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KET putting state’s signature bluegrass music into national spotlight via documentary on PBS

One of Kentucky’s most popular exports — bluegrass music — will get the star treatment later this month. Ricky Skaggs That’s when PBS stations across the country are scheduled to air the KET-produced documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, placing the state’s signature music into the national spotlight. The two-hour film, dubbed the most comprehensive documentary on bluegrass...

WKU Storm Chase class begins 10th annual journey across the Great Plains this Saturday

Western Kentucky University student Olivia Cahill will accomplish one goal later this week when the WKU Storm Chase class begins its 10th journey across the Great Plains. “The storm chase has been the No. 1 thing on my bucket list for as long as I can remember,” said Cahill, who first heard about the trip as an eighth-grader in Dry Ridge and came to WKU because of its meteorology program and the...

WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center to play host to popular political satirists Capitol Steps Feb. 16

Putting the “mock” in “democracy” since 1981, the Capitol Steps bring their irreverent political satire to West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Clemens Fine Arts Center on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan...

Bevin tells PBS work for Medicaid enrollees will build character; opponent says more will lose coverage

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News In a national television interview, Gov. Matt Bevin reiterated his assertion that the work requirements for some in Kentucky’s newly approved Medicaid program will provide them with an opportunity to have more “dignity and self-respect” by allowing them to be more engaged in their health care. “So what is it we’re looking to change is,...

PBS, KET seek high school students interested in cancer research for 2018 Emperor Science Awards

High school students interested in cancer research opportunities are encouraged to apply to take part in the 2018 Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 1. The program aims to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. One hundred students will be named 2018 Emperor Science...

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...

Rural Blog: Despite hopes in Appalachia that Trump will bring back coal, outside experts remain skeptical

A “Frontline” segment on the PBS NewsHour took a look at the prospects for President Trump fulfilling his campaign promise to “get those miners back to work” in Appalachia, which was home to 87 percent of the coal jobs that have been lost since 2011. Economists and energy experts remain skeptical, but those in the coal industry are hopeful. Trump won every county in West Virginia...

On the Road: Live From Lincoln Center to broadcast chamber music from Shaker Village

For the first time in its series history, Live From Lincoln Center takes its show on the road, presenting The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a broadcast from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, which is located in Kentucky’s oldest town of Harrodsburg. This special broadcast event, filmed on location, captures the unique intimacy of a chamber music concert with cameras and equipment...

Award-winning public television producer, reporter, editor and Winchester native Grant dies at 72

William R. Grant, an award-winning producer of some of public television’s most successful programs, died May 15 in Atlanta of complications from pneumonia. He was 72. Mr. Grant, who in 2001 was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, spent 28 years working in television after 18 years as a reporter and editor for newspapers in Kentucky, Michigan and California.  He won numerous...

My Health Day with Debra K making pair of stops in Lexington this summer

What’s your journey into wellbeing? Debra K is on a mission to “healthify” the nation. It began when she launched her first show – The Journey into Wellbeing – on PBS. To continue her mission of bringing wellness to the world, Debra K has put together a team of health and wellbeing experts for several events, which includes “My Healthy Day with Debra K” coming to the Bluegrass...

Rural Blog: Loretta Lynn has new album, documentary on public television

PBS will air a documentary, “Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl,” detailing the Appalachian roots of the 83-year-old country singer who was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky coal country, Kristin Hall reports for The Associated Press. The documentary coincides with the release of Lynn’s first album since 2004, “Full Circle,” which includes many of the Appalachian songs...

Bengals Coach Lewis, other celebrities offer parenting advice for Family Nurturing Center

(Photo from Family Nurturing Center)   Cincinnati Bengals’ Coach Marvin Lewis wants you to choose “your words wisely.” Especially when talking to your kids. That way “you’ll be proud to hear ’em say it” if they repeat what you’ve said.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Lesley”] Lewis gives that advice in a 17-second video about parenting for...

Pilot of PBS’ ‘Journey into Wellbeing,’ shot entirely in Kentucky, airs nationwide Tuesday

The pilot episode of the national health and wellness series The Journey into Wellbeing, which is shot entirely in Kentucky, will air Feb. 19. To be carried on PBS stations nationwide, including KET, the one-hour pilot episode will air at 9 p.m. EST on the 19th as well as nine additional times throughout February and March.   Debra K The Journey into Wellbeing includes a panel of Bluegrass-based...