Wired!

September 29, 2006

WKMS Wired, your e-newsletter, went out today.  Did everyone get it?
This email includes member interviews, information on special programs, and anything else that’s of interest to WKMS members. Articles and poems for the e-newsletter are welcome, and can be sent to stephanie.nutterosborne@murraystate.edu.
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Maurice Sendak on Kids in Danger

September 29, 2006

Why Maurice Sendak Puts Characters in Danger

Writer Maurice Sendak, who is famous for putting child characters in jeopardy in stories like Where the Wild Things Are, has a new children’s book entitled Mommy?  This pop-up book also leads a child through dangerous territory surrounded by monsters that the youngster soon outwits. Sendak spoke with Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep about how his own unhappy childhood has influenced his books.  Listen to the interview and experience an audio slideshow here.


Reading is Fundamental turns 40

September 27, 2006

Yesterday Talk of the Nation featured a story on the 40th Anniversary of “Reading is Fundamental.” Since Kentucky’s push for education has been going strong for at least half that time, it’s no surprise to find “RIF” going strong in the Commonwealth. The Reading is Fundamental website lists Senator Mitch McConnell as RIF’s advocate for the state, but what about the local volunteers? 
Have we got any listeners that have either worked with RIF, or remember being part of the Reading is Fundamental program during their school days?


Banned Books Week

September 27, 2006

Last week Talk of the Nation mentioned the launch of the ALA’s Banned Book Week.  Here’s a little more on this 25 year tradition:
The American Library Association (ALA) launched the 25th annual Banned Books Week this past Monday.  This week encourages not only the reading of books that have been banned in the past, but continued awareness of ongoing censorship. 
What do you think of Banned Books Week?  Are you participating, or have you been part of something similar? 

ALA’s short list of “the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2005” :
•       “It’s Perfectly Normal” for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
•       “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
•       “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
•       “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
•       “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
•       “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
•       “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
•       Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
•       “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
•       “It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.
Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the Alice series of books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

If you’re curious about more ways to get involved with this, Google’s helping out too.  At www.google.com/bannedbooks you can browse through the 20th century novels that may have been kept from your eyes at one time or another.


Friendly Faces

September 27, 2006

Did our camera find you?  WKMS.org has pictures of many, many friends that came by the WKMS booth at the Hot August Blues Festival.  Visit the site here.
 Are there any other Hot August Blues stories or pictures out there?


Autumn Fundraiser

September 26, 2006

It’s that time of year again!  The Autumn Fundraiser is in full swing, and WKMS is looking for your support.  Donate at WKMS.org!


Good Morning and Happy Reading

September 6, 2006

Welcome to the WKMS radioblog, “Feedback.” Why Feedback? Well, that’s what we want to be about. WKMS Feedback gives us all the chance to get to know each other, and to communicate about what we hear on the air.  It’s an opportunity to keep the public in public radio. We’ll have posts from our on-air personalities, our news team, and me, our intern.  Check out the contributors page for a full list of people who have posted so far, and come back often.  We’re under construction now, so more will be coming soon.

Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and welcome to WKMS Feedback!