In season 10 of Kentucky Life, bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver talked about how her childhood in Carlisle, Kentucky, influenced her writing. “Where I grew up, there were so many things to love,” says Kingsolver. “The maplewoods, the alfalfa fields behind our house where the meadowlarks sang every morning. The stories that came along with everybody and everything. The extraordinary ways that people take care of each other in a small town.”
Julia Chinn had a major impact on politics in Kentucky and America in the 1800s, but few people will recognize her name or the role she played. “She’s literally been erased,” says Professor Christina Snyder. “We don’t even know where she’s buried. We’ve literally lost a vice president’s wife, but because she was enslaved, no one cared.”
Julia Chinn was the common-law wife of a U.S. vice president; bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver reminisces about her Kentucky childhood; Louisville artist Enid Yandell broke the mold for women sculptors; presidential widow Mary Todd Lincoln struggled to prove her sanity. Watch now.
We're hunting two species of rabbits at the same time; Kentucky biologists work to conserve, protect, and enhance waterfowl species; and meet a talented wildlife woodcarver. Watch now.
Bicyclists enjoy the freewheelin' fun of the roads and trails in Kentucky's Cycling Capital; Dave Shuffett learned life lessons after the death of his father; former students of a historic African American school in May's Lick share their memories; and in a Kentucky Life Moment, a close-up view of some of Kentucky's woodland treasures. Watch now.
Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first African American woman granted press credentials to the White House; in his first Kentucky Life story, Doug took a wild ride aboard a Rockin' Thunder Jet Boat; in Leslie County, Wendover was the home and heart of the Frontier Nursing Service; taken captive by the Shawnee, pioneer Mary Ingles braved the wilderness unarmed and on foot to return home.