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Recut is a weekly podcast taking a closer look at one of the stories we’re covering at 89.3 WFPL News Louisville, with the reporter who covered it. We pull back the curtain on the news process, show our work and break down the story.

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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 things like …

'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 Prince travel …

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 bottle by …

Kentucky State Government's Sexual Harassment Problem

November 2nd, 2018


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

Despite some pretty big scandals over the …

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. Residents and …

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

October 18th, 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 people and …

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 telling you …

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 find the …

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 dollar. The …

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 Louisville's …

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.

Debate …

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 you …

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 producer …

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 which …

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 the …

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 other …

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 Russell used …

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 newsroom. 

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 or a …

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 benefits …

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 Naomi …

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 among coal …

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 from Princeton …

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 hospital staff …

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 …

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 season at …

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, that …

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 developing …

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 Louisville. …

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 black.

To …

'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 you've been …

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 all has to …

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 amendment …

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 Scott about …

Coming Soon: ‘Recut,’ A New Podcast From WFPL News

June 6th, 2018


Recut is a twice-weekly podcast taking a closer look at one of the stories we’re covering, with the reporter who covered it. We pull back the curtain …

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