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Past and present hosts Doug Flynn, Dave Shuffett, and Byron Crawford reminisce over 25 seasons of Kentucky Life and the great stories they have covered from every corner of the Commonwealth.
S26 E7 Length 27:13 Premiere: 2.13.21

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Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green Men - S25 E4

Haunting processions, stately monuments, and works of art mark the final resting place of unique Kentuckians; we remember the legend of the Witches Tree in Old Louisville in this "Kentucky Life" Memory; Civil War soldiers and current residents still find no rest in haunted Perryville; and they may have come in peace, but the Little Green Men who visited the small town of Kelly were not welcome.

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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

Johnson county's Jim Ford is the greatest Kentucky songwriter you've probably never heard of; injured animals get their best chance for recovery at Second Chances Wildlife Center in Bullitt County, and Centre College's Sheldon Tapley paints luminous landscapes and still lifes.

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Stagecraft - Jecorey Arthur; Memorials; Beaumont Inn; Stand-Up Paddleboard - S25 E5

Students call him Mr. Arthur, his friends Jecorey, and his fans 1200 - this educator and rapper brings a love of classical music and a message of social justice to his hometown of Louisville; Kentucky Life remembers the heroes of 9/11 and the tragedy of Flight 5191; and the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg stands for community pride, Kentucky tradition, and six generations of family. Kentucky Life Moment: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Jacobson Park in Lexington.

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Camp Nelson Historic Photography; Camp Nelson Honor Guard; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Art Deco Building; B24 Diamond Lil - S25 E6

Historians bring Civil War soldiers' lives into focus at Camp Nelson in Jessamine County; the Honor Guard at Camp Nelson escorts veterans to their final rest; Jaime Corum paints portraits of the world's most famous horses; and the Art Deco Coca Cola bottling plant in Paducah gets a second chance at being a landmark. "Kentucky Life" Moment: Tour B-24 "Diamond Lil" at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky in Lexington.

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Kids Quilting; Bengals Training Camp; Navajo Flute Maker/Player-Fred Keams; Game Designer-Kerry Breitenstein; Kentucky Castle - S25 E7

Young hands learn an old craft and put their quilts on display in Jeffersontown; "Kentucky Life" remembers when the Cincinnati Bengals held its training camp at Georgetown College; Fred Keams celebrates his Native American heritage by making and playing flutes; and Kerry Breitenstein designs "killer" board games in northern Kentucky. "Kentucky Life" Moment: The Kentucky Castle in Versailles.

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Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Byron Crawford Fireside Story - S25 E8

Descendants of Kentucky's governors and lieutenant governors keep the history alive in the Shelby Society; find out why our politicians still swear oaths promising they haven't dueled; the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have local roots and a worldwide reach; and our original host Byron Crawford tells a holiday fireside story.

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Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan's Louisville; U.S. Grant (Part 2) - S24 E16

The annual Living Archaeology Weekend turns Red River Gorge into Kentucky's most popular outdoor classroom; "Antiques Roadshow's" Wes Cowan reminisces his Louisville roots and a vintage life; and part two of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant's Kentucky connections tracks his rise as a general, beginning with his battles in the west.

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Conductor Amy Gillingham; Memory-Ray Harm Nature Paintings; Cedar Creek Lake; Madisonville Integration - S25 E9

At Northern Kentucky University, Conductor Amy Gillingham's instrument is the orchestra; Ray Harm's art reveals the beauty of the fur, fins, and feathers of Kentucky's wildlife; Doug and his brother try their luck angling for large-mouth bass in Kentucky's newest lake; and elementary school student James Van Leer was the first African American to desegregate Madisonville's schools.

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Bibb House Reunion; Memory-Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes; Moment-Clydesdales - S25 E10

The descendants of enslaved people and a slaveholder meet in Russellville; Memory - the Freedom Singers energized the Civil Rights movement; goats from Glasgow eat their way across Kentucky's landscapes; Louisville's Che Rhodes' passion and medium is glass; and a Kentucky Life Moment, the Budweiser Clydesdales visit My Old Kentucky Home in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-winning episode.

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Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton; Moment-Prohibitionist Mural - S25 E11

Restoring an African American schoolhouse in Bullitt County; Tom T. Hall shares his Kentucky roots in stories and songs; mutton fans flock to an Owensboro BBQ festival; and in a Kentucky Life Moment, a new mural gets painted in downtown Lexington.

