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A New Episode of Dig: The Hearing

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

Jen stopped on the way to the hearing to pick up a fellow survivor, another woman who reported a rape to the Louisville Metro Police Department and was also still waiting for answers. 

The two women, along with Jen’s niece, arrived at City Hall together. They got on the elevator with high hopes for what they might expect from the hearing: 

“Hopefully some clarity. Accountability. And other objective, smart minds to look at things we’ve all known… the treatment of victims, shaming them, and most importantly not solving their case or getting any answers.”

Jen Sainato and other survivors watch Lt. Shannon Lauder’s testimony.

Jen reached for the other women’s hands as they walked into the chamber. She was among the last to arrive.

By the time she got there, the police were already settled in at the front …

Here Today: How Did We Get Here? (Nobody’s S’posed To Be Here)

What comes to mind when you hear “west Louisville?”

Do you picture the families who live there? People coming together for barbecues and neighborhood block parties. Kids playing in the park. Neighborhood churches. Or when you think of the West End, are you reminded of the last thing you heard about it on the news? A recent shooting. People living in poverty. Neighborhoods filled with abandoned houses.

The story of west Louisville is not a simple one. It’s not one that can be easily encapsulated in a soundbite. And it’s a story that could be drastically changing soon.

But to understand the future, we have to look to the past. On episode one of Here Today, we explore the people and policies that created today’s West End.

Listen to the episode here:

Here Today is produced and reported by Amina Elahi, Laura Ellis, Jonese Franklin, and Kyeland Jackson. Website and data reporting are by Alexandra Kanik.

You can support Here Today by making a donation here …

Curious Louisville: Why Is A Stretch Of Louisville Highway Measured In Kilometers?

If you’re driving on I-265, just past the Ford Plant, you’ll see a sign that reads: “Exit 35, Cincinnati 1.2 kilometers.”

There’s an English measurement, too, in parenthesis. The exit is 3/4ths of a mile away — but for an entire stretch of Louisville interstate, it’s like you’re in a country that actually uses the metric system as the primary form of measurement.

And several Curious Louisville listeners wanted to know why.

The story begins in the late 1960s. The tech field was booming, scientific strides were being made, and during that time, there was a push among some American government and science professionals to shift to the metric system. They argued it would aid in global commerce and in the exchange of new ideas.

Over the next decade, the U.S. government inched towards the switch.

In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act, which declared the metric system “the preferred system of weights and measures for United States trade and commerce.”

To be clear, the Act didn’t actually do anything; President Ford emphasized that the conversion was completely voluntary. But for the next few years, “Schoolhouse Rock”-style films produced by the government like this were distributed for …