Skip to Main Content

DV8 Kitchen

DV8 Kitchen

Renee visits DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery in Lexington that provides second chance employment opportunities for people in substance recovery who are trying to redirect their lives. She speaks with Rob and Diane Perez about their vision for the restaurant and its support from the community. Renee also talks with employees at the eatery to hear their stories of recovery.
S13 E17 Length 28:37 Premiere: 1.19.18

DV8 Kitchen: A Restaurant Providing Second Chances

Like so many people struggling with substance abuse, Dan Rison found himself on the path to addiction following a medical procedure.

He was only 14 years old when he had surgery to correct a birth defect. That was followed by a regime of prescribed painkillers, which launched the addiction he would fight through his early 20s.

Treatment helped him overcome his disease, but recovery held its own challenges. He says employers weren’t eager to hire a young man with a history of drug use and a criminal record.

“I found it difficult trying to find even the most basic, entry-level job,” Rison says. “I didn’t know where I would end up, until I got in touch with Rob and Diane.”

That’s Rob and Diane Perez, the owners of DV8 Kitchen, a Lexington café and bakery that hires people like Rison – people in recovery who need a second chance. KET’s Connections visited the restaurant to learn more about this unique approach to fighting the opioid crisis.

Rob Perez understands what Rison has experienced because he’s been there himself. He abused alcohol and drugs when he was a teenager but he says he didn’t realize he had an addiction.

“I knew it was a way to be social and to have fun, Perez says. “I didn’t even recognize how bad I was hurting other people, to be honest. I thought it was normal.”

Perez was 25 when he hit bottom and entered treatment. He credits his wife Diane with helping him through the rehabilitation process.

“I’m just blessed to be able to have a wife that loves me through it or kicks me in the butt when I need it,” Rob says.

The couple went on to found Saul Good, a casual restaurant and pub with three locations in Lexington. But addiction once again entered their lives. Rob says 13 of their employees died over the years because of addiction. Diane says that’s not uncommon for the food service industry.

“Most people don’t do background checks, they have a flexible schedule, and then there’s cash at end of the night,” Diane says. “So it just breeds addiction.”

In one instance, the Perezes caught their best server doing heroin at work. Diane took the girl under her wing and eventually helped get her into a six-month treatment program in Louisville. After rehab, Rob says she seemed well on her way to recovery. She landed a job with a high-end grocery but then, days later, she was fired after the store manager reviewed her background check.

“I don’t blame the company, I just blame our attitude as a society about addiction,” Rob says. “She had a drug possession and shoplifting in her background and they didn’t want to hire her because they were afraid of the risk to them, but what about the risk to her?”

Rob says that girl soon returned to using drugs and is now a fugitive.

A Business Designed for People in Recovery
Diane Perez realized there had to be a better way to help people like that girl get back on their feet and able to provide for themselves. She envisioned a restaurant that would give second-chance employment opportunities to individuals in recovery from an addiction.

But Rob had to be convinced the concept would work financially. So the couple researched other businesses around the country that have as part of their missions to hire people in recovery. Rob says the challenge those companies so often faced was how to pay for on-site drug testing and counseling for the employees.

That’s when Rob got the inspiration – divine inspiration, he believes – to partner with local recovery centers like Chrysalis House and Isaiah House to let them provide the health and treatment services, while the Perezes would provide the employment opportunities.

Thanks to the generosity of benefactors who provided $250,000 in no-interest loans, and contractors who worked for free or steep discounts, the Perezes were able to build and open the new restaurant last summer. The name DV8 Kitchen comes from the hope that offering people in recovery a stable job will enable them to deviate from their previous lifestyles. The bakery and café on South Broadway in Lexington serves what it calls “life changing food” for breakfast and lunch.

“This business was designed to be able to handle a workforce that was in recovery,” Rob says. “We close at 3 so they can go home to do their recovery stuff… We also arrange for people to be able to have time to go and do the things that are court-mandated.”

