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Charles Booker

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.
Season 16 Episode 20 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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Premiered On: 07/01/2016

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Premiered On: 07/08/2016

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Premiered On: 07/15/2016

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Premiered On: 07/22/2016

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Premiered On: 07/29/2016

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Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Renee's guest is businessman and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, who owns Dream Big Restaurants LLC. He discusses his approach to entrepreneurship and how self-confidence is at the core of his success as a businessman.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

Premiered On: 09/09/2016

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Mitzi Sinnott

Premiered On: 09/16/2016

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play "Snapshot" and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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David Thompson

Premiered On: 11/11/2016

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Cory Jewell Jensen

Premiered On: 01/13/2017

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Patricia Peacock

Premiered On: 04/28/2017

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge

Premiered On: 06/23/2017

What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Walter Gilliam

Premiered On: 07/07/2017

Renee's guest is Pikeville, Kentucky native Walter Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliam has done extensive research in early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and talks about his research on implicit bias among preschool educators. He was a keynote speaker at Kentucky's 2017 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker

Premiered On: 07/14/2017

Renee's guest is Mt. Sterling native and author Kayla Rae Whitaker, one of the writers featured at the 2017 Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky. Whitaker's debut novel, "The Animators", explores the complexities of female friendships, self-identity, and success in the male-dominated field of animation.

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson

Premiered On: 08/04/2017

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown

Premiered On: 08/11/2017

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) serves 21 school districts in southeast Kentucky. Renee speaks with Jeff Hawkins, executive director, and Robert Brown, professional learning lead, of KVEC.

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Carol Peachee

Premiered On: 08/18/2017

Photographer Carol Peachee discusses her books, including "The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries" that captures lost distilleries and those undergoing renewal. Peachee is also a pioneer in the integrative health field with decades of clinical experience in counseling, mindfulness practices, and internal arts. She is the founder of the Center for Mindful Living Practices.

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Sam Quinones

Premiered On: 09/01/2017

Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic and other books. A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico and is a former reporter for the LA Times.

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  • Sunday May 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

  • Friday May 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Thursday May 12, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:29 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 9:29 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

  • Monday May 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams - S17 E31

  • Sunday May 15, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

  • Friday May 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

  • Thursday May 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Monday May 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence - S17 E30

  • Sunday May 8, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

  • Friday April 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

  • Thursday April 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ari Berman - S11 E9

  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Allison Joseph - S11 E8

  • Monday April 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center - S17 E18

  • Sunday May 1, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

  • Friday April 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

  • Thursday April 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

  • Monday April 18, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 18, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 18, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 18, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 18, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 18, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky - S17 E28

  • Sunday April 24, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Child Abuse Prevention in Kentucky - S17 E27

  • Sunday April 17, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 17, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 16, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 16, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

  • Friday April 15, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 15, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 15, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 15, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Friday April 15, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
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Season 16 Episodes

Filmmaker Elizabeth Helm-Frazier

S16 E37 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 8/1/21

Early Childhood Development Initiatives in Louisville

S16 E36 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7/25/21

Kathy Werking and Jim Embry

S16 E35 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7/17/21

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack

S16 E34 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 7/11/21

Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

S16 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6/26/21

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 6/20/21

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6/13/21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6/6/21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5/16/21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5/9/21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5/1/21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4/24/21

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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