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This is a pivotal moment for west Louisville. There's a track & field complex planned, a new YMCA in the works, and the renovation of Beecher Terrace. But as property values rise, so do property taxes, and that can be a hardship for the people already living there. Is this revitalization? Or gentrif… read more

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The World Still Goes Around And Round

September 16th, 2019

Earlier this year, we set out to take a deep look at why Louisville's West End is changing -- and how. In this last episode of Here Today, we address …

A Rose Is Still A Rose

August 23rd, 2019


Just as we started working on Here Today, our colleagues on In Conversation, WFPL's weekly talk show, did an episode about the investments coming to …

Let Me Understand Your Plan

August 12th, 2019


After learning about all the ways revitalization could go wrong, we wanted to learn about the city's plan for avoiding the pitfalls that have …

The House I Live In (I Bought It)

August 2nd, 2019


Homeownership has been touted as “the American dream” for decades -- and some advocates say it’s also the way to prevent gentrification in west Louisville.

On this episode of Here Today, we take a look at homeownership …

It’s Hard Out Here For A Renter

July 26th, 2019


When you rent a place to live, you’re subject to the whims of your landlord. Whether you’ve lived in your place for a year or 10 years, if your …

Diggin' on Beecher Terrace

July 17th, 2019


The site where Beecher Terrace was built has a story that's much older than the housing complex itself. Louisville's first black doctor had a home …

Can't Find My Way Home

July 10th, 2019


Construction of the new Beecher Terrace continues, and fewer than a hundred families are living in what’s left of the old complex. Several hundred …

Promise Of A New Day (Again)

July 2nd, 2019


When someone makes a promise to you and then doesn’t follow through, would you believe them the next time? And if you trust them a second time and …

How Did We Get Here? (Nobody's S’posed To Be Here)

June 25th, 2019


What comes to mind when you hear “west Louisville?”

Do you picture the families who live there? People coming together for barbecues and neighborhood block parties. Kids playing in the park. Neighborhood churches. Or …

Introducing... Here Today: Louisville's Changing West

June 4th, 2019


This is a pivotal moment for west Louisville. There's a track & field complex planned, a new YMCA in the works, and the renovation of Beecher Terrace.

But as property values rise, so do property taxes, and that can …

Where Do We Go From Here?

January 10th, 2019


Over the past six months or so on Recut, we've talked about a little bit of everything, from bedbugs to Bird scooters. The newsroom was our oyster, and we were always on the lookout for those times it seemed …

What Goes Into Rezoning In Louisville?

December 14th, 2018


Last night, Louisville Metro Council approved a zoning change that will pave the way for Unity Place--an affordable housing complex in the …

Why Is The Groundwater Polluted Around This Power Plant?

December 7th, 2018


When you flip the switch, the light comes on. It's something we all take for granted, and it's possible because of coal energy. But burning coal for electricity leaves something behind: coal ash, containing …

'Tis The Season For Cultural Insensitivity?

November 29th, 2018


If you've ever seen "The Nutcracker," you know a good part of the second act takes place in the beautiful Land of Sweets. Clara and the …

Breaking Bourbon

November 8th, 2018


When you open a bottle of bourbon, do you ever stop to think about where it came from? We like to picture an old man, maybe two, filling my …

Kentucky State Government's Sexual Harassment Problem

November 3rd, 2018


The Kentucky Legislature has no official policy against sexual harassment. Yep, you read that right.

Despite some pretty big scandals over …

Is Louisville Prepared For The Next Great Flood?

October 25th, 2018


You've probably heard of the Great Flood of 1937 — maybe you even have relatives who lived through it. It was late January, and parts of Louisville, including The Point and the West End, were under water. …

Life's Getting Better At Dosker, But Is It Good Enough?

October 19th, 2018


A few months ago, we told you about a bedbug infestation in a public housing complex called Dosker Manor — a 700-unit high rise for older …

Our Neighbors Have Great Stories

October 11th, 2018


One of the things we love most about working in radio is meeting new people and hearing their stories. There aren't too many other jobs where you can meet a stranger in one moment and in the next they're …

You're (Probably) Recycling Wrong

October 4th, 2018


A couple years ago, WFPL launched Curious Louisville, a regular series where listeners ask us questions about the city and we investigate to …

Recut: Is Louisville's Land Bank Working?

September 27th, 2018


Louisville’s Land Bank Authority acquires abandoned properties and then sells them to new owners very cheap, sometimes for as little as a …

What If You Had To Leave Home To Get Online?

September 18th, 2018


For many of us, having the internet at home is as important as having electricity, or maybe even water. We use it to watch our favorite TV shows, to do homework, to pay bills.

But inside 40 percent of …

With Castleman Moving, What's Next?

September 13th, 2018


In early August, Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher announced that the John Breckinridge Castleman statue would be removed from Cherokee Triangle.

There's A Thin Line Between Revitalization And Gentrification

September 6th, 2018


We've seen it before: A neighborhood dealing with high poverty and crime, and offering few economic prospects, is given a boost.

State and federal investments for new projects are approved. Maybe a new, trendy …

Reporting On The Opioid Crisis In Small Towns

September 4th, 2018


Sitting in our recording studio, we're within about five miles of 15 different drug addiction recovery facilities. From our station, it’s a 17-minute walk to someplace you can get a Hepatitis A vaccine, even if …

A Long Time Ago, In A School System Not Far Away...

August 30th, 2018


“We should have a scroll at the top of all JCPS coverage, like what
happens at the beginning of “Star Wars” movies.” —words of wisdom
from …

We Always Hurt The Parks We Love

August 28th, 2018


The Parklands of Floyds Fork is 4,000 acres of undeveloped land in southeast Louisville. It’s one of the last undeveloped regions of Louisville, and it’s home to mammals, aquatic animals, and plants — some of …

Klingons Are Just Like You And Me

August 23rd, 2018


Recut host Jonese Franklin says she's seen a handful of Star Trek episodes over the years, but isn't much of a fan. "I’ve also seen a few of …

Suddenly, Scooters?

August 21st, 2018


They showed up one day, unexpectedly, like a gift from Santa. One hundred small, black, electric scooters, scattered throughout downtown Louisville.

And then, 30 hours later... they were gone.

It turns out that …

Guess Who's Coming To Derby

August 14th, 2018


Louisville is home to one of the most famous sporting events in the world: The Kentucky Derby. During the first weekend in May, Hollywood …

A Look At The Real Russell And The People Who Call It Home

August 9th, 2018


When you hear or watch news stories about Louisville's West End, many times it's not positive news. West Louisville neighborhoods like …

Fancy (Farm) Didn't Let Us Down

August 7th, 2018


Growing up in Louisville, in a not-particularly-politically-engaged family, I had never heard of Fancy Farm until I started working in a …

What If You Can't Afford To Retire?

August 2nd, 2018


If you’re poor or living paycheck to paycheck, you might not be able to set aside money for retirement. In fact, retiring might not even be a real option for you.

If you’re fortunate enough to have some savings …

Life Along The Bus Line

July 31st, 2018


When you're looking for a new job, there are lots of things to consider. Does it pay enough? Would you enjoy the work itself? What kind of …

Will The Bourbon Boom Go Bust?

July 26th, 2018


I love bourbon. You probably love bourbon and I bet your friends love bourbon, too. Bourbon is as Kentucky as horses, college basketball and …

If Black Lung Is The Cost Of Doing Business, Is It Worth It?

July 24th, 2018


Mining experts say that black lung disease is 100 percent preventable. But a new study by federal health officials found a recent surge in cases of black lung disease — a surge that is especially concentrated …

Why Is Louisville's Eviction Rate Double The National Average?

July 19th, 2018


In Jefferson County, an average of 7,500 households are evicted every year, more than double the national average according to data …

At Some Hospitals, ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Is As Clear As Mud

July 17th, 2018


Chances are you've heard of a "do not resuscitate" order, or what is often simply called a "DNR." It's a written directive that lets …

Can We 'Re-Imagine' Louisville's Ninth Street Without Considering Its Past?

July 12th, 2018


Ninth Street. The Ninth Street divide. West of Ninth.

Mention any of these phrases to just about any Louisvillian and they'll know what you're talking about. In fact, there are people who are new to the city …

From Nigeria To The Hilltop: How Charles Bassey Landed At Western Kentucky

July 10th, 2018


At 6-foot-11 and 220 pounds, 17-year-old Charles Bassey is a wonder. According to ESPN, Bassey averaged 19.4 points and 12.8 rebounds last …

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin Lost Round 1 In The Medicaid Court Battle. Now What?

July 5th, 2018


Since taking office in late 2015, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has been on a mission to roll back the state's Medicaid expansion. And honestly, …

Will Louisville Ever Make A Decision About Castleman?

July 3rd, 2018


They city of Louisville owns about 400 pieces of public art. One of the most well-known — and most controversial — is the John Breckinridge Castleman statue in the Cherokee Triangle. Castleman was integral in …

Bedbugs Are Part Of Everyday Life At Louisville’s Dosker Manor

June 28th, 2018


Dosker Manor is a three-building public housing complex for older people and people with disabilities on the eastern edge of downtown …

Why Are Louisville's Black Kids Jailed More Than White Kids?

June 26th, 2018


Black youth make up less than 27 percent of Louisville's population, but more than 75 percent of youth jailed in Louisville last year were …

'If Your Mother Wouldn't Approve Of It, Don't Do It'

June 21st, 2018


When you're hired by the state of Kentucky, you may have to take anti-harassment training — or you may not, it depends on which agency you work for. Another variable? Whether you're sent to training after …

We Check The Coal Ash Data So You Don't Have To

June 19th, 2018


Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. We burn a lot of coal in this country, leaving behind a lot of coal ash, which contains mercury, arsenic, lead, and other dangerous substances. And it …

Is The Marsy’s Law Ballot Language Too Vague?

June 14th, 2018


On Election Day, Kentucky voters will choose representatives for Congress and the statehouse. And they'll also be asked if they want to change the state constitution to include Marsy’s Law, a constitutional …

It's Hard To Be What You Can't See

June 12th, 2018


Welcome to the debut episode of Recut! After months of planning, we're very excited to finally share this podcast with you.

On this episode, host Jonese Franklin speaks with WFPL Education Reporter Roxanne …

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