Dan Rison says he reports to work by 6:30 so he can help prepare the café for the morning rush. Even though he’s sweeping floors and making coffee, Rison says he’s grateful for the opportunity to work.

“This job provides a stable environment for somebody who is looking to build a new track record,” Rison says. “They come to work here [and] they’re able to build trust again with coworkers, with employers, with the guests who come here to eat.”

Help Society and Give People Hope
The goal of DV8 Kitchen is to have a third of its staff be second-chance employees. Diane Perez says she’d rather hire people in recovery because they’re more dependable and are eager for a job. In addition to providing a judgment-free workplace, the Perezes also invite local business leaders in to give weekly talks to the staff. One recent Tuesday featured an investment advisor explaining the basics of personal finance.

The concept of fast-casual dining combined with the social good of supporting people in recovery seems to be a hit among patrons.

“The food is phenomenal,” says customer Andrew Eaton, who praises the café’s biscuits and gravy as well as its employees, who he says deserve a second chance.

“I don’t have to know their history,” says Eaton. “I don’t want them to be defined by their history. I want them to be defined by the relationship we can have as members of the same community.”

Unfortunately not every DV8 story ends happily. Rob Perez says they lost two of their best cooks who are now on the streets again. He says he loves them and prays for them, but he realizes that relapses are a potential hazard of hiring people in recovery.

“This business has shown me how to live,” Perez says. “I have a gigantic belly laugh everyday, and I have giant cry everyday.”

In addition to employing people in recovery, the café has also provided a safe haven for friends and family members of those who are still battling addiction. Perez says he often hears stories from patrons who have lost loved ones to substance abuse. Melissa Dean says her sister is an addict who has been in rehab countless times. She says one way she copes with those challenges is by volunteering to work at DV8.

“The more love and support and understanding and acceptance of people with addiction, the better off we are going to be,” Dean says. “The more chances we can give them in lifting them up, it’s just a win-win situation.”

At the end of the day, DV8 Kitchen is still a business that has to make money. Perez says the more financially successful they are, the more second-chance employees he can hire and the more he can pay them. But he also wants to ensure the business is also a success spiritually and socially. And Perez says he hopes to inspire other companies to follow in their footsteps and hire people who have had life challenges, whether that’s substance abuse, being a victim of the sex trades, or growing up in foster care.

“Our message really is use your business in a way that helps our society and helps people, that gives people hope,” Perez says.

Program Details

Connections

About Connections

Each week, host Renee Shaw and a variety of interesting and engaging people - including business leaders, entertainers, authors, celebrities, and more - explore a broad array of topics impacting Kentucky and the world.

TV Schedules

Jump to Recent Airdates

Upcoming

Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown - S12 E45

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.

  • Monday June 14, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 14, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 14, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 14, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 14, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 14, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Carol Peachee - S12 E46

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.

  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 15, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Sam Quinones - S13 E1

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.

  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy - S13 E2

Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

  • Thursday June 17, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 17, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

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.

  • Friday June 18, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 18, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 18, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 18, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 18, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 18, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

Renee Shaw talks with restaurateur and culinary artist Ouita Michel about her first cookbook, Just a Few Miles South: Timeless Recipes from Our Favorite Places, which features some favorite recipes of her restaurant patrons.

  • Saturday June 19, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 19, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Psychologist Julie Cerel

Renee Shaw and psychologist Julie Cerel, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, discuss grief and mental health challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 16, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Saturday June 26, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 26, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao - S13 E4

Renee sits down with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview. Filmed at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Chao discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation's involvement in emergency response and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans to address the nation's transportation infrastructure, and other issues.

  • Monday June 21, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 21, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 21, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 21, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 21, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 21, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Steve Beshear - S13 E5

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses his new book, People Over Politics, that covers the tests and triumphs of his administration from 2007-2015. He talks about embracing the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid in Kentucky, his philosophical evolution on same-sex marriage, his unsuccessful struggle with advancing expanded gambling, the persistent plight of funding public employee pensions, among other issues.

