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Video Archive: Season 4

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  • William Turner, Berea College (#401)

    William H. Turner, the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian studies at Berea College and the author of Blacks in Appalachia, talks about his roots in Appalachia and dispels myths about the region. He also discusses coal mining and mountain-top removal, tourism in Eastern Kentucky, and the rich history of racial harmony at Berea College.

    Premiered: Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Donna Brazile, political strategist (#402)

    Donna Brazile, a political commentator on CNN’s Inside Politics and American Morning and veteran campaign strategist, discusses her career in politics, her family, and the current presidential race.

    Premiered: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Christopher 2X, community activist (#403)

    Louisville activist Christopher 2X, an outspoken advocate for victims of violent crime and poverty, discusses his own turbulent past, his conversion to Islam, and the shooting that propelled him into community service.

    Premiered: Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Helping Kentucky Children (#404)

    Renee speaks with two activists who lead programs to help Kentucky children: educator Margaret Dunbar-Demaree, founder and executive director of the 1+1=U program in Louisville, and Ryce Hatchett, program director of Amachi Central Kentucky.

    Premiered: Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Ricky Jones, What’s Wrong With Obamamania? (#405)

    Ricky Jones, chairman of Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville, discusses his book What’s Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination, which takes a critical look at the rise of Barack Obama and what it means for black leadership today.

    Premiered: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (#406)

    Renee and a panel of experts discuss Kentucky’s uninsured or underinsured children and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program. The program is a follow-up to the PBS P.O.V. documentary Critical Condition, which followed the struggles of four critically ill, uninsured Americans and the devastating toll their illnesses took on their lives.

    Premiered: Sunday, October 12, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Mary Evans Sias, Kentucky State University president (#407)

    Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, discusses recent successes at KSU, including academic progress, increased enrollment, improved housing facilities, and a new classroom building. She also talks about the challenges presented by recent state budget cuts and rising tuition costs, which KSU deals with by initiating need-based financial assistance programs.

    Premiered: Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Samantha Thornhill, writer (#408)

    New York-based writer Samantha Thornhill discusses her poetry and upcoming novel, Seventeen Seasons. She also discusses the difficulties of living as a writer and her secrets for keeping her soul nurtured.

    Premiered: Friday, October 24, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor (#409)

    Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and author of Left to Tell: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, shares her story and talks about her spiritual awakening.

    Premiered: Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Judy “J.J.” Jackson, University of Kentucky (#410)

    Judy “J.J.” Jackson, who is the University of Kentucky’s vice president of institutional diversity, discusses the new post in a program taped at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.

    Premiered: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • J. Michael Brown, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (#411)

    J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, discusses issues ranging from correctional operations to online gambling. As head of the second largest agency in state government, Brown explains his responsibilities and his hopes for the 2009 legislative session.

    Premiered: Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Alzheimer’s Awareness Month (#412)

    Renee and a panel of guests discuss Alzheimer’s disease, medical advances, the role of caregivers, and the impact of the disease on minorities.

    Premiered: Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 9:00/8:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Dr. Jai Gilliam, Lexington physician (#413)

    Dr. Jai Gilliam, pediatrician and internal medicine specialist at Lexington’s Northside Family Medical Center, talks about his practice and minority health issues.

    Premiered: Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Keli Goff, political commentator (#414)

    Political commentator Keli Goff discusses her new book, Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence. The book, released in March 2008, explores the ways in which young black voters are shunning political labels and emerging as independent thinkers.

    Premiered: Friday, December 12, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi investigative journalist (#415)

    Journalist Jerry Mitchell, a justice reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS, whose investigative reporting led to the reopening of 1960s civil rights cases, talks about his efforts to bring Byron De La Beckwith, the Ku Klux Klan member who murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, to justice.

    Premiered: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • bell hooks, feminist scholar (#416)

    bell hooks, a feminist scholar and the author of more than 30 books on issues such as social class, gender and race, discusses her return to Kentucky and her latest book, Belonging: A Culture of Place.

