Connections with Renee Shaw

Connections with Renee Shaw

Each week, host Renee Shaw and a variety of interesting and engaging people - including business leaders, entertainers, authors, celebrities, and more - explore a broad array of topics impacting Kentucky and the world.

All Past Episodes

Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton - "I Was Here" Project

27:40 | #1436

Renee speaks with Marjorie Guyon and Barry Darnell Burton of the "I Was Here" project, which combines poetry and portraits to create a memorial to those sold at one the largest slave auction sites in the United States - Cheapside - in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky.

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

26:55 | #1435

Renee speaks with Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller, co-chairs of the Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo, to discuss the upcoming conference that connects women and minorities to business opportunities through networking and informational workshops. Next, Wendy Kobler, executive director of the Bourbon on the Banks Festival, discusses the inaugural event taking place in Frankfort.

Filmmaker Lynn Novick

28:25 | #1433

Renee speaks with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick about the upcoming PBS documentary series College Behind Bars that explores the transformative power of higher education for the incarcerated.

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

27:35 | #1432

Renee speaks with Brent Hutchinson, executive director of the Hindman Settlement School that has a grade A track record in serving students with dyslexia and providing cultural enrichment and other educational programs and services in the region. Earlier this year, Mr. Hutchinson was named a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow that recognizes outstanding civic leaders. Renee also speaks with Christine Thompson, the first Latino woman elected to office in Kentucky. Thompson, a daughter of Mexican immigrants, was elected to the Livingston County School Board in western Kentucky.

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

26:30 | #1431

Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton discusses her activism in addressing youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

26:30 | #1429

Julie Cerel, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, talks about the rise in youth suicide and tools to help a person in crisis.

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

27:31 | #1428

Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children's Services talks about the organization's mission and services. Since 1869, Sunrise has helped Kentucky's children in crisis whether by abuse or neglect connect with families and services that help them overcome tragic and challenging circumstances.

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

28:11 | #1427

Renee speaks with Paintsville Independent Schools Superintendent David Gibson and Magoffin County Schools Superintendent Scott Helton, and Jeff Hawkins, executive director of Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, about improving education in rural eastern Kentucky.

Dayna Seelig

26:51 | #1426

Kentucky Spirited Chef, Dayna Seelig, discusses her new book Beyond the Glass: Bourbon Recipes from Horse Country, and how she's turning a family hobby of southern-style cooking into her next big adventure.

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

26:30 | #1425

Renee discusses voting rights reform initiatives with Joshua A. Douglas, University of Kentucky College of Law Professor and author of Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting.

Jay Box - KCTCS

26:30 | #1424

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is expanding access to educational opportunities and helping the state fill workforce shortages in key sectors of the economy. KCTCS President, Dr. Jay Box, discusses innovative programs and collaborations with industry to get more Kentuckians engaged in the workforce.

Colene Elridge

26:17 | #1423

Renee speaks with Colene Elridge, author and owner of Be More Consulting, who discusses her first book, Monday Morning Pep Talks and how she's helping people to be the best versions of themselves.

Criminal Justice Reform - FIRST STEP Act

27:42 | #1422

Renee welcomes Matthew Charles, former felon and prison reform advocate, and Holly Harris, executive director of the Justice Action Network, to discuss criminal justice reform and the FIRST STEP Act.

Cheryl A. Oldham

26:36 | #1421

Renee speaks with Cheryl A. Oldham, vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and senior vice president of the education and workforce program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, about workforce development.

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

16:45 | #1420

Renee speaks with Linda Hampton, executive director of the Governor's Office of Early Childhood. They discuss a more than $10.5 million grant that Kentucky recently received to address early learning needs of the state's children. Hampton also offers advice for parents seeking a daycare that provides quality early learning curriculum.

Donald Mason

26:32 | #1419

Renee Shaw speaks with Donald Mason, executive director of Lexington's Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Mason discusses the Lyric's rich history and importance to the city's African American community and how its mission has evolved since it reopened in 2010.

