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Author and Journalist Sam Quinones

Author and Journalist Sam Quinones

Author and Journalist Sam Quinones

Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic" and other books. Quinones discusses the roots of America's opioid crisis and several new treatment options.
S13 E1 Length 28:52 Premiere: 9.1.17

Sam Quinones, ‘Dreamland’ Author

Public health officials trace the current opioid epidemic to aggressive marketing by drug makers, over-prescribing by doctors, and a desire among patients to get a quick fix for their pain.

Journalist Sam Quinones would add another factor to that list: social isolation. He sees a nation divided politically and socially, and citizens who prefer to retreat into cable news channels and online chat groups that affirm their worldview rather than interact face to face with their own neighbors.

“We live in a time when we’re more connected than ever, but the connection is very, very flimsy and superficial,” says Quinones, who is author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”

“Heroin is almost like a poster drug for our time,” he says. “Heroin does the same thing: It brings people together who don’t want to have anything to do with anybody else who doesn’t know about where to buy dope.”

Quinones appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss the roots of the drug scourge and new approaches to respond to the crisis.

Factors Converge to Create a Crisis
The social isolation that Quinones says plagues the nation isn’t just the result of personal choices to stay within our own comfort zones.

“Hand in hand with that is the destruction of community,” he says. “Destruction through exporting jobs or just simply losing jobs but also not funding or destroying the community assets that bring people together.”

For Quinones, that trend is epitomized by the public swimming pool that’s memorialized in the title of his book. Dreamland was built in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1929 and served generations of families in that blue-collar steel and manufacturing community.

But as industrial jobs slowly drained from the area in the 1970s and ‘80s, Portsmouth fell on hard times and so did the swimming pool. When Dreamland closed in 1993, Quinones says the heart of the town was destroyed.

Similar changes echoed across many communities around the nation, but especially in Appalachia. And they coincided with important changes in the health care industry.

“This was also a time when the pharmaceutical industry was seeing a new business model, which was, ‘you take your biggest drug and you hire huge numbers of sales reps,’” Quinones says. “It was a total revolution of the sales rep profession.”

Over a dozen years, the number of drug salespeople in this country quadrupled, according to Quinones. One of the new drugs this massive marketing force pushed was the painkiller oxycodone. Doctors had long sought better ways to treat pain, and opioid-based medicines sold under brand names like Oxycontin held great promise for doing so.

But it became all too easy for health care providers to prescribe these painkillers, Quinones says. Doctors, who felt pressured by managed care companies to see more patients, spent less and less time diagnosing individual cases. Patients wanted a quick fix for their discomfort. And pharmaceutical companies claimed their new opioid medicines were non-addictive.

“We got into this because we wanted easy answers to complicated problems,” Quinones says. “The complicated problem was the mystery of pain – how do we alleviate pain?  …The problem is we used a one-size fits all magic bullet for everybody, which was narcotic painkillers.”

Quinones says doctors began to prescribe narcotics in enormous quantities and for conditions that didn’t warrant such powerful drugs. It’s a situation Quinones experienced firsthand in 2009. After a short hospital stay for an appendectomy, Quinones says he was sent home with a 30-day supply of Vicodin. He says the hospital staff never explained to him how addictive the drug could be.

The Crack Epidemic and the Opioid Crisis
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. In 2015 alone, opioids including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl killed more than 33,000 people. Last year, more than 1,400 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses.

Quinones says the opioid crisis has been growing for 20 years, and it will probably take at least as long to fix the problem. He says when he first started writing his book, few friends and family members of drug overdose victims would discuss the issue.

“Nobody wanted to talk about it, I think largely because the primary victims were white,” Quinones says, “and [their families] were aghast that their prized children were now on a McDonald’s bathroom toilet, slumped over, overdosing.”

But he says the shame and stigma is starting to lift. People are willing to acknowledge overdose as the cause of death in a loved one’s obituary, and they are speaking up in public meetings about the loss they experienced. Quinones says the criminal justice response to the crisis is also evolving because of the number of middle- and upper-class white families that are being affected.

