My Old Kentucky Podcast
Emilie Blanton Talks Back To School

Emilie Blanton Talks Back To School

August 12, 2020

Jazmin is out this week so Robert invited back Emilie Blanton, a high school teacher and member of the Jefferson County Teachers Association Board of Directors, to talk about starting school in JCPS remotely.  Robert and Emilie talked about how the union decided to push for an all-NTI opening and some of her concerns about equity in the current situation.  They touched on how NTI looks this year compared to next year, the role of the union in policy-making in Louisville, and lots of other subjects.

Emilie stuck around and talked to Robert about this weeks news. Within the COVID-19 story, the pair explained recommendations the Governor made about the start of school, the Secretary of State's plan for the election, and plenty of other subjects.  Also discussed were a crackdown by LMPD on protestors blocking intersections.

Cuban Community Protest, Robert E. Lee Statue in Murray, plus Bill Redwine Interview

Cuban Community Protest, Robert E. Lee Statue in Murray, plus Bill Redwine Interview

August 5, 2020

This week Robert and Jazmin again tackle the two major stories from this year: the protest movement and COVID-19.  During the protest segment, Robert digs into two stories: one about the reaction of the Cuban community to the Occupy NuLu protests, and another about the efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Calloway County courthouse.  Jazmin does the COVID-19 update, and Robert also talks about the state of the U.S. Senate race.

For the interview, Bill Redwine joined us this week.  Mr. Redwine is the Democratic candidate in the 99th District -- Rocky Adkins old seat which the GOP won in a special election earlier this year.  Mr. Redwine talked about what will be different this fall, and about his passion for both secondary and higher education.

Protests in NuLu, COVID’s impact on everything, and Josh Hicks

Protests in NuLu, COVID’s impact on everything, and Josh Hicks

July 29, 2020

This week Josh Hicks, candidate for U.S. House from the 6th District (Lexington and surrounding area) visited us.  He talked to us about what he learned from his race for Kentucky House in 2018, what the protests in Lexington mean to him (especially as a former police officer) and about his passion for broadband access for all Kentuckians.

 

Jazmin and Robert also talked about the two major stories of the summer: COVID and the protest movement.  Each of those topics had several subjects, and the two talked about the history of NuLu, COVID's impact on restaurants, and lots more.

The Worst COVID Week Yet, Plus Pam Dossett Interview

The Worst COVID Week Yet, Plus Pam Dossett Interview

July 22, 2020

This week Jazmin and Robert dig into the two big stories of the summer, COVID-19 and the ongoing protest movement.  It was the worst week yet for COVID-19 cases, and it only looks to get worse.  We detail exactly what Andy Beshear's administration is doing about it.  We also cover the ongoing protest movement and some details of a police union event last weekend.

 

Pam Dossett joined us for an interview.  She's the Democrat running in the 8th District in Hopkinsville.  We discussed the unique demographics of Hopkinsville, including how she would work to ensure the significant Black population in her district would be served. Ms. Dossett is also a teachers, so we discussed what education issues she would like to impact if she's elected to serve in Frankfort.

Protests in Daniel Cameron’s Yard, New Education Commissioner, and Interview with Cherlynn Stevenson

Protests in Daniel Cameron’s Yard, New Education Commissioner, and Interview with Cherlynn Stevenson

July 15, 2020

This week on the show, Jazmin and Robert again address the two major stories of the year: COVID-19 (which is getting worse) and the ongoing protest movement (where the Mayor and Attorney General are feeling pressure this week).  In addition, Jazmin talks about Kentucky's new education commissioner.

Cherlynn Stevenson joins us for the interview.  She told us about running for reelection for the first time, what it was like trying to legislation through the early parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what she's been able to accomplish in the legislature so far.

Shameka Parrish-Wright & Ted Shouse on Injustice Square Park and Judicial Reforms

Shameka Parrish-Wright & Ted Shouse on Injustice Square Park and Judicial Reforms

July 8, 2020

This week Jazmin and Robert welcomed Shameka Parrish-Wright, Operations Manager at The Bail Project-Louisville and a driving force behind the movement at Injustice Square Park, and Ted Shouse, an attorney working pro bono for The Bail Project-Louisville and for many of the protestors who have been arrested in recent days.  The group talked about the past, present, and future of the movement, and changes they would like to see in every branch of the city's government, especially Mr. Shouse's proposal for reforming the warrant procedures in Louisville.

Before the interview, Jazmin and Robert spoke about the protests, with an emphasis on the Vision Russell project in the wake of accusations that Breonna Taylor's killing was due in part to the city's efforts in Russell, and about COVID-19.

Election Results with Perry Bacon & Interview with Jeff Grammer

Election Results with Perry Bacon & Interview with Jeff Grammer

July 1, 2020

Jazmin is out this week, so Robert welcomed Perry Bacon (538 writer and Louisville native) to talk about Amy McGrath's tight victory over Charles Booker in the US Senate primary.  Also discussed were what it will take for Amy McGrath to beat Mitch McConnell, what is next for Charles Booker, and what the future might hold for Black politicians in Kentucky.

Jeff Grammer, Democratic candidate for Kentucky House in East Louisville, also joined Robert and they talked about his race and district.  This is his second run for the seat and second time on the show.

Robert also talked through COVID-19 and protest updates.

The Primary Election Got Weird

The Primary Election Got Weird

June 24, 2020

This week, Robert and Jazmin discuss the primary election (which went viral for weird reasons), the ongoing protests (a police officer was fired this week in conjunction will the killing of Breonna Taylor), and COVID-19 (it's still happening, folks)

Can Mayor Fischer Fire Breonna Taylor’s Killers?

Can Mayor Fischer Fire Breonna Taylor’s Killers?

June 17, 2020

This week Jazmin and Robert talk about many of the topics dominating the news this summer: COVID-19, protests, and the primary election.  In addition, this week the show dives into the reasons why Mayor Fischer says he cannot fire the three officers who executed the no-knock warrant on Breonna Taylor's home which resulted in her killing at their hands.  We looked at the laws, the mayor's justification, and how it all compares to actions taken in Minneapolis and Atlanta, where officers have been fired.

Protests & COVID continue, Plus Charles Booker Interview

Protests & COVID continue, Plus Charles Booker Interview

June 10, 2020

This week we continue talking about the wave of protests all across Kentucky, and update the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, which is probably not getting any better as we reopen.  Also discussed are the selection of new MCOs for Kentucky's Medicaid Program, and a lawsuit about voting locations.

Jazmin and Robert interviewed Kentucky Representative and U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker this week.  He spoke candidly about his campaign having it's best days in the midst of a painful time for his House district and the city he represents in Frankfort, as well as his thoughts on Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and what he hopes to accomplish if he is elected to serve in Washington.

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