World of Our Own: Kentucky Folkways
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The Culture of Work

Program 1 begins with the occupational traditions of Owensboro music impresario Goldie Payne and ginseng hunter Eugene Romans of Liberty. Farrier Jackie Thompson, Lexington, shows us the secrets of great horseshoes. Frankfort whiskey tasters Elmer T. Lee and Gary Gayheart and dark-leaf tobacco farmer Robert Hart, Caldwell County, discuss two classic Kentucky products.

Program 2 features a trio of rivermen -- Paducah's Adrian Hargrove, Erlanger's Louis Webb, and Wickliffe's Barry Kelley -- and mussel brailler John Goheen of Calvert City. Trucker John Ferguson, Sonora, talks about his life on the open road. Mexican grocery proprietors Victoria Corona and Monica Fonseca of Versailles and Owensboro barbecuers Harl and John Foreman help us explore cultural identity through food.

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The Culture of Play

Program 3 features guitarists Eddie Pennington and Jesse Aldridge, Princeton; hand-jivers LaKetta Caldwell and Veronica Clark, Paducah, and Ogb Ukpai and Inyang Njoku, Bowling Green; fiddlers Clyde Davenport, formerly of Wayne County, and Roger Cooper, Lewis County; rolley-hole marble players Richard and Larry Bowman, Rockbridge; and Tennessee Square marble shooter Billy Brown, Glasgow.

Program 4 visits celebrations of the Fourth of July in Campbellsville, Emancipation Day in Paducah, and the Dirt Bowl Homecoming in Lexington. In Bell County, Clara Rogers and Helen Parker populate entire yards with handmade Halloween figures, while the Saturday-night dance is a long-standing community tradition in Carcassone.

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Art of the Everyday

Program 5 profiles heritage seed saver Bill Best of Madison County; gardener and canner Irene Hayes Moore of Grayhawk; weaver-quilter Pauline Proffitt of Paint Lick; and Minnie Adkins and her late husband Garland, whose annual folk-art gathering has long been a much-anticipated summer event in Elliott County.

In Program 6, Robert C. Jackson Sr. and Stanley Matherly, Bourbon County, build rock fences, and shake makers William McClure and his son Randy of Mount Vernon, chair maker Brian Boggs of Berea, and Master of the Hounds Jerry Miller of Fayette County share some of their occupational secrets.

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Customs and Beliefs

Program 7 features The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood gospel singers, Covington; the Gospelway Bluegrass Singers, Independence; funeral director Kevin Kirby, Bowling Green; the Hillgrove Cemetery in Edmonson County; Louisville's Anupama Sahasrabudhe, mehendi artist; and Cherokee medicine man Crow Dog, Clinton County.

Program 8 begins with a rare look at a service of the Old Regular Baptists, including comments by Elwood Cornett, an elder of the Indian Bottom Association in Blackey, and a sampling of his Sassafras congregation's haunting music. The program continues with a tour of Nelson County shrines by Mary Rebecca Boone and Father Robert Brown. Rangoli artists Nirmala Sathaye and Suhasini V. Bhapkar, Lexington, demonstrate their skill, and we hear about Cherokee lore from Richard Kidd of Whitley City and Crow Dog of Clinton County.

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