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Forward Radio is listener-sponsored, volunteer-powered, community radio WFMP-LP Louisville, Kentucky, broadcasting at 106.5fm and live-streaming at We launched in April 9, 2017 as a grassroots media project of the Louisville chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). Enjoy this selection of our archived local programs, and if you like what you hear, please donate to keep us on-air at It costs $20/day to keep this programming coming your way.
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Founding Father of the American novel James Fenimore Cooper's 1823 classic about turkey-shoots and moral tumult in the early American period. The upstate settlement of Templeton, NY thrives under U.S independence, but expands in a manner (and rate) dismissive of "Nature and of Nature's God". Two vagabond souls from America's frontier past drift in to observe and (where needed) to criticize and correct. Content by WGBH Boston on the back half!
If there is anything consistent about 2020, it is how inconsistent it is. We’re not doing the things the way we always have, whether it is doing curbside pickup, outside-only masked visits with friends, or book clubs via Zoom. The same can be said of the performing arts--to stay relevant, they are doing things differently, including shows that they’ve done more or less the same for over 40 years. Actors Theatre of Louisville’s run of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has become a beloved holiday tradition to so many families in the region over the years, including mine. This year, theater lovers will experience the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts in an imaginative radio play. While the in-person Christmas Carol performance has long been a feast for the eyes, the radio program will be a feast for the ears. Our guest this week, Amy Wegener, will give us the scoop on how we can interact with The Christmas Carol in a whole new exciting way. She is the literary director and a dramaturg at Actor’s Theater. Amy tells us why rereading Dickens’ A Christmas Carol helped her find the humor in Dickens’ writing that she had forgotten, why she finds constraints to be a spark for her creativity, and why theater is a unique art form based on its ability to transform depending on who interacts with it. To Access The Play: To buy a ticket for The Christmas Carol, simply go to their website at After your purchase, you’ll be sent an email with a link to listen to the project. Click the link to get to the streaming site. Once there, simply press play and you are ready to go! The play begins November 24 and you will have until December 31 to finish listening. This play is also a pay what you can event. The website offers you different levels from $15 - $100, based on how many people may stream this play with you. According to the Actor’s Theater website, The Christmas Carol is a completely audio-based experience—like a podcast or radio show on your drive to work. Gather your loved ones to share the story or just pop your headphones into your ears and press play. Books and Plays mentioned in this Episode: 1- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 2- Dracula by Bram Stoker 3- Patron Saints of Nothings by Randy Ribay 4- How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi 5- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 6- Girl Waits With Gun (Kopp Sister #1) by Amy Stewart 7- Humana Festival anthologies 8- Detroit 67 by Dominique Morisseau (play) 9- Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau (play) 10- Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau (play) 11- Beast on the Moon by Richard Kalinoski (play)
Micah Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida and a research assistant around law, poverty, race and behavioral health. Jeffery Weisberg has been involved in experiential education and is trained as a certified mediator. Jeffery's certification came through the Florida Supreme Court. Both Jeffery Weisberg and Dr. Micah Johnson are director of the River Phoenix Center for Peace.
