Barbara Deeb

All Things Considered Host

Barbara was named local All Things Considered host in October, 2016.  One of the original voices hired when WKYU-FM began, Barbara has pursued an award-winning career in public broadcasting for over three decades.  She lends her voice to public radio and still gets tingles when she walks into the production room.  Barb is active in the community, loves to walk, has  two television Emmys for her weekly PBS program OUTLOOK, but considers her greatest accomplishment to be her three children: Nina, Lexie, and John. 

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The pandemic and resulting economic fallout are forcing many consumers to turn to credit cards to stay afloat. And while a credit card can be a lifeline in troubled times, financial experts warn high interest rates along with the inability to make monthly payments can lead to a credit catastrophe.

Monica Wardlow, a retail lender with German American Bank in Bowling Green, said now more than ever consumers need to monitor their credit and
communicate with their creditors.

"First of all, a lot of credit companies are working with consumers, so you need to contact them if you are at the point where you are going to be behind or you can’t make those payments on there," Wardlow said. "You need to contact them because they have different assistance programs to help you during these times.”

Med Center Health

A Bowling Green physician and leader with the local Coronavirus Workgroup who tested positive for COVID-19 is now in critical condition, and has been placed on a ventilator.

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen is an infectious disease specialist at Med Center Health, and had been hospitalized at The Medical Center for two weeks after her diagnosis.

A statement from Med Center Health says Dr. Shadowen was transported to UK Healthcare in Lexington Thursday afternoon.

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities

Consumer response to the COVID-19 pandemic is causing problems for one local utility in Kentucky.  

An increase in the improper disposal of paper and other cleaning materials is taxing the water filtration system at Bowling Green Municipal Utilities.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, BGMU officials are reporting that the utility is seeing an increase of wipes, rags and other products improperly flushed into the wastewater pump stations.

Systems Manager Mike Gardner is asking the public to be aware that the increased waste can cause pipes to overflow into homes and public spaces, as well as causing serious damage to costly treatment pumps.  

He said crews are working full-time to mitigate the problem and that takes them away from routine maintenance.  


Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company

A Lexington, Kentucky distillery is responding to the current coronavirus health crisis by using its alcohol supplies to make free hand sanitizer for those in need.

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company delivered 200 bottles of the sanitizer to city hall on Friday. Additonal batches are expected next week.

Mark Coffman, master distiller at Town Branch, said he’s working with Lexington officials to identify organizations in need of the hand sanitizer.

Coffman said the product they’re making contains 80 percent alcohol, aloe vera gel, and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide bottled in recyclable glass.

He said the distillery is planning to continue to produce and distribute its hand sanitizer throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Scott Hamilton, LLC

In a society obsessed with winning, we sometimes hand out trophies simply for participating.  Olympic Figure Skater Scott Hamilton says participation trophies set a bad precedent and lead to mediocrity. 

In his third book Finish First: Winning Changes Everything, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist talks about identifying, pursuing, and achieving your finish first moment. 

In this interview, he talks about why he kept his gold medal in a brown paper bag in his underwear drawer for almost a decade.  Hamilton recently spoke in Bowling Green as a guest of the Warren County Public Library’s Local Inspiration series.


Western Kentucky University

Each April the Academy of American Poets recognizes National Poetry Month as a way to increase awareness of and appreciation for poetry in the United States.  Western Kentucky University Poet Laureate, Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, believes that anyone can learn to appreciate poetry.

"I think a lot of people have been taught to like the wrong kind of poetry or they’ve been taught  good poetry the wrong way.”

Miller said a good poem touches the head and the heart.

"A poem says something fresh. It’s something that’s human and real and that gladdens the heart of people who can understand it,” said Miller.


Darius Barati

A survivor of the 1990s wars in the Balkans is visiting Bowling Green to say he believes forgiveness has it's place, as long as people don't forget what happened in the former Yugoslavia.

Kenin Trebincevic returned to his former home in Bosnia 20 years after the war ended.

His post-war visit resulted in the bestselling book, The Bosnia List.