  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 22, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Gordon Hamlin - S13 E7

Renee's guest Gordon Hamlin, president of Pro Bono Public Pensions and a retired attorney, offers ideas about how to fix Kentucky's ailing public pension systems. Hamlin recommends that Kentucky transition to a shared risk pension plan: longer working careers, elimination of cost of living adjustments, and transition to career average formula.

  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - S13 E8

Renee Shaw discusses youth suicide prevention with Julie Cerel, a professor, licensed clinical psychologist, and president of the American Association of Suicidology. She also talks with Courtney Parr, who shares her powerful and inspiring journey to better mental health.

  • Thursday June 24, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 24, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Health Issues - Sen. Julie Raque Adams and Rep. Addia Wuchner - S13 E10

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams and State Rep. Addia Wuchner, chairs of the Senate Health and Welfare and House Health and Family Services committees, respectively, discuss upcoming health care issues that will be addressed during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Friday June 25, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 25, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 25, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 25, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 25, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 25, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday June 20, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 20, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 23, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Saturday July 3, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday July 3, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Good Samaritans - Surgery on Sunday; Bluegrass Families First and One Parent Scholar House - S13 E12

Lexington plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Moore talks about Surgery on Sunday, providing outpatient essential surgical services at no cost to income-eligible, uninsured or underinsured individuals. Then, Kelly Duffy talks about Bluegrass Families First (BFF), a non-profit that provides opportunities for early childhood development, adult education, and other services helping Lexington families move toward self-sufficiency. BFF supports three organizations: The Family Care Center; The Nest Center for Women, Children, and Families; and One Parent Scholar House. Mirsada Simic talks about One Parent Scholar House and its Child Development Center with a 5-star curriculum program.

  • Monday June 28, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 28, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 28, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 28, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 28, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 28, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Sexual Harassment Issues - Consultant Rus Funk - S13 E14

Renee's guest is Rus Funk, a consultant on gender equity, anti-racism, and violence prevention. He serves on the board of the National Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence. Funk talks about the spate of sexual harassment charges that have dominated news headlines and offers advice on helping men learn how to modify their behavior to create a professional and respectful work environment.

  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 29, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Silas House - S13 E16

Novelist, activist, and educator Silas House discusses his book to be released later this year that focuses on parenthood, his work as an advocate for environmental and gender equity causes, and other topics.

  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

DV8 Kitchen - S13 E17

Renee visits DV8 Kitchen, a restaurant and bakery in Lexington that provides second chance employment opportunities for people in substance recovery who are trying to redirect their lives. She speaks with Rob and Diane Perez about their vision for the restaurant and its support from the community. Renee also talks with employees at the eatery to hear their stories of recovery and how DV8 Kitchen helps them.

  • Thursday July 1, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 1, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 1, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 1, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 1, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Gerald Smith - S13 E20

Dr. Gerald Smith, a history professor at the University of Kentucky and co-editor of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, joins Renee to discuss race relations in honor of Black History Month. Topics include activism around removing Confederate statues, the status of black leadership in Kentucky, and Dr. Smith's thoughts on the needed response from the faith-based community in eradicating racism.

  • Friday July 2, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 2, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 2, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 2, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 2, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 2, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday June 27, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 27, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 30, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Saturday July 10, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday July 10, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Educational Innovation - S13 E21

Educational innovation in the mountains is leading to a teaching and learning renaissance in southeast Kentucky. Renee and her guests, Dr. Dessie Bowling, associate director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and Rose Shields, rural project manager for the Center for Excellence in Rural Health at the University of Kentucky, discuss recent innovative education practices in the region.

  • Monday July 5, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 5, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 5, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 5, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 5, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 5, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - S13 E23

Connections remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Renee speaks with organizers of a commemorative event in Frankfort and shares highlights from speeches at the MLK Memorial March to Move.

