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Published on November 26th, 2019

Mariam interviews Susan Griffith and Vikki Franklin about the history of the Eastern Kentucky Lunatic Asylum, now called Eastern State Hospital, what historical records are available, the creation of the cemetery, and what services are offered by the hospital today. She also explores the history of the hospital as reported in the Lexington newspapers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The newspapers referenced are available to view on microfilm in the Kentucky Room at Central Library.

Published on November 5th, 2019

Mariam interviews Kentucky native actor, author, and playwright Kevin Lane Dearinger about his forthcoming memoir, Bad Sex in Kentucky, his Broadway career, and his second career in education. Kevin’s first books, The Bard and the Bluegrass and Marie Prescott, a Star of Some Brilliancy are available to view in the Kentucky Room. 

Tales from the Kentucky Room

Stories of Lexington, Kentucky’s history and people.

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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