In Conversation

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

May 17th, 2019

53:51

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

53:55

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

53:05

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

53:36

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

53:12

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

43:35

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

53:28

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

53:34

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

53:54

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

53:26

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

53:30

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

53:26

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

52:36

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

52:53

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

53:25

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

52:37

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

52:45

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

52:21

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

0:30

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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