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Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state's public schools, students, and parents. He also talks about the job of the Department of Education's new chief equity officer and previews the 2021 General Assembly.
S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere: 11.22.20

Meeting Student Needs During a Winter Pandemic Wave

As the state faces exponential growth in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Andy Beshear ordered all public and private schools to close starting this week and switch to virtual instruction.

The move comes just weeks after many students got to return to the classroom for the first time since schools shuttered in March during the initial wave of the pandemic. Districts reopened under rigorous protocols recommended by state education administrators and public health officials.

“Schools in Kentucky should be commended for the job that they’ve done, putting in layers of these mitigation strategies and defenses to keep virus out, or if the virus comes into a school that it is contained and limited,” says Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass. “We haven’t seen evidence of widespread school-based transmission.”

But as community transmission escalated in October and November, Glass says it became harder for schools to remain open as more students, teachers, and staff went into quarantine over exposure to someone with COVID. Last week alone, more than 7,800 students and staff from schools statewide were in quarantine.

“That’s causing a lot of our smaller, rural districts to have to shut down operations just because the disruption makes it impossible for school as we knew it to continue,” says the commissioner.

Remote learning comes at a cost, though, according to Glass. Virtual instruction presents academic, social, and technical challenges for teachers, students, and parents. Not all families have access to computers and reliable internet service. Some 24,000 students face homelessness or housing instability, while others have physical or developmental conditions that make learning remotely harder. Glass says that it is impossible to predict what long-term impacts the pandemic will have on these young learners.

“What I think we can expect is all of the challenges, the inequities between different groups of students who have special needs, who are homeless, who are economically disadvantaged, who have a disability, all of those inequities are going to be worse because of what we’re experiencing right now,” he says.

Long-Term Impacts on Students Uncertain

This spring, schools had to quickly shift from in-person to remote instruction and scramble to find computers or other digital devices to help all students keep up with their studies. Glass says international manufacturing and shipping disruptions caused by the pandemic made it hard for some districts to acquire all the devices they needed for students. Internet access was also a problem in rural areas that lack high-speed connections, or among families who couldn’t afford home service.

Despite those challenges, Glass says Kentucky is well positioned on technology infrastructure compared to other states thanks to decades of investments.

“What’s the most difficult step is that last mile to the student and connecting them,” says Glass. “They’re the most difficult to reach, the most expensive to reach.”

Schools, local governments, businesses, and other groups have stepped up to provide devices and greater internet access. But Glass fears even those efforts won’t reach every Kentucky student.

“Make no mistake, we’ve got thousands of kids that we’re losing track of and we really won’t know the impact of that until later,” he says.

KDE also operates the state schools for the deaf and the blind, which have been closed to in-person learning since this spring. Glass says the pandemic has disrupted special services for other students as well, like those who need speech therapy or counseling.

“We really have to look at what’s in that student’s IEP or individualized education plan that identifies what specific services they are supposed to get,” he says. “Some of those services can be delivered remotely or electronically, so in those cases our advice has been deliver it... the greatest extent you can.”

While Kentucky did not conduct the large-scale educational assessments in the spring, Glass says state officials are preparing for that testing to occur in the spring of 2021. He says other measures have continued, albeit shorter in length and delivered electronically, to gauge student progress even during the pandemic.

Schools and communities have also gotten creative about the social aspects of education. Districts held drive-in graduation services this spring, and extracurricular clubs continued virtually.

“Schools have done a commendable job trying to create those experiences to the greatest extent they can,” says Glass. “I also have faith that kids are really resilient and they can bounce back from a lot, but they’re going to need supports on how that happens.”

Focusing on Equity, Preparing for Legislative Session

In October, KDE announced the appointment of Thomas Woods-Tucker as the department’s first chief equity officer. Glass says Woods-Tucker will review district practices and policies around systemic racism and implicit bias, and collaborate with schools, administrators, and teachers on how to resolve equity issues. He says children of color, as well as those who are economically disadvantaged or disabled, have struggled historically.

“Public education means that every child who walks into any of our buildings is served, and that they are given the supports that they need to pursue their dreams and be successful,” says Glass.

The commissioner says everyone has implicit bias to some degree, and that it is important to become aware of bias and consciously work against those thoughts and behaviors. He says those teachers and staff who cannot change don’t deserve to work in education, but he says the majority of people simply need the opportunity to change.

“We all believe that everyone is capable of growing and learning and getting better, and that includes our adults as well,” says Glass.

Looking ahead to the 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, Glass says school funding will be a hot topic. Unlike most off-year, 30-day sessions, lawmakers will need to craft a one-year budget to carry the state through the second half of the biennium. (Given the uncertainties of the pandemic, legislators passed a rare one-year budget at the end of the 2020 session.)

“There are lots of big ideas that are being floated around and talked about,” says Glass, “but I think it all going to come back to can we stabilize the funding system, not just for education but for really everything that the legislature... ends up funding.”

With even larger Republican majorities in both the state Senate and House of Representatives, Glass says he also expects to hear more discussion about scholarship tax credits and charter schools.