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Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendover; Mary Ingles - S25 E12

Alice Allison Dunnigan was the first African American woman granted press credentials to the White House; in his first Kentucky Life story, Doug took a wild ride aboard a Rockin' Thunder Jet Boat; in Leslie County, Wendover was the home and heart of the Frontier Nursing Service; taken captive by the Shawnee, pioneer Mary Ingles braved the wilderness unarmed and on foot to return home in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-nominated segment.

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African-American Heritage Trail; Downtown Glasgow; U.S. Grant (Part 3) - S24 E17

Explore Lexington's history on the twelve stops along the African-American Heritage Trail; Doug explores downtown Glasgow, and the final part of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant picks up with his presidency and enduring significance to Kentucky and the nation.

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London Cycling; Dave's Memory-Fatherloss; Mays Lick Rosenwald School; Moment-Spring Beauty - S25 E13

Bicyclists enjoy the freewheelin' fun of the roads and trails in Kentucky's Cycling Capital in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-winning segment; Dave Shuffett learned life lessons after the death of his father; former students of a historic African American school in Mays Lick share their memories; and in a Kentucky Life Moment, a close-up view of some of Kentucky's woodland treasures.

  • Monday October 11, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Julia Chinn; Memory-Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd Lincoln - S25 E14

Kentucky Life remembers Julia Chinn, the common-law wife of a U.S. vice president in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-nominated segment; bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver reminisces about her Kentucky childhood; Louisville artist Enid Yandell broke the mold for women sculptors; presidential widow Mary Todd Lincoln struggled to prove her sanity.

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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the Votes for Women Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

At Shaker Village, a musician discovers an extraordinary family tie; a national trail honors Kentucky's leading suffragists; Marshall County's Hoop Fest is a highlight of the high school hardcourt season; Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe is honored in his hometown of Frankfort, and reflects on his childhood experiences.

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Women's History - S25 E16

Celebrate Women's History Month with a look at some of our recent stories about notable Kentucky women. Mary Todd Lincoln struggled to prove her sanity; Kentucky suffragettes fought for women's voting rights; Alice Allison Dunnigan was a pioneering journalist, and Kentucky folk artist Minnie Adkins is one of the most respected woodcarvers in the country.

  • Thursday October 14, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball - S25 E17

Kentucky ferries provide a graceful way to go back in time and enjoy the state's waterways; Doug recounts his visit to Idlewild in a Kentucky Life Memory; meet Sneakerheads in Kentucky who collect, sell, and customize their favorite shoes and have created a culture all their own. Kentucky Life Moment - pickleball at the Telford YMCA in Richmond.

  • Friday October 15, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen - S24 E18

World War II veterans board a flight honoring their service to our nation; Liberty may be home, but the Indianapolis Speedway is his heart - Bill Marvel has made a life in racing; and Elmer Lucille Allen is a pioneering scientist with artistic flair.

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Violins of Hope; Memory-Kentucky in Africa; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem - S25 E18

Kentucky Life visits a special exhibit at the Frazier Museum, Violins of Hope, a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-winning segment; a Kentucky Life Memory looks back at Alfred Russell's experiences in Liberia; the story of Dr. Ephraim McDowell and his most famous patient - Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford, who traveled alone on horseback to have an abdominal tumor removed; and the 100-year history of the infamous USS Sachem that now sits in ruins in a creek in Boone County, Kentucky.

  • Monday October 18, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville's Old Fashioned; Kentucky Springseat Saddle; Memory-Mountain Pleasure Horses; Secretariat Statue - S25 E19

Learn how the iconic Old Fashioned became Louisville's official cocktail; the Kentucky Springseat Saddle, created by Eugene Minihan from Owingsville in the late 1880s, prized by horsemen and sought after by collectors, was designated the official saddle of Kentucky in 2019; a Kentucky Life Memory showcases Mountain Pleasure horses; and a statue of Triple Crown winner Secretariat is unveiled along the Lexington-Frankfort Scenic Corridor, giving Lexingtonians and visitors an impressive 360-degree view of Big Red.

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Music on Call; Memory-Magee's Transparent Pie; Vent Haven Museum; Camp Shakespeare - S25 E20

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra's program, Music on Call, offers women detainees at the Daviess County Detention Center hope through music; the sweet smell of Magee's Bakery Transparent Pie is a Kentucky Life Memory; Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell houses a collection of more than 900 ventriloquist figures from twenty countries and other memorabilia; Camp Shakespeare offers kids and young adults ages 4-18 the opportunity to explore the theatre arts through imaginative play, visual arts, storytelling, and more.

