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Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins

Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins

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Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins

State Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Democrat from Shively, was selected as the House Democratic floor leader in December, making her the first woman to lead a caucus in the Kentucky General Assembly. Renee speaks with her about her new role and legislative priorities for the session.
S15 E16 Length 22:01 Premiere: 1.12.20

Jefferson County Democrat Joni Jenkins made history when she was elected House Minority Floor Leader in December. That makes her the first female to lead a party caucus in the history of the state legislature. But the diversity in Democratic leadership in the chamber does not stop there: Party members elected Derrick Graham, an African American from Frankfort, to serve as the party's caucus chair, and Angie Hatton of Whitesburg as the new minority whip.

“Our caucus has gotten so much more diverse over the years,” says Jenkins. “We have 18 women in our caucus and, I believe, six people of color, so we look more like Kentucky than we ever have, and that’s a good thing.”

Despite the historic composition of their leadership, Democrats still face a supermajority of Republicans in the House. Jenkins says she prefers to see that not as a challenge but as an opportunity.

“The majority leadership needs our help, they need having our good ideas,” she says. “I feel like they’re going to be open to listening to some of those things.”

Jenkins says she considers House Speaker David Osborne (R-Prospect) a friend. The two Jefferson County representatives have served together in the House for 15 years. (Jenkins started in Frankfort in 1995, Osborne in 2005.) In that spirit of bipartisanship, Jenkins hopes lawmakers can "disagree without being disagreeable."

“When you serve so long, these folks become part of your family,” says the Democrat. “We really are just all people and... we really need to respect each other.”

Education

Like the state's new Democratic governor, Andy Beshear, Jenkins says House Democrats will make public schools their priority.

“If we’re going to move Kentucky forward,” she says, “it starts with education.”

During the interim period, several House Democrats drafted their own education-related bills, including measures to reduce class size and implement universal pre-kindergarten, according to Jenkins.

Gov. Beshear wants to give all public school teachers a $2,000 pay raise. Jenkins supports that idea, but says she's uncertain how to secure the estimated $84 million a year to make that happen.

Republicans tout that under their leadership, the legislature has increased per-pupil funding to a record high of $4,000. But Democrats contend that funding hasn't kept pace with inflation, and that Republicans also cut dollars for textbooks, teacher professional development, student transportation, and other services.

“You can use the numbers any way you want to say we're fully funding, but there's always more need there,” says Jenkins, “to be able to pay teachers what they deserve, and to attract new people into this career path... and to give, in the classroom, the children what they need, whether it’s technology, textbooks, and wrap-around services.”

State Revenues

Jenkins says it's no secret the state doesn't take in enough revenue to cover its obligations. That's why she says it's crucial for lawmakers to consider new sources of funds like proceeds from sports wagering and expanded gaming. (Senate Republican leaders have already said proposals for casinos are "dead on arrival" in the upper chamber.)

She says Democrats are also willing to look at tax reform so long as it doesn't "pick winners and losers" by giving more tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations.

“We want business to do well, but I don’t think that we can calculate how well Kentucky is doing by how the wealthiest among us are doing,” says the Democrat.

Politicians, says Jenkins, do their constituents a disservice by talking about taxes as something negative.

“I look taxes as an investment in our communities,” she says, “but I think people need to be very secure and confident that their tax money is fair – that it’s being collected fairly and applied fairly, and that they are afforded services for that – that they see what they’re investing in.”

Other Issues

Jenkins also hopes lawmakers will do more to alleviate the opioid addiction crisis and to further reform the criminal justice system. She says it makes no sense to charge local governments to hold low-level, non-violent suspects because they can't afford to pay their bail.

“We incarcerate a whole lot of folks in the state of Kentucky [and] a whole lot of women,” says Jenkins. “I'm looking forward to seeing bipartisan work on that.”

The Democrat contends there are smarter ways to hold people accountable for crimes and keep communities safe. She also says the state could save money and lives by intervening sooner in situations involving addiction, mental illness, and intimate partner violence.

In 2017 and 2018 Jenkins worked with House Speaker Pro Tem David Meade (R-Stanford) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to craft a sweeping overhaul of the state's adoption and child welfare systems. House Bill 1 passed the lower chamber on a 94-1 vote, and cleared the Senate, 38-0. Jenkins says that bill provides a model for how lawmakers can work together.

“The best policy does come when you sit around a table with people you don’t agree [with] and you exchange ideas and everybody moves a little bit,” she says.

Despite the reforms of HB 1, some 10,000 Kentucky children remain in state care. Jenkins says it will take years to overcome the far-reaching social ills that drug addiction and poverty have inflicted on families. She says lawmakers must also tread carefully in passing new legislation that may inadvertently impact children. For example, she fears immigration proposals before the 2020 General Assembly could result in more immigrants to be incarcerated. If that occurs, Jenkins wonders what could happen to those children left without a caregiver or breadwinner.

As she starts her 26th year in Frankfort, Jenkins says she still gets excited at the start of each legislative session. She describes as being like the first day of school when you're able to catch up with old friends you haven't seen for a while. As the daughter of two public servants – her father was a mayor of Shively, and her mother worked for Jefferson County government – Jenkins says she also enjoys being able to represent her constituents and lead her caucus.

“You can't walk into that chamber without feeling the history there,” she says, “and the honor and the responsibility that has been afforded to you by your district to come and be their voice there.”

