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Program 2810
1/4/02: This week’s story about next week’s story is the last state budget for the Patton administration. It will be very lean, and with little pork, so how will state lawmakers respond? (#2810)
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Friday, January 4, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, January 6, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2811
Join guest host Mark Hebert as he and fellow journalists discuss the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly and Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong's decision not to run. Those stories and more on this edition of Comment on Kentucky. (#2811)
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Friday, January 11, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2812
Join host Al Smith as he and members of the Capitol Press Corp discuss political rancor in the Kentucky State Senate; Louisville's loss of recruiting a NBA team; and school budget issues- is the Governor asking too much of local districts? (#2812)
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Friday, January 18, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2813
Join host Al Smith and guests as they discuss the redistricting debacle in the state legislature; Governor Patton's lean state budget; casino-style gambling in Kentucky; possible changes in Medicaid payments; and the states in the running for a billion dollar auto plant. These stories and more on this edition of Comment on Kentucky. (#2813)
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Friday, January 25, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2814
2/1/02: The latest inside information about the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly and the debate over redistricting. (#2814)
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Friday, February 1, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2815
2/8/02: The Medicaid program—who should pay the bill for poor people unable to afford prescription drugs? A raise for teachers—local school districts oppose Gov. Patton’s plan. And changing our political culture—it’s still a power struggle, but of a different sort. (#2815)
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Friday, February 8, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, February 10, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2816
2/15/02: Lawmakers are still testy over issues—and each other. The garbage bill goes forward, but betting is uncertain on the fate of slots. And UK’s new president proposes a new way to dream about the school and the state. (#2816)
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Friday, February 15, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2817
2/22/02: The new state budget—so far up in the air that no can see it. (#2817)
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Friday, February 22, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2818
3/1/02: Dr. John Shumaker is leaving the University of Louisville to become the president of the University of Tennessee. And with legislative leaders opposed, the new bill for expanded gambling at the racetracks looks like a very long shot indeed. (#2818)
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Friday, March 1, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, March 3, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2819
3/8/02: Changes in the University of Kentucky’s athletics program and political happenings in Frankfort with guest host Mark Hebert. (#2819)
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Friday, March 8, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 8, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET2
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Program 2820
3/15/02: Legislative leaders further muddy the track for slots, and Catholic bishops retract a blessing on more bingo. (#2820)
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Friday, March 15, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, March 15, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2821
3/22/02: Brereton Jones is out of the governor’s race—and so is Congressman Hal Rogers. Miners may breathe easier over black lung benefits. Slots at the racetracks are coming up short. A win in state court for Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler’s review of tax credit deals. And Sen. Mitch McConnell goes to federal court after losing his long battle against campaign finance reform. (#2821)
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Friday, March 22, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2822
3/29/02: Guest host Mark Hebert and fellow members of the Frankfort press corps discuss the state budget, the emotional debate on human cloning in the state Senate, and the fate of several other bills pending in the 2002 General Assembly. (#2822)
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Friday, March 29, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, March 31, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2823
4/25/02: It’s almost over for the rancorous legislature, and still no state budget. It is over for Gordon Davies, fired as higher education chief in what the papers say is a retreat from excellence. Meanwhile, Kentucky loses Hyundai. (#2823)
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Friday, April 5, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, April 7, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2824
4/12/02: The state budget deadlock becomes a crisis, a weakened garbage bill may pass, and only a few future teachers at Kentucky State University pass qualifying tests. (#2824)
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Friday, April 12, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2825
4/19/02: In the special session on the state budget, public financing of the governor’s race is the big issue. Charlie Owen and Ben Chandler ponder a race for governor/lieutenant. And in the mountains, public corruption, politics, and drug dealing figure into the killings of a respected sheriff and a former sheriff who was trying for a comeback. Also, the state of the nation’s economy. (#2825)
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Friday, April 19, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2826
4/26/02: The great budget debate, legal issues left in the lurch, and Ron McCloud’s mistake. (#2826)
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Friday, April 26, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2827
5/3/02: What do you write about when you write about Louisville? Where did it all go off track in Frankfort? And the star journalist who gave up his day job, then bred a horse who would win the Kentucky Derby. (#2827)
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Friday, May 3, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, May 5, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2828
5/10/02: The fate of higher education in Kentucky without Gordon Davies’ leadership, church leaders’ response to alleged sexual abuse cases, and federal judges’ rulings on President Bush’s coal permits. (#2828)
