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Addiction and Mental Health

Addiction and Mental Health

Renee's guest is Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Renee talks with Dr. Johnson about the nation's reliance on high-powered pain killers to manage pain, addiction recovery models, drug abuse prevention, and more.
S11 E36 Length 29:06 Premiere: 7.1.16

Community-based Addiction Recovery Services

Americans have experienced substance abuse issues throughout the nation’s history, whether it be alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or some kind of narcotic. But federal officials say the wave of opioid and heroin addiction that has swept the United States in the last 15 years is the country’s worst drug crisis ever.

“There aren’t more people who are abusing drugs than there have been historically,” says Kimberly Johnson, PhD., director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Md. “But the drugs that they’re using are more fatal, so more people are dying.”

In 2014 alone, opioid-related overdoses killed some 28,000 Americans.

Johnson and her agency are fighting the current drug crisis by promoting community-based addiction and mental health treatment services for individuals and families across the nation. She appeared on KET’s Connections with Renee Shaw to discuss the latest on substance use disorders. The conversation is part of KET’s Inside Opioid Addiction initiative.

For years, doctors have treated patient pain by prescribing medications like Vicodin or Percocet. The common belief at the time, according to Johnson, was that legitimate patients wouldn’t become addicted to these painkillers.

But things started to change in 1996 when OxyContin went on the market. The powerful opioid-based pharmaceutical led to a wave of addiction issues for patients and abuse among those without underlying pain issues.

“Because it had so much medication in one pill… it gave a much stronger high than something like a Vicodin would,” Johnson says.

State and federal officials have taken steps to better track prescriptions that physicians write for opiates. Johnson says 49 states have some form of mandated or voluntary prescription drug monitoring database, but she acknowledges that not all doctors use that information to help them spot patients with an opioid abuse issue. For example, a recent article in U.S. News and World Report indicates that 20 percent of individuals who have been hospitalized for an overdose or substance abuse problem were able to get a new prescription for opioids within a month of their release.

Johnson says CSAT is trying to develop protocols for doctors and their staffs to make checking the prescription databases as routine as their washing hands before seeing a patient. Health officials are also encouraging doctors to find other ways to relieve patient pain without resorting to opioid-based medications.

Between 2013 and 2015, health care providers did write fewer prescriptions for opiate painkillers, yet that hasn’t translated into a reduction in opioid-related deaths. Johnson says that’s because while there are fewer people showing signs of prescription opioid abuse, many addicts are now turning to heroin and Fentanyl to get high. And those drugs can be even more addictive and more deadly.

Drug Scourge Even Touches Newborns
Because the current epidemic is rooted in part in well-meaning efforts to treat legitimate pain, the resulting abuse problems have touched a wide range of Americas, young and old, rich and poor. Of particular concern for some health officials is substance abuse among pregnant women.

Infants exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in their mother’s womb can develop neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). After they are born, these babies go through withdrawal similar to what adult addicts in recovery can experience. Johnson says the withdrawal process, which can take about a week, is painful for the infants, and difficult for doctors and nurses treating those babies to watch. Plus those children can be at greater risk for substance abuse themselves as they grow older.

To help address NAS, Johnson advocates treatment options specifically geared for pregnant addicts.

“We know that there’s medication that works and that stabilizes women and can help their babies have a lower likelihood of having the neonatal abstinence syndrome,” Johnson says.

Those medications – methadone and buprenorphine – are opioid-based and can cause NAS in babies, but Johnson says the symptoms aren’t as severe as for infants exposed to heroin or other opiates while in the womb.

The Chronic Disease of Addiction
Johnson says effective treatment for any substance abuse disorder should combine medications to alleviate the physical symptoms of addiction and withdrawal along with mental health counseling to address the thoughts and behaviors that can facilitate an addiction. She says treatment specialists know what to do to help those with a substance abuse disorder, they just need more resources to be able to meet the demand for recovery services.

“We really do need to think about addiction as a chronic condition and something that people need to manage over the course of their life,” says Johnson.

She says individuals don’t leave a 30- or 90-day treatment program and find themselves miraculously cured of their addiction. Instead Johnson likens a person in recovery to someone with diabetes or heart disease in that they have to continually monitor their behaviors to ensure that they remain healthy.

Despite the ongoing increase in drug overdose deaths, Johnson says she is optimistic that the trend can be reversed eventually. She says abuse and addiction have been reduced for other substances in the past, so she believes the same can be done for heroin and opioids.

“The most common outcome to addiction is recovery,” Johnson says. “We forget that sometimes.”

foundation_logo2013This KET production is part of the Inside Opioid Addiction initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Allison Joseph - S11 E8

Allison Joseph is the author of six poetry books. She teaches at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she helped found {Crab Orchard Review}, a literary journal, and the Young Writers Workshop, a co-ed residential summer program for teen writers.