“Adapting educational structures so that they better serve kids, in my professional opinion, is a good thing,” says the commissioner. “But we always want to be thinking about how can we increase the capacities of our school systems, how can we make them more effective, how can we support them more so that they can do more good in our community. And we have to conversely be careful about are we putting in place policies that weaken them.

“These are public dollars, and wherever those dollars go comes a moral commitment that you serve every child,” he continues. “So if we end up with charter schools, if we end up with tax credits that flow dollars into private schools, that also comes with a commitment that every child that shows up at one of those doors gets served.”

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Kentucky Spirited Chef, Dayna Seelig, discusses the spirit of hospitality, along with her new book, Kentucky Spirited Treasures: Bourbon Wine & 'Shine.

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David Thompson - S12 E11

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

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

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

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

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

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

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

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

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

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Connections - S17 E14

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

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

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

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

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Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown - 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.

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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.

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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.

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Connections - S17 E15

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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.

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Connections with Renee Shaw - S13 E3

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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.

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Connections

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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.

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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.

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Caroline Randall Williams - S16 E13

Host Renee Shaw talks with Nashville-based writer, educator and activist Caroline Randall Williams about race, identity, Confederate monuments and more. Southern Living magazine named Williams "One of the 50 People Changing the South."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Elizabeth Helm-Frazier - S16 E39

Renee Shaw talks with film producer and veteran Elizabeth Helm-Frazier about the only all-Black Women's Army Corps (WACs) battalion to serve overseas during World War II. The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was sent to Europe to clear a backlog of millions of pieces of mail, ensuring American troops received letters from home. A new documentary called "The Six Triple Eight" honors their legacy and service.

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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.

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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.

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Filmmaker Sarah Burns - S17 E3

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

  • Thursday November 25, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

  • Wednesday November 24, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

  • Tuesday November 23, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

  • Monday November 22, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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William Turner - S17 E13

  • Sunday November 28, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Saturday November 27, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jason Merrick - S11 E35

  • Friday November 19, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

  • Thursday November 18, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

  • Tuesday November 16, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

  • Monday November 15, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson - S17 E12

  • Sunday November 21, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Saturday November 20, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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  • Wednesday November 17, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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  • Sunday November 14, 2021 6:00 pm ET on KET2
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Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

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Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Thursday November 11, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Wednesday November 10, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Tuesday November 9, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

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Addressing Needs of Kentuckians with Disabilities - S17 E11

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Chelsea Ellis-Hogan - S17 E9

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Monday November 1, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Season 16 Episodes

Filmmaker Elizabeth Helm-Frazier

S16 E37 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 8.1.21

Early Childhood Development Initiatives in Louisville

S16 E36 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7.25.21

Kathy Werking and Jim Embry

S16 E35 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 7.17.21

Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack

S16 E34 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 7.11.21

Boone Co. Judge Executive Gary Moore

S16 E33 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 6.26.21

The Demands and Rewards of Fatherhood

S16 E32 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 6.20.21

Psychologist Julie Cerel

S16 E31 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 6.13.21

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

S16 E30 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 6.6.21

Sarah Taylor Vanover - Early Childhood Education

S16 E29 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5.16.21

A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

S16 E28 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 5.9.21

Cynthia Knapek of Louisville Leadership Center

S16 E27 Length 27:35 Premiere Date 5.1.21

Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

S16 E26 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 4.24.21

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Sharon Price

S16 E25 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 4.18.21

Chef and Activist Dan Wu

S16 E24 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.11.21

EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

S16 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 4.3.21

The Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

S16 E22 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 3.28.21

Authors Prisha Hedau, Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

S16 E21 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 3.21.21

Charles Booker

S16 E20 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 3.14.21

Mental Health and COVID-19

S16 E19 Length 28:39 Premiere Date 2.14.21

Community Activist Christopher 2X

S16 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 2.7.21

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Keith Jackson

S16 E17 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.31.21

A Mission to End Institutional Racism in Kentucky

S16 E16 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 1.24.21

Celebrating the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County

S16 E15 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 1.17.21

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman

S16 E14 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 1.10.21

Caroline Randall Williams

S16 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 12.20.20

Amy Luttrell and Adria Johnson

S16 E12 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 12.13.20

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass

S16 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.22.20

Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry

S16 E10 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 11.15.20

Jecorey Arthur and Quintez Brown

S16 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 11.8.20

Terrance Sullivan

S16 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11.1.20

2020 Election Preview with Colmon Elridge and Tres Watson

S16 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 10.25.20

Beth Howard and Michael Harrington; Devine Carama

S16 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10.18.20

Nana Ama Aya Bullock and Muriel Harris

S16 E5 Length 28:26 Premiere Date 10.11.20

Betsy Johnson, Saundra Ardrey

S16 E4 Length 28:41 Premiere Date 10.4.20

Fabian Alvarez, Leyda Becker and Mercedes Harn

S16 E3 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 9.27.20

Devine Carama; Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton

S16 E2 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 9.20.20

Marsha Weinstein

S16 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 9.11.20

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