Skip to Main Content

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Host Renee Shaw speaks with Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles about his second term in office, issues facing agriculture, and his priorities for the 2020 legislative session.
S15 E20 Length 28:52 Premiere: 2.9.20

Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Boosting Kentucky’s Farmers and Other Priorities

Despite his relatively young age, Ryan Quarles is something of a Frankfort veteran. The 36-year old just started his second term as state commissioner of agriculture. Before that, he was a three-term state representative from Scott County. But his Frankfort experience extends even farther back – all the way back to when he was a sixth-grader.

"My first assignment here was to serve as a legislative page," says Quarles. “If I got all As on my report card, my mom would allow me to come down and page for the Kentucky House or Kentucky Senate."

From running errands for lawmakers as a student, to working with lawmakers to pass legislation as commissioner, Quarles sees himself as a critical player in farm and food issues across the state, whether it’s expanding the Kentucky Proud marketing program, building a hemp industry, or developing other new opportunities.

“During the second term, we’re going to continue to elevate the importance of agriculture for rural economic development,” says the commissioner. “That doesn’t just include jobs, it includes investment, but also making sure that we have an advocate to make sure that we take Kentucky to international markets.”

Boosting Foreign Trade

The agricultural sector in the state accounts for one in every five jobs, according to Quarles, which puts farming second only to manufacturing in terms of employment. Taken as a whole, Quarles says farming generates about $45 billion annually in economic activity for the commonwealth.

But recent years have been hard on farmers. Quarles, who is a Republican, admits growers and livestock producers have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade wars with other nations, which have resulted in retaliatory tariffs, particularly from China.

The commissioner says the future looks brighter thanks to phase one of a new trade pact with China as well as the recent signing of a new agreement among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. He also foresees a new trade deal coming with England after its departure from the European Union.

The trick, he says, is to build on Kentucky's existing reputation as a producer of bourbon and racehorses to get other agricultural products to international buyers.

“Imagine the day when we use UPS, DHL or the new Amazon center in northern Kentucky, slap that Kentucky Proud sticker on the side of that box, and (ship) overnight perhaps a country ham to a Tokyo restaurant or Parisian meat market,” says Quarles. “That’s what we’re talking about.”

A Rough Start for Hemp

Hemp and hemp-derived products could be another significant export for the state. The 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp production, and since then nearly 1,000 Kentucky farmers have started growing the plant, which has been touted as replacement to tobacco as a cash crop. More than 200 businesses have also set up shop in the state to process hemp fibers and oil for consumer goods.

Interest in the crop and health products made from hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD oil, has been substantial. Quarles estimates that farmers and processors sold $100 million in hemp and hemp-related products in 2019 alone.

But the outlook for hemp remains uncertain. Last week, the state's leading hemp processor, GenCanna, filed for bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile, prices for raw hemp have plummeted.

Quarles says the hemp market is volatile and investors are reluctant to enter the field because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide how to classify CBD and other hemp derivatives. He says the products could be regulated as health care supplements called nutraceuticals, or as prescription-strength pharmaceuticals. Other products, such as hemp oil, could be considered food-grade, which makes them safe for cooking, he says.

“The fact they haven't decided primarily due to lack of research and lack of data what they’re going to do yet, has caused hesitancy in the market,” says Quarles. “We need peer-reviewed clinical research... They need studies to learn about the short-term use [and] the long-term use of these products.”

The commissioner says he's meeting with FDA officials to try to speed that process along. He says the commonwealth could be an epicenter for hemp- and CBD research, given the reputations of the Universities of Louisville and Kentucky, and because so much hemp cultivation and processing already occurs here. Until then, he tells those considering a jump into hemp to be cautious.

“We encourage every farmer, every processor to acknowledge the financial risk before they choose to grow or process hemp,” says Quarles. “It's still in its infancy, and just have some patience, and don't risk more than you're willing to lose.”

Migrant Labor

Hemp regulation isn't the only issue Quarles wants Washington to address. He says it's time Congress finally acted on comprehensive immigration policy.

“What we need is a legal immigration system that provides an adequate guest-worker component so that those choosing to come to Kentucky... for seasonal jobs can do so legally,” he says.

The commissioner says reform is crucial because the existing H-2A temporary agricultural worker program is too cumbersome, rigid, and expensive. He says migrant workers are vital to the state's farmers and consumers.

“It’s important to realize that if people enjoy eating food in America that there is a major part of our efficiency, a major part of our economy that depends on the hard-working members of the migrant community, many of which are here to provide for their families back home,” says the commissioner.

A bill moving through the Kentucky legislature would require local police agencies to cooperate with federal officials on immigration enforcement. Senate Bill 1 would also prohibit communities from labeling themselves as so-called sanctuary cities. Opponents argue the measure could adversely impact the availability of migrant farm labor in the state. Quarles says he's heard no concerns from farmers about the legislation.

Other Issues

Quarles is working with state lawmakers on several priority measures of his agency. He supports an update the state's food safety laws to ensure that they align with new federal regulations. He also wants the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to be reorganized to better handle its licensing and regulatory activities.

The commissioner also backs a measure by state Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) to direct more incentives and Opportunity Zone growth funds to struggling rural communities. He says farmers and small towns also need access to high-speed internet service as a tool for business, job creation, and education.

“You’ve got to start thinking about internet the same way we thought about electrifying Kentucky back in the 1930s and 1940s,” Quarles says. “This is something that needs to be done – it’s an infrastructure project.”