“Now that their kids are getting addicted, they are now understanding some basic realities about addiction,” he says. “…the reality of how a felony record will mangle a kid’s life for the rest of his life.”

Some African American activists have questioned why law enforcement responded to the crack cocaine epidemic that swept many black communities in the 1980s and ‘90s with tougher laws and harsher sentences, while the opioid crisis is being met with a greater emphasis on treatment. Quinones says he doesn’t believe the differing approaches are rooted in racial disparities. He contends the massive amounts of public violence that accompanied the spread of crack helped drive the stricter criminal justice response.

“I don’t know if current focus on treating addiction as a disease would be at all acceptable had we the same level of violence associated with [opioids] that we had with crack,” he says.

Expanding Treatment Options
Whatever caused the shift in perspective, public officials are responding with more funding for treatment options, needle exchange programs, and overdose reversal kits. Another positive trend, says Quinones, is to make addiction treatment more widely available to jail and prison inmates. He says some two dozen Kentucky county jails now offer intensive treatment and counseling to inmates with substance abuse issues. Quinones says that’s a much better use of corrections funding than to simply imprison those with an addiction with more hardened criminals.

“This epidemic is showing us a lot of what we’ve not been doing very well in this country,” he says. “And one way, I think, is we need to rethink jail.”

Quinones also supports medication-assisted treatment for inmates that combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. Having a medication in their system that deters future illicit opioid use is especially important when inmates are released back to their communities, according to Quinones.

“We cannot have the supply of illegal and legal dope out on the street and expect people to get out of treatment without any shield from that and live,” Quinones says.

Some researchers are exploring how medical marijuana might also be used to treat opioid addiction. That idea often gets wrapped in the larger questions about marijuana legalization, which Quinones says is a complicated issue. He contends that newer strains of cultivated marijuana are significantly more potent, and there hasn’t been enough research into how those higher concentrations of THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that generates the high, might affect the brains of young adults.

“I believe that there are probably very great medical benefits that we can gain from marijuana but there also are significant downsides,” Quinones says. “Just rushing headlong into [wider legalization] is, I think, a huge mistake.”

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Clinical psychologist Kevin Chapman of Louisville discusses anxiety disorders and an innovative approach called virtual reality exposure therapy to help ease those conditions.

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Filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker discusses her film, Raising Ms. President, about raising the next generation of female political leaders.

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Pellom McDaniels, faculty curator of African-American collections and assistant professor of African-American studies at Emory University in Atlanta, talks about his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.

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Jay Williams - S10 E33

From the recent SOAR summit in Pikeville, Jay Williams, the U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development and the former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, talks with Renee about how Youngstown recovered from the decline of the steel industry, and how those lessons can apply to Eastern Kentucky areas distressed by the sharp downturn in coal jobs.

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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

Susan Guess and her daughter, Morgan, began the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation nearly four years ago after Morgan experienced bullying. They have raised $50,000 to bring a variety of anti-bullying programs to the region. Susan Guess was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2014 to serve on the Kentucky Bully Prevention Task Force, which will make recommendations to the governor in fall 2015.

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Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter - S10 E35

Renee speaks with Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky 2014, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has catalyzed her experience into greater awareness of the disease.

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Josh Nadzam and Tanya Torp - S10 E37

Renee speaks with community activist Josh Nadzam, a former University of Kentucky track athlete, who in 2014 ran from Lexington to Frankfort to raise awareness for domestic partner violence. Then, Renee talks with Tanya Torp, program director of Step by Step, a non-profit organization that improves the lives of young single moms and their children through support, encouragement, faith, and education.

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Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

Cathy Zion became owner and publisher of Zion Publications in 1996, after a long career in banking. Her company publishes Today's Woman, and added new magazines, Today's Transitions and Today's Family.

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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

Gigi Butler opened her first Gigi's Cupcakes location just off of music row in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008 and in six short years, with 98 locations and counting, Gigi's is now the largest cupcake franchise in the world.

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Cathe Dykstra, chief possibility officer, president & CEO of Family Scholar House, discusses the Louisville organization and its impact on families and communities. Family Scholar House's mission is to end the cycle of poverty by providing housing and educational support to single-parent students and their families.

