Rusty Satellite 211 – Robbie Bartlett and Linda Ruffenach

Wanna be a Bourbon Bad Ass? Then talk to Whiskey Chicks founder Linda Ruffenach, who has built the idea of teaching women about bourbon into a thriving business and, soon, a book that will be published in the spring. She’s amping up for the Bourbon Mixer, a popular annual event held in conjunction with the Bourbon Brotherhood, coming to the Henry Clay next month.

You don’t have to wait that long to hear the music of Robbie Bartlett, who has been performing at various Louisville venues since 1982. You can check her out twice weekly at Volare Restaurant, where I caught up with her on a Wednesday morning during set up. Bartlett will also be performing at the magnificent Taste of Independents event July 30 at the Olmsted.

The top ticket this weekend is the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival at the Water Tower, where you can hear seven bands in two nights in a perfect setting, while sampling craft beer, cocktails and delicious food.

In the news, it’s sad to report the passing of artist Julius Friedman, who was a guest here about a year ago. I’ve got reason to like Frontier Airlines announcement of a return to the ‘Ville. Metro Councilman Dan Johnson continues to¬† post random thoughts about his sexual harassment case on Facebook, and discussion of a buffer zone at the state’s lone abortion clinic has out-of-town protesters gearing up for battle.

Join me for a fun episode featuring the Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville, once again on the Rusty Satellite Show.

Rusty Satellite 210 – Emily Cox and Holly Weyler McKnight

A small gathering at Tyler Park some 15 years ago launched what is now a major Louisville event — the Forecastle Festival. The three-day event packs art, activism and music into a schedule that includes 60+ musical acts at Waterfront Park. The nautically-themed event has a $20 million economic impact on the city, and does plenty of good work through its Foundation.

This week’s Rusty features two of the key sailors on the Forecastle ship — Visual Design director Emily Cox and First Mate Holly Weyler McKnight. Both are Assumption High grads who are making a mark in their hometown — Emily lives in Nashville, but designs every detail of the look of Forecastle and three other festivals operated by A.C. Entertainment.

Holly, of course, was on the show two years ago and is well-known to everyone involved in the show. She’s married to the Captain, J.K. McKnight, has a newborn child, and holds down an important P.R. job with 21C Hotels.

In the news segment, I discuss why Jennifer Lawrence is coming home for an event at the Frazier Museum. Also, I sampled a new flavor at the new scoop shop in NuLu and noticed plenty of new construction around the city, including a Phoenix Hill brewery.

Join Rusty for all this and more in this special Forecastle episode.

Fortyish 56 – Adult Confrontations

A few weeks ago, Dan mused at how surprised he was at the amount of conflict among adults whom he thought probably should have it all “figured out” by now. Well, Stephanie puts forth a shining example of how this was tested for her recently. This among several other “adulting” situations that the two go over this week.

Rusty Satellite 209 – Ilyse Gordon McCormick and Russell Lloyd

Don’t miss this episode of the city’s most interesting podcast, featuring media entrepreneur Ilyse Gordon McCormick and Jefferson County’s Democratic Party chair Russell Lloyd.

McCormick is a former producer at WHAS-TV, and has an idea to create a professional, independent local newscast that will be available through Facebook. It’s ambitious, but she’s already got a team assembled and an office in Portland’s Faulkner Gallery.

Last week, Russell Lloyd was compelled to release a statement from the local Democratic Party after the latest weirdness from Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, who has now been ordered to report his comings and goings to the Metro Council president, in order to send out warnings to those in the building who fear him. Lloyd also talks with me about other local political issues and the challenging road ahead for the Party.

I hope you’ll join me in Jeffersontown on Saturday, where I’ll be pouring beer at the Summer Beer Fest. The other big event is the Lebowski Fest, and the good news is that Will Russell has gotten treatment and is doing positive things. WAVE-TV’s personalities dominated the Best of Louisville media awards, and you can find plenty of good places to eat in contest’s restaurant categories.

All that and more in another exciting episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 55 – Emily Price Does It All

Middle age naturally requires that we juggle a lot of stuff all the time. This week, that story comes to life as Stephanie and Dan welcome Emily Price into the studio to talk about her life, managing her entrepreneurial ventures, moving from town to town (and towing kids around while doing it), and going through the adoption process.

Rusty Satellite 208 – Ibn Ali and Tom Sobel

Rusty welcomes a couple of legends to the show this week, starting with Ibn Ali, nephew of the Champ. He’s back in town and teaching boxing at the Jewish Community Center. And to talk with him, you can tell he spent time with his famous uncle. Ibn is confident, loud, brash and a poet.

Tom Sobel and I met at a golf event at Standard Country Club, where we played as a team. I knew after hearing a different funny story on every hole that I wanted to have him on the show. Sobel is the comedy pioneer who has been producing shows and representing talent for four decades, and he’s collected some great stories.

On Tuesday, I attended a special media dinner at Mesa Collaborative Kitchen in New Albany, featuring Chef David Danielson, and it was spectacular. Watermelon, lobster, canelloni were just the highlights, held in a beautiful new space that just opened. Also, i bought a new car and tell you about the experience.

There’s plenty more local history in my talk with Tom Sobel, so be sure and tune in to this special episode of the Rusty Satellite Show.

Fortyish 54 – 5 Things About Being An Adult That Are Surprising

Admittedly, it’s been a few years since Stephanie and Dan have been considered “adults”, but all these years into it, they had never considered things that were just not quite what they expected. They found that there was more there in common and suspect that these are very common things among the 40ish crowd.

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.