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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, Enjoying the Kentucky River, and More!

Kentucky Life

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, Enjoying the Kentucky River, and More!

Kentucky Native Americans built ceremonial mounds that have been part of the landscape for thousands of years; Stanford celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day; take in the scenery, the history, and the bowfishing along the Kentucky River at Blue Wing Landing; and scratchboard artist Kathy Conroy creates lifelike animal portraits in Pleasureville.

Veterans Day Salute: USA Cares, Canine Assisted Therapy, and More

Kentucky Life

Veterans Day Salute: USA Cares, Canine Assisted Therapy, and More

The Kentucky Life team salutes our veterans. USA Cares focuses on supporting military families in need, Beattyville's pride in its veterans is on display at Three Forks Historical Center and the Lee County Memorial Wall, and the Canine Assisted Therapy program helps Fort Knox veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Civil War-Era Artist Thomas Noble, Three Toads Farm, Bread of Life Café, and More!

Kentucky Life

Civil War-Era Artist Thomas Noble, Three Toads Farm, Bread of Life Café, and More!

Nineteenth-century artist Thomas Noble was a Confederate Army veteran whose art is famed for opposing slavery, Doug takes in the sights in Mt. Sterling, it's 'farm-to-vase' for the locally grown flowers at Three Toads Farm in Winchester, and good works and good food go hand-in-hand at Bread of Life Cafe in Liberty.

Canoeing in Bourbon County, Kentucky Military History, and More!

Kentucky Life

Canoeing in Bourbon County, Kentucky Military History, and More!

Disability does not mean inability at Lexington's Latitude Artist Community, Doug canoes Bourbon County streams and stops by downtown Paris, Kentucky's largest coal mine disaster took place in Webster County, and Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville trained thousands of soldiers destined for the fields and trenches of World War I.

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep3: Puritans and Pioneers

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep3: Puritans and Pioneers

Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts - the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep2:  Unfamiliar Kin

Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots, S4 Ep2: Unfamiliar Kin

In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them. Along the way, two of them also discover that their close relatives were on the wrong side of history. Guests: Christopher Walken, Carly Simon, Fred Armisen

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight

NOVA

NOVA: Secrets of the Shining Knight

Once upon a time, knighthood was serious business, and for countless medieval fighters, their armor was what stood between life and death. NOVA challenged a blacksmith and master armorer to recreate parts of an elite armor. We trace their journey as they rediscover centuries-old metalworking secrets, then put their new armor to the ultimate test against a period musket.

History at University of the Cumberlands

History at University of the Cumberlands

Kentucky Life takes a look at the stories behind the historical markers on the campus of University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

The Vietnam War

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the war as it's never before been told on film. The 10-part series features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, American and Vietnamese, bringing the war and its chaotic epoch viscerally to life. Watch Now.

Frontline: Abacus — Small Enough to Jail

Frontline

Frontline: Abacus — Small Enough to Jail

The little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis is explored. Director Steve James chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family's fight to clear their names.