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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

Renee and her guests discuss the health benefits of breastfeeding in recognition of national breastfeeding week, as well as provide tips on proper infant nutrition. Scheduled guests include: Doraine Bailey, MA, IBCLC, Breastfeeding Support Services with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept.; Ana Maria Linares, an associate professor in the UK College of Nursing and a Lactation Consultant who has conducted research on attitudes and practices around breastfeeding among Latinas in Lexington; and Nicole Peritore, program coordinator for the Health Education through Extension Leadership (HEEL) Office at the University of Kentucky.

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Andre Taylor - S10 E43

Andre Taylor has a distinguished 35-year career, building and advising businesses. He's the author of You Can Still Win! and a half-dozen other books, a frequent guest expert on ABC News, and an international authority on winning and leadership. Mr. Taylor was a speaker at the 13th Annual Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo.

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JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

Renee talks with transgender activist JoAnne Wheeler Bland, who in her sixties transitioned from male to female. A practicing attorney for more than 40 years, she is a former Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, former Vice-President of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, current member of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Committee on Equal Opportunity (the Diversity Committee), and guest speaker at Women's and Gender Studies programs at Kentucky universities.

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Faith Politics - S10 E45

Renee and her guests talk about the role of religion in politics and public policy decision-making. Guests: Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, pastor of New Union Christian Church, and Rev. D. Anthony Everett, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the nation of children being raised by grandparents and other relatives, also known as kinship care. Renee and her guests discuss what research tells us about the financial, emotional, and legal challenges that kinship care poses. Guests: Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, and Jeanne Miller-Jacobs, a kinship care provider.

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk - S11 E2

Renee speaks with new Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent, Emmanuel "Manny" Caulk. Caulk was previously superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Maine's largest school district. His experience includes working as a special education teacher in a juvenile detention facility, an elementary principal, and a high school principal. He was also a former assistant prosecutor for the state of New Jersey.

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

Renee's guest is Dr. Gerald Smith, an author and history professor at the University of Kentucky, and co-editor of The Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia: Life and Culture in the Commonwealth. The reference book contains entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that helped shape the state's history and cultural diversity.

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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

September is childhood cancer awareness month. Renee talks with survivors and parents about their experiences and the research on the rare maladies striking youth.

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Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

Renee speaks with special education teacher Kellie Blair Hardt, who overcame homelessness, an absent mother, an alcoholic father and school expulsion to earn her GED. She received the National Education Association Foundation's 2013 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence as one of the nation's top educators. Hardt is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education at George Mason University. She was featured in KET's series Dropping Back In.

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Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

Author Jacinda Townsend discusses her critically acclaimed novel, Saint Monkey, a coming-of-age story set in 1950's Eastern Kentucky. The book won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Townsend is a former Hurston-Wright Award finalist and currently teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

Renee speaks with journalist Dorothy Butler Gilliam, who was the first African-American female reporter at The Washington Post. She retired in 2003 after a 35-year career with the paper.

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Allison Joseph - S11 E8

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  • Sunday September 20, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday September 20, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Marsha Weinstein

  • Sunday September 20, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 20, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday September 19, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday September 19, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday September 13, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday September 13, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday September 13, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday September 13, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

15K Degrees Initiative - S10 E13

  • Friday September 18, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 18, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 18, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 18, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 18, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 18, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Sister Helen Prejean - S10 E12

  • Thursday September 17, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 17, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 17, 2020 2:03 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 17, 2020 1:03 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 17, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 17, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court - S10 E11

  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Bill Farmer - S10 E8

  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 15, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Diane Follingstad - UK Women's Circle Endowment Chair - S10 E6

  • Monday September 14, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 14, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 14, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 14, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 14, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 14, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dayna Seelig - S14 E26

  • Sunday September 13, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 13, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Kevin Chapman - S10 E5

  • Friday September 11, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 11, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 11, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 11, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 11, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 11, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Soreyda Benedit Begley and Chris Begley - S10 E3

  • Thursday September 10, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 10, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 10, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 10, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Bloggers on Personal Development - S10 E2