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From the USDA in Washington, D.C., Renee talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who discusses the White House's response to the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, and the Obama Administration's budget proposal to invest more than $1 billion dollars in addiction treatment. Secretary Vilsack is personally familiar with addiction as he watched his adoptive mother struggle with drug use before she eventually found a path to sobriety. He and Renee discuss the challenges of treating addicts in rural areas, the connections between poverty and addiction, drug-monitoring programs to prevent doctor shopping, and the use of technology in recovery tools. 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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Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America, nearly half of them are in jail because of drug use and addiction. There are more than 3,000 drug courts across the nation to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee talks with Terrence Walton in Baltimore, Maryland, about the success of drug courts in helping addicts recover and reducing crime. 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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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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

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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.

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

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Impact 100 - S8 E1

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State Reps. McKenzie Cantrell and Joni Jenkins - Opioid Task Force - S13 E36

Renee speaks with State Representatives McKenzie Cantrell and Joni Jenkins of South Louisville about convening a task force of professionals and community members to study and address the opioid abuse epidemic in their district. Part of KET's continuing coverage of the opioid crisis.

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Angel Clark and Bianca Spriggs - S8 E2

Photographer Angel Clark, director of the Center for HIV Prevention and Community Outreach at AVOL AIDS Volunteers, Inc., and Lexington writer, poet, and performer Bianca Spriggs, discuss their work with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association in facilitating workshops for incarcerated women in Kentucky for The SwallowTale Project and the upcoming multimodal exhibit "The Thirteen."

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Poverty in Kentucky - S8 E3

Renee and poverty eradication experts and advocates discuss poverty's growing grip on Kentucky's families and children and the efforts being made to improve the well-being of Kentuckians.

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Rev. Kimberly Jones - S8 E4

Renee talks with Miss Plus America, the Rev. Kimberly Jones from Louisville, about pageantry and how recognition of full-figured women affects body image of young girls.

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dream hampton - S8 E5

Acclaimed hip hop journalist and culture critic dream hampton has written about music, culture, and politics for 20 years. She is "divesting herself of hip hop" and discusses why she is ready to turn her back on the genre that has consumed much of her career.

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Tara Betts - S8 E6

Poet Tara Betts talks about her writing and her work as an activist for literacy. Betts, a lecturer in creative writing at Rutgers University, is the author of Arc and Hue, her 2009 debut collection of poetry. She recently spoke at the 2012 Kentucky Women Writers Conference.

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Terry Brooks - Kentucky Youth Advocates - S13 E37

Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about data trends in the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book concerning the well-being of Kentucky kids.

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Mimi Pickering and Dr. Catherine Fosl - S8 E7

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Susan Pope - S8 E12

Renee's guest is Danville actress Susan Pope, who is touring with her one-woman play, Dreadfully White, described as a zany look at the serious subject of growing up in a violent family.

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M.A.D.E. (Motivating Youth All Day Everyday) - S8 E13

Teaching life lessons beyond classroom textbooks is what a former UK football player and a one-time incarcerated gang member have in common. Quincy Murdock and Logan Avritt are working to improve GPA's for at-risk kids and dial down the lure of gangs and violence. It's called M.A.D.E. - Motivating Youth All Day Everyday. A 2012 KET production.

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Cathy Holloway Hill - S8 E15

An author, life coach, and radio talk show host, Cathy Holloway Hill has written a book on how to uncover and discover the real you in Lies, Love and Life.

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Bianca Spriggs - S8 E16

Affrilachian poet and performer Bianca Spriggs discusses "The Thirteen," an exhibit and performance revolving around the lives of 13 black women who were lynched in Kentucky during the 19th and 20th centuries. A 2013 KET production.

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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Thursday May 21, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 21, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 21, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 21, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 21, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 21, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 19, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

  • Monday May 18, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 18, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 18, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 18, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 18, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 18, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Shining a Spotlight on Epilepsy - S13 E35

  • Sunday May 24, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 24, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 23, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 23, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 20, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

  • Friday May 15, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 15, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 15, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 15, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 15, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 15, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

  • Thursday May 14, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 14, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 12, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

  • Monday May 11, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 11, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 11, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 11, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 11, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 11, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention - S14 E29

  • Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 17, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 16, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 16, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

  • Friday May 8, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 8, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 8, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 8, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 8, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 8, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

  • Thursday May 7, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 7, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 7, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 7, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 7, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 7, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ari Berman - S11 E9

  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Allison Joseph - S11 E8

  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 5, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

  • Monday May 4, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 4, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 4, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 4, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 4, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 4, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dayna Seelig - S15 E12

  • Sunday May 10, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 10, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 9, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 9, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 6, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 11:00 am CT on KET

Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

  • Friday May 1, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 1, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 1, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 1, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 1, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 1, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

  • Thursday April 30, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 30, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 30, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 30, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 30, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 30, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Pellom McDaniels - S10 E30

  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 6:11 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 5:11 pm CT on KET

Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 28, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk - S11 E2

  • Monday April 27, 2020 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 27, 2020 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 27, 2020 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 27, 2020 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 27, 2020 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 27, 2020 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Colene Elridge - S14 E23

  • Sunday May 3, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 3, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 2, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 2, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 26, 2020 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 26, 2020 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 26, 2020 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 26, 2020 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Pastor Edward Palmer - Racial Bias and Juvenile Justice Reform - S15 E2

  • Sunday April 26, 2020 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 26, 2020 7:00 am CT on KETKY
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Season 15

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

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