Connections with Renee Shaw
The following Connections with Renee Shaw programs are available for online viewing (Windows Media® or RealPlayer® format).
Program 315: Pamela Goodwine
Fayette District Court Judge Pamela R. Goodwine, the first African-American woman to serve as a judge in Fayette County, talks about her legal career and how faith, friends, and counseling helped her overcome personal and family tragedy.
Program 314: Dr. Joycelyn Elders
America’s first African-American surgeon general looks back on her sometimes controversial tenure during the Clinton administration and discusses the research and projects that occupy her now.
Program 313: Unnatural Causes: A Connections Special
Renee and panelists discuss the effects of race, economic status, geography, and other social factors on health and life expectancy. Guests include Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and founder of the Center for Health Equity. The program accompanied the PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, which included cases studies from Louisville in its first program.
Program 312: John J. Johnson
A long-time Kentucky civil rights activist discusses his new position as executive director of the state Commission on Human Rights.
Program 311: Activate America
Freddie Brown, director of the YMCA’s Activate America program, outlines some of the community health and fitness initiatives being organized by YMCAs around the country.
Program 310: Elaine Farris
The Kentucky Department of Education’s newly appointed deputy commissioner for learning and results services talks about priorities for improving the performance of Kentucky’s K-12 schools.
Program 309: Higher Education
Sherron Jackson and Rana Johnson of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education discuss challenges facing Kentucky’s higher education institutions as well as efforts to increase diversity and better serve minority students while raising Kentucky’s overall percentage of college graduates.
Program 308: Alma Randolph
An Owensboro gospel singer and philanthropist talks about how her faith and her own family’s struggle with poverty inspired the creation of her charitable foundation for children.
Program 307: Kingdom Purpose Ministries
Lexington minister Byron Cooper outlines the inspiration and the goals behind his outreach program to help nonviolent offenders get their lives back on track.
Program 306: Breast Cancer
Two breast cancer survivors, a man and a woman, talk about their experiences, and Renee and guests discuss differences in the incidence of the disease among racial groups.
Program 305: Home Ownership
A panel of mortgage and housing experts offers advice for people looking to buy or refinance a home in today’s market.
Program 304: Mental Illness
Jennifer Dishman of Lexington and Yolonda Kelso of Nicholasville share their personal struggles with depression and discuss efforts to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness within the African-American community.
Program 303: Rev. Kevin Cosby
The pastor of Kentucky’s largest African-American church, St. Stephen in Louisville, talks about its phenomenal growth, his own career as a minister and educator, and the role of the church in the community.
Program 302: Tuskegee Airmen
Frank Weaver of Louisville and Bill Cornish of Lexington recall their World War II service as members of the Tuskegee Airmen ground crew, and Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville discusses the achievements of the pioneering African-American aviators.
Program 301: Fathers and Sons
Renee and guests discuss the Million Father March and other projects to help African-American fathers get and stay involved in the lives of their families.
Program 220: Dr. Ian Smith
The nationally known diet doctor and health advocate discusses health issues of particular concern to African Americans.
Program 219: Sanford T. Roach
A legendary Kentucky high school basketball coach talks about his years on the hardwood and his career as an educator, on and off the court.
Program 218: Dot Dunn
The owner of a bed-and-breakfast on Lake Herrington talks about entrepreneurship and the joys and challenges of running a business.
Program 217: Juneteenth
State Rep. Reginald Meeks discusses efforts to recognize the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America, and Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry shows examples from her collection of 19th-century postcards featuring racist depictions of African Americans.
Program 216: Rap Lyrics
Lexington radio executive Jay Alexander and Louisville Courier-Journal columnist talk about the firing of shock jock Don Imus and the effects of racially charged and sexually suggestive lyrics in rap music.
Program 215: Future Black Males Working Academy
A Lexington teacher and her pastor husband discuss the mentoring program they started to help African-American boys succeed in school.
Program 214: Harry Pickens
A nationally renowned jazz musician plays a few tunes and talks about music, education, and social activism.
Program 213: Cinco de Mayo Special
Renee and a panel of guests discuss issues of concern to Kentucky’s growing Latino population.
Program 212: Preserving African-American History
Renee speaks with people involved with a museum project and a forthcoming encyclopedia commemorating African Americans’ contributions to Kentucky history and culture.
Program 211: Eddie Davis
A self-taught photographer who specializes in scenes of social protest shows some of his work.
Program 210: Anne Sleet
The mayor of Perryville, the first African American to hold that position, talks about the past and future of her town.
Program 209: Ed Hamilton
A renowned Louisville sculptor talks about previous works honoring African-American heroes and a new commission to create a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
Program 208: Teresa Isaac
The outgoing mayor of Lexington reviews her administration’s accomplishments and talks about her political future.
Program 207: Steve Crump
A documentary filmmaker discusses his career in television news and his film about fellow Louisville native Muhammad Ali.
