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The Reader’s Notebook

Weekdays at 9:06 a.m. (Friday at 9:30 a.m.), 12:20 p.m. and 5:44 p.m.

“The Reader’s Notebook” is a daily radio feature using general interest pieces, often of literary or historic significance. Topics will also include science, technology, philosophy, folklore and the arts.

The series is written and hosted by J. D. Reeder, a retired educator, historian, avid reader and regular writer, director, and performer with the Morehead Theatre Guild.

The segments air weekdays at 9:06 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:44 p.m. Each segment will include vignettes about writers, artists and other noteworthy people whose birthdays or other significant events coincide with the date of the program. 

Occasionally, word and phrase origins will be explored, often with a Kentucky connection or include poems and excerpts from other writings associated with the subject of the day.  Each episode will conclude with the phrase: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year,” a quotation from noted American poet and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Theme music for "The Reader's Notebook" provided by Todd Kozikowski ("Shadows of the Moon"/1997).

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February 20, 2018 -- Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet

February 19, 2018 -- Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.

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February 15, 2018 -- Harold Arlen was an American composer of popular music who composed over five-hundred songs, a number of which have become known worldwide.

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February 14, 2018 -- Margaret Eloise Knight was an American inventor, notably of the flat-bottomed paper bag. She has been called "the most famous 19th-century woman inventor".

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February 13, 2018 -- Grant Wood was an American painter best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly American Gothic, an iconic painting of the 20th century.

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February 12, 2018 -- George Meredith was an English novelist and poet of the Victorian era. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times.

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February 9, 2018 -- Joseph Frank Pesci is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres.

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February 8, 2018 -- Thomas E. Selfridge was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was the first person to die in an airplane crash.

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February 7, 2018 -- Laura Ingalls Wilder was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.

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February 6, 2018 -- Christopher Marlowe was an English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. Marlowe was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day.

February 2, 2018  

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February 1, 2018 -- Dame Muriel Spark was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. In 2008, The Times named Spark as No. 8 in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945". 

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January 31, 2018 -- Zane Grey was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. 

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January 30, 2018 -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.

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January 29, 2018 -- Thomas Paine was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary.

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January 26, 2018 -- Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.

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January 25, 2018 -- William Somerset Maugham was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s.

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January 24, 2018 -- Hadrian was Roman emperor from 117 to 138. He is known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia.

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January 23, 2018 -- George Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals, adventure tales, war films, and a few horror and fantasy films. 

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January 22, 2018 -- Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II and gained considerable influence in late imperial Russia. 

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January 19, 2018 -- Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.

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January 18, 2018 -- French philosopher Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède and de Montesquieu, was a highly influential political thinker during the Age of Enlightenment.

January 17, 2018 -- Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

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January 16, 2018 -- Susan Sontag was an American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist. She mostly wrote essays, but also published novels; she published her first major work, the essay "Notes on 'Camp'", in 1964.

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January 15, 2018 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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January 12, 2018 -- Dow Jones

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January 11, 2018 -- Alan Stewart Paton was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. His works include the novels Cry, the Beloved Country and Too Late the Phalarope. 

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January 10, 2018 -- Lord Acton was a 19th century politician, historian, and writer best remembered for his commentary on the corrupting influence of power.

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January 9, 2018 -- Dame Gracie Fields was an English actress, singer and comedian and star of both cinema and music hall. She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri, Italy. Fields was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for "services to entertainment" in 1938, and in 1979, seven months before her death, she was invested a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II.

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January 8, 2017 -- Lowell Mason was a leading figure in American church music, the composer of over 1600 hymn tunes, many of which are often sung today.

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