design and fashion.
Folk music legend Jean Ritchie died June 1 in Berea. Born in Perry County in 1922, Ritchie became known as the mother of folk music. She released more than 30 albums over 50 years and she collaborated with numerous musicians including Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris.
This documentary pays a rare visit to America's extraordinary overseas military cemeteries. There are 23 World War I and World War II American military cemeteries in England, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Tunisia and the Philippines.
Founded as the Young Men's Hebrew Association Players in 1914, CenterStage has evolved into one of Louisville's most successful community theater groups. The program also looks at the city's Olmsted Parks, explores the history of the city's Jewish community, meets Kent Oyler of Greater Louisville Inc., and visits Schimpff's Confectionery.
Not just a choreographer, Elizabeth Streb is a wildly extreme action architect. This documentary traces the evolution of her movement philosophy over 30 years as Streb pushes herself and her dancers from the ground, to the wall, and to the sky. The film culminates with her group's gravity-defying performances in London’s Cultural Olympiad before the 2012 Olympics.
Pellom McDaniels, faculty curator of African-American collections and assistant professor of African-American studies at Emory University in Atlanta, talks about his book, "The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy."