Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.

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It's not unheard of for someone to become famous AFTER they die; think Emily Dickinson, Vincent Van Gogh, or Franz Kafka.  But unlike these artistic lights, Charles Atkins achieved his notoriety by just hanging around.  

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2016 film "Ixcanul."  (ish-cah-nuhl)  This 2016 Guatemalan film takes a classic story and sets it among that country's indigenous Mayan population.  It explores their culture and aspirations with breathtaking cinematography and a daring use of the native dialect.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul and Dr. Ben Post of MSU's Department of Global Languages and Theatre about "Ixcanul."

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Author and critic H.L. Mencken called Irvin S. Cobb "at once the successor to Mark Twain and the heir of Edgar Allan Poe."  Cobb's "Judge Priest" stories eventually became a film starring his friend Will Rogers, and his short story "Fishhead" inspired Robert Bloch to delve into the macabre in his novel Psycho.  The Paducah native's prolific output and fame even compelled a young Rod Serling to pen a radio play of Cobb's life.

Still, since his mid 20th century high point, Cobb's fame and reputation have dimmed.  Everywhere, that is, save in his native western Kentucky. 

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This weekend, Murray State's Cinema International features the 2009 film "Amreeka."  It's the story of a Palestinian Christian divorcee and her son who immigrate to America during the run-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.  They confront prejudice both within and without as they try to navigate a new world.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese Saint Paul and coordinator of MSU's Religious Studies Department Dr. Christine Lindner about "Amreeka."

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Cinema International returns to Murray State's Curris Center Theater this weekend with the 2016 Australian film Lion.  Based on a true story, it features a mostly Indian cast with Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel as a young man who, having surviving life on Calcutta streets and being adopted into an Australian family, seeks to re-unite with his birth parents.  Todd Hatton speaks with Cinema International Director Dr. Therese St. Paul about the film.

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In the wake of a protest against a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, the meaning and the future of other such monuments throughout the South is being debated.  The fifty-six public spaces in the Commonwealth dedicated to the CSA  are no exception, and MSU  Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Bill Schell focuses on the statue of Robert E. Lee in Murray to offer some suggestions on a way forward.

Robert E. Lee Facing North: A brief History of Confederate Monuments


Our region is a place where the love of good stories is second only to the passion for telling them.  And it's proven to be fertile ground for such tales.  Now, to the fiction of Irvin Cobb and Bobbie Ann Mason; and the nonfiction of Forrest Pogue, we can add Gloria Miller Beadles and Wanda Counts Holland.  The two retired Graves County middle school teachers have taken the stories and legends surrounding the antebellum southern Illinois mansion of John Hart Crenshaw and crafted them in to a well-received self-published work of historical fiction.  Todd Hatton speaks with Beadles and Hollan / Kentucky Housing Corporation

This month, Murray State University alumnus Edwin King succeeds Kathryn Peters as Executive Director of the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that works to provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Kentuckians.  King said he is looking for innovative solutions for affordable housing, as well as extending their partnerships in west Kentucky. 

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On this date in 1925, the famous "Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tennessee, came to an end with a guilty verdict for the defendant, a young western Kentucky teacher named John Scopes.  


April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition, approximately 11:20 p.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:18 p.m. during All Things Considered.