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"Justice in the Coalfields" is a behind-the-scenes look at the communities affected by the 1989 Pittston coal strike in southwest Virginia.
- KETKY Saturday, August 23 at 3:00 pm EDT
A Place in the Country #201
Profiles of several small towns document the diversity of rural America, the complexity and depth of the challenges facing it, and the hard and effective work that rural community developers are doing to meet the challenges and provide opportunities. An Appalshop production hosted by Ray Suarez.
- KETKY Sunday, September 7 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, September 11 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 pm EDT
The Ralph Stanley Story #202
Explores Stanley's musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, the early days of the Stanley Brothers, and Ralph's decision to continue on after the untimely death of brother Carter. Interviews with Stanley, former band members, and fellow musicians such as Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam are intercut with performance excerpts, including several with Larry Sparks and Ricky Skaggs at Skaggs' annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival.
- KETKY Sunday, September 14 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 am EDT
Traces the remarkable evolution of shelters for battered women and gives voice to five women seeking protection in a rural West Virginia shelter. Working with advice and guidance from the shelter's counselors and staff, the women struggle to find safety, freedom, and justice for themselves and their children. Two founders of the shelter movement discuss its history, and Tillie Black Bear from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota describes establishing the first shelter for women of color.
- KETKY Sunday, September 21 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, September 23 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, September 25 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, September 27 at 3:00 pm EDT
His Eye Is on the Sparrow/Girls' Hoops #204
His Eye Is on the Sparrow profiles Ethel Caffie-Austin, a daughter of the coalfields and West Virginia's "First Lady of Gospel Music." Girls' Hoops explores the history of girls' high school basketball in Kentucky, including its first heyday in the 1920s; the subsequent 42-year ban on statewide competition; its rebirth in the 1970s; and its development into the fiercely competitive, popular sport it has become today.
- KETKY Sunday, September 28 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, September 30 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm EDT
Rough Side of the Mountain #205
Two southwest Virginia towns, Trammel and Ivanhoe, attempt to recover from the closings of manufacturing plants and mining companies. But their grassroots community-organizing efforts are stymied by the "steel ceiling" often encountered by poor rural communities as they struggle to develop new economies in an increasingly global system.
- KETKY Sunday, October 5 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, October 9 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 pm EDT
To Save the Land and People #206
A history of early grassroots efforts to stop strip mining in Eastern Kentucky, where "broad-form" deeds signed at the beginning of the 20th century let coal operators destroy land to get at the minerals underneath without getting the permission of, or compensating, the surface owner. The Appalachian group To Save the Land and People used every means possible—from legal petitions and local ordinances to guns and dynamite—to fight the abuses.
- KETKY Sunday, October 12 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, October 16 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, October 18 at 3:00 pm EDT
Hazel Dickens: It's Hard to Tell the Singer from the Song #207
From the coalfields of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, Hazel Dickens has lived the songs she sings. A pioneering woman in bluegrass and country music, Hazel has influenced generations of songwriters and musicians. Her songs of hard work, hard times, and hardy souls also have bolstered working people at picket lines and union rallies throughout the land. Her powerful, piercing vocals power the soundtracks for Harlan County USA and Matewan.
- KETKY Sunday, October 19 at noon EDT
- KETKY Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 am EDT
- KETKY Saturday, October 25 at 3:00 pm EDT
Coal Bucket Outlaw/Applewise #208
Built around a day in the life of a Kentucky coal truck driver, Coal Bucket Outlaw provides a direct look at where our energy comes from as well as the human and environmental price we pay for our heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Applewise profiles the Mullins family, third-generation apple growers, and their struggle to maintain and manage one of only two remaining family-run apple orchards in Wise County, VA.
- KETKY Sunday, October 26 at noon EST
- KETKY Tuesday, October 28 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, November 1 at 3:00 pm EST
Stranger with a Camera #209
In 1967, Canadian filmmaker Hugh O'Connor visited the mountains of central Appalachia to document poverty. A local landlord who resented the presence of filmmakers on his property shot and killed O'Connor, in part because of his anger over the media images of Appalachia that had become icons in the nation's War on Poverty. Filmmaker Elizabeth Barret, a native of Appalachia, uses O'Connor's death as a lens to explore the complex relationship between those who make films to promote social change and the people whose lives are represented in such media productions.
- KETKY Sunday, November 2 at noon EST
- KETKY Saturday, November 8 at 3:00 pm EST
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