Friday, May 10, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2829
5/17/02: The future of higher education reform in Kentucky, changes in Democratic Party leadership, and Lexington’s mayoral race. (#2829)
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Friday, May 17, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, May 19, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2830
5/24/02: A U.S. Senate primary and two congressional races; a challenge to Sen. David Williams and other key legislative contests; the mayors and metro city councils of Louisville and Lexington; and murder, mayhem, and mudslinging in the mountains: It’s round-up time in Kentucky politics. (#2830)
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Friday, May 24, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2831
5/31/02: Wrapping up the primary. U.S. Democratic primary: A near upset leaves Weinberg wounded and Congressman Ernie Fletcher ready to run for governor. Lexington’s mayor’s race: The biggest spender was third. Challenge to Sen. David Williams: It didn’t work, so now he challenges Patton’s budget again. Louisville Metro races: not a magnet for voters, but it was a start for merger. Also, that X-rated campaign video gave the guy who used it some blues in the night—he lost. (#2831)
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Friday, May 31, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, June 2, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2832
6/7/02: Ernie Fletcher’s fly-around, the budget battles, the K State controversy, and the bishop’s legal burdens. (#2832)
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Friday, June 7, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, June 9, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2833
6/14/02: A discussion of four statistical paradoxes. For instance, the percentage of high school graduates increased more in Kentucky than in any other state in the current United States Census reports—yet our state still ranks next to last in the number of citizens who’ve finished high school. (#2833)
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Friday, June 14, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2834
6/21/02: Facing the future in Western Kentucky—the view from Owensboro and Morgantown. Picking up the pieces—another battle at Kentucky State University. And environmental horrors versus economic development. (#2834)
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Friday, June 21, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2835
6/28/02: The state budget dies this Sunday night, with the government train wreck to follow. With no new budget, the governor, the legislature, and the courts are on their own. (#2835)
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Friday, June 28, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, June 30, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2836
7/5/02: Former Governor Wallace Wilkinson dies. Does the University of Kentucky have its own accounting scandal? And if Tennessee can produce a state budget, why can’t Kentucky? (#2836)
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Friday, July 5, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, July 7, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2837
7/12/02: An appeals court says the Webb brothers must repay $90 million. House Democrats offer a compromise on the state budget. Has the legislature ceded too much power to the governor? And more on the Wallace Wilkinson legacy: a giant bankruptcy that survives. (#2837)
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Friday, July 12, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2838
7/19/02: Paul Patton heads the nation’s governors’ association. He comes from a state where he can’t persuade our legislature to pass a budget; where we’ve hired a faculty member for $500,000 a year to run an ethics program for students who chase balls; and where we won’t raise the tobacco tax, won’t do much about smoking deaths, but have male politicians reporting in sick over lesbian health issues. (#2838)
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Friday, July 19, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2839
7/26/02: A vision for Louisville—bridges, merger, and politics. Blind man’s bluff in Frankfort—how the no-budget game is played. And a look back at other business failures—when hard times came knocking. (#2839)
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Friday, July 26, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2840
8/2/02: The state will need more money to reach education goals. That’s the message from Gov. Paul Patton as politicians flock to Fancy Farm to focus on another goal: getting themselves elected. (#2840)
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Friday, August 2, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, August 4, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2841
8/9/02: A fresh look at expanded gambling—it’s probably preferable to a tax increase, says Gov. Paul Patton. A quick look at business—how Kentucky corporations are doing in an uncertain economy. And a gauzy, gossipy look at politics at Fancy Farm and after. (#2841)
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Friday, August 9, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, August 11, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2842
8/16/02: New strains on our health care system: a view from the mountains. Another kind of view in Louisville: challenges for a regional outlook. And perspectives on school test scores: gains at all levels, at or above the national average, but, sadly, too many kids are left behind. (#2842)
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Friday, August 16, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2843
8/23/02: Williams rebuffed in court—the judge says, “Show me.” Health care costs—the aches and pains of treatment. And rich and poor—snapshots from the census. (#2843)
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Friday, August 23, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2844
8/30/02: Looking back and looking forward on Labor Day weekend, plus the budget two-step in Frankfort. Has the state maxed out its credit cards? Guest host: Ken Kurtz. (#2844)
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Friday, August 30, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Sunday, September 1, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2845
9/6/02: President Bush in Louisville, politics in the state Supreme Court, and water wars in Lexington. CBS digs for dirt back in the hills with so-called “real hillbillies” in Beverly Hills. Plus, an update on Lt. Gov. Steve Henry’s Medicare payments debacle. (#2845)
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Friday, September 6, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 6, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 8, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2846
9/13/02: Another season on the land—of harvest and hope, of memories bitter and sweet, of fear and resolve and an extra depth of anxiety. The rest of the world so far away, and yet so close ... Reflections on the days of our years with Otis A. Singletary. (#2846)
