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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 Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 pm EST
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, December 8 at noon EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 pm EST
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, December 15 at noon EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, December 21 at 3:00 pm EST
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, December 22 at noon EST
- KETKY Thursday, December 26 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, December 28 at 3:00 pm EST
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, December 29 at noon EST
- KETKY Tuesday, December 31 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 2 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, January 4 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 Thursday, January 9 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, January 11 at 3:00 pm EST
"Fast Food Women" is a film about women who are part of the nation's working poor. "Blue Grass/Black Market" shows the underground economy of marijuana cultivation.
- KETKY Sunday, January 26 at noon EST
Life Stories #101
The lives of two African-American women in eastern Kentucky: Mabel Parker Hardison Smith taught school for more than 35 years in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky. Evelyn Williams, coal miner's daughter and wife, domestic worker and mother of nine, battled to save her land from destruction by a large oil and gas firm.
- KETKY Tuesday, January 28 at 8:00 pm EST
- KETKY Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 am EST
- KETKY Saturday, February 1 at 3:00 pm EST
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