HISTORY

James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work

Watch the story of James A. Baker III, a remarkable politician and statesman who represents a time when a divided Congress got things done, and when presidents and politicians worked together.

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Basketball in Kentucky—Great Balls of Fire

Vintage Videos: UK Ascendancy Began with The Fabulous Five

Before there were one-and-dones, "The Fabulous Five" set the tone for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team's supremacy on the hard court. Former players remember their time on the team in this 2001 KET production.

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Kentucky LIfe

Thrills of Yesteryear

For decades Kentuckians got their thrills, chills, and spills at Fontaine Ferry, Joyland, Ludlow Lagoon, Clyffside Park, and Beech Bend. In this "Kentucky Life" episode from 1998, host Byron Crawford takes us down memory lane to the amusement parks of the past.

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Building Wonders: Hagia Sophia – Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery

How has this unique structure in Istanbul, built on a seismic fault, survived centuries of quakes?

The Italian Americans

The Loyal Americans

A second generation of Italian Americans begins to enter the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment. Fiorello LaGuardia becomes mayor of New York City. Joe DiMaggio, the son of a San Francisco fisherman, becomes an American hero.

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Black History Month

Abby Marlatt

While teaching at the University of Kentucky in the 1960s, Marlatt helped organize students and train them in the principles of nonviolent protest, joining them at sit-ins and other actions that led to the desegregation of many public facilities in Lexington.

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Kentucky Time Capsule

A Dream Come True

This Alfred Shands documentary looks at the history of Jenkins—a town built from scratch during the Kentucky coal boom—as reflected in an amazing cache of photographs taken more than 80 years ago.

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Black History Month

J. Blaine Hudson

Hudson was a student activist at the University of Louisville, demonstrating on behalf of greater educational opportunities for African-American students. He later became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at U of L.

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Black History Month

James Howard

At age 13, Howard and several other black students drew national attention for their efforts to integrate the schools in the Western Kentucky town of Sturgis.

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Petra: Lost City of Stone

How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

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