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Bowling Green, Ky – Opening a small business is always hard.

Try doing it during the worst economy since the Great Depression.

That's exactly what the founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery did, and now they're reaping the rewards of their efforts.

Corsair--with distilleries in Nashville and downtown Bowling Green--puts its own unique twist on classic spirits. Vanilla bean vodka, red absinthe, and triple-smoke whiskey are just a few examples.

Loretto, Ky – Maker's Mark is the highest-selling premium bourbon brand in the world. When you visit the distillery in tiny Loretto, Kentucky, you're struck by the humility of the employees, and their desire to carry on the tradition started in the early 1950s by Bill Samuels Sr. His son, Bill Jr., is stepping down as president of the distillery after 35 years. WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis visited the distillery to meet Bill and his son, Rob, who is set to become chief operating officer.

Owensboro, Ky – As newspapers throughout the country struggle with the issue of making their online operations profitable, a publisher in Owensboro says papers have to stop giving away their product for free. Bob Morris is group publisher for the company that produces several papers in Kentucky, including the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. Morris says not charging for online content gives the impression the product has no value. We also hear from Jeff Jobe, a publisher based in Glasgow.

Glasgow, Ky – Many restaurants in the region--and nation--have been trying to survive during a time of decreased consumer spending. One such place is Sorrento Italian restaurant in Glasgow. It opened in May of 2008, right when the full impact of the recession was being felt in consumers' pocketbooks. Sorrento owner Dawn Purvis says to make it in the restaurant business, you have to be willing to do a little bit of everything--even wash dishes. Kevin Willis has our report.

Bowling Green, Ky – A WKU Economics Professor says there's never been a better time than now to mount a defense of capitalism. Dr. Brian Strow was recently named the school's first BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism. He acknowledges that a recent survey shows more than 25% of Americans don't believe capitalism is the best way to organize a society. This is the complete, unedited version of Dr. Strow's recent interview with WKU Public Radio.