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Doctor offers tips for aging optimally; good advice for Kentuckians, who rank 49th in senior health

As life expectancy for both men and women keeps rising, it’s important to adopt a handful of healthy habits that include things like exercising and staying social to ensure that you “age optimally.” That was the main message of Dr. Christian Furman, a geriatric physician from Louisville, on an episode of “Kentucky Health” with Dr. Wayne Tuckson on Kentucky Educational...

Turkey hunters will want to watch ‘Kentucky Afield’ television’s call-in show this Saturday night

Turkey hunters will not want to miss the next installment of the “Kentucky Afield” television show. With the youth and general spring turkey seasons fast approaching, hunters can submit questions before and during a special one-hour “Kentucky Afield” call-in show that airs live this Saturday (March 23) at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). An expert panel led by “Kentucky...

Secretary of State Grimes announces Lillie Ruschell, Taylor Dale Clark as staff additions

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced Lillie Ruschell will join her office as Director of Communications on Jan. 1. Bradford Queen, who has served in the post since 2015, is departing the Secretary of State’s office to join the private sector early next year. Lillie Ruschell Ruschell, of Lexington, is coming from KET – Kentucky Educational Television — where she has served...

KET announces winners of 2018 Young Writers Contest; more than 1200 entries received

KET has announced the winners of its 2018 Young Writers Contest. The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry. This year, the contest received more than 1,200 submissions, representing more than 280 schools from 17 states. This year’s contest...

Ky. Humanities Council’s new statewide literacy project features Pulitzer winner All the King’s Men

Kentucky Humanities’ new project, Kentucky Reads: All the King’s Men, will use Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to guide a statewide conversation on contemporary populism and political discourse, and their relationship to journalism. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as cooperation with valued partners, Kentucky...

KET to air live coverage of Fancy Farm picnic; Kentucky’s premier political event begins Aug. 5

KET will provide comprehensive coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, the state’s premier political event. The network will present both live and highlighted coverage of the event. Live coverage of Fancy Farm 2017, hosted by KET’s Casey Parker-Bell, begins Saturday, Aug. 5 at 3/2 pm on KET and online at KET.org. Live coverage continues through 5/4 pm, and the afternoon’s political stump speeches will...

KET launches new 24-hour channel featuring free, full-time children’s programming

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) has launched a new 24-hour channel – KET PBS Kids – that features free, full-time children’s programming that will be available through multiple platforms. KET PBS Kids expands on the 12-hour daytime block of children’s programming available on KET and KET2. It will be available through KET’s 16-transmitter broadcast network, on cable systems, via livestream...

Bluegrass & Backroads: During the winter, Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is really for the birds

Reelfoot Lake spans southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee and is home to thousands of birds, and the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is one of the best seasons to see hundreds of thousands of birds — eagles, ducks and geese primarily — that use the sanctuary as a stopping off point for their migratory journey. Take a visit to Fulton County. Kentucky is a state defined...

Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes; week highlighted by State of Commonwealth address

The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly reconvened in Frankfort Tuesday for the remainder of a session that will conclude after 30 total working days in March. Gov. Matt Bevin The highlight of the first week back after a recess is Wednesday’s State of the Commonwealth Address by Gov. Matt Bevin. It is the second such appearance by Bevin of his administration. The entire address will be live on Gov....

Sugary drinks ruin teeth due to acid content; it’s almost as corrosive as battery acid

Many of us constantly sip on a soft drink, especially in Kentucky, but the habit could be ruining our teeth. Most soft drinks have sugar, acid or both and repeated exposure to this combination “wears down tooth enamel, which leads to decay and, eventually, tooth loss,” Patrick Reed reports for Kentucky Educational Television. This “sugar-acid double punch” is especially dangerous...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Visit Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse, home of the state’s first corn maze

Visit one of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Markets, Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown, Ky., site of the state’s first corn maze. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Michael Breeding’s KET documentary on Governor’s Scholars captures richness of program

Igniting the Flame of Curiosity from Michael Breeding MEDIA on Vimeo. The idea of a summer program for high-achieving Kentucky high school students was born in the early 1980s. Its founders believed the creation of the Governor’s Scholars Program would help Kentucky nurture its best and brightest young people, the Commonwealth’s future leaders. Over the years the program expanded to three college...

KET productions and programs nominated for 14 Regional Emmy Awards

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 14 Regional Emmy Awards. The awards recognize excellence in the areas of local news, programming and individual achievement and are one of the industry’s highest honors. “These Regional Emmy Award nominations are a testament to KET’s individual and team efforts...

Outdoorsman Chad Miles named new host of popular KET Kentucky Afield television program

Chad Miles, a 41-year-old Mount Washington native, is the new host of the Emmy Award-winning “Kentucky Afield” television show, a production of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Miles grew up pan fishing the Salt River and hunting rabbits and squirrels. He will become the seventh host of the nation’s longest continuously-running outdoor television show, succeeding...