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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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June 15, 2018 -- Rachel Jackson was the wife of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. She lived with him at their home at The Hermitage, where she died just days after his election and before his inauguration in 1829—therefore she never served as First Lady, a role assumed by her niece, Emily Donelson.

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June 14, 2018 -- In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

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June 13, 2018 -- Fanny Burney was an English novelist and letter writer, who was the author of Evelina, a landmark in the development of the novel of manners.

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June 12, 2018 -- Charles Kingsley was a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian and novelist.

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June 11, 2018 -- Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water.

June 8, 2018 -- Brian Coffey was an Irish poet and publisher. His work was informed by his Catholicism, his background in science and philosophy, and his connection to surrealism.

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June 7, 2018 -- Jessica Tandy was a British stage and film actress. She appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV.

scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk

June 6, 2018 -- Tom Scott was a Scottish poet, editor, and prose writer. His writing is closely tied to the New Apocalypse, the New Romantics, and the Scottish Renaissance. Scott was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

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June 5, 2018 -- Elena Cornaro Piscopia was a Venetian philosopher of noble descent, who was one of the first women to receive an academic degree from a university and in 1678 she became the first woman in the world to receive a Ph.D. degree.  

The Telegraph

June 4, 2018 -- George III was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death in 1820.

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May 31, 2018 -- Fred Allen was an American humorist whose laconic style, dry wit, and superb timing influenced a generation of radio and television performers.

Bob Evans

May 30, 2018 -- Robert Lewis "Bob" Evans was an American restaurateur and marketer of pork sausage products. He founded a restaurant chain bearing his name. 

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

May 29, 2018 -- Patrick Henry was an American attorney, planter, and orator well known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention: "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

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May 24, 2018 -- Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and painter who has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades

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May 23, 2018 -- Thomas Hood was an English poet, author and humorist, best known for poems such as "The Bridge of Sighs" and "The Song of the Shirt". Hood wrote regularly for The London Magazine, the Athenaeum, and Punch.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

May 22, 2018 -- Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists.

Poetry Foundation

May 21, 2018 -- John Peale Bishop enjoyed a successful career as a writer and critic, though he is perhaps more known today for the friends he made during his lifetime. A poet, critic, and the author of both a novel and a collection of short fiction, Bishop travelled in circles that included Robert Penn Warren, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Tate, and Edmund “Bunny” Wilson, whose contributions to North American literary criticism have become almost legendary.

Public Domain

May 17, 2018 -- John Patrick was an American playwright and screenwriter. His 1953 stage adaptation of Vern J. Sneider's novel The Teahouse of the August Moon marked the height of his fame, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for drama.

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May 16, 2018 -- American stage and film actor who appeared in more than 90 films over six decades and created quintessential American heroes known for their integrity.

Gramophone

May 14, 2018 -- Otto Nossan Klemperer was a Jewish German-born conductor and composer, described as "the last of the few really great conductors of his generation."

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May 11, 2018 -- Foster Brooks was an American actor and comedian most famous for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.

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May 10, 2018 -- John Wilkes Booth was the American actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

britannica.com

May 9, 2018 -- Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan.

biography.com

May 8, 2018 -- Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America.

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May 7, 2018 -- George Francis "Gabby" Hayes was an American actor. He began as something of a leading man and a character player, but he was best known for his numerous appearances in B-Western film series as the bewhiskered, cantankerous, woman-hating, but ever-loyal and brave comic sidekick of the cowboy star.  

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April 27, 2018 -- Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. Coretta Scott King helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. She was an active advocate for African-American equality.

www.olmsted.org

April 26, 2018 -- Frederick Law Olmsted was an American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He is popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture.

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April 25, 2018 -- Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

www.robertpennwarren.com

April 24, 2018 -- Robert Penn Warren was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

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