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In Part 2, we discuss how school lunch menus were used as a tool to assimilate those who had immigrated to the United States. We also look at the messy metaphor of a Melting Pot for immigrant assimilation and evaluate how school lunches differ around the world. Please send us any of your personal stories (or your parents’ stories) about what school lunch was like for you.
Jen Sainato had been waiting for this day for a long time. She’d woken up early, put on her black striped suit, and drove five hours to attend the Louisville Metro Council’s public safety committee meeting. The council had called the police to answer questions about their handling of rape cases, in the wake of our story about Jen’s case.
When Jen walked into the council chamber, the police were already settled in at the front of the room: two press people, a few men in suits, and Lt. Shannon Lauder — the head of the special victims unit, who’d been called by the council to explain why her department clears so few rape cases by arrest, and so many “by exception.”
The eight metro council members in attendance were seated as well, looking out at the room from their elevated seats.
And in the audience sat the survivors — women who had reported a rape to the Louisville Metro Police Department. Women who were inspired by Jen’s story to come out and seek their own answers.
For most of them, this hearing was as close as they would get to their day in court.
Introducing Where Y’all Really From, a podcast about Asian Americans in Kentucky. Here’s a taste of season one, launching Sept 21!
Jeshima Lewis is a percussionist, a music educator, and a spiritual guide. This conversation explores how drumming, one of the most primordial modes of music, can be a path into deeper mindfulness, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger connections to others and the more-than-human world.
Clarence Bucaro is a singer-songwriter and a one-time stay-at-home dad. He’s been making albums since 2000, with some twists and turns along the way. He’s also in a two-person book club with his mom. #goals +
Former commander of NATO, Admiral James Stavridis discusses his geopolitical thriller 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, with New York Times Journalist and George Washington University National Security Professor Thom Shanker. Admiral James Stavridis spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star Admiral. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He has published nine previous books and hundreds of articles and is a frequent national and international television commentator as well as a Bloomberg Opinion weekly columnist, and a contributing editor to TIME Magazine.
Thom Shanker was named director of the Project for Media and National Security at George Washington University in June 2021, after nearly 25 years with The New York Times, including 13 years as Pentagon correspondent covering the Department of Defense, overseas combat operations and national security policy. Most recently, he had served as Deputy Washington Editor, managing coverage of the military, diplomacy, and veterans affairs.
Mr. Shanker is co-author of the best-seller “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.”
Earlier this year, we set out to take a deep look at why Louisville’s West End is changing — and how. In this last episode of Here Today, we address the uncertainty that lies ahead, and how that could affect the people who live west of Ninth Street.
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