A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects, hosted by Barry Bernson, brings history alive through an examination 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.
Deval Patrick is the first African-American governor of Massachusetts and Jessica Alba is an actress who proudly embraces her Mexican-American heritage. But cutting-edge DNA analysis reveals that the family trees contain a far more diverse range of cultures and races. DNA is used to delve deeper into the families of other guests in the series, including Valerie Jarrett and Henry Louis Gates Jr.
In 1850, one of every five Kentuckians was held in bondage. Kentucky’s location on the border of slave and nonslave states and its unique geography as the only state surrounded on three sides by rivers created opportunities for people who were willing to risk their lives to live in freedom, and those willing to risk everything to help them. This KET production tells the stories of enslaved African Americans who lived in Kentucky and sought to escape to the North.
Meet Jerry Bransford, a fifth generation African-American guide at Mammoth Cave. Amy Hess visits Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture in Taylor County; and Dave Shuffett goes to Clinton, Kentucky, for a hands-on look at the process of creating the award-winning Harper's Country Hams.
Candyce Clifft hosts a look at ten important Louisville buildings, nominated by KET viewers. The results were selected by a professional panel, sponsored by KET and the American Institute of Architects, Kentucky chapter. Ten Buildings was inspired by a national series airing on PBS.
This Alfred Shands documentary takes a look at the city of Louisville during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Just when New Deal programs and a business recovery seemed to be starting to turn the economy around, the devastating Ohio River flood of 1937 plunged the city into crisis again.
Filmmaker Steve Crump takes a look at the life and times of boxer Muhammad Ali as seen from the perspective of his hometown. Interviewed are sportswriter Dave Kindred, radio journalist Bob Edwards, former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, and former state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers.