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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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March 13, 2018 -- John Harvard was a New England colonist whose bequest permitted the firm establishment of Harvard College.  

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March 12, 2018 -- Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

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March 9, 2018 -- Samuel Osborne Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. 

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March 8, 2018 -- Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows, one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. 

March 7, 2018 -- Laws Involving Women

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March 6, 2018 -- Edward Peter Leo McMahon, Jr., was born on March 6, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan. After WWII, Ed McMahon started his entertainment career in radio, later moving onto TV and his role at Johnny Carson's side on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he would become a fixture for the next three decades, keeping American viewers laughing with his banter and on-air personality.

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March 5, 2018 -- Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Norris Jr. was an American journalist and sometime novelist during the Progressive Era, whose fiction was predominantly in the naturalist genre.

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March 2, 2018 -- John Cullum is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in many stage musicals and dramas, including Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for each.

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March 1, 2018 -- William Dean Howells was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters".

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February 28, 2018 -- Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page celebrity gangsters.

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February 27, 2018 -- Anne Adele Samson was a Canadian supercentenarian who was the oldest nun in the world when she died.

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February 26, 2018 -- John George Nicolay was a German-born American who served as private secretary to US President Abraham Lincoln and later co-authored a biography of the 16th President. He was a member of the German branch of the Nicolay family. 

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February 22, 2018 -- Giorgos Seferis was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate

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February 21, 2018 -- Charles Scribner I was a New Yorker who, with Isaac D. Baker, founded a publishing company that would eventually become Charles Scribner's Sons. 

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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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