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Good Works in Kentucky

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, Kentucky Life visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins, Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson, volunteers keep Kentucky's State Nature Preserves in fine form, and Danville's Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant.
Season 22 Episode 6 Length 26:08 Premiere: 11/12/16

Good Works in the Commonwealth

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, Kentucky Life visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins. Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson; volunteers keep Kentucky’s State Nature Preserves in fine form; and Danville’s Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents.

 

 
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in fall 2016. Forty years ago, she came to Jenkins in Letcher County to establish a convent of the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity.

“The benefits that the Missionaries of Charity provide in Eastern Kentucky are what you might call largely intangible benefits,” said Sister Dominga. “Being known, being loved, being there for somebody. Those things are very important.”

Catholic clergy take three vows: of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The Missionaries of Charity take a fourth vow, Sister Dominga said: “Wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor. We do not accept payment for any of our services. We don’t accept government grants or regular sources of income. We depend completely on divine providence.” The sisters help with food distribution and help people with material needs as much as they can.

On a trip to the United States, Mother Teresa learned that there was need in Appalachia, and met with the bishop of Covington. “She was captivated by Jenkins and immediately wanted to come here,” Sister Dominga said.

The Jenkins house opened on April 30, 1982, with four nuns: two from India, one from Singapore, and one from Pennsylvania. The sisters began visiting to see what the needs of the neighborhood were. “It had been a mining town, and it wasn’t anymore. There were a lot of people without work. A lot of old people left alone. A difficult rural poverty, different from the cities,” said Sister Dominga.

Many of the people don’t have enough food or the means to repair their houses. “Old people have been left alone while young people go and find work in the cities,” she said. In addition, some of the young people who remain get into drugs and crime. “And so it is the same thing. A painful feeling of being completely unwanted and useless,” Sister Dominga said.

The convent (which still consists of four nuns) does not merely hand out help to those who come to them, the sister said, but instead the sisters visit the needy in their own homes to get to know them and understand their needs. The local residents make the sisters feel like they are part of a family, she said. “We looked a little strange when we arrived in Kentucky in these clothes (saris) which are straight out of India. But after a while, we’re normal for them,” she said with a chuckle.

Grace Café
The Grace Café in Danville is a different kind of restaurant. “We don’t have prices. We have suggested donations,” said Rochelle Bayless, executive director.

Grace Café is nonprofit, community restaurant that offers locally sourced food and homemade meals. “You can pay what you can. You name your price. Or anybody can volunteer for 30 minutes in exchange for a meal,” she said.

The concept behind the restaurant is to give people a hand up, Bayless said. People who can afford it are encouraged to “pay it forward,” donating money to buy meals for those who cannot afford it. “We want people to participate in our mission,” said Bayless. “We want the community to participate.”

Typically, the café offers a choice of two soups, two salads, and two sandwiches. They do an entrée on Saturday night and brunch items on Sunday. The menu changes daily. The café might have chili made with locally raised beef, or local kale and peppers. The restaurant grows its own basil and oregano out front. “Everything is made from scratch,” Bayless said.

Bayless credits her staff, including Chef Grant Neff, for the café’s success. The café is open seven days a week. The goal is that no one in the community goes hungry, Bayless said. Donations, which are placed in the entrance hole of a decorative birdhouse in the cafe, are anonymous. The café also accepts debit and credit cards for donations. “We hope our birdhouse is filled every day,” she said.

Nature Preserve Volunteers
Kentucky’s State Nature Preserves are kept in fine form thanks to an army of volunteers. These protected natural areas now number 63 properties across the state, covering 28,000 acres in total. They are protected by law for educational and scientific purposes.

Most are open to the public throughout the year for hiking, bird watching, photography, and nature study. The system relies heavily on volunteers for maintenance of the properties.

“I’ve gotten to know a lot of wonderful people who’ve given wholeheartedly of themselves, their money, and their time even, to help us with projects on the preserves,” said Joyce Bender, acting director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.

Work done by volunteers includes maintaining trails, stocking pamphlets so visitors have information and maps, and securing boundaries.

At Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve in Powell County, volunteer Kyle Elliott and Bender replaced boards on a foot bridge. Elliott lives nearby. “It’s about a 20-minute drive for me,” he said. “I thought I’d like to get out in the woods and do something.” He heard about the volunteer program and signed up. People of all ages enjoy the preserve. “And of course the reward every time you hike to the top of Pilot Knob is the view,” Bender said.

