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Bibb House Reunion; Freedom Singers; Ché Rhodes; Goatscaping

The descendants of slaves 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 Ché Rhodes' passion and medium is glass; and a Kentucky Life Moment, the Budweiser Clydesdales visit My Old Kentucky Home.
Season 25 Episode 10 Length 27:00 Premiere: 01/18/20

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Kentucky Life features our state's great diversity with stories of its people, places and ideas. Since 1995, Kentucky Life's focus has always been to help Kentuckians celebrate unique and regional people and cultures and present stories capturing the history and heritage of Kentucky.


Chip Polston

Welcome Our New Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston will begin his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.


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Bibb House Museum Reunion

Russellville is home to the SEEK Museum at Bibb House, a museum that chronicles, as the acronym reflects, Struggles for Emancipation and Equality in Kentucky. The Bibb House itself is an artifact of America’s history of slavery.

“Even though it’s a beautiful home, has interesting architecture, had some nice furnishings, those things are so minimal compared to the real story of what happened here,” says Gran Clark of Historic Russellville, Inc. “That was the story of enslavement and emancipation.”

Learn more about the Bibb House and watch the video.

The Freedom Singers

In 1995, Kentucky Life met The Freedom Singers, a group that started during the 1960s civil rights movement and continued to perform and educate audiences for decades.

“What we wanted people to know was what was really going down in the nitty-gritty, everyday work in the south,” says Charles Neblett of The Freedom Singers. “You had local leaders who would get shot and killed, jailed, maimed, and the news media just didn’t pick that up. So we were kind of like a traveling newspaper.”

Read more about the Freedom Singers and watch the video.

Glass Artist Ché Rhodes

At the University of Louisville, art students can learn to work in the medium of glass thanks in large part to artist Ché Rhodes.

“I think with Ché and other [glass] artists working today, particularly the ones that he is teaching, they’re giving glass as a material the kind of visibility,” says Scott Erbes, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. “They’re showing its expressive potential, just as much as painting or video art or performance art. And to actually watch a glass artist work is essentially performance art.”

Continue reading about Ché Rhodes and watch the video.

Goatscaping

Al Dilley’s goats appear to have a life of leisure, spending their days chowing down on their favorite forages. But those goats are actually hard at work, keeping overgrowth and invasive plant species in check.

“I teach school part-time, and in the summertime I’m a shepherd,” says Dilley, owner of Glasgow, Kentucky-based Goat Browsers. “We lease goats to properties where heavy equipment and herbicides can’t be used. It’s another tool available to land manage and for land owners to do it a little bit more environmentally friendly on their property.”

Learn more about goatscaping and watch the video.

Season 25 Episodes

Indoor Rock Climbing; Chained Rock; Dafford Murals

S25 E23 Length 27:28 Premiere Date 08/15/20

Russell Fork Rafting; UK's Digital Restoration; and more!

S25 E22 Length 25:57 Premiere Date 08/08/20

Paris Fire Department; Jonathan Queen; Florence Y’all

S25 E21 Length 26:37 Premiere Date 08/01/20

Music on Call; Vent Haven; Camp Shakespeare

S25 E20 Length 26:11 Premiere Date 07/25/20

Old Fashioned; Eugene Minihan Saddles; Secretariat Statue

S25 E19 Length 28:32 Premiere Date 07/18/20

Violins of Hope; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem

S25 E18 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 07/11/20

Kentucky Ferries; Idlewild Memory; Sneaker Culture

S25 E17 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 04/11/20

Celebrate Women's History Month

S25 E16 Length 25:26 Premiere Date 03/14/20

Shaker Village Music; Votes for Women Trail; George C. Wolfe

S25 E15 Length 26:18 Premiere Date 02/22/20

Julia Chinn; Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd

S25 E14 Length 27:10 Premiere Date 02/15/20

London Cycling; Fatherloss; May's Lick Rosenwald School

S25 E13 Length 25:32 Premiere Date 02/08/20

Alice Allison Dunnigan; Wendover; Mary Ingles

S25 E12 Length 26:56 Premiere Date 02/01/20

Bowman’s Valley School; Tom T. Hall Memory; Mutton Festival

S25 E11 Length 23:46 Premiere Date 01/25/20

Bibb House Reunion; Freedom Singers; Ché Rhodes; Goatscaping

S25 E10 Length 27:00 Premiere Date 01/18/20

Amy Gillingham; Ray Harm; Fishing with Doug; James Van Leer

S25 E9 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 01/11/20

Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity

S25 E8 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 11/23/19

Kids Quilting; Bengals Training; Navajo Flute; Game Designer

S25 E7 Length 27:25 Premiere Date 11/17/19

Camp Nelson; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Building

S25 E6 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 11/09/19

Famous Graves; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green Men

S25 E4 Length 25:27 Premiere Date 10/26/19

Elijah Craig; Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster; Vian Sora

