I Am John Scopes
Presented by Todd Hatton, producer and local Morning Edition host for WKMS-FM, Murray State University’s NPR affiliate
His name is synonymous with the conflict of faith and reason, often mentioned in the same breath as Charles Darwin, evolution, and Clarence Darrow. That name is inextricably linked to one of the most controversial trials in American jurisprudence. But today, John T. Scopes is a cipher, largely unknown in his hometown and overshadowed by the legal titans who tried his case.
So, who is John Thomas Scopes?
WKMS producer and award-winning documentarian Todd Hatton presents a look at this most remarkable Paducahan. In his discussion, Todd will introduce us to this intensely private and principled man who placed himself, as he would later write, at the center of the storm. We’ll also find out why Scopes eschewed the limelight, but was always willing to reemerge to defend his convictions and for the freedom to teach.
Hatton is the writer and producer or co-producer of radio documentaries about regional history, including West Kentucky High Iron: The Story of Four Rivers Rail; West Kentucky Coal: People, Places, and Power; Irvin S. Cobb: Back Home; The Civil War in the Western Rivers, 2012 Associated Press Best Documentary, and Kentucky Dam Power for the People, 2013 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Best Documentary and winner of a 2014 Education Award from the Kentucky Historical Society.
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