Eastern Standard - April 21, 2022 

Scene from "Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man" (Photo: Erica Fladeland)

On this week's edition: Environment reporter James Bruggers on the rising number of violations at surface mines, and a failure of state regulators to bring a record number of them into compliance. | "Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man", an interactive, immersive theatrical production from Clear Creek Creative, debuting in Berea | Life for the disabled, pre-ADA | Life for a quadriplegic who overcame paralysis to become a lawyer | The nation's first Black female Vice President and Supreme Court Justice are joined by Kentucky's first Black female Poet Laureate. A talk with Crystal Wilkinson | Details of the '22 season of the Tahlsound Concert Series 

 Interviews in order of appearance:  

Environment reporter James Bruggers on increasing violations at surface mines outpacing efforts of state regulators to bring them into compliance. LISTEN  

Bob Martin of Clear Creek Creative and Chris Green from the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center on "Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man", an interactive, immersive theatrical production from Clear Creek Creative, debuting in Berea. LISTEN  

The Kentucky History Society’s Stephanie Lang discusses life for the disabled prior to passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with Laurel Daen, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University. LISTEN  

Ron Adams shares details from his memoir about life as a quadriplegic attorney. Adams, a high school basketball star, was seen as NBA bound when the accident left him paralyzed. He did not let it stop him. LISTEN  

Many firsts for Black American women in recent times: first Black woman Vice President; first Black woman Supreme Court Justice; first Black woman Poet Laureate of Kentucky. Neither Vice President Harris or Justice Jackson could join us (or so at least we assumed), but Crystal Wilkinson found time to chat with Gerald Smith for the latest in his series on racial justice and equality. LISTEN  

The Tahlsound Music Festival on Lexington’s Southland Drive gets underway on Sunday. Organizer Chris Smith joins us with details. LISTEN