Hear the first half of Dr. Steven Stack's keynote address to the 2020 annual conference of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Dr. Stack is the Commissioner of the KY Department of Public Health. The title of his address is 'COVID-19: Applied Science in Action'. The rest of his talk will be broadcast in a later episode. Thanks to Dr. Stack and the Kentucky Academy of Science for letting us rebroadcast this talk. The weblink to this talk is Thanks to Scott Holmes for his song 'Positive and Fun' ( Bench Talk is a weekly program that airs on WFMP Louisville FORward Radio 106.5 FM ( every Monday at 7:30 pm, Tuesday at 11:30 am, and Wednesday at 7:30 am. Visit our Facebook page for links to the articles discussed in this episode:
On this week’s Sustainability Now!, your host, Justin Mog, brings you the University of Louisville’s 2020 Anne Braden Memorial Lecture from November 11th featuring Loretta Ross on Calling In The Calling Out Culture. Dr. Ross is a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. She teaches courses on white supremacy, reproductive justice, and calling in practices. She has spent more than forty-five years committed to antiracist and feminist activism, including founding the National Center for Human Rights Education. Dr. Ross started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, among others. Her work with rape and trauma survivors in the 1970s helped launch the movement to end violence against women. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement, due out soon. Dr. Ross’ work comes at a pivotal moment. After a tumultuous year of tragedy and unrest, many are wondering what comes next. How can we create atmospheres where people lean into the hard work of self-reflection and daily change-making? How do we end taboos surrounding speaking about racism and systems of injustice, challenging one another to do better while leaving room for inevitable mistakes? Dr. Ross has trained educators and social justice advocates nationwide to conduct empathetic, forthright conversations confronting injustice. Her timely lecture helps us move from a necessary season of anger and protest into the daily grind of justice work. A video recording of the full lecture with Q&A is available at As always, our feature is followed by your community action calendar for the week, so get your calendars out and get ready to take action for sustainability NOW! Sustainability Now! airs on FORward Radio, 106.5fm, WFMP-LP Louisville, every Monday at 6pm and repeats Tuesdays at 12am and 10am. Find us at The music in this podcast is courtesy of the local band Appalatin and is used by permission. Explore their delightful music at
JCPS recently held a public forum via Zoom to share information about the proposed student assignment plan and gather feedback from grassroots community leaders. We've condensed the majority of the presentation into this podcast to make it easy to stay informed. Although there is still more work needed, we are excited about these proposed changes, but we must educate the community about the need for these changes while also preventing outsiders from interfering in the educations of our children! If you have any questions you would like us to follow up on, please email them to
This week, Forward Radio launches a new Truth to Power Happy Hour recorded after work on Friday! Today we gather folks around the microphones for a community conversation about institutional racism in the criminal justice system. Forward Radio programmers Justin Mog (Sustainability Now!), Hart Hagan (The Climate Report / Let's Talk), Ruth Newman (Election Connection), and Jim Johnson (Solutions to Violence) are joined in the virtual studio by Judge McKay Chauvin from the Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 8. Judge Chauvin is a regular listener to Forward Radio and he reached out to share with us the perspective from someone “in authority” who isn’t shy about acknowledging realities like institutional racism and mass over-incarceration and who accepts the obligation of doing something about those things from the inside. Learn more about his perspective at On Truth to Power each week, we gather Forward Radio programmers and friends to discuss the state of the world, the nation, the state, and the city! It's a community conversation like you won't hear anywhere else! Truth to Power airs every Saturday at 11am, Sunday at 4pm, and Monday at 2pm on Louisville's grassroots, community radio station, Forward Radio 106.5fm WFMP and live streams at
K.A. Owens interviews Citizen Paul Hohman. Topics are current events on the local, state and national level.
In another guest appearance, Leigh Nieves challenges Terrance's ideas of tolerance in a discussion that addresses what should be tolerated, and at which point should we push for change?
On this week's Access Hour, we bring you the exciting keynote address the 11/12/20 Louisville Sustainability Summit: “Climate Crossroads: Exploring the intersection of Climate Change and Social Justice.” Elizabeth Yeampierre is the Executive Director of UPROSE, an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized, women of color led, grassroots organization that promotes sustainability; and Co-Chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. At the Summit, she was in conversation with Louisville Sustainability Council Board Chair, Alicia Hullinger. Learn more at and
Kay Tillow makes the case for an expanded and improved Medicare for All healthcare program in the U.S.