  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Chris Rabb - S10 E1

  • Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 8, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 8, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 8, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tanya Torp and Holly Houston - S9 E46

  • Monday September 7, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 7, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 7, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 7, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 7, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 7, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton - I Was Here Project - S14 E36

  • Saturday September 12, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday September 12, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday September 6, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 6, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Frontier Nursing University - S9 E45

  • Friday September 4, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 4, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 4, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 4, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 4, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 4, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence - S9 E44

  • Thursday September 3, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 3, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 3, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 3, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 3, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 3, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Marta Miranda - S9 E43

  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Judi Jennings - S9 E42

  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Robert Hilgers - S9 E41

  • Monday August 31, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 31, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday August 31, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 31, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday August 31, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday August 31, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Alice Allison Dunnigan - Pioneering Journalist - S15 E9

  • Sunday September 6, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 6, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday September 5, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday September 5, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 2, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday August 30, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday August 30, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Filmmaker Lynn Novick - S14 E33

  • Sunday August 30, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday August 30, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET

Wil James - S9 E40

  • Friday August 28, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 28, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday August 28, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 28, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday August 28, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday August 28, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

African Americans and Mental Health - S9 E39

  • Thursday August 27, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 27, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday August 27, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 27, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday August 27, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday August 27, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Charisse Gillett - Lexington Theological Seminary - S9 E38

  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday August 26, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Timothy M. Houchin - S9 E37

  • Tuesday August 25, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday August 25, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 13

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health and Wellness

S13 E43 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 8.24.18

Tiffany Manuel - Affordable Housing

S13 E42 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 8.17.18

Jessica Dueñas - 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

S13 E41 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 8.10.18

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book

S13 E37 Length 28:48 Premiere Date 7.13.18

A New Task Force on Opioids

S13 E36 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 7.6.18

Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy

S13 E35 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6.29.18

Criminal Justice Reform

S13 E34 Length 28:32 Premiere Date 6.22.18

Jay Box - Kentucky Community and Technical College

S13 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6.15.18

Interim Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis

S13 E32 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6.8.18

Bob King - Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

S13 E31 Length 28:09 Premiere Date 6.1.18

Rachel Childress - Lexington Habitat for Humanity

S13 E30 Length 26:22 Premiere Date 5.25.18

2018 Kentucky Primary Races

S13 E29 Length 29:52 Premiere Date 5.18.18

Dr. Donna Grigsby

S13 E28 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 5.11.18

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

S13 E27 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 5.4.18

Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks

S13 E25 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 4.20.18

Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard

S13 E24 Length 28:42 Premiere Date 4.13.18

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

S13 E23 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 4.6.18

Secretary Derrick Ramsey - Apprenticeships

S13 E22 Length 28:09 Premiere Date 2.23.18

Educational Innovation

S13 E21 Length 28:45 Premiere Date 2.16.18

Gerald Smith

S13 E20 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 2.9.18

Perry Bacon Jr.

S13 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.2.18

DV8 Kitchen

S13 E17 Length 28:37 Premiere Date 1.19.18

Silas House, New Novel

S13 E16 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 1.16.18

Tawanda Owsley

S13 E15 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 1.5.18

Sexual Harassment Issues

S13 E14 Length 28:37 Premiere Date 12.15.17

Disability Rates and Benefits

S13 E13 Length 27:27 Premiere Date 12.8.17

Good Samaritans

S13 E12 Length 28:42 Premiere Date 11.17.17

A Salute to Heroes

S13 E10 Length 26:18 Premiere Date 11.10.17

Legislative Health Policy

S13 E9 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 11.3.17

Elder Care

S13 E8 Length 29:31 Premiere Date 10.27.17

Preventing Youth Suicide

S13 E7 Length 28:17 Premiere Date 10.20.17

A Proposal for Pension Reform

S13 E6 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.13.17

Rethinking Pain Medication

S13 E5 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.6.17

Former Gov. Steve Beshear

S13 E4 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 9.29.17

Secretary Elaine Chao

S13 E3 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 9.22.17

Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

S13 E2 Length 29:32 Premiere Date 9.8.17

Author and Journalist Sam Quinones

S13 E1 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 9.1.17

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