S25 E3 Length 26:17 Premiere Date 10/19/19

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends; Louisville Boxing

S25 E2 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 10/12/19

Paws on Patrol; Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown

S25 E1 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 10/05/19

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Packhorse Library; Fall Traditions in Nancy; Robert Beatty; Beaver Dam Amphitheater

During the Great Depression, a group of women riding horses and mules brought books to the people of Appalachia; two local farms provide classic Fall activities in the small town of Nancy; Lexington artist Robert Beatty is one of the most recognizable creators of modern album artwork; Beaver Dam in Ohio County is making a big name for itself as a Kentucky concert destination.

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Women's History

Premiered On: 03/14/2020

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.

  • Tuesday January 31, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball

Premiered On: 04/11/2020

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.

  • Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Violins of Hope; Memory-Kentucky in Africa; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem

Premiered On: 07/11/2020

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.

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Louisville's Old Fashioned; Kentucky Springseat Saddle; Memory-Mountain Pleasure Horses; Secretariat Statue

Premiered On: 07/18/2020

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.

  • Friday February 3, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Hillbilly Days; Stitching the S.E.L.F.; Kentucky's Stonehenge; Friends of Eastern Cemetery

Every April, Pikeville hosts the Hillbilly Days festival, three days of food, fun, and hillbilly spirit; Lexington students get first-hand experience in the world of fashion; the late artist Chester Fryer created Kentucky Stonehenge in Munfordville; Friends of Eastern Cemetery in Louisville is helping to restore the most over-buried cemetery in the U.S.

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

Premiered On: 07/25/2020

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.

  • Monday February 6, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Paris Fire Department; Memory-Agate Hunting; Artist Jonathan Queen; Florence Y'all

Premiered On: 08/01/2020

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.

  • Tuesday February 7, 2023 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

Premiered On: 08/08/2020

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.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Indoor Rock Climbing; Memory-Dwight Yoakam;Chained Rock; Dafford River Murals; Maysville Murals

Premiered On: 08/15/2020

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.

  • Thursday February 9, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Arts

Premiered On: 01/02/2021

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.

  • Friday February 10, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Bluegrass Barons Vintage Baseball; Casey Jones Distillery; Highland Renaissance Festival; Lemonjuice McGee's Comic Cavalcade

Our friend Doug Flynn learns about the Bluegrass Barons and vintage baseball; Casey Jones Distillery in Hopkinsville specializes in moonshine; hosted by the Kentucky Renaissance Faire, the Highland Renaissance Festival in Eminence is an annual tradition; Lemonjuice McGee's Comic Cavalcade in Somerset is home to a wide selection of toys, comic books and more.

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Kentucky Life: Historical Figures

Premiered On: 01/09/2021

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.

  • Monday February 13, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Music

Premiered On: 01/16/2021

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.

  • Tuesday February 14, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Food

Premiered On: 01/23/2021

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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Kentucky Life: Great Outdoors

Premiered On: 01/30/2021

Explore Kentucky's great outdoors as we ride the rapids of the Russell Fork River; watch the sandhill cranes as they arrive at Barren River Lake; experience nature in Dawson Springs; and capture the dream shot of the moonbow at Cumberland Falls.

  • Thursday February 16, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Life: Bourbon and Horses

Premiered On: 02/06/2021

We revisit stories on how African American winning jockeys dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby; legendary distiller Elijah Craig; the mystery of white thoroughbreds; and Louisville's famous cocktail, the Old Fashioned.

  • Friday February 17, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cove Haven Cemetery; Huntertown; Julia Perry; Western Library

Cove Haven Cemetery has served the Black community of Central Kentucky since 1907; the rich history of Huntertown, established in 1871 as an African American free town in Versailles; musician Julia Perry and her association with the Lexington Philharmonic; the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library system was the first library in the nation staffed by, and intended for, African Americans.

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Kentucky Life: Host Special

Premiered On: 02/13/2021

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.

  • Monday February 20, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Spirit Nest; Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery; Appalachian Horse Project; Sassafras Tree

Explore artist Jayson Fann's repurposed wood sculpture "Spirit Nest" at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; famous works by Kentucky writer Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington, built by the African-American community in the early 1900s; the Appalachian Horse Project in Jackson cares for free-roaming horses; and the world's tallest Sassafras Tree in Owensboro.