  • Wednesday October 20, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Paris Fire Department; Memory-Agate Hunting; Artist Jonathan Queen; Florence Y'all - S25 E21

Learn the history of one of the oldest fire departments in Kentucky - the Paris Fire Department, established in 1874; Dave Shuffett and his dog Charlie go agate hunting in a Kentucky Life Memory; artist Jonathan Queen uses classic toys as metaphors for complex themes in his paintings and murals; learn the backstory of Florence, Kentucky's water tower with the famous slogan.

  • Thursday October 21, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Russell Fork Rafting; UK's Digital Restoration Initiative; Memory-Breaks Interstate Park; Bowling Green Youth Orchestra - S25 E22

A culture of respect for the Russell Fork River keeps adventure seekers and families coming back; we visit the Digital Restoration Initiative at the University of Kentucky, where researchers and students use cutting-edge technology to "virtually unwrap" ancient scrolls and texts; look back at the Breaks Interstate Park in a Kentucky Life Memory. Kentucky Life Moment - Bowling Green Youth Orchestra plays music from all genres.

  • Friday October 22, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave talks about his incredible career; kids in need in Central Kentucky celebrate their birthdays with the help of Sweet Blessings; the American dream of home ownership comes true through the work of HOMES Inc. in Whitesburg.

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Indoor Rock Climbing; Memory-Dwight Yoakam;Chained Rock; Dafford River Murals; Maysville Murals - S25 E23

We visit Vertical Excape in Bowling Green to experience one of the fastest-growing sports in Kentucky and the world; country singer Dwight Yoakam talks about his Kentucky roots in this Kentucky Life Memory; Chained Rock has been overlooking the city of Pineville for more than 80 years; Louisiana artist Robert Dafford has turned mundane floodwalls into works of art in Paducah and Covington in this 2021 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-nominated segment. Kentucky Life Moment - the Dafford murals in Maysville.

  • Monday October 25, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Arts

We revisit some of Doug's favorite segments showcasing Kentucky artists and artisans including, internationally acclaimed folk artist Minnie Adkins, the paintings of Thomas Noble, guitar maker Neil Kendrick, and dulcimer maker Warren May.

  • Tuesday October 26, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Historical Figures

Look back at famous people in Kentucky's history. The mystery of Daniel Boone's bones; visit a museum that honors surgeon Dr. Ephraim McDowell and his most courageous patient, Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford; and Civil War Gen. John Hunt Morgan remains controversial over 150 years after his death.

  • Wednesday October 27, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Music

We celebrate Kentucky's musical heritage by visiting a town that's home to the legendary Bill Monroe and birthplace of bluegrass music; sit down with the queen of country music, Loretta Lynn; learn about The Hilltoppers' rise to fame, and listen to Louisville jazz musician Harry Pickens.

  • Thursday October 28, 2021 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Food

Come to the table as we explore Kentucky's best dishes. Fans of barbequed mutton flock to a festival in Owensboro, diners get meals on the move from Louisville's food trucks, the famous dish created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, and Appalachian spoonbread will melt in your mouth.

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Elijah Craig; Mill Creek Lake; Hurricane Mine Disaster; Artist Vian Sora; Ducks - S25 E3

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends, Old Foes; Louisville Select Boxing; Newport Aquarium - S25 E2

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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

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Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen - S24 E18

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African-American Heritage Trail; Downtown Glasgow; U.S. Grant (Part 3) - S24 E17

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Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan's Louisville; U.S. Grant (Part 2) - S24 E16

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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren - S24 E12

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley - S24 E11

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

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Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton; Moment-Prohibitionist Mural - S25 E11

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin - S24 E10

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Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village - S24 E2

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Season 26 Episodes

Host Special

S26 E7 Length 27:13 Premiere Date 2.13.21

Bourbon and Horses

S26 E6 Length 27:11 Premiere Date 2.6.21

Great Outdoors

S26 E5 Length 26:46 Premiere Date 1.30.21

Food

S26 E4 Length 26:53 Premiere Date 1.23.21

Music

S26 E3 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 1.16.21

Historical Figures

S26 E2 Length 27:29 Premiere Date 1.9.21

Kentucky Life: Arts

S26 E1 Length 26:48 Premiere Date 1.2.21

Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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