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

28:50 | #1418

Renee Shaw speaks with Sharon Price and Melissa Tibbs from the Community Action Council in central Kentucky about early childhood development. They discuss the Community Action Council's role in helping low-income families and their plans to use a multi-million dollar grant to expand their Head Start programs as well as other offerings, such as family literacy. Next, Renee speaks with Alice Nelson with First 5 Lex - Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten, that was developed by Fayette County Public Schools in partnership with early childhood professionals in response to concerns about school readiness.

Seamus Carey

26:55 | #1417

Renee speaks with Dr. Seamus Carey, president of Transylvania University, about the school's history and mission and the value of a liberal arts education.

Michael Benson

27:30 | #1416

Dr. Michael Benson, president of Eastern Kentucky University, discusses the budgetary challenges the university has faced and his new book College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy.

Aaron Thompson

28:11 | #1415

Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, discusses the challenges facing higher education, his priorities for the agency that include closing achievement gaps, collaborating with business groups to attract and retain skilled workers, communicating the value of higher education, and engaging adults in earning a credential or certificate.

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

28:55 | #1413

On this edition, celebrate the bicentennial birthday of Mary Todd Lincoln. Recorded at her childhood home in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, Renee speaks with Gwen Thompson, executive director the Mary Todd Lincoln House and history advocate Stuart Sanders with the Kentucky Historical Society. They discuss the Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour that spotlights 14 historic sites from Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln's time in the city.

Youth Suicide

29:20 | #1412

Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education and prevention of youth suicide which is the second leading cause of death for youth age 10-24. Guests include Dr. Hatim Omar, M.D., chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Kentucky; Melinda Moore, an Eastern Kentucky University psychology professor; and Molly and Michelle Jones who lost a loved one to suicide.

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

28:20 | #1411

Renee speaks with Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale about Operation Parent, a parent-driven organization providing comprehensive resources and services that address today's toughest youth issues. The group helps parents address nearly 40 issues including mental health and wellness, relationships, and high-risk behaviors like drugs and alcohol.

M. Christopher Brown II

28:00 | #1410

Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, discusses his vision for the historically black college and improving retention and graduation rates.

Frank Harris

26:30 | #1409

Renee speaks with Frank Harris, Kentucky's 6th Congressional District Libertarian Party nominee, about the economy, health care, legalization of marijuana, reducing the national debt, and more.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

26:30 | #1408

Renee speaks with Congressman Andy Barr who has served Kentucky's 6th Congressional District since January 2013. They discuss his record in supporting the federal tax cut package, reducing mandatory government spending on certain government programs, tariffs, healthcare, and more.

Amy McGrath

29:00 | #1407

Renee speaks with Ret. Lt. Col. Amy McGrath, Kentucky's 6th Congressional District Democratic candidate, about what prompted her to run against three-term Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. They discuss the surge of female veterans running for office and what McGrath's fighter pilot military background brings to the political arena; her fundraising; and her views on issues including health care, abortion, immigration, and more.

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

28:45 | #1406

Renee speaks with Dr. Kevin Chapman, a licensed clinical psychologist from Louisville who specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders, about youth mental health issues.

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

26:01 | #1405

Renee speaks with Carol Cecil, executive director of the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children, a statewide support, training, and advocacy group that works with families and caregivers of children with behavioral health challenges. Also, Resa Gonzalez talks candidly about her son Shawn's trials with depression, bipolar disorder, and a form of autism, and how he's now thriving and helping others.

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

28:55 | #1404

Renee speaks with Dr. Joe Bargione, a retired school psychologist with Jefferson County Public Schools, about toxic stress, trauma, suicide prevention, and other youth mental health issues. He is part of a school safety working group joining Kentucky legislators and other advocates.

WKU President Timothy Caboni

28:38 | #1403

Dr. Timothy Caboni, president of Western Kentucky University, talks about his freshman year as the 10th president of WKU, as well as goals and challenges for the institution.

UofL President Neeli Bendapudi

28:45 | #1402

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville, discusses student engagement; rebuilding confidence and trust in the institution; and UofL being a place to learn, work, and invest.

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health and Wellness

28:01 | #1343

Renee speaks with Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Timmerman discusses her organization's work to help those suffering from mental illness find effective treatment.

