Skip to Main Content

Kinship Care Activist Katie Okumu

Renee's guest is 18-year-old Katie Okumu of Berea who was raised in her early to late teens by her great-grandmother. She is one of the nearly 70,000 Kentucky kids raised by grandparents or other extended family members, called "kinship care." Okumu served on the First Lady's Youth Leadership Council that works on issues affecting Kentucky children. She is currently attending Harvard University.
Season 12 Episode 46 Length 26:27 Premiere: 08/25/17

Kinship Care Advocate Katie Okumu

Katie Okumu is one of the 70,000 Kentucky children being raised by family members other than parents. In her case, Okumu’s grandmother and great-grandmother stepped up to care for her and her brother after the death of their mother more than a decade ago.

Now the 18 year old is set to face a new life challenge that she says is both exciting and heartbreaking: She will leave the familiarity of family and her Berea home to relocate to Boston, where she will enter Harvard University this fall.

Before she left for school, Okumu appeared on KET’s Connections to share the story of her life and discuss her efforts to lobby for more state support of kinship caregivers around the commonwealth.
 

 
Katie Okumu has no memories of her father or mother.

Her parents were married, but her father moved back to his native Kenya before she was born.

Her mother had mental health problems and committed suicide when Okumu was about a year old.

That’s when her grandmother stepped in to raise Okumu and her older brother. Okumu says her grandmother was a kind and giving woman who did her best to give them a normal childhood despite her age and her struggles to pay the bills and put food on the table. She even told young Katie stories about her mother, and complimented her for being as passionate a speaker as her mother had been.

“But there are a lot of little things that can’t be filled in by stories and memories, so I always felt the loss of her presence in my life,” Okumu says of her mother.

Then in 2012, her grandmother died of breast cancer. Okumu says it was like she’d lost a second mother. That’s when Ruby Ferrell, Okumu’s nonagenarian great-grandmother, took over raising the children.

“As long as I’m alive, I’ll try to keep a place for them to come back to,” Ferrell says in a 2014 short video that photojournalist Rachel Psutka produced about the family.

“I don’t think I would have been as successful as I am now if it hadn’t been for her influence and her constant dedication to raising my brother and I,” Okumu says. “I think that I’ve grown into my own confidence a little bit about where I’m going and what I can achieve, and I think that’s because of her and because of her continued support.”

A Passionate Advocate for Kinship Caregivers
Okumu excelled at school and as a singer. She attended to the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts to study musical theater. And she’s been civically active, participating in the Promise Appalachia Leadership in Service group and serving on First Lady Glenna Bevin’s Youth Leadership Council that works on issues affecting Kentucky children.

Okumu says she was five-years-old when she wished she had had someone who understood what she was going through and could advocate for her. That’s why she’s worked to help other children in kinship care situations.

“It’s about the 70,000 other young people in Kentucky who are living in the same circumstances I have, [but] who might not have had the opportunities that I have been given by hard work but also by chance, by people walking into my life at the right time,” she says.

The state once provided small stipends to kinship caregivers like Okumu’s grandmother and great-grandmother. Those caregivers tend to be older and have limited incomes, which can make it difficult to take on the expense of raising young children.

But the state ended those support payments several years ago during the budget crisis. Okumu and other kinship care advocates want lawmakers to restore those stipends.

“Kinship care families aren’t just asking for a hand out,” Okumu says. “Kinship care parents are the hardest working people in the commonwealth in some cases and they deserve not only financial support but emotional support and prayer.”

Embracing a Positive Outlook on Life
Okumu’s lobbying efforts will have to take a temporary back seat to her college education. She received a full scholarship to Harvard where she hopes to study government or sociology. She says the thought of moving to Boston is daunting, but she says the people she met when she visited Harvard’s campus helped put her at ease.

“I was really surprised and captivated by the kindness that I felt from fellow incoming students,” Okumu says. “So many passionate young people who are wanting to make real change in the world… I’m very excited to be surrounded by that.”

Then there’s the prospect of leaving her great-grandmother, who Okumu describes as her best friend. In recent years, Okumu has taken on more caregiving tasks like driving, cooking, and shopping for Ferrell who is now 96 years old. Okumu says she’ll call her great-grandmother every day to talk and make sure family and church friends are taking good care of her.

“I don’t think I can express in words how heartbreaking it is to leave,” Okumu says. “I think if I said that I wasn’t going to go, she wouldn’t take that answer very kindly. In her words, I fulfilled her wildest dreams and she couldn’t be more proud of me.”

For a young woman who endured the death of a mother and grandmother as well as the loss of a father who chose not to be part of her life, Okumu has learned to have a positive view of life.

“The bitterness that I once had about what I lost, what I wasn’t able to have, is gone,” she says. “I think everything happens for a reason, whether it be a wonderfully amazing or a really difficult circumstance.”

Okumu says she’s excited to embrace the new challenges her life at Harvard will offer her and eager to bring those experiences back with her to Berea.

