Rusty Satellite 193 – Rex Chapman and Kevin Kramer

A very special Rusty Satellite Show originates from the gorgeous Tyrolean Inn in Aspen, Colorado, where I’m on vacation with my friend, Professor John Gilderbloom. We share some stories of the trip here, seeing my son Josh, visiting the Woody Creek Tavern (the stomping grounds of Louisville’s own Hunter S. Thompson) and enjoying crazy rock and roll with Andy Frasco at the Belly Up bar.

Before I left, I had an opportunity to talk with Rex Chapman, the most exciting college basketball player I’ve seen, about his work with The Healing Place and his path to recovery from addiction to pain medicine. It’s a fascinating interview, and Rex doesn’t dodge any questions in talking about his journey.

Kevin Kramer, who’s lived in the same Hikes Point zip code his entire life, is my Metro Council representative. He’s also a leader in education, teaching at Mercy Academy. We talk about some issues going on with the Council, including his refutation of the “War on Louisville” that some have said Frankfort politicians are waging on our city.

In the news, John and I discuss the departure of Ghyslain D’Humiere from the Speed Art Museum, where Stephen Reily will take over as director on a temporary basis. And there’s big new in Butchertown, where a locally-famous chef will create a new pizza spot in the old Hall’s Cafeteria building. The announcement that long-dormant Coyote’s downtown will become a sports bar backed by Darrell Griffith is some welcome news. As we prepare for St. Patrick’s Day in Louisville, I encourage you to listen to Steve Coomes’ interviews on EatDrinkTalk with a couple of local Irishmen – Finbar Kinsella and Michael Reidy. Finally, of course, we have to talk some hoops and take a look at the outlook for the Cardinals and Wildcats as the NCAA Tournament gets underway.