As with internet service, Quarles says access to health care is also vital to helping rural Kentucky thrive. In recent months, two rural hospitals in the state announced they would cease operations. A study last year by Navigant Consulting indicated nearly a quarter of the state's rural hospitals are at risk of closing.

“If you don't have access to internet, and if you don’t have quality of life issues such as access health care, you're less likely to get that millennial to move out to the rural areas,” says Quarles. “It's about creating an environment for success, an environment where companies are wanting to come to Kentucky.”

As lawmakers craft a new two-year budget for the commonwealth, Quarles says it's important for the Department of Agriculture to have the money it needs to fulfill its statutory duties. But he says he's also prepared for limited funding if that's what is required of his agency to help pay the pension obligations owed to state workers and retirees. During his first term as commissioner, he says the agency experienced six budget cuts within three years.

Quarles is expected to seek another political office in the future since he's limited to only two terms as agriculture commissioner. Until then, he says he has the "dream job" of someone who loves politics, policymaking, and advocating for farmers.

“I want to make sure that I spend the next four years determined to be the best commissioner of agriculture Kentucky has ever had,” says Quarles.

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

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

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

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

Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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

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

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

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

  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

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.

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

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.

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

Devine Carama - S17 E7

Renee Shaw speaks with hip hop artist, community activist, and motivational speaker Devine Carama talks about his appointment as director of One Lexington, a program that mobilizes city government and community resources against violence and other topics.

  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Saturday October 23, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Connections - S17 E8

  • Sunday October 24, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 24, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Saturday October 30, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday October 30, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Connections - S17 E9

  • Sunday October 31, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 31, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 3, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Saturday November 6, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 6, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Connections - S17 E10

  • Sunday November 7, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Saturday November 13, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 13, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Connections - S17 E12

  • Sunday November 14, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET

Connections - S17 E11

  • Sunday November 7, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday November 7, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 14, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2

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."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

  • Thursday November 18, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 18, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 18, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 18, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
Jump to Upcoming Airdates

Recent

Devine Carama - S17 E7

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

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

Kinship Care - S10 E46

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday October 14, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday October 14, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday October 14, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Faith Politics - S10 E45

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

JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andre Taylor - S10 E43

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

Rufus Friday - S17 E6

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 17, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday October 16, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday October 16, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday October 13, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday October 10, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Aaron Thompson - S17 E5

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

Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

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

Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House - S10 E41

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

Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday October 5, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

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

Jay Williams - S10 E33

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

Pellom McDaniels - S10 E30

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

Kiley Lane Parker - S10 E29

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

Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence - S17 E4

  • Sunday October 3, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday October 3, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday October 2, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday October 2, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday September 26, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 26, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday September 26, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday September 26, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

  • Friday September 24, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 24, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 24, 2021 2:11 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 24, 2021 1:11 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 24, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 24, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

  • Thursday September 23, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 23, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 23, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 23, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet - S10 E26

  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Lois Combs Weinberg - S10 E25

  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 2:03 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 1:03 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday September 21, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Elaine Chao - S10 E23

  • Monday September 20, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 20, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 20, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 20, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday September 20, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday September 20, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Filmmaker Sarah Burns - S17 E3

  • Sunday September 26, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 26, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday September 25, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday September 25, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 22, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 11:00 am CT on KET

Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu - S17 E2

  • Sunday September 19, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday September 19, 2021 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday September 18, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday September 18, 2021 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday September 15, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:30 pm CT on KET

Diabetes Epidemic - S10 E20

  • Friday October 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday October 1, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday October 1, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday October 1, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday October 1, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday October 1, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday September 17, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees - S10 E16

  • Thursday September 16, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 16, 2021 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 16, 2021 2:20 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 16, 2021 1:20 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday September 16, 2021 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday September 16, 2021 4:30 am CT on KETKY
Top

Season 15 Episodes

UK College of Education Dean Julian Vasquez Heilig

S15 E24 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 3.22.20

Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball/McLeod's Coffee House

S15 E23 Length 27:27 Premiere Date 3.15.20

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon

S15 E22 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 2.23.20

Georgetown College President William Jones

S15 E21 Length 27:02 Premiere Date 2.16.20

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles

S15 E20 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 2.9.20

Kentucky House Minority Whip Angie Hatton

S15 E19 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 2.2.20

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

S15 E18 Length 28:17 Premiere Date 1.26.20

Secretary of State Michael Adams

S15 E17 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 1.19.20

Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins

S15 E16 Length 22:01 Premiere Date 1.12.20

Ashli Watts - Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

S15 E15 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 1.5.20

U.S. Attorney Robert Duncan

S15 E14 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 12.15.19

Inclusivity in Fashion - Frankie Lewis; RaeShanda Johnson

S15 E13 Length 28:52 Premiere Date 11.24.19

Dayna Seelig

S15 E12 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 11.17.19

Rachael Denhollander

S15 E11 Length 26:42 Premiere Date 11.10.19

Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland

S15 E10 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 11.3.19

Alice Allison Dunnigan - Pioneering Journalist

S15 E9 Length 26:37 Premiere Date 10.27.19

Sharon Price and Damon Cobble

S15 E7 Length 27:07 Premiere Date 10.13.19

Terry Brooks - Kentucky Youth Advocates

S15 E6 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 10.6.19

Aaron Thompson - Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

S15 E5 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 9.29.19

Opioid Addiction Response and Research

S15 E3 Length 28:42 Premiere Date 9.15.19

Pastor Edward Palmer

S15 E2 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 9.8.19

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers

S15 E1 Length 28:14 Premiere Date 9.1.19

Explore KET