Some volunteers pursue personal interests while checking on the property. Volunteer Jim Allen photographs butterflies while visiting Quiet Trails State Nature Preserve, located along the Licking River in Harrison County. “Call it enlightened self-interest,” Allen said. “I’ve always found my spiritual needs fulfilled by being out in the woods, being out in the peace and quiet of nature. So yes, it’s not only a privilege to come out and look over this great place, but it’s also a pleasure.”

Not all nature preserves are pristine areas without human contact. Quiet Trails was an old farm purchased by Bill Wiglesworth, who made it into a private nature sanctuary before he and his wife donated it to the state. Allen said such places offer insects, birds, and mammals a place to be free of pesticides and herbicides.

The volunteers are unsung heroes, said Bender. “They come out here without a lot of attention from us. They’re doing this work because they get something out of it, but they’re giving so much too.”

Misfit Island
Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center in Henderson has been operating since 2011 on 500 acres in Henderson. It was founded by Linda Williams and Max Soaper.

“We take care of injured deer; we also take in pigs, ducks, geese, rabbits, squirrels, bobcats,” Linda Williams, wildlife rehabilitator at Misfit Island. “Minks, otters, beavers, all kinds of waterfowl. Whatever animal God has ready for us, we take in.”

The rescue center is so named because it takes in animals not wanted otherwise. “We take in not only the injured animals that can be released back into the wild, but we also take in the disabled animals that normally would be euthanized,” Williams said. “And we work really hard to heal them and rehabilitate them. And we give them a safe haven.”

The property has been in the Soaper family since 1834, said Soaper. Misfit Island has been featured on “Bandit Patrol,” a reality series on the National Geographic channel.

The number of animals taken in by Misfit Island any given year runs into the hundreds: in 2015, they took in a total of 673 animals. Some of those animals, like birds of prey, went on to other specialized rehab centers.

Williams said only the severely injured animals are released at Misfit Island. How far will she drive to get an animal in need? “I will drive about three hours,” she said. “Deer, raccoon, skunks, and beavers are my specialty.”

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Season 22 Episodes

Exploring the Louisville Zoo

S22 E20 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 06/24/17

Beverly Hills Supper Club; Valhalla Golf Course; Lynch

S22 E19 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 05/27/17

Devou Park; Big South Fork; Racehorse Lexington

S22 E18 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 05/20/17

Midwives; Sports Radio; Rowan Co. Broadcasters

S22 E17 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 05/13/17

Audubon SP; Taylorsville; Constitution Square; Joe Downing

S22 E16 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 05/09/17

Miniature Horse; Farm Machinery; Kentucky's Anniversary

S22 E15 Length 26:43 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Winery Visit; Primate Rescue; Pianist Kory Caudill

S22 E14 Length 24:30 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Breweries; a Botanical Garden; Singer Kelsey Waldon

S22 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/17/17

Songwriting; Comic-Con; Bloodhounds

S22 E12 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 04/10/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Three, Old Postcards; Kentucky Wesleyan

S22 E11 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 02/25/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Two; Carter G. Woodson Center; Hickman

S22 E10 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 02/18/17

Louisville Zoo-Part One; Charles Young; Rosine

S22 E9 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 02/11/17

Alpacas; Rock Climbing; Kentucky By Design

S22 E8 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 02/04/17

Botherum House; Baker-Bird Winery; Minnie Adkins

S22 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11/19/16

Good Works in Kentucky

S22 E6 Length 26:08 Premiere Date 11/12/16

Celebrating Kentucky Veterans

S22 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/05/16

Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

S22 E4 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/22/16

KY Life Theme Song; Glema Mahr Center; Indigenous Life in KY

S22 E3 Length 25:24 Premiere Date 10/15/16

Maysville; Ceramics; Walt’s Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont

S22 E2 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/08/16

Speed and Gateway Museums; Lake Cumberland; Kenny’s Cheese

S22 E1 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 10/01/16

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Sculptor William M. Duffy; Lord of the Fork; Kentucky's Underground Railroad

Premiered On: 02/20/2016

Meet award-winning African-American sculptor William M. Duffy, a Louisville native, whose work is found in private, corporate, and public collections throughout the U.S.; experience the world famous, white water kayak competition, Lord of the Fork, at Breaks Interstate Park; and Boone County's integral role in Kentucky's Underground Railroad reveals stories of heroism and sacrifice. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

  • Thursday October 6, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick

Premiered On: 05/07/2016

Biochemist Lisa Senetar creates her eye-catching PhbeaD jewelry from insects, Kentucky Life talks with Doug about his baseball career and enduring love of the Cincinnati Reds, and Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars.