Tiffany Manuel - Affordable Housing

26:30 | #1342

Renee's guest is Dr. Tiffany Manuel, vice president of knowledge, impact, and strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., where she drives the collection and dissemination of data and information from within Enterprise and across the affordable housing industry through innovative solutions. She discusses affordable housing.

Jessica Dueñas - 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

28:50 | #1341

Renee speaks with Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, who is a special education teacher and will be among the founding educators at the new W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Jefferson County. She also writes about education issues as a contributor to the Courier Journal.

Terry Brooks - Kentucky Youth Advocates

28:45 | #1337

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

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

28:05 | #1336

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

Tiffany Webb - Voice of the Epilepsies

28:00 | #1335

Renee speaks with filmmaker Tiffany Webb, whose latest documentary, Voice of the Epilepsies airing on KET, chronicles the story of a young girl living with epilepsy and her family's determination to treat the seizure disorder. Webb also discusses her own experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy.

Cherise Fanno Burdeen

28:30 | #1334

Renee's guest is Cherise Fanno Burdeen, CEO of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI). Burdeen talks about her organization's mission to reduce incarceration rates and their efforts to reform the bail system.

Jay Box - Kentucky Community and Technical College

28:00 | #1333

Dr. Jay Box, president of KCTCS (Kentucky Community and Technical College), talks about the agency's outreach efforts to Kentucky's adult population without a GED and other groups currently not engaged in the workforce. He also reviews the success of the Kentucky FAME program, a statewide partnership with companies to close the jobs skills or talent gap, and the growing popularity of the dual credit courses, which are college-level classes that simultaneously earn both high school and college credit that count toward a postsecondary degree/credential and high school diploma.

Interim Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis

28:01 | #1332

Interim Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis discusses his recommendation for state management of the Jefferson County Public Schools, the conditions that led to his determination of that recommendation, public charter schools, and the controversy engulfing the county's Head Start program.

Bob King - Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

28:00 | #1331

Renee speaks with Dr. Bob King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. King, who is nearing retirement, discusses his tenure with the Council and about Kentucky's long-term goals and challenges in higher education.

Rachel Childress - Lexington Habitat for Humanity

26:30 | #1330

Renee sits down with Rachel Childress, CEO of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, to discuss the 30th anniversary of the Lexington Habitat chapter and how the organization is providing hopes and dreams to Central Kentucky families.

2018 Kentucky Primary Races

29:50 | #1329

Renee and Ronnie Ellis with CNHI News Service run down the key state legislative races in this year's primary contest, the top-tier candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District, the impact of recent educator activism in response to pension legislation and education funding, and more.

Dr. Donna Grigsby

28:01 | #1328

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.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

28:00 | #1327

Renee speaks with Taryn Henning and Jennifer Johnson with the Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass (formerly Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center) about sexual assault awareness and prevention. Started by volunteers, the organization has grown into a full staff committed to providing resources for those affected by sexual violence.

Kosair Charities Face It Movement; Terry Brooks

28:25 | #1325

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.

Child Marriage Laws in Kentucky - Donna Pollard

28:40 | #1324

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.

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

29:15 | #1323

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.

Secretary Derrick Ramsey - Apprenticeships

27:59 | #1322

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey joins Renee to discuss the growing interest in apprenticeship opportunities by both job-seekers and employers in the state.

Educational Innovation

28:43 | #1321

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.

Gerald Smith

27:57 | #1320

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.

Perry Bacon Jr.

28:30 | #1319

Renee and journalist and Louisville native Perry Bacon Jr., senior political writer at FiveThirtyEight, discuss President Trump's first year in office, Trump's interactions with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, party dynamics in both the national Republican and Democratic parties, and more. Previously, Bacon was a senior political reporter for NBC News and was a White House reporter and national political reporter at The Washington Post.

DV8 Kitchen

28:35 | #1317

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.

Silas House

28:01 | #1316

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.

Tawanda Owsley

26:30 | #1315

Renee speaks with Tawanda Owsley, executive director of the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross, about the criticism the agency received from its perceived slow response to hurricane victims and the ways the American Red Cross helps Kentuckians in times of need.