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Ari Berman - S11 E9

Renee's guest is Ari Berman, a contributing writer for "The Nation" magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights and the intersection of money and politics. The title of his new book is "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America".

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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

Renee speaks with Miss Kentucky Clark Davis, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in vocal performance, with a minor in political science. Davis was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school. Her pageant platform is dyslexia awareness.

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Kentucky Book Festival - S17 E8

Renee Shaw talks with authors Silas House, Gwenda Bond and Julian Thomas about their work that will be highlighted at the 40th annual Kentucky Book Festival held in Lexington in November. Then, Sara Woods, festival director for Kentucky Humanities, talks about the schedule that includes virtual and in-person events during the week, including a Saturday event featuring 140 authors.

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

Renee speaks with Jane Beshear, former first lady of Kentucky, about her policy initiatives and programs during her time in the Governor's Mansion.

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Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

University of Kentucky professor Wayne Lewis, Ph.D., author of "The Politics of Parent Choice in Public Education" and the forthcoming, "Black Choice", talks about charter school legislation in Kentucky and its effectiveness in other states in narrowing the achievement gap.

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Connections - S17 E9

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United, a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence related to African American males, talks about the violence-curbing initiatives he helped create in Louisville including the Right Turn program for teenagers 16 to 19 who have committed minor infractions that have landed them in the court system.

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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

Renee speaks with Andrew Brennen, national field director for Student Voice, a for-students-by-students nonprofit organization spearheading a social movement to integrate student voices into the global education conversation. He is also co-founder, director of the Student Voice Team at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

In this special episode, Renee and her guests Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP, and State Sen. Gerald Neal celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer and former Kentucky Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate. Powers died January 30, 2016 at the age of 92. The program features never-before-seen footage of an interview Renee conducted with Powers two years ago.

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, discusses efforts to increase awareness and prevention of child abuse in the state.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes talks about her legislative agenda and the new online voter registration portal.

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Connections - S17 E10

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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

Affrilachian poet and author Crystal Wilkinson talks about her first novel, "The Birds of Opulence", that tackles the issue of mental illness and the plight of the African American female experience in the South.

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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

Renee's guest is Dr. Erin Frazier, a pediatrician with Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. She also serves as medical director at Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. Dr. Frazier discusses coping techniques for parents that can prevent child abuse. She specializes in educating parents and caregivers about the dangers of shaking infants and strategies for dealing with persistent crying babies.

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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

Renee's guest is Gretchen Hunt, who heads the Office of Victims Advocacy within the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. She talks about recent legislative successes in protecting women from violent crime. Hunt was a leader in helping to advocate for passage of Kentucky's Human Trafficking Victims Rights Act.

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Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

Renee's guest is Dr. Kishonna Gray, assistant professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also the founder and director of the Critical Gaming Lab housed in the School of Justice Studies. Dr. Gray also holds a joint position in Women & Gender Studies and is an affiliate faculty in the African/African-American Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests incorporate an intersecting focus on identity, culture, and new media.

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Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

Renee and her guests Lacey McNary, a health policy consultant and principal of McNary and Associates and Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, a dentist working with the UK College of Dentistry Public Health Division's Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Program and chair of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, discuss the state of oral health in Kentucky. Part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Connections - S17 E11

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

Lexington-based national recording jazz artist Jessie Laine Powell performs and discusses her new album, "Fill the Void". Powell talks about how her teenage daughter inspired the song, "You're Okay."

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Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

Scott Hesseltine, vice president of addiction services at Seven Counties Services, discusses new models of treatment to help those with opioid abuse disorders recover. He also talks about a new facility that serves expectant mothers with addiction throughout their pregnancy with wraparound services to get them on the path to recovery. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

Dr. Lynne Saddler, district director of health at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, talks about the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky. She discusses current community efforts and the impact of a syringe exchange program. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

Kathy Vasquez, veterans justice outreach specialist, and Elton Terry, recovery coordinator, with the Lexington VA Medical Center, talk about the Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court (FCVTC). The FCVTC program provides court-supervised treatment for veterans as an alternative to incarceration, services and treatments address substance abuse and/or mental health; connection to benefits; and help with housing, employment, and education. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Jason Merrick - S11 E35

Jason Merrick, director of inmate addiction services at the Kenton County Detention Center, discusses the inmate drug and alcohol treatment program he launched consisting of counseling sessions, time for inmates to pursue their GED certificates, and attend 12-step programs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Connections - S17 E13

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Connections - S17 E12

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Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

