Rusty Satellite 207 – Rev. Joe Phelps and Drew Curtis

Both Joe Phelps and Drew Curtis are leaders of large groups of followers, in totally different worlds, and demonstrate their leadership in smart and thoughtful ways. And both are critical of Gov. Matt Bevin.

Phelps, the pastor at Highlands Baptist Church, told me he never sought publicity, but instead was presented with an opportunity to help solve an enormous problem — the plight of those who live in the West End who face the possibility of violence entering their lives every day. Phelps is all about inclusion and has reached out to the black community, befriending Rev. Kevin Cosby and leading talks about race.

Which is why he was so upset, publicly, at Bevin’s appearance in Louisville and his suggestion that prayer groups are the answer to the escalating problems in West Louisville.

Curtis, the founder of FARK.com, lives in Versailles and operates the hugely successful web site that showcases  absurd and unusual news stories, all submitted by members of the FARK community. We talk about his run in the Governor’s race, and why he felt compelled to do it. He’s got a new book coming out next year, and was in town to talk with members of the Louisville Digital Association.

The news is full of absurd stories involving local officials — including the Metro Council President’s fistfight at a football game. Councilman Dan Johnson has now threatened legal action against the women who accuse him of fondling and indecent exposure. And Sen. Morgan McGarvey is the latest sensible state politician to try to push Kentucky into the 21st century by suggesting that it’s time to pass medicinal marijuana legislation.

There’s plenty more in this all-star episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 53 – Summer Vacation Fever!

Summertime is in full swing so Stephanie and Dan talk about their favorite things from childhood vacations, including a harrowing story of survival from Dan. Then they go to the street to talk to a few people about what vacations were like when they were kids and what trip they need to take before they leave the Earth. Words of wisdom is back with several from their new philosopher, Carl Jung.

Rusty Satellite 206 – Zack Pennington and Tara Bassett

This week Rusty learned that axe-throwing is a sport, or at least a challenging game, with Zack Pennington, one of the partners in the new Flying Axes venue in NuLu. Zack explains that the new business is the first of its type in Kentucky and one of only a handful in the U.S. The Clay Street facility features plenty of room for axe-throwing, and of course beer.

I’ve known Tara Bassett since the early ’90s, when we helped launch a TV show featuring homebuilders. Since then, she’s enjoyed a number of media stops in her career, and today hosts shows on Crescent Hill Radio. Listen in as she discussed the personal story of her work with Bridgehaven Mental Health Services. And, you’ll learn she really loves dogs.

Three stories in the news got my attention this week — Gov. Matt Bevin called out those who criticized his prayer plan for the West End by saying that his opposition “hates God and this Administration.” My favorite councilman, Dan Johnson, stands accused of dropping his drawers in front of a women in a parking lot. And the long-awaited U of L audit reveals details of financial mismanagement that are worse than what we expected, revealing James Ramsey as the mastermind of manipulating the media.

In better news, the Cards are in the College World Series, and U2 is playing a concert at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday. And don’t forget it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. Join me for a very interesting Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 52 – The Bella Of Louisville

Dan’s away so the ladies play! Stephanie brings in former guest host Kim Inge of the Seeking Balance Podcast to mark the 52nd episode of the show. They invite Bella Portaro Kueber to sit and chat and talk about her super successful Louisville blog, www.bellaoflouisville.com, where you can read up on love, life, and Louisville. Bella became an “insta-mom” and shares her story.

Rusty Satellite 204 – Amy Attaway and Stephen Reily

Rusty visits two of the most interesting people in the Louisville arts scene as summer gets into full swing with plenty of things to do in Louisville.

First, I went to ArtSpace to catch up with Amy Attaway, who is busy getting ready for the premiere of another season of Shakespeare in Central Park. I learned that the ‘Ville has been doing a production of this type longer than anyone in the nation, and almost stumped Amy by asking for a relevant quote from Bill S.

Amy, a native Louisvillian, never thought she’d be able to ply her craft in her hometown, but she’s thriving in her job at Kentucky Shakespeare and helping operate Theatre 502, which is also premiering a new play. And, Amy fills in as a news reader on WFPL.