    Premiered: Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Smart Financial Planning (#417)

    Dana S. Branham, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Natalie Barrett, a certified public accountant, talk about financial planning for the new year. The financial experts give tips about eliminating debt, building savings, and making money go further.

    Premiered: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Ten Kids Inc. (#418)

    Renee talks with founder Gip Gibson and board member Holly Brady about Ten Kids Inc., a Lexington-based non-profit organization developed to provide children in Haiti with the basics of life: food, clean water, safe shelter, medical care and education.

    Premiered: Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • African Americans and Politics (#419)

    As the nation prepares for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, Renee talks with black political activists about the histories and futures of the Democratic and Republican parties.

    Premiered: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project (#420)

    Renee welcomes a panel of guests to discuss the Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative Project.

    Premiered: Friday, January 23, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Legacy (#421)

    Alicestyne Adams and J. Blaine Hudson, organizers of the “Year of Lincoln” at Centre College, talk about Abraham Lincoln and the symposium held to honor the bicentennial celebration of his birthday.

    Premiered: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Crystal Wilkinson, poet (#422)

    Renee talks with poet and educator Crystal Wilkinson, a Casey County native, about growing up in rural Kentucky, writing and more.

    Premiered: Friday, February 6, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • Doris Wilkinson, University of Kentucky sociologist (#423)

    Pioneering educator Doris Wilkinson, a professor in the University of Kentucky’s department of sociology, talks about the historic election of President Obama. She also discusses her own background and academic work.

    Premiered: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 9:00/8:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Sheila Williams, author (#424)

    Sheila Williams, a Northern Kentucky writer, talks about her career on the next Connections with Renee Shaw. Williams was featured in Kentucky Muse: A Novel Approach. Two of her books, Dancing on the Edge of the Roof and its sequel, On the Right Side of a Dream, were featured on bookclub@ket.

    Premiered: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Alma Glover, Ralph Bunche Community Center (#425)

    Alma Glover, director of the Ralph Bunche Community Center in Glasgow, talks about her Barren County roots, the history of the community center and the services it provides.

    Premiered: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • University of Kentucky’s Black Women’s Conference (#426)

    Renee welcomes a panel of guests from the University of Kentucky to discuss the upcoming annual Black Women’s Conference and current issues affecting African-American women. Panel members are Tamara Brown, associate professor of clinical psychology; Sonja Feist-Price, director of the university’s African American Studies and Research Program; and Debra Harley, chair of the special education and rehabilitation counseling department.

    Premiered: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Jesse and Stephanie Morris, Inner City Breakthrough Ministry (#427)

    Pastor Jesse Morris and his wife, Stephanie, former restaurant owners, talk about why they wanted to start a “feeding ministry,” in which church-goers would receive a hot meal to restore their bodies and a dose of Christian gospel to rebuild their spirits.

    Premiered: Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress and AIDS activist (#428)

    Actress and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, a member of the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, discusses her one-woman show, Sometimes I Cry, based on real women’s personal stories about HIV and AIDS.

    Premiered: Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Pastor Donna Hubbard (#429)

    Donna Hubbard, a former prostitute and drug addict who is now a pastor and was the keynote speaker at this year’s Black Women’s Conference at the University of Kentucky, shares her inspiring life story.

    Premiered: Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Looking Back at General Assembly 2009 (#430)

    Some of Kentucky’s African-American state lawmakers review the recent legislative session, including legislation pertinent to minority communities.

    Premiered: Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • President Obama’s First 100 Days (#431)

    A panel of political activists discusses President Obama’s first 100 days in office.

    Premiered: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

  • Entrepreneur Phil Wilkins (#432)

    Speaker, consultant, author and businessman Phil Wilkins discusses becoming a successful entrepreneur.