When it comes to Native American heritage, most Americans have woefully inadequate knowledge. They may have heard of Squanto or Sacajawea, but that is the extent of their understanding. A 2018 research project conducted by The First Nations Development Institute and Echo Hawk Consulting found that most Americans think there aren’t many Native Americans left in the country, which just isn’t true. There are close to 600 federally recognized tribes in the United States. November is National Native American Heritage Month so we want to introduce you to some Native authors to add to your TBR all year long including our guest today, who is a new voice in fiction. Our guest this week is Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, a member of the Eastern Tribe of Cherokee Indians, who is deeply rooted in the Cherokee community in North Carolina. She has been a high school English and Cherokee Studies teacher for the past 10 years. But she is also a novelist whose debut historical fiction novel, Even As We Breathe, was published this past September by a new literary imprint called Fireside Industries, a collaboration between The Appalachian Writers Workshop and the University Press of Kentucky. Annette talks to us about the James Baldwin quote that inspired her to write about a clean bone which has significance in her writing practice as well as her novel, what things she learned from her editor, well-known Kentucky author Silas House, and how she wants to use her influence of being a Cherokee novelist to educate the wider public that Native Americans are something very different from what they see in old Westerns and popular culture. Books Mentioned in this Episode: 1- Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle 2- Beverly Cleary books 3- Babysitters Club series 4- The Prettiest Star by Carter Sickels 5- F*ckface: And Other Stories by Leah Hampton 6- Going to Water by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle 7- Myths of the Cherokee by James Mooney (and other books) 8- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate 9- Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford 10- When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry by Joy Harjo 11- Horsepower by Joy Priest 12- City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson 13- Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie 14- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 15- Calypso by David Sedaris 16- A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
On this week’s Sustainability Now!, your host, Justin Mog, gets his hands dirty with Sean Raph from the Louisville Compost Co-op! Listen in to learn about their amazing home service in partnership with the UofL Community Composting Project to transform your kitchen scraps and food waste into a rich organic soil amendment that will fertilize future urban growing. We also discuss how composting is a vital component of urban agriculture and the potential it holds to bring food sovereignty to the people of Louisville! Learn more and become a member at As always, our feature is followed by your community action calendar for the week, so get your calendars out and get ready to take action for sustainability NOW! Sustainability Now! airs on FORward Radio, 106.5fm, WFMP-LP Louisville, every Monday at 6pm and repeats Tuesdays at 12am and 10am. Find us at The music in this podcast is courtesy of the local band Appalatin and is used by permission. Explore their delightful music at
On this week's program, we bring you one of the most electrifying conversations from the 11/12/20 Louisville Sustainability Summit: “Climate Crossroads: Exploring the intersection of Climate Change and Social Justice.” Today we share with you the Regional Panel on Building an Inclusive Sustainability Movement in Kentucky, featuring: Carla Walker, Climate Advisor, City of Cincinnati; Cassia Herron, Board Chair KFTC; and Dr. Carolyn Finney, author "Black Faces, White Spaces." Carla Walker is the Climate Advisor for the City of Cincinnati. She has a 15+ year career developing complex projects for large-scale civic engagement and public policy initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels. She has managed or consulted on 100+ advocacy or political campaigns, held Senior staff posts in three urban Mayoral Administrations, staffed State Legislators, and managed regional operations in three Presidential campaigns. In 2010, she started think BIG strategies, LLC to integrate the typical project silos and accomplish project goals for clients, connecting communications, government & community relations, organizational operations, project development, and team building. Cassia is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and public policy activist with over 15 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment and has a unique perspective on these issues as they relate to West Louisville and Kentucky. She has organized farmers markets in West Louisville with Community Farm Alliance and later served as Board Chair. When she worked in the Economic Development Department for Louisville Metro Government, Cassia was instrumental in establishing the Farm-to-Table initiative. As the President of Louisville Association for Community Economics, she is leading efforts to open the Louisville Community Grocery - a community-owned grocery store in one of Louisville's downtown neighborhoods. As Board Chair of Kentuckians for The Commonwealth, she is engaged in energy reform, voter engagement and racial justice issues. Cassia works as a freelance writer and urban planner with expertise in community engagement, facilitation, grant-writing, policy development and strategic planning. Cassia is a graduate of UofL and has a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Carolyn is grounded in both artistic and intellectual ways of knowing - she pursed an acting career for eleven years, but five years of backpacking trips through Africa and Asia, and living in Nepal changed the course of her life. Motivated by these experiences, Carolyn returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Canon National Parks Science Scholar and received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching (at Wellesley College, UC-Berkeley & UK), she served on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board for eight years which assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors was released in 2014 (UNC Press). Truth to Power airs every Sun. 4pm, Mon. 2pm & Tue. 9am on Louisville's grassroots, community radio station, Forward Radio 106.5fm WFMP and
K.A. Owens interviews "Actionist" Carmen Jones. Carmen is one of the new generation of leaders produced by the Breonna Taylor case. Breonna Taylor was killed by the Louisville Metro Police Department March 13, 2020.
