Episode 19 – Mike Berry and Larry Muhammad

Mike Berry from Kentucky Derby Festival
Mike Berry from Kentucky Derby Festival

 

Larry Muhammad, Louisville playwright
Larry Muhammad, Louisville playwright

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.”

Episode 18 – Tyler Allen and Eric Crawford

Eric Crawford
Eric Crawford
Tyler Allen
Tyler Allen

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.

Episode 17 – Rick Redman & Fred Minnick

Fred Minnick knows bourbon.
Fred Minnick knows bourbon.
Rick Redman and Rick Redding. Confused?
Rick Redman and Rick Redding. Confused?

Rick talks bats with Rick Redman and bourbon with Fred Minnick, his two guests this week – plus he dives into his takes on the news and issues of the week.

Episode 16 – Steve Paradis & Sara Havens

Steve Paradise, Louisville's King of worm poop.
Steve Paradis, Louisville’s King of worm poop.
Sara Havens from LEO Weekly.
Sara Havens from LEO Weekly.

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.

Episode 15 – St. James Art Show

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.

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Margue Esrock
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Mose Putney

Episode 14 – Claudia Coffey and Kris Kimel

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.

Kris Kimel
Kris Kimel
Claudia Coffey
Claudia Coffey

Episode 13 – Metro Councilman Jerry Miller and JTown notable John Cosby

Rick takes the time to sit down with Metro Councilman Jerry Miller to talk about his political future. At the outset of the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, he also sits with John Cosby to talk about what’s going on during the event.

Metro Councilman Jerry Miller
Metro Councilman Jerry Miller
John Cosby
John Cosby

Episode 12 – John Y. Brown III and Dan McDonnell

Fresh off of the Champions Breakfast, U of L Baseball coach Dan McDonnell sits with rick to talk about leadership and how to get to where you want to be and John Y. Brown III visits the studio to talk about his book “Musings From The Middle”. Plus, Rick shares his thoughts on the ¬†UofL/UK football game.

John Y. Brown III
John Y. Brown III
Coach Dan McDonnell
Coach Dan McDonnell

Episode 11 – Gill Holland & Kirsty Gaukel

Rick talks with the “Mayor of NULU” and proponent of the Portland neighborhood, Gill Holland and also welcomes in Kirsty Gaukel from Actors Theatre to talk about what’s going on with that venerable organization.

Gill Holland
Gill Holland
Kirsty Gaukel from Actors Theatre.
Kirsty Gaukel from Actors Theatre.

Episode 10 – John Asher and Angie Fenton

Louisville media all-around good guy John Asher drops by to chat with Rick. Friend of the show Angie Fenton also gets to grill Rick with questions on the occasion of his 53rd birthday.

John Asher
John Asher
Angie Fenton grills Rick about dating on his birthday.
Angie Fenton grills Rick about dating on his birthday.