Renee's guest is Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Center for Substance Abuse promotes community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. Taped at the SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, Renee talks with Dr. Johnson about the nation's reliance on high-powered pain killers to manage pain, addiction recovery models, drug abuse prevention, and more. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

From the USDA in Washington, D.C., Renee talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who discusses the White House's response to the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, and the Obama Administration's budget proposal to invest more than $1 billion dollars in addiction treatment. Secretary Vilsack is personally familiar with addiction as he watched his adoptive mother struggle with drug use before she eventually found a path to sobriety. He and Renee discuss the challenges of treating addicts in rural areas, the connections between poverty and addiction, drug-monitoring programs to prevent doctor shopping, and the use of technology in recovery tools. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America, nearly half of them are in jail because of drug use and addiction. There are more than 3,000 drug courts across the nation to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee talks with Terrence Walton in Baltimore, Maryland, about the success of drug courts in helping addicts recover and reducing crime. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

Renee's guest is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, emergency room physician, and patient advocate. Renee visits the Baltimore City Health Department to talk with Dr. Wen about the country's struggle to manage pain, physician responsibility in prescribing powerful painkillers, harm-reduction techniques like needle exchange, and the accessibility of overdose-reversal drugs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

  • Friday October 15, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kinship Care - S10 E46

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Faith Politics - S10 E45

  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Andre Taylor - S10 E43

  • Monday October 11, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Rufus Friday - S17 E6

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Saturday October 16, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

  • Friday October 8, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House - S10 E41

  • Thursday October 7, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Aaron Thompson - S17 E5

  • Sunday October 10, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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Diabetes Epidemic - S10 E20

  • Friday October 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

  • Thursday September 30, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jay Williams - S10 E33

  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Pellom McDaniels - S10 E30

  • Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kiley Lane Parker - S10 E29

  • Monday September 27, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence - S17 E4

  • Sunday October 3, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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Filmmaker Sarah Burns - S17 E3

  • Sunday September 26, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

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Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

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Season 11 Episodes

Businessman Phil Wilkins

S11 E43 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 8.19.16

Training Business Leaders

S11 E42 Length 26:21 Premiere Date 8.12.16

NBA Great Dominique Wilkins

S11 E41 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 8.5.16

DEA Agent Gary Tuggle

S11 E40 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 7.29.16

Addiction and Public Health Reform

S11 E39 Length 29:11 Premiere Date 7.22.16

Addiction and the Criminal Justice System

S11 E38 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 7.15.16

Addiction in Rural Communities

S11 E37 Length 29:26 Premiere Date 7.7.16

Addiction and Mental Health

S11 E36 Length 29:06 Premiere Date 7.1.16

Recovery Services for Inmates

S11 E35 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 6.24.16

Veterans Treatment Court

S11 E34 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 6.17.16

Opioid Epidemic in Northern Ky.

S11 E33 Length 27:21 Premiere Date 6.10.16

Treatment Models for Addiction

S11 E32 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 6.3.16

Jazz Vocalist Jessie Laine Powell

S11 E31 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 5.27.16

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

S11 E30 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.20.16

Dr. Kishonna Gray on Gaming

S11 E29 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 5.13.16

Advocating for Victims Rights

S11 E28 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 5.6.16

Advice for Parents on Coping Techniques

S11 E27 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 4.29.16

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson

S11 E26 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4.22.16

Secretary Grimes on Voting Access

S11 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.15.16

Child Abuse and Neglect

S11 E24 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 4.8.16

Overcoming Eating Disorders

S11 E21 Length 28:59 Premiere Date 2.26.16

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton

S11 E19 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 2.12.16

Remembering Georgia Davis Powers

S11 E18 Length 29:31 Premiere Date 2.5.16

Giving Students a Voice

S11 E17 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1.29.16

Addressing Youth Violence

S11 E16 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 1.22.16

Professor Wayne Lewis

S11 E15 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 1.15.16

Ed. Commissioner Stephen Pruitt

S11 E14 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 1.8.16

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams

S11 E13 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 1.1.16

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

S11 E11 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 12.11.15

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis

S11 E10 Length 29:03 Premiere Date 11.20.15

Ari Berman on Voting Rights

S11 E9 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.13.15

Poet Allison Joseph

S11 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.6.15

Journalist Dorothy Gilliam

S11 E7 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.30.15

Author Jacinda Townsend

S11 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.9.15

Kellie Blair Hardt

S11 E5 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 10.2.15

Childhood Cancer

S11 E4 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.25.15

Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia

S11 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9.18.15

Manny Caulk

S11 E2 Length 28:09 Premiere Date 9.11.15

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

S11 E1 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 9.3.15

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