    Premiered: Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Colmon Elridge III, Governor’s Executive Assistant (#433)

    Colmon Elridge III, who is executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, discusses his ambitious career and talks about what inspired him to go in to public service.

    Premiered: Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Native Americans (#434)

    Representatives from the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission offer a Kentucky perspective on PBS’ American Experience: We Shall Remain, a series of five documentaries focusing on pivotal moments in over 300 years of U.S. history from the Native American perspective.

    Premiered: Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Responsible Homeownership (#435)

    A panel of experts examines responsible homeownership in tough economic times.

    Premiered: Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Update: Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project (#436)

    A panel of guests provides an update on the Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative Project, which they introduced to Connections viewers in January.

    Premiered: Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 9:00/8:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Healthy Financial Habits (#437)

    Dana S. Branham, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Natalie Barrett, certified public accountant and owner of Natalie L. Young, PSC, give viewers the tools to conduct a mid-year personal finance check-up.

    Premiered: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • U.S. Census (#438)

    Ben Johnson of the Charlotte (N.C.) Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau and Sandra Powell, Hispanic outreach activist in Kentucky and chair of the Richmond Human Rights Commission, discuss the importance of the 2010 U.S. Census.

    Premiered: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Nikki Jackson, Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary (#439)

    Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary Nikki Jackson, one of the subjects of artist Pat Gallagher’s 10 Most Inspirational Women of Louisville series of paintings, discusses her background, her ideas for engaging state employees, the cabinet’s current programs, and more.

    Premiered: Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 9:00/8:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Young Artists: Poems and Paintings (#440)

    Two Kentucky artists discuss their mediums. Visual artist Darryl Davis reveals his technique of embellishing his canvas creations with dryer lint. Poet Bianca Spriggs discusses writing, teaching, and her role at the annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

    Premiered: Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Sweet Treats (#441)

    Robyn Stuart of D B Bourbon Candy in Frankfort and James and Bridget Brown of Brown’s Bakery in Lexington share their business stories.

    Premiered: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Jo Sanders, Gender Equity Consultant (#442)

    Jo Sanders, a nationally recognized gender-equity expert with more than three decades of experience, discusses her work and how she persuades educators and employers who may be resistant to her message.

    Premiered: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 8:00/7:00 am CT on KETKY

  • Helping Minority-Owned Businesses Thrive (#443)

    Connections examines the challenges and opportunities facing minority-owned businesses in today’s economic climate. Guests are Anthony Wright, economic development officer for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and Marilyn Clark, founder and president of Worksmart, a Lexington-based training and consulting firm.

    Premiered: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 6:30/5:30 pm CT on KETKY

  • Early Childhood Development (#444)

    Annette Bridges, director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Early Childhood Development Program, talks about the state’s plan to get kids on the right academic track before they enter kindergarten.

    Premiered: Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 2:00/1:00 am CT on KET

  • Cheryl Pan, Chinese Folk Dancer (#445)

    Chinese folk dancer and Lexington resident Cheryl Pan demonstrates some of her best moves.

    Premiered: Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:30/11:30 am CT on KETKY

  • Race in the Criminal Justice System (#446)

    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Felicia Nu’Man and Kimberly Henderson Baird address critics’ accusations that black prosecutors are participating in a racist criminal justice system. They also discuss alternatives to incarceration.

    Premiered: Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Sociologist Aaron Thompson (#447)

    Aaron Thompson, an Eastern Kentucky University sociology professor and an expert on gender and race issues, discusses his Appalachian roots, his career, and more.

    Premiered: Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

  • Patricia Russell-McCloud, Motivational Speaker (#448)

    Patricia Russell-McCloud, a featured speaker at the 2009 Lexington-Bluegrass Minority Business Expo, talks about transition from lawyer to professional speaker and her mastery of the spoken word. The Indianapolis native also talks about her ties to Kentucky.

    Premiered: Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 9:00/8:00 am CT on KETKY