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SEKRI; Save A Warrior; Kentucky Museum; Haunted Louisville - Part 3

Premiered On: 02/27/2016

Doug visits the Corbin plant of SEKRI (Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries) and meets some of the employees with mental and physical challenges who produce textiles and clothing for the U.S. military; Doug goes to Save A Warrior in Versailles, an organization helping veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); on the campus of Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Museum is recognized for the quality and diversity of its collections and its commitment to the Bowling Green community; and more ghostly apparitions and ghastly tales from the haunted history of Old Louisville. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

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Loretta Lynn/Bluegrass Heritage Museum/Frankfort Ave./Little Pegasus Pastures

Premiered On: 10/03/2009

Meet Kentucky native and country music legend Loretta Lynn; a visit to the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in Winchester, where the history of Clark County is preserved; go shopping on Frankfort Ave. in downtown Louisville; and Little Pegasus Pastures is a miniature horse farm where the residents have big personalities. A 2009 KET production hosted by Dave Shuffett.

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David Domine and Old Louisville's Haunted Places

Premiered On: 10/29/2016

Ghost lights illuminate the history of Old Louisville this Halloween! Author David Domine and a host of historians and re-enactors visit Old Louisville's most haunted places, and shed light on hundreds of years of local history and lore.

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Eminence Speaker; Luthiers - Frank Neat; Tee Dee's Blues Club

Premiered On: 03/26/2016

Doug tours Eminence Speaker in Henry County; in our first on a series of luthiers, we visit Frank Neat of Russell Springs who specializes in banjos and has made banjos for many famous musicians; and Tee Dee's Blues Club takes the spotlight in Lexington.

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Firefighter Family; Mennonite Knife Maker; Striper Fishing

Premiered On: 05/14/2016

It's a family effort for Greenup County's Oldtown Volunteer Fire Department, Doug visits the Mennonite community near Scottsville and meets custom knife maker Sam Stoner, and Lake Cumberland's Stripertime puts Doug's angler reputation to the test.

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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork

Premiered On: 04/02/2016

Mammoth Cave celebrates its 75th anniversary as a National Park and its 200th anniversary of guided cave tours; Doug visits the Life Adventure Center and learns about their Vaulting program, best described as gymnastics on the back of a moving horse; and the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville is breaking new ground as one of the largest and most ambitious urban parks in the nation.

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson

Premiered On: 04/16/2016

The couple behind Berea's Weavers Bottom Craft Studio create textiles, cornshuck dolls, and Minecraft worlds of outstanding beauty; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills; and photographer David Stephenson breeds, raises, and races pedigreed pigeons in Lexington.

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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp

Premiered On: 04/23/2016

Lt. John Crittenden's watch survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn though he did not and now The Crittenden watch resides at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort; the Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead keeps anglers happy; Home Cafe & Marketplace in Bowling Green specializes in pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts; and mathematician Elwyn Berlekamp launched his Fort Thomas high school education into a place at MIT, the Digital Revolution, and the stars.

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Baby Animals at Cincinnati Zoo; Swift Silver Mine; Horseshoeing School with Doug

Premiered On: 05/21/2016

Doug meets the cute and cuddly newest members at the Cincinnati Zoo, Kentucky Life explores the facts and fiction behind the legend of Swift's Silver Mine, and Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond takes Doug on as a new student.

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza

Premiered On: 04/30/2016

It's Derby time! Ken Grayson's extensive horseracing memorabilia collection goes back to the early days of Keeneland and Churchill Downs; former Triple Crown hopefuls share their home with the horses that spoiled their title hopes at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown; and artists of Gallopalooza create colorful images on fiberglass horse statues to encourage local exploration and civic pride.

  • Monday October 17, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant (Pt. 1)

Premiered On: 02/16/2019

Chart-topping band Exile hits the road performing their greatest hits, step into the extraordinary at Louisville's superhero-themed restaurant SuperChefs, and explore the history of Ulysses S. Grant and his Kentucky connections and inspirations in this first of a three-part series.

  • Monday October 17, 2022 7:00 pm ET on KET2
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Paducah Moonshine; Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Wald's Bicycles

Premiered On: 05/28/2016

The Moonshine Co. takes a family tradition of backcountry distilling to downtown Paducah, the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort honors those who gave their lives during this conflict in a profound way, and Maysville is the home of the Wald Cycle Company, a company with over a hundred years of ingenuity.

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Luthiers - Frank Neat, Bryan England, Neil Kendrick; Warren May

Premiered On: 09/24/2016

In this episode dedicated to Kentucky's stringed-instrument makers, Frank Neat of Russell Springs makes custom banjos for the likes of JD Crowe and "Call of the Wildman" personality Neal James; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills and custom inlay work; Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars, including one for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage; and host Doug Flynn visits with Berea-icon Warren May for a dulcimer sing-along.

