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Published on October 27th, 2020

Mariam and Wayne share the story of David Rice Atchison, born in Lexington, KY and later senator from Missouri, the only person in history who was possibly president for a day.

Published on September 29th, 2020

Mariam interviews Beverly Bell about her recent book, The Murder of Marion Miley, to mark the 79th anniversary of Marion Miley's death (September 28, 2020). They discuss Beverly’s research into Marion’s life, her interviews with the people closest to Marion at the time of her death, and how America entering World War II affected the memory of her tragic loss.

Tales from the Kentucky Room

Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

Pamela Brown: A Free Life (2020)

Publish on September 15th, 2020
Episode #46

Wayne tells the story of Pamela Brown and the ill-fated hot air balloon voyage across the Atlantic in 1970, in time for the 50th anniversary of the crash.

The Willipus Wallipus (2020)

Publish on June 23rd, 2020
Episode #45

Mariam tells a brief history of Lexington's first steam powered street roller, named the Willipus Wallipus.

Best of Tales from the Kentucky Room (2020)

Publish on May 19th, 2020
Episode #44

Mariam and Erin discuss and play clips of a few of their favorite moments from Tales from the Kentucky Room. This episode was recorded online from their homes.

Kentucky Baseball Bonus Episode (2020)

Publish on April 21st, 2020
Episode #43

Enjoy this discussion of Lexington born Major League Baseball players that was cut from the KY Baseball episode.

Kentucky Baseball (2020)

Publish on April 7th, 2020
Episode #43

Mariam and Wayne discuss the rich history of baseball in Kentucky.

Breaking the Bronze Ceiling (2020)

Publish on March 10th, 2020
Episode #42

Mariam interviews Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Barbara Grygutis and Rob Bolson about their involvement in Lexington’s “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” monument initiative.

Ruth Gaylord, Lexington Public Library's First African American Librarian (2020)

Publish on February 25th, 2020
Episode #41

Mariam interviews Ruth Gaylord about her life and work as Lexington Public Library’s first African American librarian.

The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Mary E. Britton (2020)

Publish on February 18th, 2020
Episode #40

Brenna Pye guest hosts to celebrate the life of Dr. Mary E. Britton (1855-1925), a passionate advocate for equality, her charitable works, and her professional accomplishments in teaching and medicine.

Dolly Johnson Dandridge: Lexington's White House Chef (2020)

Publish on February 11th, 2020
Episode #39

J.P. Johnson guest hosts to celebrate the life of Dolly Johnson Dandridge (1852-1918), a Kentucky native who was the White House Chef for President Benjamin Harrison, and later a much sought-after chef after her return to Lexington, Kentucky in 1894.

The Murder of Geneva Hardman: An Interview with Peter Brackney (2020)

Publish on February 6th, 2020
Episode #38

Mariam interviews local author and attorney Peter Brackney about his latest book, The Murder of Geneva Hardman and Lexington’s Mob Riot of 1920.

The Tragic Life of Margaret Garner (2020)

Publish on February 4th, 2020
Episode #37

Mariam discusses the life of Margaret Garner, the real life Kentucky Woman who inspired Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved. This episode may be difficult for some listeners to hear, listener’s discretion is advised.

The League of Women Voters (2020)

Publish on January 28th, 2020
Episode #36

Mariam interviews Cindy Heine and Dee Pregliasco from the Kentucky Chapter of The League of Women Voters about the organization’s 100 year history and its current initiatives.

Women's Suffrage in Kentucky (2020)

Publish on January 6th, 2020
Episode #35

Mariam interviews Shea Simanek Magnuson about the history of women’s suffrage in Kentucky.

The History of Lexington Newspapers with Tom Eblen (2019)

Publish on December 17th, 2019
Episode #34

Mariam interviews Tom Eblen about the history and personalities surrounding Lexington’s Newspapers.

Eastern State Hospital (2019)

Publish on November 26th, 2019
Episode #33

Mariam interviews Susan Griffith and Vikki Franklin from Eastern State Hospital about the 195 year history of the hospital, and shares stories from contemporary newspaper articles.

Bad Sex in Kentucky, An Interview with Kevin Lane Dearinger (2019)

Publish on November 5th, 2019
Episode #32

Mariam interviews Kentucky native Kevin Lane Dearinger about his forthcoming memoir, Bad Sex in Kentucky, his Broadway career, and his second career in education.