Sexual Harassment Issues - Consultant Rus Funk

28:35 | #1314

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.

Disability Rates and Benefits - Commissioner Bryan Hubbard; Dustin Pugel

27:25 | #1313

Renee and her guests discuss the growth of Kentucky's disability beneficiaries over the last 35 years and the reasons for the increase. First, she speaks with Commissioner Bryan Hubbard, Department of Income Support at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Next, Renee speaks with Dustin Pugel, research and policy associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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

28:28 | #1312

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.

A Salute to Heroes

26:16 | #1311

Renee speaks with Master Sergeant Brett Hightower about the Kentucky Wounded Heroes program that provides soldiers and first responders injured in the line of duty with opportunities to hunt, fish, travel, and other activities. These events build lasting friendships and provide healthy ways to heal. Next, learn how the West Kentucky Workforce Board in Hopkinsville is helping Fort Campbell soldiers with career training and job placement as they exit the military.

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

28:10 | #1310

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.

Caregiving - Amy Goyer and Kelly Parsons

29:17 | #1309

Renee speaks with aging and caregiving expert Amy Goyer, author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, and Kelly Parsons, CSW, from the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center about trends in elder care. They discuss the need for elder care in the U.S. and how people can learn best practices to care for their loved ones.

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

28:11 | #1308

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.

Gordon Hamlin

28:30 | #1307

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.

Dr. Phillip Chang

28:00 | #1306

Renee Shaw is joined by Dr. Phillip Chang, chief medical officer at UK HealthCare, who discusses efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic by encouraging doctors and hospitals to minimize prescriptions for powerful narcotics. The program is part of KET's continuing coverage of the opioid crisis.

Steve Beshear

28:51 | #1305

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.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

28:47 | #1304

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.

Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

29:30 | #1302

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.

Sam Quinones

28:50 | #1301

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 from 1994 to 2004. He is a former reporter for the LA Times.

Katie Okumu

26:25 | #1247

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.

Carol Peachee

28:00 | #1246

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.

Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown

28:30 | #1245

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.

Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson

29:15 | #1244

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.

Holly Harris

28:06 | #1243

Holly Harris, executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest 501(c)4 organization in the country to bring together progressive and conservative partners to make the criminal justice system fairer and more efficient, discusses criminal justice reform and female incarceration. Harris began her career as a television news reporter and later graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Kayla Rae Whitaker

28:00 | #1241

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.

Walter Gilliam

29:00 | #1240

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.

Terry Brooks

28:00 | #1239

Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, talks about recent data in the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book concerning the well-being of Kentucky kids.

Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge

29:00 | #1238

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.

Donald Lassere

28:45 | #1237

Renee sits down with Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. They discuss Ali's life and career and the festival celebrating his legacy called "I Am Ali."

Nikki Putnam

27:00 | #1236

From ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2017, Renee speaks with Nikki Putnam, a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition solutions specialist at Alltech. Putnam delivers nutrition communications to consumers and the agriculture and food industries, with a focus on addressing dietary inadequacies through naturally enriched functional foods.

Dr. Gregory Jicha

28:15 | #1235

From ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2017, Renee speaks with Dr. Gregory Jicha, a professor in the Department of Neurology and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky (UK). They discuss the partnership the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has with Alltech in Alzheimer's research.

Dr. Aoife Lyons

28:30 | #1234

From ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference 2017, Renee speaks with Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives at Alltech, about her work and how technologies have the potential to revolutionize agriscience, business, wellness, and more. Renee is also joined by current participants and past winners of the Alltech Young Scientist program.

Cokie Roberts

23:05 | #1233

Renee's guest is NPR and ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts, whose more than 40-year career in broadcasting has earned her countless awards, including induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She's also an author of a growing list of books highlighting the contributions of women behind the men in power. Roberts discusses her storied career, the state of civic engagement, the conversation about real and fake news, inspiring women to pursue journalism, and more.