“I always hope to come back to Kentucky,” Okumu says. “Kentucky raised me… It will always have a special place in my heart.”

Sponsored by:

Comment on Kentucky logo and a "Check Schedule" button.A close-up of Comment on Kentucky host Bill Bryant smiling in a dark suit and purple tie against an image of Kentucky's capitol building. with a "Check Schedule" button.

Season 12 Episodes

Kinship Care Activist Katie Okumu

S12 E46 Length 26:27 Premiere Date 08/25/17

Photographer Carol Peachee

S12 E45 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 08/18/17

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative

S12 E44 Length 28:28 Premiere Date 08/11/17

Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson

S12 E43 Length 29:17 Premiere Date 08/04/17

Criminal Justice Reform

S12 E42 Length 28:08 Premiere Date 07/28/17

Kayla Rae Whitaker

S12 E41 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 07/14/17

Uncovering Bias in Preschool Education

S12 E40 Length 29:01 Premiere Date 07/07/17

The Latest Data on Kentucky's Kids

S12 E39 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 06/30/17

Building Leadership Skills

S12 E38 Length 29:01 Premiere Date 06/23/17

The Ali Center's Donald Lassere

S12 E37 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 06/16/17

Improving Nutrition in the Daily Diet

S12 E36 Length 27:06 Premiere Date 06/09/17

Alzheimer's Disease

S12 E35 Length 28:19 Premiere Date 06/02/17

Innovation at the Alltech Conference

S12 E34 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 05/26/17

Political Journalist Cokie Roberts

S12 E33 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 05/22/17

2017 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

S12 E32 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 05/12/17

Alison Lundergan Grimes

S12 E31 Length 28:37 Premiere Date 05/09/17

Sexual Trauma in the Military

S12 E30 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Foster Care

S12 E29 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Justice Secretary John Tilley

S12 E23 Length 29:36 Premiere Date 04/14/17

Job Training in Kentucky

S12 E22 Length 29:31 Premiere Date 03/24/17

Kentucky Tourism

S12 E21 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 02/24/17

Reducing Youth Violence

S12 E20 Length 28:21 Premiere Date 02/17/17

State Treasurer Allison Ball

S12 E19 Length 28:51 Premiere Date 02/10/17

Poverty in America

S12 E18 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 02/03/17

Homelessness in Kentucky

S12 E17 Length 28:46 Premiere Date 01/27/17

Sadiqa Reynolds

S12 E16 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 01/20/17

Cory Jewell Jensen

S12 E15 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 01/13/17

Bill Goodman

S12 E14 Length 28:37 Premiere Date 01/06/17

Promoting Health Equity

S12 E13 Length 29:01 Premiere Date 12/16/16

Kentucky's Teacher of the Year

S12 E12 Length 27:22 Premiere Date 12/09/16

Important Issues for Seniors

S12 E11 Length 28:20 Premiere Date 11/18/16

Nonprofit Organizations

S12 E10 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11/11/16

Iris Wilbur and Colmon Elridge

S12 E9 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/04/16

Alzheimer's Disease

S12 E8 Length 28:32 Premiere Date 10/28/16

Activism Through Music and Art

S12 E7 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/21/16

Paducah's Merryman House

S12 E6 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 10/14/16

The Achievement Gap

S12 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 10/07/16

Discussing Domestic Violence

S12 E4 Length 28:32 Premiere Date 09/30/16

Musician Jon Secada

S12 E3 Length 29:13 Premiere Date 09/23/16

Playwright Mitzi Sinnott

S12 E2 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 09/15/16

FDA Chief Dr. Robert Califf

S12 E1 Length 26:26 Premiere Date 09/09/16

Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Preview Length 29:32 Premiere Date 09/08/17

See All Episodes

caret down

TV Schedules

Jump to Recent Airdates

Upcoming

Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge

Premiered On: 06/23/2017

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.

  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Walter Gilliam

Premiered On: 07/07/2017

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.

  • Thursday December 8, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 8, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 8, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 8, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 8, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 8, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Premiered On: 07/14/2017

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.

  • Friday December 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 9, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 9, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel

Premiered On: 06/06/2021

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

  • Saturday December 10, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 10, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday December 11, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday December 11, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 4:30 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 3:30 am CT on KET
  • Saturday December 17, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 17, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson

Premiered On: 08/04/2017

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.

  • Monday December 12, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 12, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 12, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 12, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 12, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 12, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown

Premiered On: 08/11/2017

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.

  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Carol Peachee

Premiered On: 08/18/2017

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.

  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 14, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Sam Quinones

Premiered On: 09/01/2017

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.

  • Thursday December 15, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 15, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 15, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 15, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 15, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 15, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Premiered On: 09/08/2017

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.