There’s no double duty for Stephen Reily, the entrepreneur who has taken over as interim director of the Speed Art Museum. We last spoke to Reily when he was running for Metro Council, not knowing that ultimately he’d be asked to take over one of the city’s thriving arts organizations.

Listen in as Stephen discussed the latest exhibit, the collection of photographs he’s collected over the years that focus on life in the South. He’s giving a talk June 1 — get tickets at www.speedmuseum.org.

In between interviews, I’ll fill you in on events like the Denim & Diamonds event for Parkinson’s on Friday, and Saturday it’s the Fest of Ale in New Albany. Plus, there’s a few rants about local news. Tune in to the Rusty Satellite Show, and please tell your friends.

Fortyish 50 – 5 things to make life easier in middle age

Little nuggets of stoicism have leaked out in the previous 49 episodes of this show, but this week Dan and Stephanie run down a recent article they found that features 5 things you can do in order to better cope with life at middle age. In other news, summer is upon us so the two run down good stuff going on – plus, Dan paid his annual visit to his primary care doc and feels the need to update the #40ish crew.

EDT 56 – Josh Durr, plus Todd Antz and Eric Morris

Our plate is full of news here at EatDrinkTalk, home of the city’s finest restaurant and bar podcast. First up we have two ice cream items. We’re pulling for the guys at Comfy Cow, who have been experiencing mechanical problems at their commissary, leading to shortages at their local shops.

Of course, they’ll soon have ice cream competition in Nulu when the Louisville Cream store opens next month. Owner and ice cream maker Darryl Goodner’s product just received Southern Living Magazine’s “Best Southern Made Products” award.

News that River House and Levee have opened their dock service means that a whole lot more people can enjoy the scenery there, including those arriving by boat. Entrepreneurs Scott and Jennifer Benningfield have signed an agreement with Fourth Street Live! that will give their Thirsty Pedaler 16-passenger bikes a prominent storefront and parking space.

There’s a special farm-to-table dinner coming up at the Jeptha Creed Distillery May 30. It will be hosted by Volare’s Josh Moore, who will be serving food directly from his farm.

Our first guest is mixologist Josh Durr, who Steve points out is one of the smartest bar experts in town. To celebrate the Fest of Ale event coming to New Albany June 3, Rick sat down with founder Todd Antz and Gospel Bird chef-owner Eric Morris to talk about the one of the largest local beer fests and the after-party.

In our Copper & Kings favorites segment, Rick tried a vegetarian omelet at the always-reliable North End Cafe. Steve’s choice was a spicy beef dish from Nam Nam in St. Matthews. His drink preference was a recently re-released Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength whiskey. And at Bonefish Grill, Rick tried a Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini.

Rusty Satellite 203 – Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, Todd Antz and Eric Morris

Rusty roars into the Memorial Day weekend with a superb show highlighting some of the city’s most interesting people. First, get to know Scott and Jennifer Benningfield, the married couple who saw an article in a magazine about these strange bikes made in Amsterdam. It took a year for Jennifer to talk her husband into getting one and starting the business you know as The Thirsty Pedaler. Now, they’ve opened a storefront on Fourth Street Live.
The granddaddy of all local beer event in New Albany’s Fest of Ale, organized by Keg Liquors owner Todd Antz. For the first time, the official after party for the June 3 event will be held at the Gospel Bird, where hundreds of fest-ers flocked last year when a storm hit the event. Eric Morris has big plans for the party, even while working on a new seafood spot, Hull and High Water, right down the street.
I’ve had about enough of Donald Trump and Matt Bevin and their attitude in trying to control what various media report. This week Bevin took to Facebook Live to record a video explaining how he has no intention of answering questions from the Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader. That’s because he doesn’t want to answer questions about the bargain he got on a house he bought at a discount. And don’t get me started on Trump. It’s time to pay attention, people, and speak up before these loudmouths get their way with the media.
This weekend is full of great events — Abbey Road on the River, the Kentucky Reggae Festival and Monday’s Hike and Bike with the Mayor. I hop you can get out there and enjoy. them And thanks for listening to the Rusty Satellite Show.