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Kentucky Life

Forsaken, But Not Always Forgotten

Our theme this weekend is "Abandoned Kentucky." In Muhlenberg County, the ruins of an 1850s iron furnace are all that remain of Old Airdrie. The town of Beauty, in Martin County, stands on the site of what once was the Hungarian community of Himlerville. Photographer Sherman Cahal explores the deserted Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort. In Louisville, the preservation of a historic house was accomplished through the efforts of an ice cream shop.

Navy SEALs – Their Untold Story

Learn how the U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandos.

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Julian Bond (1940-2015)

Civil rights activist Julian Bond passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, at the age of 75. Former chairman of the board of directors of the NAACP, Bond had family roots in Kentucky and served as narrator for the 2002 documentary, "Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky." He also spoke extensively about his life and work in this one-on-one interview for the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Oral History Project.

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SS Sultana: The Greatest Maritime Disaster in U.S. History

The greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history occurred on April 27, 1865, when the SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River and an estimated 1,800 passengers died, including 194 from Kentucky.

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From the Stone Age to the Space Age

History comes alive through an examination with host Barry Bernson of the artifacts around us. Included are modern Kentucky icons: Bill Monroe's mandolin, Harland Sanders' original pressure cooker, and an Adolph Rupp model basketball. The objects span the course of time from 1000 A.D. to 2013, from a stone axe to a space satellite.

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Mammoth Cave’s African-American Heritage

For over 150 years, Mammoth Cave National Park has drawn visitors from around the world to witness its natural wonders. The human story of the largest known cave in the world is just as rich. From the beginning, African-Americans were instrumental in making discoveries and in promoting the cave as a tourist destination.

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Honoring a Forgotten Chapter in Kentucky’s Civil War History

Learn about the Union Army’s 5th Colored Cavalry, a unit comprised of African-Americans from central Kentucky. A recently dedicated memorial near Simpsonville honors 22 members of the cavalry, killed in a Confederate ambush.

JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness

In many ways, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the most unlikely champion of civil rights. But his actions in the White House told a different story when he dared to champion two laws that changed America and the world—the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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One to One with Bill Goodman

The Audacious Henrietta Bingham

Louisville native and author Emily Bingham discusses her book, "Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham," a biography about her great aunt.

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The Eighth of August

Every year, African-Americans in parts of Western Kentucky and central Tennessee gather to celebrate Emancipation on the Eighth of August, a homecoming tradition begun in 1868.