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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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April 19, 2017 -- Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline.    

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April 18, 2017 -- Clarence Seward Darrow was an U.S. lawyer, leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform.    

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April 17, 2017 -- Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program.    

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April 14, 2017 -- Rodney Stephen "Rod" Steiger was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. 

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April 13, 2017 -- Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.    

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April 12, 2017 -- David Michael Letterman is an American former television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and Late Show,surpassing friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.

April 11, 2017 -- Quentin James Reynolds was a journalist and World War II war correspondent. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. As associate editor at Collier's Weekly from 1933 to 1945, Reynolds averaged twenty articles a year.    

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April 10, 2017 -- Lewis "Lew" Wallace was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana.     

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April 7, 2017 -- Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.     

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April 6, 2017 -- Lowell Jackson Thomas was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. 

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April 5, 2017 -- Spencer Tracy was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor.

April 4, 2017 -- Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.  

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April 3, 2017 -- Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.     

    

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March 24, 2017 -- Fanny Crosby was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. 

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March 23, 2017 -- Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister is an English former middle-distance athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile.     

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March 22, 2017 -- James Brendan Patterson is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series.  

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March 21, 2017 -- Florenz Edward Ziegfeld Jr., popularly known as Flo Ziegfeld, was an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies, inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris. He also produced the musical Show Boat.

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March 20, 2017 -- Edward Zane Carroll Judson Sr., known as E. Z. C. Judson and by his pseudonym Ned Buntline, was an American publisher, journalist, writer, and publicist.   

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March 17, 2017 -- Paul Eliot Green was an American playwright best known for his depictions of life in North Carolina during the first decades of the twentieth century. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1927 play, In Abraham's Bosom.

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March 16, 2017 -- James Madison, Jr., was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

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March 15, 2017 -- William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, usually addressed as Lord Melbourne, was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

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March 14, 2017 -- Sir Michael Caine, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive South London accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon    

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March 13, 2017 -- Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834.   

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March 10, 2017 -- Jean Calas was a merchant living in Toulouse, France, who was tried, tortured and executed for the murder of his son, despite his protestations of innocence.

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March 9, 2017 -- Frank Morrison Spillane, better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. 

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March 8, 2017 -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States January–February 1930.    

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March 7, 2017 -- Willard Herman Scott, Jr. is an American weather presenter, author, television personality, actor, clown, comedian and radio personality, best known for his TV work on the Today show and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.     

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March 6, 2017 -- Louis Francis "Lou" Cristillo, known by the stage name Lou Costello, was an American actor and comedian best remembered for the comedy double act of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Costello played a bumbling character.    

March 3, 2017 -- TIME is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines.

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