2017 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Highlights

28:30 | #1232

This episode focuses on new trends in treating opioid addiction, including work toward development of a heroin and fentanyl vaccine; new, non-addictive formulations for pain treatment; and brain imaging that objectively measures pain. Also, Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers talks about legislation to provide funding for opioid addiction prevention and treatment. Viewers will also hear from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA); and Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes

28:30 | #1231

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes discusses her civic engagement tour; legislation that passed in the last session of the Kentucky General Assembly relating to early, in-person voting for some Kentuckians; and her advocacy for automatic restoration of voting rights for certain non-violent felons.

Patricia Peacock

28:00 | #1230

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Commissioner Adria Johnson

28:45 | #1229

Commissioner Adria Johnson with the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services discusses how officials are addressing issues within the state's foster care system to get more kids into permanent, loving homes.

Sec. John Tilley

29:35 | #1228

Renee speaks with Secretary John Tilley, head of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Secretary Tilley discusses new legislation targeting re-entry procedures for felons, as well as other topics related to his cabinet including the opioid crisis.

Sec. Hal Heiner and Sec. Derrick Ramsey

29:30 | #1225

Renee's guests are Secretary Hal Heiner, head of Kentucky's Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. They discuss felon reentry efforts such as job training while behind bars, Kentucky's workforce shortage, apprenticeship and Work Ready programs, and education policy changes possible impact on the state's future workforce.

Kristen Branscum

28:00 | #1224

Renee speaks with Kristen Branscum, the commissioner of Kentucky's Department of Travel and Tourism. She discusses several of Kentucky's signature travel destinations, describing the commonwealth as "the front porch of the South."

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman

28:20 | #1223

Renee speaks with Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, director of Louisville Metro Government's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, about how the office in Louisville is responding with ways to help steer people away from gun violence.

State Treasurer Allison Ball

28:39 | #1222

Renee speaks with State Treasurer Allison Ball, Kentucky's 38th state treasurer and the youngest statewide female elected official in the country.

Kathryn Edin

28:01 | #1221

Renee's guest is Kathryn Edin, a sociologist and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in the study of people living on welfare. Edin is author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.

Natalie Harris; Charlie Lanter - Homelessness

28:45 | #1220

Renee looks at homelessness from the perspectives of advocates in Kentucky's two largest cities. First, she speaks with Natalie Harris, executive director of Louisville's Coalition for the Homeless, and then with Charlie Lanter, director of Lexington's Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.

Sadiqa Reynolds

28:05 | #1219

Renee's guest is Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League. A former Jefferson county district judge, Reynolds was once the chief of community building in the Office of the Mayor.

Cory Jewell Jensen

28:01 | #1218

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

Bill Goodman

28:30 | #1217

Renee sits down with Bill Goodman to discuss his time at KET and his new role as executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Brandy Kelly Pryor

29:00 | #1214

Renee's guest is Brandy Kelly Pryor, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Equity in Louisville. Housed within Louisville Metro Government, the Center focuses on how well people live depending on where they live. Dr. Kelly Pryor discusses how she is partnering with other groups to create a culture of health in the Derby City.

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

27:23 | #1213

Renee's guest is Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Lamb-Sinclair is an English and creative writing teacher in the Oldham County school district. She is the founder and CEO of, a desktop app for teachers, and her education articles have appeared in national publications: The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

Jean Setzfand - AARP

28:19 | #1212

Renee speaks with Jean Setzfand, senior vice president of programs at AARP, about the increase in America's aging population. Setzfand heads programming efforts designed to address health, wealth, and personal enrichment concerns of consumers 50 and over.

David Thompson

28:22 | #1211

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

2016 Election

28:00 | #1210

Renee and her guests Iris Wilbur, a Republican political operative who served as political director for Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2014 re-election campaign, and Colmon Elridge, former executive vice president of the Young Democrats of America and served as executive assistant and senior adviser to former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, discuss the 2016 election.

B. Smith and Dan Gasby; Dr. Gregory Jicha

28:30 | #1209

October is Alzheimer's Awareness month and Renee speaks with national celebrity B. Smith, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010, and her husband, Dan Gasby. They wrote the book Before I Forget, a love story on the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's. Renee also speaks with Dr. Gregory Jicha with the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging about medical advancements in Alzheimer's disease and the importance of minority participation in clinical trials.

