HISTORY

Nova

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.

Nova

Petra: Lost City of Stone

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

The Italian Americans

La Famiglia

A brief history of the Italian Risorgimento provides the context for the great flight from the mezzogiorno region. By the late 19th century, Italians begin to put down roots and “Little Italys” spring up in urban areas throughout the U.S.

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Kentucky Collectibles

Experts Grab the Bull by the 19th Century Powder Horns

Expert appraisers examine the history and value of an Italian manicuring set worth thousands of dollars and a pair of 19th century powder horns.

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Black History Month

P.G. Peeples

Peeples attended the University of Kentucky as one of only about 50 black students, then went to work for the Lexington chapter of the National Urban League. He was soon named director of the chapter, a position he still holds.