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Former Gov. Steve Beshear

Former Gov. Steve Beshear

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, the public pension crisis, and other topics.
S13 E4 Length 28:53 Premiere: 9.29.17

Former Gov. Steve Beshear

Steve Beshear could have opted for a quiet retirement after a long legal career and more than two decades in Frankfort, where he served as a state legislator, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and two-term as governor.

Instead the 73-year old Democrat is touring the state promoting his memoir, is teaching a course on leadership at Harvard University, and is advocating for the Affordable Care Act.

Beshear appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss his new book, “People Over Politics,” which details the highlights and challenges of his gubernatorial administration and his philosophy on governing.

During his eight years in office, from 2007 to 2015, Beshear, a Democrat, faced a divided legislature: Democrats held the House of Representatives, and Republicans controlled the Senate. Yet Beshear says his approach was to get lawmakers to bridge their partisan divides.

“Most times I could get those folks to remember that they were Kentuckians first, and Democrats and Republicans second,” Beshear says. “When we did that, we made lots of great things happen.”

It didn’t hurt that the state and the nation faced the biggest financial crisis of his lifetime, Beshear says. The day after he took office, he had to cut more than $400 million from the state budget. As the U.S. economy continued its downward spiral, Beshear would ultimately have to slash state spending by a total of $1 billion.

“It helped me to push people push off of that partisan pathway and bring them in together, learn to trust each other enough that you could find some common ground on issues, and move the state forward,” he says.

Pension Payments Versus Essential Services
Among the hard choices the Beshear administration had to make was how to fund state services, pay down the growing debt in Kentucky’s public pension programs, and maintain a balanced state budget.

“When we had that recession I had a choice: I could either fund K-12 education and some health care… or I could pay down on our credit card, which was the pensions,” Beshear says. “I don’t apologize for choosing K-12 education and higher education and those kinds of essential things that help people keep their heads above water.”

But short-changing the state’s contributions to public employee and teacher retirements contributed more than $35 billion in unfunded liabilities in those pension systems. Beshear says he knew it was a “huge problem;” that’s why he says he sought a nonpolitical path to a solution. He brought in the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts to review the retirement programs and offer potential solutions.

Those recommendations became part of bipartisan pension reform package that passed the General Assembly in 2013. That legislation mandated that the state pay the full actuarially required contribution to the plans each year, end cost-of-living adjustments for retirees that weren’t properly funded, and implement a cash-balance retirement plan for new state workers.

Beshear says the Pew consultants said if the state stuck with that plan, the pension programs would be back on sound financial footing within 20 years. But now, current Gov. Matt Bevin and Republican leaders say more and bigger reforms are needed to keep the programs solvent.

Beshear contends the Pew approach can still work, and he decries how partisan the pension reform discussion has become. He fears there may be ulterior motives at play.

“All of this sky is falling stuff, if it is to try to get our legislature to raise some revenue, that’d be great because we need more revenue in this state,” Beshear says. “But if it is a guise to cover the idea that this will let us whack K-12 and higher education and all these things that we don’t like anyway, shame on them.”

“It would be doomsday if we did nothing for the next 40 years,” Beshear continues, “but as long as you get a reasonable plan together and you keep funding at a reasonable level, we’ll be okay.”

The Health Care Governor
Early in his first term, Beshear’s staff urged the new governor to consider what he wanted his legacy to be and then work toward that goal. Beshear says he resisted the idea of focusing on only one big accomplishment because he wanted to help the state in so many areas.

Then Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, which paved the way for Beshear to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income Kentuckians and create a health insurance exchange to offer private plans to those who didn’t receive coverage through their employers. Those actions became the signature accomplishments of his administration.

“If you’d have told me back early on that I would now be known as the health care governor, I would have said you’re crazy, because a governor in any state doesn’t have the kind of resources it takes to make a huge difference in health care,” Beshear says. “But then along came the Affordable Care Act. It gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a difference.”

Beshear says he was keenly aware of how unpopular President Barack Obama and his “Obamacare” were with Kentucky voters. That’s why his staff named the state exchange Kynect so as to avoid some of that negative baggage. Then Beshear travelled the state to personally sell the program.

“I just said to people, you don’t have to like the president, you don’t have to like me – because it’s not about him or me. It’s about you, it’s about your family, it’s about your kids,” he says.