Devine Carama; Josh Nadzam

28:30 | #1208

Renee speaks with two Lexington men who are using the arts as a catalyst for social change and public good. Rapper and slam poet Devine Carama rhymes about education, anti-violence, and spirituality and takes those same themes to the streets with his community projects. And, social worker Josh Nadzam is transporting art via a mobile trailer to disadvantaged neighborhood kids to help them create a bigger vision of what they can become.

Mary Foley - Merryman House

28:06 | #1207

Mary Foley, executive director of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in Paducah, talks about the services the organization provides to abused women and children. She also discusses expansion efforts to address the intersectionality of substance abuse and domestic violence. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Achievement Gap

28:00 | #1206

A report by a working group of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence called "Excellence with Equity: It's Everybody's Business" finds that despite educational progress in Kentucky, academic achievement gaps still persist for kids of color, students from low-income households, those with learning differences, and children who are learning English. Renee speaks with Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee, and Dr. C.B. Akins, pastor and Prichard Committee study group co-chair, about the report findings and recommendations on a path forward.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

28:30 | #1205

Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, discusses Kentucky's new law to expedite the collection and testing of rape kits. Then, Renee speaks with Mary O'Doherty, deputy director of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about the Purple Purse campaign to help abuse survivors reach economic self-sufficiency.

Jon Secada

29:12 | #1204

Renee speaks with Grammy-winning artist and Broadway star Jon Secada. His hit songs "Just Another Day," "Angel," and others brought him international fame. Secada's passion for education, keeping music in schools, and increasing awareness of Hepatitis C are just some of the charitable endeavors offstage that he was recently recognized for at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville.

Mitzi Sinnott

27:11 | #1203

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play Snapshot and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

26:25 | #1202

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Phil Wilkins

26:30 | #1143

Renee's guest is businessman and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, who owns Dream Big Restaurants LLC. He discusses his approach to entrepreneurship and how self-confidence is at the core of his success as a businessman.

Tameka Montgomery

26:20 | #1142

Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

Dominique Wilkins

27:46 | #1141

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

Gary Tuggle

27:46 | #1140

Renee's guest is Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Division. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Tuggle, a Baltimore native, began his law enforcement career as a Baltimore City police officer. Renee catches up with him in his hometown to talk about the portals of heroin into the U.S., the DEA's new strategy in addressing heroin trafficking and use, and the rise of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl that's claiming more lives and endangering law enforcement. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Dr. Leana Wen

29:10 | #1139

Renee's guest is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, emergency room physician, and patient advocate. Author of the critically-acclaimed book When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, Dr. Wen has given six popular TED and TEDMED talks on patient-centered care, public health leadership, and healthcare reform and speaks frequently on national television about why combatting substance abuse is her top priority. Renee visits the Baltimore City Health Department to talk with Dr. Wen about the country's struggle to manage pain, physician responsibility in prescribing powerful painkillers, harm-reduction techniques like needle exchange, and the accessibility of overdose-reversal drugs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Terrence Walton

28:20 | #1138

Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America, nearly half of them are in jail because of drug use and addiction. There are more than 3,000 drug courts across the nation to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee talks with Terrence Walton in Baltimore, Maryland, about the success of drug courts in helping addicts recover and reducing crime. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

29:25 | #1137

From the USDA in Washington, D.C., Renee talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who discusses the White House's response to the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, and the Obama Administration's budget proposal to invest more than $1 billion dollars in addiction treatment. Secretary Vilsack is personally familiar with addiction as he watched his adoptive mother struggle with drug use before she eventually found a path to sobriety. He and Renee discuss the challenges of treating addicts in rural areas, the connections between poverty and addiction, drug-monitoring programs to prevent doctor shopping, and the use of technology in recovery tools. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Kimberly Johnson

29:05 | #1136

Renee's guest is Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Center for Substance Abuse promotes community-based substance abuse treatment and recovery services for individuals and families in every community. Taped at the SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, Renee talks with Dr. Johnson about the nation's reliance on high-powered pain killers to manage pain, addiction recovery models, drug abuse prevention, and more. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Jason Merrick

