Rick talks with fellow Iroquois High grad and Bellarmine U. basketball coach Scott Davenport and local do-gooder organizer Kris Sirchio. He also goes down his list of things for which he is thankful and talks podcasting with Louisville.AM founder Dan Vonderheide.
I still don’t understand how Obamacare is going to work, but I did talk with Mark Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan, who knows more than you or I do. Emily Gimmel is a tech-savvy entrepreneur who gave up a career in TV news and entertainment to run her own business (Graceship.com) right here in her hometown. And even though she may be best known for her role in the Louisville-based reality TV series “Southern Belles”, Emily has transitioned into an entrepreneur with a great chance to succeed. She has forgiven me, I think, for poking some fun at the Southern Belles series back in the day.
I also address the issues on everyone’s mind around here: Kevin Ware, GLI, Kentucky Kingdom and why you can’t buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store.
Listen to Rusty as the guests are David Jones Jr. and Smith Haynie. Jones, the former Humana chairman who runs Chrysalis Ventures, the city’s top venture capital firm, ran for the Jefferson County School Board last year and for the first time talks candidly about what he’s learned in 10 months. If you don’t know the name Hugh Haynie, you probably didn’t grow up around here. The C-J’s world-renowned editorial cartoonist raised that profession to an art form and left a legacy of amazing images. His son Smith, now a Circuit Court Judge, wants to showcase his Dad’s work for everyone to see, and he talks with Rusty about the exhibit going on now through Jan. 26 at the Frazier Museum. Also on the show, Rick talks about the crazy idea of a local women’s basketball coach providing fans with free beer.
This week’s Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville are Steve Coomes and John Nation. Steve is an acclaimed food writer who knows everyone in the local restaurant industry, and they certainly know him. I ask Steve about the best restaurants in town, how much fun it is eating and drinking free stuff all the time and about the book he’s working on. You may not know John Nation, but you’ve seen his photographs. John’s latest project is a book, “One Hundred Fascinating Louisville Women” that includes John’s portraits. They’re great. John was the staff photographer at Louisville magazine for 35 years. In addition, I give my two cents on a local journalism panel and talk about Rand Paul’s problems with plagiarism.
Rusty spent some time in Old Louisville this week. First up, it’s Mike Berry, the longtime chief of the award-winning festival, who talks about being in a Flash Mob and how it’s only 25 weeks until Thunder #25. Larry Muhammad has made the transition from Courier-Journal reporter to playwright, and has a show about legendary Henry Bain opening Nov. 15 in New Albany. Listen up to learn about the man behind the famous sauce. Also, I talk about the importance of Klout scores, how good the U of L basketball team is going to be, and wonder why so many Hollywood heavyweights are investing in the Kentucky U.S. Senate Race. All this on the show featuring “the most interesting people in the ‘Ville.”
Tyler Allen led the 8664 campaign that provided a smart alternative to building a new bridge downtown, but the powers that be never let that happen. Tyler still knows more than anyone about the Bridges boondoggle, and shares his thoughts with Rusty during a ride through downtown. Also, Eric Crawford, the WDRB columnist, comes to the studio to chat about writing a book with Rick Pitino and the changing landscape of social media.
Rick goes to the best place in town to buy worm poop, Fresh Start Growers Supply, and talks with Steve Paradis about local farming and the healthy food movement. Later, he goes to a bar, of course, to talk with the Bar Belle, Sara Havens, about the LEO Readers Choice awards. In the news, Rick connects two sports stories — criticism of U of L women’s lacrosse coach and the KHSAA’s unfortunate statement on shaking hands after games — to point out that tough coaches and sportsmanship should be a part of the sports landscape. Plus, Rick just finished reading “David and Goliath” by one of his favorite writers, Malcolm Gladwell, and about how Rick Pitino first learned to overcome a talent deficit on the court.
Rick talks with St. James Art show director Margue Esrock about what to expect this weekend. He also visits with hemp proponent Mose Putney about that controversial crop and it’s place in Kentucky agriculture. Those interviews plus Rick’s take on the news of the week.
This week Rick talks with WHAS-TV news anchor Claudia Coffey, a Louisville native who has done a story on human trafficking that points out a problem you might not think really exists here. Plus, there’s a conversation with Idea Festival founder Kris Kimel about the phenomenal growth of that annual event. Rick went to a few sessions before recording the podcast. Rick has a take on a scandal in Frankfort and some local media news.