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1. The Moth StorySLAM
2. Historical Marker 2292—The Night Riders
3. Coralee and the Townies
4. Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
5. Cumberland Falls moonbow
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Jefferson County

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Headliners Music Hall, The Moth
The Moth Radio Hour

Producer: Brandon Wickey
Videographer: John Schroering
Audio: Doug Collins

The Moth StorySLAM

Once a month at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, everyday people step up to the microphones for StorySLAM, sharing true stories from their lives with a live audience. The StorySlam is part of the Peabody Award-winning NPR Moth Radio Hour.

Audience members serve as judges, and one winner is selected from among the storytellers. The Louisville show is hosted by Gabe Bullard and Erin Keane of WFPL-FM.

Topics are broad—for example, "Envy," "Detours," and "Fathers"—and often seasonal, such as "Love Hurts" for February and "Derby" for May. Aspiring storytellers put their names in a hat, and 10 are chosen to participate. Each storyteller gets five minutes.

It's all about the tradition of the spoken word here—no notes on paper are allowed. You're encouraged to rehearse. And make sure it's a story—not a stand-up comedy routine or a rant or an essay you're reading aloud. No experience is needed.

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Caldwell County

Producer: Jim Piston

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Kentucky Historical Markers

Historical Marker 2292—The Night Riders

Back in the early 1900s, tobacco growers were getting low prices for their crop from the Duke Trust tobacco monopoly, to the point that they were paid less than what it cost to grow. The growers banded together, forming the Planters Protective Association to boycott the monopoly.

The monopoly took its revenge by paying high prices to farmers who weren't part of the association. The Planters Protective Association started "pressuring" growers to resist the monopoly. So began the Night Rider movement.

Dr. David Amoss, a country doctor who had military training, led the growers in the revolt. The Night Riders led often violent attacks on tobacco farmers who sold to the trust. They would show up in the middle of the night wearing masks, burning tobacco and sometimes attacking the farmers themselves.

A Night Rider raid on Hopkinsville on Dec. 5, 1907, caused $500,000 in damage. Dr. Amoss was put on trial in March 1911 but was found not guilty. The U.S. Supreme Court broke up the tobacco monopoly in an antitrust ruling in May 1911. Dr. Amoss died four years later, in 1915.

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Fayette County

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Coralee and the Townies

Producer: Frank Simkonis
Technical Director: Dan Taulbee
Cameras: Vince Spoelker, Steve Shaffer, Matt Grimm, Kelly Campbell
Audio: Roger Tremaine
Editor: Steve Bailey

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Cumberland River
Tin Can Buddha
Billy Harlan
Paducah's Music Scene

Coralee and the Townies

Lexington-based band Coralee and the Townies describe their original tunes and sound as honky tonk soul. Coralee's dynamic vocals and compelling lyrics plus the solid musicianship of the band have won them critical praise and a growing fan base.

Coralee grew up singing in choirs. Although she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in landscape architecture, music was her true calling, and she worked as a backup singer before deciding to form her own band to perform her own songs.

Coralee plays pipes and guitar. Band members are guitarists Fred Sexton and Smith Donaldson, bass player Scott Wilmoth, drummer David White and Ray Smith on keyboard.

Kentucky Life sits in on a performance at Willie's Locally Known in Lexington.

They released their debut collection in 2010.

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Campbell County

Producer: John Schroering
Audio: Noel Depp

Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar

Bar patrons join the piano players for high energy fun at Newport's Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar.

Dueling piano bars have been around since at least the 1800s. In their modern incarnation, everyone joins the piano players in song, and at Gangsters, that includes the bartenders and servers. The pianos take center stage here, literally, with the audience surrounding the stage.

Gangsters is popular with the bachelor party and bridal party crowd, and you might just be invited to sing and dance on stage. Don't be shy—join us for some sing-along fun.

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Whitley County

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Cumberland Falls State Park

Producer: Dave Shuffett
Videographers: Frank Simkonis, Steve Shaffer
Lighting: Kelly Campbell

Cumberland Falls Moonbow

The romance of the waterfall at Cumberland Falls State Park is enhanced on the occasional moonlit night by a moonbow. The spectacular sight of the moonbow attracts people from all over the world.

What exactly creates the moonbow? The light from the moon is shining through the water droplets in the mist at the bottom of the falls, creating the delicate arc of light. To the human eye it often looks like a faint white arc, but in long-exposure photographs, the seven colors of the rainbow are visible.

The naturalist John Muir wrote about the Yosemite National Park moonbows, which he called spray bows.

Geography note: Cumberland Falls State Park is split between Whitley and McCreary counties. Everyone watching the moonbow is standing in Whitley County; the moonbow and the falls themselves are in McCreary County.

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