28:25 | #1135

Jason Merrick, director of inmate addiction services at the Kenton County Detention Center, discusses the inmate drug and alcohol treatment program he launched consisting of counseling sessions, time for inmates to pursue their GED certificates, and attend 12-step programs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court

28:21 | #1134

Kathy Vasquez, veterans justice outreach specialist, and Elton Terry, recovery coordinator, with the Lexington VA Medical Center, talk about the Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court (FCVTC). The FCVTC program provides court-supervised treatment for veterans as an alternative to incarceration, services and treatments address substance abuse and/or mental health; connection to benefits; and help with housing, employment, and education. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Dr. Lynne Saddler

27:20 | #1133

Dr. Lynne Saddler, district director of health at the Northern Kentucky Health Department, talks about the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky. She discusses current community efforts and the impact of a syringe exchange program. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Scott Hesseltine

27:50 | #1132

Scott Hesseltine, vice president of addiction services at Seven Counties Services, discusses new models of treatment to help those with opioid abuse disorders recover. He also talks about a new facility that serves expectant mothers with addiction throughout their pregnancy with wraparound services to get them on the path to recovery. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Jessie Laine Powell

28:10 | #1131

Lexington-based national recording jazz artist Jessie Laine Powell performs and discusses her new album, Fill the Void. Powell talks about how her teenage daughter inspired the song, "You're Okay."

Oral Health Care In Kentucky

28:20 | #1130

Renee and her guests Lacey McNary, a health policy consultant and principal of McNary and Associates and Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, a dentist working with the UK College of Dentistry Public Health Division's Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Program and chair of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, discuss the state of oral health in Kentucky. Part of KET's "Inside Oral Health Care" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Kishonna Gray

28:05 | #1129

Renee's guest is Dr. Kishonna Gray, assistant professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also the founder and director of the Critical Gaming Lab housed in the School of Justice Studies. Dr. Gray also holds a joint position in Women & Gender Studies and is an affiliate faculty in the African/African-American Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests incorporate an intersecting focus on identity, culture, and new media.

Gretchen Hunt

28:45 | #1128

Renee's guest is Gretchen Hunt, who heads the Office of Victims Advocacy within the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. She talks about recent legislative successes in protecting women from violent crime. Hunt was a leader in helping to advocate for passage of Kentucky's Human Trafficking Victims Rights Act.

Dr. Erin Frazier

28:05 | #1127

Renee's guest is Dr. Erin Frazier, a pediatrician with Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville. She also serves as medical director at Children's Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. Dr. Frazier discusses coping techniques for parents that can prevent child abuse. She specializes in educating parents and caregivers about the dangers of shaking infants and strategies for dealing with persistent crying babies.

Crystal Wilkinson

28:00 | #1126

Affrilachian poet and author Crystal Wilkinson talks about her first novel, The Birds of Opulence, that tackles the issue of mental illness and the plight of the African American female experience in the South.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

28:30 | #1125

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes talks about her legislative agenda and the new online voter registration portal.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

28:00 | #1124

Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, discusses efforts to increase awareness and prevention of child abuse in the state.

Haley Dyer and Mairead Moloney

28:05 | #1121

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Renee speaks with Morehead State University student Haley Dyer about her struggles with anorexia. Also, University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Sociology Mairead Moloney talks about the medical science relating to eating disorders and why it's not just a disease affecting adolescent and college women.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton

28:15 | #1119

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton talks about what she hopes to accomplish in office, issues that are important to her, and her political philosophy about the role of government.

A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers

29:30 | #1118

In this special episode, Renee and her guests Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP, and State Sen. Gerald Neal celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer and former Kentucky Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate. Powers died January 30, 2016 at the age of 92. The program features never-before-seen footage of an interview Renee conducted with Powers two years ago.

Andrew Brennen

28:00 | #1117

Renee speaks with Andrew Brennen, national field director for Student Voice, a for-students-by-students nonprofit organization spearheading a social movement to integrate student voices into the global education conversation. He is also co-founder, director of the Student Voice Team at the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Anthony Smith

28:10 | #1116

Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United, a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence related to African American males, talks about the violence-curbing initiatives he helped create in Louisville including the Right Turn program for teenagers 16 to 19 who have committed minor infractions that have landed them in the court system.