Joyland Amusement Park (2019)

Publish on October 15th, 2019
Episode #31

Mariam and Denise discuss the history of the Joyland Amusement Park (1923-1963).

Cassius Marcellus Clay: Abolitionist, Newspaper Man, Knife Fighter (2019)

Publish on September 24th, 2019
Episode #30

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson about the colorful life of abolitionist and Ambassador to Russia, Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903).

This Is Home Now: An Interview with Arwen Donahue (2019)

Publish on September 3rd, 2019
Episode #29

Mariam interviews Arwen Donahue, visual artist and oral historian, about her 2009 work This is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors Speak.

The Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky (2019)

Publish on August 13th, 2019
Episode #28

Mariam interviews Foster Ockerman, Jr., author of Hidden History of Horse Racing in Kentucky, and President and Chief Historian of the Lexington History Museum about his book and horse racing in Kentucky.

Black Soil: An Interview with Trevor Claiborn (2019)

Publish on July 23rd, 2019
Episode #27

Mariam interviews Trevor Claiborn, co-founder of Black Soil: Our Better Nature, about the organization and the history of African American farmers in Kentucky. Trevor also performs as “Farmer Brown tha MC” to attract young people to farming.

Harry Dean Stanton Festival (2019)

Publish on July 2nd, 2019
Episode #26

Mariam interviews Lucy Jones, founder of the Harry Dean Stanton Festival in time for this year’s festival.

A Little Kidnapping (2019)

Publish on June 11th, 2019
Episode #25

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson about Lucille Caudill Little's kidnapping in 1979.

Lost Lexington: An Interview with Peter Brackney

Publish on May 28th, 2019
Episode #24

Mariam interviews Peter Brackney, author of the 2014 book Lost Lexington, and creator of the blog The Kaintuckeean.

Smiley Pete: Lexington's Town Dog (2019)

Publish on May 6th, 2019
Episode #23

Denise Shanks tells the story of Smiley Pete, Lexington’s “town dog” in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Swope v. Goodloe, or Possibly the First Time “Going Postal” Might Apply (2019)

Publish on April 15th, 2019
Episode #22

Mariam interviews Rand Dotson, the Editor in Chief of LSU Press, about his research into the political rivalry between Armistead Swope and William Cassius Goodloe, which culminated in a deadly fight in the Lexington Post Office.

Kentucky Duels (2019)

Publish on March 19th, 2019
Episode #21

Mariam and Wayne discuss the Code Duello and several nineteenth century Kentucky duels, including duels fought by Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and a pair of doctors from Transylvania University’s School of Medicine.

Henry Faulkner Week: Sweet Evening Breeze (2019)

Publish on February 27th, 2019
Episode #20

Mariam interviews artist and activist Robert Morgan about his recollections of Sweet Evening Breeze.

Henry Faulkner Week: An Interview with Robert Morgan (2019)

Publish on February 25th, 2019
Episode #19

Mariam interviews artist and activist Robert Morgan about his life with the internationally known queer Kentucky artist, Henry Faulkner.

Henry Faulkner Week Preview: Alice, Disappeared (2019)

Publish on February 19th, 2019
Episode #18

JP Johnson tells the story of the time artist Henry Faulkner’s goat, Alice, disappeared for several weeks in 1965, and gives a preview of Lexington Public Library’s Henry Faulkner Week, February 25-March 3, 2019.

A Wounded Snake: An Interview with author Joseph Anthony (2019)

Publish on February 11th, 2019
Episode #17

Mariam interviews Joseph Anthony, local author of historical fiction, about his latest work about the life and death of R.C.O Benjamin in Lexington, KY.

The Murder of Marion Miley, Part 2 (2019)

Publish on January 31st, 2019
Episode #16

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson about the murder of golfing great Marion Miley in Lexington, KY in 1941. This is part two of a two part series.

The Murder of Marion Miley, Part 1 (2019)

Publish on January 10th, 2019
Episode #15

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson about the murder of golfing great Marion Miley in Lexington, KY in 1941. They discuss Marion Miley’s life, and the events leading up to her death. This is part one of a two part series.