  • Monday October 24, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin

Premiered On: 02/23/2019

Somerset rolls out the red carpet and puts their artists, musicians, and local brewery in the spotlight; the aluminum can in your fridge has a life cycle and migration you'll have to see to believe; and Brigid Kaelin brings Kentucky flair to an international audience through her Louisville roots.

  • Saturday October 15, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Speed Museum; Kentucky Gateway Museum Center; Lake Cumberland; Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

Premiered On: 10/01/2016

Kentucky Life begins its new season! Doug Flynn explores all the additions and changes to the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville showcases its citizens' pride in their community, Lake Cumberland is a popular tourist destination and an engineering marvel, and Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County is a model for the Kentucky Proud crowd.

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Silver Run Ceramics; Maysville; Walt's Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont State Park

Premiered On: 10/08/2016

Silver Run Ceramics in Boyd County combines the functional with the beautiful in their pottery, Doug Flynn basks in the scenic beauty and rich culture of Maysville, Walt's Hitching Post is an iconic Fort Wright restaurant, and Columbus Belmont State Park memorializes the site of a Civil War battle that marked the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

  • Wednesday October 26, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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New Theme Song - Kentucky Bound; Glema Mahr Center for the Arts; Fort Ancient Native Americans

Premiered On: 10/15/2016

Go into the recording studio with Doug Flynn and songwriter Greg Austin as "Kentucky Life" debuts its new theme song "Kentucky Bound", the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville showcases regionally and nationally known performers, and learn more about Native American life in northern Kentucky prior to Columbus.

  • Thursday October 27, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Josephine Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; The Hilltoppers

Premiered On: 10/22/2016

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921, and fans of the musical group The Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peek from "Kentucky Muse", debuting in October 2016.

  • Friday October 28, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren

Premiered On: 04/13/2019

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren.

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Flag Retirement; Willa Brown Chappell; Saddlemaker Pete Harry; EKU Veterans

Premiered On: 11/05/2016

This Veterans Day program looks at U.S. flags respectfully laid to rest by the Jeffersontown American Legion in one of the nation's largest flag retirement ceremonies; Willa Brown Chappell of Glasgow broke barriers as an African-American female pilot who trained Tuskegee Airmen; a veteran of Vietnam demonstrates his saddle-making skills in Christian County; and Doug visits Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to discover why this university is one of the top destinations for veterans.

  • Monday October 31, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley

Premiered On: 04/06/2019

Young at Heart's group of octogenarians keep the classics alive by performing throughout Central Kentucky, Maple Ridge Soaps in Bracken County makes soap the natural and 2800 B.C. way, and western Kentucky's The Savage Radley sing about small-town Kentucky life.

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Missionaries of Charity; Grace Cafe; KSNPC Volunteers; Misfit Island

Premiered On: 11/12/2016

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, "Kentucky Life" visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins; Danville's Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents; volunteers keep Kentucky's State Nature Preserves in fine form; and Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins

Premiered On: 11/19/2016

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta lays claim to the glory days of a historic Northern Kentucky winery, garden designer Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher share the history and beauty of their restored 19th century home in downtown Lexington, and "Kentucky Life" revisits with famed folk artist Minnie Adkins.

  • Wednesday November 2, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Eagle Bend Alpacas is home to 150 alpacas in Boone County, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton brings European climbing techniques to the Red River Gorge, and Kentucky By Design explores our state's arts and craft contributions to The Index of American Design.

  • Thursday November 3, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

In the first of a three-part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Kentucky is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

  • Friday November 4, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

  • Saturday November 5, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

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

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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

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

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

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Derby-Themed Program - S20 E16

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Outdoors-Themed Program - S20 E15

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

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Kentucky Mainstreet; Our Town-Booneville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Historical Marker; Maysville's Gateway Museum Center - S20 E14

  • Monday September 19, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Downtown Paducah; Today's Special - Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que; Aaron Kizer; Warren Co. Marker; The Historic Railpark and Trail Museum - S20 E13

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Eastern Kentucky PRIDE - S20 E12

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves - S20 E11

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard - S20 E10

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

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House - S20 E9

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC - S20 E8

  • Friday September 9, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jerry Bransford; Dr. Thomas Walker Markers; Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture; Harper's Country Hams - S20 E7

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Painter Steve White; Downtown Paris; The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast; 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry - S20 E6

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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

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

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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

  • Monday September 5, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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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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