A look at the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history, it occurred on April 27, 1865 when the steamship SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River and an estimated 1800 passengers died, including 194 from Kentucky; in Paducah, a historical marker honors engineer and Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman; a visit to Louisville's Mega Cavern, approximately 100 acres of underground fun, including the world's only fully underground zipline course; and Kentucky Ingrained LLC in McKee features handcrafted furniture from reclaimed Kentucky hardwoods.
Meet Marc Murphy, a local attorney who is drawn to cartooning and political opinion; Tytianna Wells Smith is an author and also the founder of Honey Tree Publishing, which specializes in books aimed at a multiethnic audience; a look back at Alice Hegan Rice, author of Mrs. Wiggs and the Cabbage Patch, the novel that inspired movies, stage productions, dolls, and solidified the nickname of a Louisville neighborhood; Peter Holloway, producing artistic director at StageOne, talks about the city's professional children's theater and upcoming productions; and one of Louisville's oldest bookstores has a new store, Carmichael's Kids, which caters to a younger crowd.
Bill Goodman travels to Washington to speak with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the new leader in the Senate, and other members of the Kentucky congressional delegation, including Rep. Hal Rogers and Sen. Rand Paul. They and others discuss the significance of McConnell's new position for Kentucky and the nation.
In this episode of "Kentucky Afield," Tim and Jayd Raines go 1760's-style squirrel hunting and cooking in Floyd Co.; Mel Hankla from Mefford's Fort in Mason Co. shares his knowledge of Colonial-era weaponry; and master craftsman Mark Miller replicates flintlock rifles in Paducah.
Kentucky Life salutes America's veterans. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard is the resident volunteer guard of Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County; a West Liberty monument honors women in military service; the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green features military aircraft and is a memorial to distinguished aviators; and the story of Sgt. Reckless, the heroic horse who carried ammunition for the Marines during the Korean War.
Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford passed away Jan. 22, 2015. In this archived episode of "One to One with Bill Goodman" from February 2006, Ford talks about Washington and Frankfort politics. The influential and long-serving statesman was a leader in Kentucky's Democratic party from the time of his election to the governor's office in 1971 until he retired from the U.S. Senate in 1999.
Wendell Ford: 1924 - 2015
With the passing of former U.S. senator and Kentucky governor Wendell Ford, revisit the statesman's vibrant career in this personal retrospective of Kentucky's most prominent prominent political leader in the last quarter of the 20th century.