In Conversation

28 EpisodesProduced by Louisville Public Media

There’s a lot going on in Louisville, and WFPL's In Conversation with Rick Howlett gives people a platform to talk -- both to each other, and with the larger community -- about the biggest issues facing our city, state and region. Live at 11 a.m. every Friday on 89.3 WFPL. Miss the show? Listen here… read more

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Advocates: Immigrant Community Fearful But Resilient Amid Deportation Policies

July 19th, 2019


Though substantial evidence of nation-wide raids by Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) last weekend failed to materialize, the threat affected …

Louisville's Library System Copes With Cutbacks

July 12th, 2019


The Louisville Free Public Library nearly lost two branch locations and $2.26 million from its overall library funding under Mayor Greg Fischer's …

Recap: In Conversation Listens Back to Talks on Vaping, Parks and Vaccinations

July 5th, 2019


We look back on previous episodes of In Conversation. These include discussions about the increasing number of youth in Kentucky using electronic cigarettes, the obstacles and successes of Louisville's park systems, and …

Legislators Talk Past, Future of Kentucky's Pension Crunch

June 28th, 2019


Kentucky's public pension system is putting a crunch on the budgets of regional universities and "quasi" state agencies. Those entities will be …

Experts Say Opportunities Lie Ahead for Hemp In Kentucky

June 21st, 2019


Kentucky's hemp industry is booming, reporting a $41 million growth in sales last year when compared to 2017. The passage of the federal 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized the crop and opened it for research and …

This Week in Louisville, Experts Talk City Planning and Urban Design

June 14th, 2019


The Congress for New Urbanism's 27th Annual Convention landed in Louisville this week, and more than a thousand designers, planners and architects showed up to learn about the present and future of urbanism. WFPL's Rick …

As Jail Overcrowding Persists, Experts Call For More Reforms

June 7th, 2019


Kentucky was one of a few states where the jail population increased last year, and officials have taken notice. The nonprofit Kentucky Center for …

Despite Budget Cuts, Park Officials Expect Progress

May 31st, 2019


The Louisville Metro Council announced it would close public pools and cut the city budget to address an impending budget shortfall. Those cuts could …

Experts Have a Warning For Kentucky's Youth About Vaping Dangers

May 24th, 2019


Kentucky and the rest of the nation are wrestling with the huge popularity of electronic cigarettes among youth. A survey by the Foundation for a …

What's The Role Of The Community In Combating Louisville's Toxic Air Pollution?

May 17th, 2019


In April, WFPL published a five-part series about toxic air pollution in Louisville. Energy and Environment Reporter Ryan Van Velzer examined who is …

As Disease Outbreaks Increase, Kentucky Grapples With Vaccine Awareness

May 10th, 2019


In an update two weeks ago, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the recent measles outbreak has led to the most cases of the disease since 2000. Before 1963, in the decade before the measles …

Looking Back On Decades Of Kentucky Derby Memories

May 3rd, 2019


The Kentucky Derby tradition has grown and changed over the past 145 years in Louisville, creating epic moments and memorable scenes for people. We hear from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the Kentucky Derby Museum's …

Panel: Police Aren't Racist, But Traffic Policies Must Change

April 26th, 2019


Earlier this month, a Courier Journal story about a traffic stop involving Tae-Ahn Lea sparked public outrage. Lea, a black teenager, was pulled over …

Crumbling Sewers, Flooding And Other Louisville Infrastructure Woes

April 19th, 2019


Much of Louisville’s infrastructure needs repairs, but the city has a long way to go before it can upgrade its aging systems. Meanwhile, residents in some Louisville neighborhoods are experiencing frequent flooding.

Here's How Louisville Arts Leaders Plan To Diversify Their Industry

April 12th, 2019


As Louisville's art scene grows, so too has diversity and representation in the industry. One sign of that is new Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming, the first non-white artistic …

The 2019 Kentucky Legislative Session Is Over -- What Happened?

April 5th, 2019


Legislators passed several bills during this year's legislative session affecting the state pension system, abortion, felony expungement, school …

JCPS Superintendent Sees Obstacles, Opportunities Ahead for Education

March 29th, 2019


Debate on whether the state should manage the school system is ongoing, and JCPS teachers organized several "sickouts" to protest education-related …

Derby Festival President Recounts Decades of Service, Talks Future of The Festival

March 22nd, 2019


The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival expects to attract hundreds of thousands of people to the Louisville area for events like the Thunder Over Louisville fireworks display and the Pegasus Parade. This year's festival will …

Congressman John Yarmuth Talks Politics, Green New Deal

March 15th, 2019


Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth is in a powerful position in his new role as chair of the House Budget Committee where he's now instrumental in …

How Will Changes In West Louisville Affect Residents?

March 8th, 2019


The neighborhoods of Louisville's west end are undergoing a flurry of investment and development, and it could mean big changes for the area's …

Is Mayor Fischer's Proposed Tax Increase The Answer To Louisville's Budget Woes?

March 1st, 2019


Citing soaring state pension obligations over the next four years, budget restrictions and few choices, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Metro government faces a serious fiscal shortfall and services and city …

Is This The Year Kentucky Will Legalize Medical Marijuana?

February 22nd, 2019


Kentucky lawmakers have discussed medical marijuana bills in recent years, but measures have never gained enough momentum to pass the early stages of the state legislature. But two bills introduced this session, Senate …

Transportation Has Changed; Louisville Plans to Change With It

February 15th, 2019


Whether it’s the new toll bridges, potholes and construction along Dixie Highway or new electronic fare cards at TARC, transportation — or the lack …

Twenty Years After Fairness Ordinance, LGBTQ Leaders Say There's Still Work To Do

February 8th, 2019


It’s been 20 years since Louisville became the first Kentucky city to pass an ordinance making it illegal to discriminate in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. …

Will Louisville Get An NBA Team? Should We Want One?

February 1st, 2019


Soccer is big in Louisville. College basketball is huge. So why don't we have a major league team here? That's what we talked about this week on In …

Wayne Lewis Charts JCPS Plan, Defends Charter Schools on 'In Conversation'

January 25th, 2019


A state corrective action plan with Jefferson County Public Schools has gone into effect. The plan follows a scathing audit of JCPS — including …

What’s Ahead For Kentucky Bourbon?

January 18th, 2019


Kentucky’s bourbon boom is showing no sign of fading, with both new and longtime distillers investing hundreds of millions of dollars in expansions …

Announcing WFPL’s New Weekly Talk Show: In Conversation

January 8th, 2019


We’ll take calls from listeners and comments from social media, giving the community a platform to have their questions answered and hold elected …

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