  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 6, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard - S13 E24

Renee speaks with Donna Pollard, a child marriage survivor and founder of Survivors' Corner, who has become the ambassador for changing child marriage laws in Kentucky with the passage of Senate Bill 48 that was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 29, 2018. SB 48 raises the legal age to marry to 18 in Kentucky with some exceptions.

  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks - S13 E25

In part one, Renee speaks with Keith Inman with Kosair Charities and Dr. Jennifer Green, University of Louisville Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow about Kosair Charities Face It Movement that provides resources for parents and caregivers on child abuse. In part two, Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about legislation passed in the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly that benefits children and families.

  • Thursday July 8, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 8, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Dr. Donna Grigsby - S13 E28

Renee speaks with Lexington pediatrician Dr. Donna Grigsby about early childhood brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on cognitive and physical health. Dr. Grigsby discusses how to develop literacy skills in young children.

  • Friday July 9, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 9, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 9, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 9, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday July 9, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday July 9, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday July 4, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 4, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 7, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday July 11, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday July 11, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET

Criminal Justice Reform - Cherise Fanno Burdeen - S13 E34

Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), talks about her organization's mission to reduce incarceration rates and their efforts to reform the bail system.

  • Monday July 12, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 12, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 12, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 12, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday July 12, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday July 12, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy - S13 E35

Renee speaks with filmmaker Tiffany Webb, whose documentary, Voice of the Epilepsies, chronicles the story of a young girl living with epilepsy and her family's determination to treat the seizure disorder. Webb also discusses her own experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy.

  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday July 13, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Tiffany Manuel - Affordable Housing - S13 E42

Renee's guest is Dr. Tiffany Manuel, vice president of knowledge, impact, and strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., where she drives the collection and dissemination of data and information from within Enterprise and across the affordable housing industry through innovative solutions. She discusses affordable housing.

  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday July 14, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health and Wellness - S13 E43

Renee speaks with Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Timmerman discusses her organization's work to help those suffering from mental illness find effective treatment.

  • Thursday July 15, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday July 15, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
Jump to Upcoming Airdates

Recent

Psychologist Julie Cerel

  • Sunday June 13, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

  • Sunday June 13, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 13, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

  • Friday June 11, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 11, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 11, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 11, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 11, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 11, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

  • Thursday June 10, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 10, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 8, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

  • Monday June 7, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 7, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 7, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 7, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday June 7, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday June 7, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

  • Saturday June 12, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 12, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday June 6, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

  • Friday June 4, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 4, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 4, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 4, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday June 4, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday June 4, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

David Thompson - S12 E11

  • Thursday June 3, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday June 3, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 2:20 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 1:20 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday June 1, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

  • Monday May 31, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 31, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 31, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 31, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Christopher 2X

  • Saturday June 5, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday June 5, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 30, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

  • Friday May 28, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 28, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 28, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 28, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 28, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 28, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

  • Thursday May 27, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 27, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 26, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 25, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Terrence Walton - S11 E38

  • Monday May 24, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 24, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 24, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 24, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

  • Saturday May 29, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 29, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 23, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 5:59 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 4:59 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

  • Friday May 21, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 21, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 21, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 21, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 21, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 21, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

  • Thursday May 20, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 20, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 20, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 20, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jason Merrick - S11 E35

  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 19, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 18, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

  • Monday May 17, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 17, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 17, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 17, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 17, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 17, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

  • Saturday May 22, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 22, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 16, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Cynthia Knapek

  • Saturday May 15, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 15, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

  • Friday May 14, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 14, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 14, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 14, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 14, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 14, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

  • Thursday May 13, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 13, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 13, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 13, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 13, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 13, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
Top

Season 13 Episodes

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

Author and Journalist Sam Quinones

Preview Length 28:52 Premiere Date 9.1.17

Explore KET