  • Tuesday February 21, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Tambour Beading; Soap Box Derby; Huntertown; Somernites Cruise; Triangular Jog

Bob Haven of Lexington is known worldwide in the fashion industry for his Tambour beading; soap box derby racing is thriving in western Kentucky; the rich history of Huntertown community in Versailles; Somernites Cruise is a car enthusiast's dream in Somerset; the unusual history of the Triangular Jog that borders Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Wednesday February 22, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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The Brick at Red River Gorge; Turtle Farm Pottery; Louisville Miniature Club; The Void; Irene Dunne

Visit The Brick, an ice cream, coffee, and pottery shop located at Red River Gorge; meet the artists at Turtle Farm Pottery; enthusiasts have an obsession for the very small at Louisville Miniature Club; a sake brewer in Lexington is introducing the drink to Kentucky; Louisville-born actress Irene Dunne earned the nickname The First Lady of Hollywood.

  • Thursday February 23, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Waveland History; Post-It Picasso; Miner's Songs; Wylie Caudill

Learn the history of the 19th century Greek Revival mansion Waveland, now a state landmark; a Letcher County teacher is posting colorful murals with an unusual medium; the 1931 song by Florence Reece that became an anthem for the union miners' cause during the Harlan County Wars; and the bright murals of artist and Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill.

  • Friday February 24, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cora Wilson Stewart Moonlight Schools; Jonesville Mural; Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites; Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland

Started in Rowan County in 1911, Cora Wilson Stewart thought up the idea of Moonlight Schools to combat adult illiteracy; a Buon fresco mural honors the once thriving African American community of Jonesville in Bowling Green; first-generation Sri Lankan-American Sam Fore recounts her journey starting a small pop-up restaurant in Lexington; the unique Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland in Calvert City.

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Lexington Camera Club; Maynard Blacksmiths; Charles Williams; Maurice Manning

After a long hiatus, the Lexington Camera Club has reinvented itself with new collaborations; artist-blacksmiths Matthew and Karine Maynard are blurring the lines between function and sculpture; artist Charles Williams inspired the founding of Moveable Feast in Lexington; meet Kentucky writer Maurice Manning.

  • Monday February 27, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Purrfect Day Cat Cafe; Elk Population; Restoration at Aviation Museum of Kentucky; AppHarvest

Purrfect Day Cafe provides a unique way of finding new homes for cats; after 25 years of restoration efforts, Kentucky's elk population is thriving; volunteers at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky restore aircraft and other aviation artifacts with a combination of research and dedication; AppHarvest seeks to provide quality jobs by growing tomatoes in Appalachia.

  • Tuesday February 28, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Julia Perry; Morehead Space Science; Quilts of Valor; Hickory & Oak; Raceland

Learning about composer Julia Perry's life and work with the Lexington Philharmonic; NASA's Lunar IceCube satellite was developed and built at Morehead State University; honoring military veterans with handmade quilts; bringing Appalachian-inspired dishes to Bowling Green; remembering a Kentucky racetrack nearly 100 years later.

  • Wednesday March 1, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Grayson Jenkins; Frankie's Corner; Patricia Neal; Western Library; Virginia Movie Theater

Musician Grayson Jenkins talks about growing up in Muhlenberg County; Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade introduces youth to the equestrian world; the career of Oscar-winning and Kentucky-born actress Patricia Neal; the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library was the first public library built for and staffed by African Americans; The Virginia Theatre in downtown Somerset.

  • Thursday March 2, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Bardstown/Kenton Co. Markers/Doc Shuffett/Kathleen O'Brien

Premiered On: 10/05/2013

The new season begins with a visit to Bardstown, voted The Most Beautiful Small Town in America in 2012; historic markers point out Kenton County homes with presidential connections; meet Doc Shuffett, Dave's cousin, a nonagenarian physician; and artist Kathleen O'Brien creates mixed media watercolor collages inspired by nature.

  • Friday March 3, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the "Votes for Women" Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

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Packhorse Library; Fall Traditions in Nancy; Robert Beatty; Beaver Dam Amphitheater - S28 E2

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Julia Chinn; Memory-Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd Lincoln - S25 E14

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

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

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

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Pioneer Playhouse; Mountain Sports Hall of Fame - Wayland Gym; Saints of Louisville; Plant-Based Lexington - S28 E1

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

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

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

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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

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Hopkinsville Eclipse; Eclipse at Franklin; Man o' War Anniversary; Lost John - S23 E2

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

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Haven Gillespie; Pasta Garage; Lexington Comic Con; Arson Dogs - S22 E12

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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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Idlewild Butterfly Farm; State Fair; Dan MacPhail Antlers; One Fateful Pitch - S23 E1

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

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Louisville Zoo - Part 3; Kentucky Postcards; Rhonda McEnroe - S22 E11

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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

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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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George Washington Land; Carter G. Woodson Center; Louisville Zoo - Part 2; Hickman Riverport and Ferry - S22 E10

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine - S22 E9

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Hosts

Our New Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston will begin his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.

Doug Flynn, Host for Seasons 21 – 27

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 Kentucky Life 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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