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Friday, September 13, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 13, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2847
A special one-hour edition from the State Capitol. Host Al Smith and guests discuss the latest developments in the sexual harassment allegations involving Gov. Paul Patton. That story and more political and business updates on this expanded edition. (#2847)
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Friday, September 20, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 20, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2848
9/27/02: The governor’s former mistress goes on national television with her story of a woman scorned, and agencies line up to investigate whether lust loosened the rules for Tina Conner. (#2848)
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Friday, September 27, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, September 27, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2849
10/4/02: Sex and suspect deals give way to questioning of Tina Boyd Conner and a request for documents. Guest host Mark Hebert leads a discussion on Gov. Patton’s sex scandal. (#2849)
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Friday, October 4, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 4, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 6, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2850
10/11/02: Tina and the troopers, Tina and the tip-offs—more tales of true or false in the probe of Patton’s capers with Mrs. Conner. (#2850)
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Friday, October 11, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 11, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2851
10/18/02: The Kentucky ship of state: leaking leadership, losing revenue, and lousy politics. But a few beacons of hope throw light into the shadows. (#2851)
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Friday, October 18, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 18, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2852
10/25/02: As Congress adjourns with a sorry record of unfinished business, this question arises: Could the challengers in next month’s election really do any better? (#2852)
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Friday, October 25, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, October 25, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2901
11/2/02: With less than a week until Election Day, Bush makes a final push for Kentucky and Indiana Republicans. And the struggle for control of the state Senate leaves public financing for campaigns for governor on life support. (#2901)
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Friday, November 1, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 1, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 3, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2902
11/8/02: McConnell’s management and the Republican momentum. Females are a stronger force in state politics—even with Lois Combs Weinberg’s loss in the race for the United States Senate. The death of public financing for the governor’s race—another surrender by Democrats. And a question: Where are our best leaders? (#2902)
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Friday, November 8, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 8, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 10, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2903
11/15/02: A new president for the University of Louisville and a new provost for the University of Kentucky. There’s much praise for their talents, so what’s the fuss over process? (#2903)
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Friday, November 15, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 15, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2904
11/22/02: In a shaky economy, Gov. Patton lays out the budget choices: We cut services and pass the pain to the public, or we raise new revenues and perhaps go forward. (#2904)
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Friday, November 22, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 22, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2905

11/29/02: A special one-on-one conversation with outgoing KET Executive Director Virginia G. Fox:

  • In a state so relatively small compared to other states, and not more than mid-range economically, how did Kentucky Educational Television become the largest public television network in the United States?
  • In a state with horrific problems in education, how did KET become one of the largest providers of distance learning in the world?
  • How did one million adults worldwide earn high school GEDs with help from KET?
  • And in public affairs, what keeps the politicians from pulling the plug on KET when reporters scorch the governor or the legislature?
(#2905)
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Friday, November 29, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, November 29, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2906
12/6/02: The governor’s race begins with formal announcements from Congressman Ernie Fletcher, Attorney General Ben Chandler, and Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards. The focus is more on the running mates than the issue of how to run a state with more to do than it can pay for. (#2906)
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Friday, December 6, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 6, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 8, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2907
12/13/02: A bleak spending outlook from ABC’s to beyond: how the state budget crisis imperils education progress. Patton’s grim prognosis is not convincing, says Republican leader Sen. Dan Kelly, who sees no interest in tax increases. (#2907)
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Friday, December 13, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 13, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 15, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2908
12/20/02: At year’s end, Gov. Paul Patton struggles to sell Kentuckians and their lawmakers on the need to fix the state’s revenue problems. Wary Republicans claim to remain unconvinced by Patton’s parade of horrors. (#2908)
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Friday, December 20, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 20, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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Program 2909
12/27/02: Louisville: It’s about to become bigger than Boston, thanks to a city/county merger. Lexington: A second female mayor, Teresa Isaac, succeeds Pam Miller and swims into high waves over who will own the city’s water company. (#2909)
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Friday, December 27, 2002 at 8:00/7:00 pm CT on KET
Friday, December 27, 2002 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, December 29, 2002 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KET
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