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Charles Booker

At the height of nationwide demonstrations for racial and social justice in 2020, Louisville native and former state representative Charles Booker emerged from an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate as the creator of a grassroots movement centered on progressive ideas. He talks about his upcoming memoir and future political plans.
S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere: 3.14.21

After Nearly Pulling an Upset, Louisville Activist Eyes Another Senate Run

In the Democratic primary for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat last year, a relative unknown came within 15,000 votes of defeating the heavily funded favorite, Amy McGrath.

No longer unknown, Charles Booker hopes to parlay the profile he built in the 2020 campaign and as a voice for social justice to possibly challenge U.S. Sen. Rand Paul when he comes up for reelection.

“I’m strongly considering a run for United States Senate in 2022 because I believe our work is not done,” says Booker. “We have the ability to tell a new story for Kentucky, and I want to do my part in that.”

Seeing Victory in Defeat

Charles Booker is a native of West Louisville and a graduate of the University of Louisville. He was director of personnel and administrative services for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Steve Beshear Administration. In 2018 he was elected to the state House of Representative.

Booker was serving his first term as a state representative from West Louisville when he entered the race to challenge then-U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He faced a 10-way Democratic primary in which McGrath, who had massive funding and the support of the national Democratic establishment, was the clear frontrunner. He also had a platform that included the Green New Deal and universal basic income, which many pundits saw as too progressive for Kentucky voters.

But a series of events upended the race. The COVID-19 pandemic hit and all but shut down traditional campaigning. State officials then delayed the primary elections from May 19 to June 23. And Louisville police shot and killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock warrant, leading to weeks of protests across the commonwealth.

Booker’s prominent role in many of those demonstrations helped boost his profile in the crowded Senate field, and the delayed primary gave his campaign more time to cut into McGrath’s lead. Soon the race was too close to call, and in some polling Booker even edged ahead.

But in the end, the former Marine Corps fighter pilot won with 45.4 percent of the Democratic vote to Booker’s 42.6 percent. Still he told his supporters they had achieved a crucial victory.

“We inspired people to believe that things can be different,” says Booker. “Folks that had never voted before were banging on the doors to vote. People that had voted for [President Donald] Trump, people that had given up were realizing that if we fight together, if we lean into our love for one another and not hate and division, if we acknowledge racism and come together anyhow, that we can do big things, even in a place like Kentucky.”

Uniting People from the Hood to the Holler

In the wake of that campaign, Booker formed a nonprofit organization called the Hood to the Holler, which he describes as a “barrier breaking, coalition building, people-powered movement” to unite urban and rural Kentuckians and transform politics. In just eight months, Booker says the group has signed up 11,000 volunteers from every county in the state.

“It’s realizing that the voices of people in forgotten places – the hood where I’m from, the hollers in Appalachia, and everywhere in between – that those voices are a pathway to a brighter future,” says Booker. “So we’re lifting up new leaders, we’re training folks to get involved in the democratic process.”

Booker says politicians talk at Kentuckians more than they listen to them. He contends that’s one reason why former President Donald Trump proved so popular in the commonwealth. It wasn’t because of racism or bigotry, according to Booker, but because Trump was able to speak to the economic pain that many Kentuckians feel.

“He was talking about the coal industry and he was saying he’d bring the jobs back,” says Booker. “He was lying, but he was acknowledging that people are suffering. So how do we do that but not lie to folks?”

Beyond building a base among Democrats, Booker says he wants a coalition that transcends political parties and elects more rural people and Americans of color to political office who can demand real structural change.

“Both parties have been implicated in ignoring a lot of the challenges that we face,” says Booker. “We have unique struggles but we’re in it together, and as soon as we acknowledge that, we can do big things.”

A Political Progressive in a Conservative State

In addition to organizing a grassroots movement, the Louisville attorney is working on a memoir, and he and his wife are expecting a third child. A documentary on his life is also in the works.

Although some have encouraged Booker to run for mayor of Metro Louisville, he says he’s ruled that out in favor of potentially running again for the U.S. Senate. Booker says he feels pulled to statewide office since the challenges that Louisvillians face, such as multi-generational poverty, structural racism, and a lack of good jobs and health care, impact Kentuckians as a whole.

“I’m doing my research and doing my planning right now to make sure that when we make a move, that we do it right and we honor the people of Kentucky,” he says.

The Democrat says he’s humbled that people want him to run, and that whether he stays in politics or not, he will always fight to make Kentucky a better place for everyone to live. And if he does run, Booker says he doesn’t care about or fear how Republicans or centrist Democrats would label him because of his progressive ideas.

“When you come from the struggle, you know what it’s like to be disrespected [and] dismissed,” he says. “I’ve been called a lot of names, I don’t really care what people say, I’m fighting for Kentuckians.

“We’ve just allowed national politics to dictate the narrative, and people like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have told us we’re divided. But we aren’t. We’re unified in our fight to heal, to take care of our family, and to take care of Kentucky.”

The question still remains whether an outspoken Black man with a liberal platform can win in the commonwealth. Unlike Georgia, where voters of color helped elect two Democrats to the U.S. Senate in runoff elections in January, Kentucky has a far smaller minority population. There’s also the challenge of running against a well-funded Republican incumbent.

“The most critical factor in any sort of push for change is how we activate people,” Booker says, “Money cannot replace people that are fired up.”

As painful as 2020 was, with a pandemic raging and racial tensions erupting across the nation, Booker says he sees reasons for optimism in 2021 and beyond. Instead of giving in to fear, he says people came together to examine and address the inequalities that have plagued Americans for generations.

“I’m seeing a sense of resolve across Kentucky that gives me hope,” he says. “All we need are people that are going to be in elected office to give a damn about us and to fight for us, not against us.”

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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 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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Chef and Activist Dan Wu

Host Renee Shaw continues her series of discussions about the increasing violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with Lexington chef, restaurateur and community activist Dan Wu who frequently speaks and podcasts on social justice issues.

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State Treasurer Allison Ball; Sharon Price

Host Renee Shaw talks with Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball about her watchdog role and ways she's empowering women to take control of their financial futures. Also, Sharon Price of the Community Action Council discusses how the social services agency is celebrating the contributions of women in the Bluegrass.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

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Faith Politics - S10 E45

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EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

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JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

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Andre Taylor - S10 E43

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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

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Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House - S10 E41

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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

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The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

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Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

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Josh Nadzam and Tanya Torp - S10 E37

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Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter - S10 E35

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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

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Jay Williams - S10 E33

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

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Pellom McDaniels - S10 E30

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Kiley Lane Parker - S10 E29

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Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

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Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

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Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet - S10 E26

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Charles Booker

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Inclusivity in Fashion - Frankie Lewis; RaeShanda Johnson - S15 E13

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Season 16 Episodes

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.18.21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.11.21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4.3.21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3.28.21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3.21.21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3.14.21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2.14.21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.7.21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.31.21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.24.21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1.17.21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1.10.21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12.20.20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12.13.20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.22.20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11.15.20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11.8.20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.1.20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.25.20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.18.20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10.11.20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.4.20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9.27.20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9.20.20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.11.20

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