  • Friday December 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 16, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 16, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 16, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday December 18, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday December 18, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Saturday December 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Premiered On: 09/22/2017

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

  • Monday December 19, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 19, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 19, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 19, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Steve Beshear

Premiered On: 09/29/2017

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

  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Gordon Hamlin

Premiered On: 10/13/2017

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

  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Premiered On: 10/20/2017

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

  • Thursday December 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

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

Premiered On: 11/03/2017

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

  • Friday December 23, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 23, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 23, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 23, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 23, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 23, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Melynda Jamison - CASA of Lexington

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help change the story of a child who has suffered abuse and neglect. Renee Shaw talks with the executive director of CASA of Lexington, Melynda Jamison, about what CASAs do, the training they need, and why their work is so vital.

  • Sunday December 25, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday December 25, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Saturday December 31, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 31, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 7:00 am CT on KETKY

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

Premiered On: 11/17/2017

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

  • Monday December 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Sexual Harassment Issues - Consultant Rus Funk

Premiered On: 12/15/2017

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

  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Silas House

Premiered On: 01/12/2018

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

  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

DV8 Kitchen

Premiered On: 01/19/2018

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

  • Thursday December 29, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 29, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Gerald Smith

Premiered On: 02/09/2018

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

  • Friday December 30, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 30, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 30, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 30, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 30, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 30, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Bob Jackson - Murray State University

Murray State University is celebrating its centennial birthday this year. Renee Shaw talks to the president of MSU, Bob Jackson, about his presidency, career, and a new book he has co-authored, entitled "The Finest Place We Know: A Centennial History of Murray State University, 1922-2022."

  • Sunday January 1, 2023 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 11:00 am CT on KET
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday January 1, 2023 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Monday January 2, 2023 4:30 am ET on KET
  • Monday January 2, 2023 3:30 am CT on KET
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 4:30 am ET on KET
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 3:30 am CT on KET
  • Saturday January 7, 2023 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday January 7, 2023 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday January 8, 2023 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday January 8, 2023 7:00 am CT on KETKY

Educational Innovation

Premiered On: 02/16/2018

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

  • Monday January 2, 2023 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 2, 2023 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Monday January 2, 2023 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 2, 2023 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday January 2, 2023 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 2, 2023 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Premiered On: 04/06/2018

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

  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard

Premiered On: 04/13/2018

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

  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 4, 2023 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks

Premiered On: 04/20/2018

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

  • Thursday January 5, 2023 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday January 5, 2023 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Thursday January 5, 2023 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday January 5, 2023 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday January 5, 2023 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday January 5, 2023 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Dr. Donna Grigsby

Premiered On: 05/11/2018

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

  • Friday January 6, 2023 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 6, 2023 4:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Friday January 6, 2023 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 6, 2023 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday January 6, 2023 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 6, 2023 9:30 pm CT on KETKY

Connections

  • Sunday January 8, 2023 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday January 8, 2023 11:00 am CT on KET
Jump to Upcoming Airdates

Recent

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

  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday December 7, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday December 6, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

  • Monday December 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday December 5, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday December 5, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Restaurateur and Chef Ouita Michel - S16 E31

  • Sunday December 4, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 4, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

David Thompson - S12 E11

  • Friday December 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday December 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday December 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

  • Thursday December 1, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 1, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 1, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 1, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday December 1, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday December 1, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 30, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 29, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

  • Monday November 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 28, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 28, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dayna Seelig - S15 E12

  • Sunday December 4, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday December 4, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday December 3, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday December 3, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 27, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 27, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY

Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

  • Friday November 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

UK President Eli Capilouto - S18 E6

  • Thursday November 24, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 11:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 10:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 10:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 9:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 6:30 pm ET on KET
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 5:30 pm CT on KET

Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

  • Thursday November 24, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 24, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 10:29 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 9:29 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 23, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Terrence Walton - S11 E38

  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - S11 E37

  • Monday November 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Author Emily Bingham - S18 E11

  • Sunday November 27, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 27, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday November 26, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 26, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Kimberly Johnson - S11 E36

  • Friday November 18, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 18, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday November 18, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 18, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday November 18, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 18, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jason Merrick - S11 E35

  • Thursday November 17, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 17, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 17, 2022 2:10 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 17, 2022 1:10 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 17, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 17, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court - S11 E34

  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Lynne Saddler - S11 E33

  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 2:25 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 1:25 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 15, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Scott Hesseltine - S11 E32

  • Monday November 14, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 14, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 14, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 14, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 14, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 14, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Bill Goodman - Kentucky Humanities - S18 E10

  • Sunday November 20, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 20, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday November 19, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 19, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

  • Friday November 11, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 11, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

  • Thursday November 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday November 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday November 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Wednesday November 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday November 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday November 8, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Monday November 7, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 7, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 7, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 7, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday November 7, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday November 7, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Restoring American Democracy - S18 E9

  • Friday November 25, 2022 11:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Friday November 25, 2022 10:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Friday November 25, 2022 10:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 9:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday November 25, 2022 6:30 pm ET on KET
  • Friday November 25, 2022 5:30 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 13, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday November 12, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 12, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Breast Cancer - S18 E8

  • Sunday November 6, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday November 6, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday November 5, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday November 5, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
Top

Explore KET