Saving Stories

Saving Stories: Chronicling Bourbon's Big Comeback

Sep 13, 2016
Nunn Center for Oral History

Sure, Kentucky bourbon is arguably more popular than ever, evidenced by the oft quoted statistic that there are now more bourbon barrels in the state than there are people, but that wasn't always the case.  In this episode of Saving Stories WUKY's Alan Lytle and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries talk about the bourbon renaissance and share audio clips from the Nunn Center's ongoing Kentucky Bourbon Tales project.

Saving Stories: Jackie's Triumph Meant The Eventual Death Of The Negro Baseball League

Apr 19, 2016

In this episode of Saving Stories we hear from Effa Manley, a powerful co-owner of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Baseball League.  She says the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 hastened the demise of a business she and other black entrepreneurs helped create and sustain.

Saving Stories Remembers Civil Rights Icon Georgia Davis Powers

Feb 1, 2016

Today on Saving Stories Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries shares audio from Georgia Davis Powers.  The Kentucky Civil Rights icon, the first African American and the first woman to serve in the State Senate passed away early Saturday at the age of 92.

UK Perspectives: The Story Behind WBKY In Beattyville

Oct 14, 2015
UK Special Collections

WUKY turns 75 this week.  To celebrate the occasion Doug Boyd from the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History and guest host Alan Lytle discuss the origin story for the radio station now known as WUKY, which began as WBKY, an ambitious community radio experiment in the town of Beattyville in Eastern Kentucky.

Saving Stories: Kent State Protests At UK

May 5, 2015
UK Special Collections

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.  Alan Lytle and Doug Boyd from the Nunn Center recall student reaction on the UK campus.

Saving Stories: UK And National Championships

Mar 26, 2015
UK Athletics

A highly talented basketball team, top ranked all season long, heavily favored to win a national title...sound familiar?  It should.  In this special edition of Saving Stories we recall Kentucky's triumphant march to the title in 1978.  Who better to talk about that historic run than Mr. Wildcat?  Bill Keightley served as the team's equipment manager until his death in 2008.

Saving Stories: UK's History of Desegregation

Feb 26, 2015
Nunn Center For Oral History

As the University of Kentucky continues to celebrate its sesquicentennial we take a look back at efforts to desegregate the school.  Lincoln County native George Logan, one of the first African American students to attend UK talks about the racism he encountered back in 1951.

Saving Stories: 2010's Haitian Earthquake

Jan 12, 2015

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 300,000 people.  The Nunn Center's Doug Boyd talks about a major oral history project surrounding that disaster, the ongoing rebuild, and the challenge of translating many of these eyewitness accounts from Haitian-Creole into English.

Saving Stories: Bourbon Tales Coming To A Television Near You

Dec 15, 2014
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A new documentary being aired in Kentucky will introduce viewers to the colorful characters who craft bourbon.  The documentary draws from oral history interviews conducted by the University of Kentucky's Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.   In this special edition of Saving Stories Alan Lytle talks with Center Director Doug Boyd about "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business."

Saving Stories: Trench Warfare In World War I

Nov 11, 2014

On this Veterans' Day, we get a rare first-hand account of life in the trenches during the "War To End All Wars" fought a century ago.