Railroad Track Removal from Downtown Lexington. (2018)

Publish on December 20th, 2018
Episode #14

Mariam and Wayne discuss the 1968 removal of the railroad tracks from Downtown Lexington in time for the 50th

Cholera, Part Four: The Outbreak in 1849. (2018)

Publish on November 27th, 2018
Episode #13

Mariam interviews Megan Couch about her research into the 1849 outbreak of Cholera in Lexington. They discuss finding more deaths from cholera than were actually reported, and tell the stories of families that were completely wiped out by the disease. This episode is the final episode in the four part series.

Cholera, Part Three: From the Home of the Friendless to Ashland Terrace (2018)

Publish on November 19th, 2018
Episode #12

Mariam interviews Mariam interviews Nisa Hanna, assistant director of Ashland Terrace about the history of the facility, and its origins from the 1849 Cholera epidemic. They discuss how Ashland Terrace is working to preserve their history. This episode is part three of a four part series.

Cholera, Part Two: The Pie Seller, the Drunk, and the Lady (2018)

Publish on November 12th, 2018
Episode #11

Mariam interviews Terry Foody, author of The Pie Seller, The Drunk and The Lady, about her book and the 1833 Cholera epidemic in Lexington, KY. They discuss the causes of the epidemic, and what treatments contemporary doctors attempted for this devastating disease. This episode is part two of a four part series.

Cholera, Part One: King Solomon (2018)

Publish on November 5th, 2018
Episode #10

JP Johnson gives a biography of William “King” Solomon, hero of the 1833 Cholera epidemic. He also talks about later efforts to memorialize him by the city. This is the first episode in a four part series. Interlude music is “Life’s Ups and Downs” by José da Vēde, used under a CC BY license. The full song can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/jose_da_vede/lifes-ups-downs

Lexington Ghost Stories (2018)

Publish on October 29th, 2018
Episode #9

Jonathan Coleman guest hosts this episode, and tells his favorite ghost stories from his popular Lexington History Walks. Dr. Coleman conducts Lexington History Walks year-round, which can be booked on his website: www.drcolemanwalks.com

The Cherokee and the Newsman (2018)

Publish on October 25th, 2018
Episode #8

Mariam interviews Terry Foody, author of The Cherokee and the Newsman: Kinsmen in Words. They discuss Ms. Foody’s inspiration to write about the two men, their family lives, and how their words contributed to their communities.

The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (2018)

Publish on October 25th, 2018
Episode #7

Mariam interviews Reinette Jones, founder of the Notable Kentucky African Americans database. They discuss Kentucky’s Centenarian Librarians, the boxer David Moore, and the prison shoe-making industry. Visit the NKAA at http://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/

The Murder of Betty Gail Brown, part 2 (2018)

Publish on August 28th, 2018
Episode #6

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson, librarian and local historian about the murder of Transylvania University student Betty Gail Brown in October 1961. In the last episode, they discuss the court case and other theories of the crime.

The Murder of Betty Gail Brown, part 1 (2018)

Publish on August 8th, 2018
Episode #5

Mariam interviews Wayne Johnson, librarian and local historian about the murder of Transylvania University student Betty Gail Brown in October 1961. In the first episode, Wayne and Mariam discuss the events leading up to the crime.

Belle Brezing (2018)

Publish on July 20th, 2018
Episode #4

Mariam interviews Doug Tattershall, author of Belle Brezing: American Magdalene, about his book. They discuss Belle Brezing’s early life, her years as the nationally known brothel owner, and the generally unknown final years of her life in seclusion.

Mary Todd Lincoln (2018)

Publish on June 28th, 2018
Episode #3

Mariam interviews Dr. Jonathan Coleman, head curator of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, about her life in Lexington, the White House, and after the assassination. They also discuss the collections and events at the Mary Todd Lincoln House museum.

Audubon vs. Rafinesque (2018)

Publish on June 5th, 2018
Episode #2

Mariam and Erin tell the story of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque’s visit with naturalist John James Audubon, and how the resulting prank by Audubon on Rafinesque wasn’t fully discovered for nearly 150 years.

Faulkner Morgan Pagan Babies Archive (2018)

Publish on May 10th, 2018
Episode #1

Mariam interviews Dr. Jonathan Coleman about the founding of the Faulkner Morgan Pagan Babies Archive and the upcoming “Out in Plain Sight” exhibit at Lexington Public Library.

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