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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 as a weekly podcast. +

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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 as a weekly podcast. +

    Ahead of the 2020 State of Black Louisville Report, Panelists Discuss Issues Affecting African-Americans

    Ahead of the 2020 State of Black Louisville Report, Panelists Discuss Issues Affecting African-Americans

    The Louisville Urban League will publish its new State of Black Louisville report in the coming weeks, documenting issues that affect African-American residents and their livelihoods. The report is expected to address topics like criminal justice, affordable housing and more, and features essays from local leaders who will suggest solutions to issues and barriers faced by residents. This week for In Conversation, we talked about the upcoming report, concerns affecting African-Americans and potential solutions. Our guests were Louisville Urban League President and CEO Sadiqa Reynolds, District 7 Councilwoman Paula McCraney and freelance writer and author Michael Jones.

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    Leaders Discuss Changes In Louisville Arts Scene

    Leaders Discuss Changes In Louisville Arts Scene

    Recent changes in Louisville's arts scene have drawn attention to the industry. StageOne Family Theatre's artistic director left his job after two years with the company, and nine Actors Theatre employees were laid off as part of "organizational restructuring. News of those layoffs comes just ahead of Actors Theatre's 44th Humana festival, which attracted more than 38,000 people and generated a $593,705 economic impact for Louisville last year.
    WFPL's In Conversation talked about the state of the arts in Louisville, and asked leaders what they expect in the months and years ahead. Our guests were Fund for the Arts President and CEO Christen Boone, Looking For Lilith Theater Company Co-Founder Shannon Wooley Allison and Actors Theatre of Louisville Executive Artistic Director Robert Barry Fleming.

    • 51 min.
    Panelists Discuss Budget, Other Issues in 2020 General Assembly

    Panelists Discuss Budget, Other Issues in 2020 General Assembly

    Kentucky's 2020 legislative session has thus far included bills on school safety, immigration, abortion and more. With Democratic Governor Andy Beshear's budget address proposing funding changes for education, health care and other areas, WFPL's In Conversation discussed what has happened so far and what may be ahead for the legislature. Our guests were Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence President & CEO Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Kentucky Voices for Health Board Chairperson Dr. Sheila Schuster and Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Ryland Barton.

    • 51 min.
    Experts Propose Support, Awareness To Address Human Trafficking

    Experts Propose Support, Awareness To Address Human Trafficking

    Each year before the Kentucky Derby, state and local advocates raise awareness about potential "spikes" in human trafficking. Governor Andy Beshear highlighted the topic last week when he declared January as "Human Trafficking Awareness Month." But major sporting events can present challenges to stopping human trafficking, and the Kentucky Department of Education says the state's location, degree of youth homelessness and poverty make the commonwealth conducive to human trafficking. This Week In Conversation, we talked about research on human trafficking, what signs indicate someone is being trafficked and what resources are available for victims. Our guests were: People Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) Coalition of Kentucky Program Director Jaime Thompson, Women of the Well Ministry Founder Summer Dickerson and University of Louisville Human Trafficking Research Initiative Director Dr. Jennifer Middleton.

    • 51 min.
    Advocates Say Expanding and Easing the Expungement Process Can Benefit Kentuckians

    Advocates Say Expanding and Easing the Expungement Process Can Benefit Kentuckians

    Thousands of Kentuckians have expunged their records since a 2016 law made some low-level offenses eligible to be cleared. Greater Louisville Inc. has endorsed expungement as a way to boost Kentucky's workforce development and economy, but the process is still unaffordable and difficult for some to complete. WFPL's In Conversation talked about record expungement, who is eligible for it and what resources are available for those who qualify. Our guests included Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Education Branch Manager Melanie Foote, ACLU of Kentucky Field Organizer for Juvenile Justice Keturah Herron, Greater Louisville Inc. Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy Iris Wilbur and Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney Jenn Perkins.

    • 52 min.
    Will Expanded Gaming Gain Traction In Kentucky?

    Will Expanded Gaming Gain Traction In Kentucky?

    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says expanded gaming could become a new revenue source which could help fund the state's struggling pension systems. Some lawmakers have proposed bills that support expanded gaming, but two top Republicans say Beshear has overstated potential revenue from casino gambling and say proposals to legalize it are "off the table." WFPL's In Conversation talked about gambling addiction, how other states have used gambling money and whether expanded gaming bills will gain traction in Kentucky's upcoming legislative session. Our guests were Kentucky Council On Problem Gambling President Dr. Herbert "Bud" Newman, Democratic State Representative Al Gentry and Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Ryland Barton.

    • 51 min.

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