Program 206: Unity in the Community
Boyle County church leaders talk about Unity in the Community, a county-wide revival that featured a unique “minister exchange program” among black and white churches.
Program 205: Mary Levi Smith
The former Kentucky State University president discusses her career in higher education and the issues facing historically black colleges today.
Program 204: Lonnie Clinkscale/Hasan Davis
Two men who beat the odds tell how they overcame obstacles, from learning disabilities to gang influence, to achieve success.
Program 203: Raoul Cunningham
A long-time Kentucky activist talks about the civil rights movement in the Commonwealth and his current position as head of the Louisville chapter of the NAACP.
Program 202: Bruce Gordon
The president of the NAACP discusses the future of the organization as well as issues facing the African-American community nationwide.
Program 201: Doug Roederer and Meka Davis
Two Lexingtonians discuss their efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and their lives on America’s Gulf Coast.
Program 115: School Desegregation Special
In a town hall meeting taped at Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center, panelists and audience members discuss a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court in which the parents of a Louisville student contend that the Jefferson County Public Schools’ voluntary system of numerical targets to maintain racial diversity in the schools is unconstitutional.
Program 114: Mahjabeen Rafiuddin
The associate executive director of the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice explains the objectives of its Everytown Kentucky youth education project.
Program 113: Don Tharpe
A Kentucky native who is now the president of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gives his perspective on issues facing the African-American community nationwide.
Program 112: J.L. King
The author and activist discusses the “down low” subculture of men who secretly have sex with other men while maintaining long-term relationships with women.
Program 111: AIDS in Kentucky (one-hour special edition)
This expanded edition includes interviews and discussion from the two previous “AIDS in Kentucky” programs, plus footage from a statewide conference on HIV/AIDS.
Program 110: AIDS in Kentucky (Part 2)
The discussion of AIDS in Kentucky continues from the perspectives of the patient, family, and community, with topics including black churches’ responses to the epidemic; resources available to AIDS patients and survivors; housing, financial, medical, and meal assistance programs for the indigent; survivor skills for the partner of an HIV-positive person; and the importance of being tested.
Program 109: AIDS in Kentucky (Part 1)
HIV patient Annette Brooks and Mark Johnson of the Fayette County Health Department discuss the social and public health dimensions of AIDS in Kentucky, including the reasons behind gender- and race-based disparities in infection rates: Why is the black community particularly at risk?
Program 108: Ron Spriggs
Ron Spriggs, a retired engineer from Nicholasville, shows items from his traveling exhibit of memorabilia related to the Tuskegee Airmen and discusses the achievements of that pioneering group of African-American pilots during World War II.
Program 107: Getting to College
In this roundtable discussion, Renee and her guests discuss barriers that keep minority youth from getting to college and what some Kentucky organizations are doing to help break down those barriers. Panelists are Janell Hocker, founder and executive director of Step Higher; Charlene Walker, interim vice president of multicultural affairs at Bluegrass Community and Technical College; and Phyllis Clark, assistant director of admissions for diversity recuitment at the University of Louisville.
Program 106: Willie Cole
Renee talks with international artist Willie Cole during his visit to Lexington for the African American Forum Ball. A versatile creator of sculpture, paintings, photographs, assemblages, and prints that reflect on the personal and collective history of African Americans, Cole is best known for a series of works involving flatirons. He discusses his fascination with rescuing discarded household fixtures and creatively reincarnating them into unique pieces of art.
Program 105: Muhammad Ali Center
Interviews with people close to the boxer known as “The Greatest” celebrate the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Renee talks with Ali’s wife, Lonnie; Angelo Dundee, his first trainer; Howard Bingham, honorary curator of photography at the center; and visitors from around the world about Ali’s impact on their lives. Highlights of the dedication ceremony for the center include a performance by Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots.
Program 104: Everett McCorvey
Renee speaks with tenor Everett McCorvey, director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and voice instructor at UK. A native of Montgomery, AL, McCorvey is the founder and director of the American Spiritual Ensemble and has been hailed as Kentucky’s most famous opera showman.
Program 103: Georgia Davis Powers
A one-on-one conversation with former Kentucky legislator Georgia Davis Powers, the first black woman to be elected to the Kentucky Senate. Grandniece of a slave, Powers worked on various local, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns; was instrumental in organizing the March on Frankfort in 1964; and worked to pass open housing and public accommodations measures in the 1960s. She also discusses her intimate relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this interview, recorded before an audience at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.
Program 102: Murray Special
Murray graduate and staff member Doris Clark-Parham talks about the Adventures in Math and Science project to encourage minority students to pursue careers in math and science, and David Hudspeth discusses his work with high-risk kids through the Main Street Youth project, which provides activities and events that encourage holistic health for the mind, body, and soul. Renee also interviews one of the first African-American professors at MSU, Dr. Marvin Mills. Taped on location at Murray State University in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of the school’s first African-American student.