Kynect launched in October 2013, and Beshear says within the first 18 months of operation, the site enrolled about 500,000 Kentuckians in health insurance coverage. Kynect even became a national model as an exchange that worked, when other states and even the federal exchange site had problems.

But three years later, Gov. Bevin, a Republican, shut down Kynect, saying it was an unnecessary expense for the state when people seeking insurance could simply go through the federal exchange. Bevin has also applied for a federal waiver to overhaul and scale back Kentucky’s Medicaid program because he says the state simply can’t afford the increasing costs of the expanded coverage that enrolled thousands of low-income Kentuckians.

“There’s not an ounce of truth in [that],” Beshear says.

Beshear says studies by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and others show that the health reforms his administration helped enact are sustainable, affordable, and effective. He says the reforms have already created 12,000 new jobs in the commonwealth, and are expected to add another 28,000 jobs in the next eight years. And with more jobs comes more tax revenues for the state.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Washington continue their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Beshear says it’s no wonder insurance companies are pulling out of markets because of that legislative uncertainty and because critics have sought to undermine the ACA at every turn.

His support for the ACA has made Beshear into spokesperson for the legislation and its benefits on national media. But he acknowledges that the legislation does have some problems.

“It’s not perfect and we need to correct a bunch of things,” Beshear says. “But if Congress would just sit down and together work on correcting what needs to be corrected, then we would have an even better system than what we’ve got.”

Coal, Gaming, and Same-Sex Marriage
Beshear says one of his biggest regrets during his time as governor came in his 2011 State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the legislature. When discussing environmental regulations on coal mining and burning, he firmly told federal officials to “get off our backs.”

“By me just uttering those words I turned it into a political thing,” says Beshear. “It belittled a very serious problem that we really should’ve spent more time on.”

Although he says coal does still have a future in Kentucky, Beshear says the industry will never be what it once was, largely due to the impact of cheap natural gas. He admits he should have done more to help communities in the Appalachian coalfields to diversify sooner.

Beshear is also disappointed that he wasn’t able to bring expanded gaming to the commonwealth, which was a key part of his campaign platform in 2007. He says he did everything he could to push for a constitutional amendment to allow casinos, but the Republican-controlled Senate thwarted those efforts. Beshear says he still thinks expanded gaming could generate significant revenues for the commonwealth.

Progressives around the state criticized Beshear when he appealed a 2014 federal judge’s ruling that would have overturned Kentucky’s constitutional ban on same sex marriage. Beshear attributes part of that decision to how he was raised.

“When I was born back in the 1940s… in small town Kentucky, my dad’s a Baptist minister and homosexuality is not even an issue that’s discussed,” he says. “Same-sex marriage wasn’t even thought about.”

But he says he eventually came to believe that people have the right to a happy, loving relationship regardless of the gender of their partner. He says he knew it was a thorny political issue, and many people would disagree with his change of heart. So Beshear decided to keep his personal opinions on gay marriage to himself while pushing the legal appeal up to the U.S. Supreme Court. He says that would give the court the final say on the matter and provide Democrats cover on the gay marriage issue.

In June 2015, the Supreme Court overturned gay marriage bans and legalized same-sex unions across the nation. Beshear says he’s proud that nearly all of Kentucky’s 120 county clerks accepted that decision as the law of the land.

“Kentucky has come along on many issues and is a more progressive state than we ever were before,” he says, but “this was a tough issue for a whole lot of people and probably still is a tough issue.”

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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

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

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Ari Berman - S11 E9

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

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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

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

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

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

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Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

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

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Connections - S17 E9

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

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

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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

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

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

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

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

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

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

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

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Connections - S17 E10

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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

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

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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

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

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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

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

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Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

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

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Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

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

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Connections - S17 E12

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Connections - S17 E11

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

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

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Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

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

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Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

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

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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

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

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

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

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

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

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

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Sunday October 10, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
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Aaron Thompson - S17 E5

  • Sunday October 10, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

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

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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

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

  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

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

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

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

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

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  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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  • Sunday September 26, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

  • Friday September 24, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

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Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet - S10 E26

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Lois Combs Weinberg - S10 E25

  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Elaine Chao - S10 E23

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Filmmaker Sarah Burns - S17 E3

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Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu - S17 E2

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Diabetes Epidemic - S10 E20

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Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees - S10 E16

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15K Degrees Initiative - S10 E13

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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

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