Terrance and guest star Leigh Nieves discuss the ongoing differences between, well, basically everything and politics, and at what point the two things begin to overlap.
Brian and I had a lot of fun putting together this tribute to James Randi who recently died at the age of 92. We take a walk through his life as the "Amazing Randi" who soon turned his high energy and intelligence into becoming a famous and very public skeptic and investigator of the paranormal, pseudoscience, faith healing and all other forms of "bamboozlement." We explore the how and why James Randi become the father of the modern skeptical movement and his commitment to education (which includes a cool connection to Brian!) Critical Thinking for Everyone" airs on FORward Radio, 106.5fm and, WFMP-LP Louisville, every Thursday at 5 pm EST and repeats Thursday at midnight and Friday at 11 am. Please listen live at Find us on Facebook at "Critical Thinking for Everyone". Our music is by Bensound, and it is free and available to anyone to
My guests, Nikki Chambers (Supervisor of the Hopkinsville Water Treatment Plant) and Shirley Cantrell (Natural Resources Chair of the Louisville League of Women Voters) discuss the drastic changes to our climate and the current political climate in Washington.
Yale University historian Greg Grandin's iconoclastic 2020 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction winner maps the political and intellectual contours of the idea of American frontier itself. After 400 years of expansion, the rage of the U.S. boundary regions begins to contract inward on itself, with the Trump Administration (and the "The Wall") as their political (and physical) symbol. Talk by Dr. Grandin at D.C.'s Politics & Prose Bookstore on the back half!
November 11 is a day on which we celebrate and honor veterans. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the armistice to end World War I occurred. Although the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June of 1919, the temporary end of hostilities had happened six months prior. Of course, veterans have long played a central role in storytelling and literature. Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey tell the stories of men in the midst of battle and what happens to them once they are off the fields. From Ireland to India, war and the warriors who fight them have been integral to the stories that have been passed down through time. Shakespeare, too, in his works has examined the humanity of soldiers in all its various forms. Kentucky Shakespeare started an outreach program 5 years ago called Shakespeare with Veterans which is like a reading club, theater troupe, and support group all rolled into one. We have two guests this week, First we have Amy Attaway, who is the associate artistic director of Kentucky Shakespeare and runs the Shakespeare with Veterans program. Then later on in the show, we will be joined by Stephen Montgomery who is a Vietnam veteran who served in both the Army and Navy and was a career intelligence officer until his retirement several years ago. He is a member of the Shakespeare with Veterans group. General George C. Marshall once said, “The soldier’s heart, the soldier’s spirit, the soldier’s soul are everything.” So on this Veteran’s Day we talk to Amy and Stephen about why Shakespeare’s plays speak to the experience of military veterans in a way other literature does not, what veterans find in the group that reminds them of their time in the military, and how this group enriches their hearts, spirits, and souls. Books or plays mentioned in this episode: Shakespeare Plays: 1- The Merchant of Venice 2- Henry IV 3- Henry V 4- Macbeth 5- Hamlet 6- Pericles, Prince of Tyre Books: 1- The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick 2- Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt 3- Nothing But the Truth by Avi 4- I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara 5- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 6- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 7- Mindhunter: Inside The FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas
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