Wayne Lewis

28:00 | #1115

University of Kentucky professor Wayne Lewis, Ph.D., author of The Politics of Parent Choice in Public Education and the forthcoming, Black Choice, talks about charter school legislation in Kentucky and its effectiveness in other states in narrowing the achievement gap.

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt

28:07 | #1114

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt discusses his educational priorities, budget request to the Kentucky General Assembly this session, and perspective on public charter schools.

State Sen. Julie Raque Adams

28:32 | #1113

Renee talks with State Sen. Julie Raque Adams (District 36) of Jefferson County, founder of Kentucky Strong, which works to recruit pro-business, Republican women to seek elected office.

Former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear

28:56 | #1111

Renee speaks with Jane Beshear, former first lady of Kentucky, about her policy initiatives and programs during her time in the Governor's Mansion.

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis

29:02 | #1110

Renee speaks with Miss Kentucky Clark Davis, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky majoring in vocal performance, with a minor in political science. Davis was diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary school. Her pageant platform is dyslexia awareness.

Ari Berman

28:00 | #1109

Renee's guest is Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights and the intersection of money and politics. The title of his new book is Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America.

Allison Joseph

28:00 | #1108

Dorothy Gilliam

28:40 | #1107

Renee speaks with journalist Dorothy Gilliam, who was the first African-American female reporter at The Washington Post. She retired in 2003 after a 35-year career with the paper.

Jacinda Townsend

28:00 | #1106

Author Jacinda Townsend discusses her critically acclaimed novel, Saint Monkey, a coming-of-age story set in 1950's Eastern Kentucky. The book won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for historical fiction. Townsend is a former Hurston-Wright Award finalist and currently teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

Kellie Blair Hardt

28:15 | #1105

Renee speaks with special education teacher Kellie Blair Hardt, who overcame homelessness, an absent mother, an alcoholic father and school expulsion to earn her GED. She received the National Education Association Foundation's 2013 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence as one of the nation's top educators. Hardt is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education at George Mason University. She was featured in KET's series Dropping Back In.

Childhood Cancer

28:00 | #1104

September is childhood cancer awareness month. Renee talks with survivors and parents about their experiences and the research on the rare maladies striking youth.

The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith

28:10 | #1103

Renee's guest is Dr. Gerald Smith, an author and history professor at the University of Kentucky, and co-editor of The Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia: Life and Culture in the Commonwealth. The reference book contains entries on the individuals, events, places, organizations, movements, and institutions that helped shape the state's history and cultural diversity.

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk

28:08 | #1102

Renee speaks with new Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent, Emmanuel "Manny" Caulk. Caulk was previously superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Maine's largest school district. His experience includes working as a special education teacher in a juvenile detention facility, an elementary principal, and a high school principal. He was also a former assistant prosecutor for the state of New Jersey.

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

28:30 | #1101

Renee and her guests discuss the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Scheduled guests include: Heidi McKenzie, Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2012; Kathy Sheppard-Jones, the interim director of the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky that specializes in developmental disabilities; and Chastity Ross, who works with the Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities as well as serving as a crisis and case management supervisor with

Kinship Care

29:15 | #1046

Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the nation of children being raised by grandparents and other relatives, also known as kinship care. Renee and her guests discuss what research tells us about the financial, emotional, and legal challenges that kinship care poses. Guests: Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, and Jeanne Miller-Jacobs, a kinship care provider.

Faith Politics

28:01 | #1045

Renee and her guests talk about the role of religion in politics and public policy decision-making. Guests: Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, pastor of New Union Christian Church, and Rev. D. Anthony Everett, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church.

JoAnne Wheeler Bland

28:20 | #1044

Renee talks with transgender activist JoAnne Wheeler Bland, who in her sixties transitioned from male to female. A practicing attorney for more than 40 years, she is a former Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, former Vice-President of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, current member of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education's Committee on Equal Opportunity (the Diversity Committee), and guest speaker at Women's and Gender Studies programs at Kentucky universities.

Andre Taylor

28:05 | #1043

Andre Taylor has a distinguished 35-year career, building and advising businesses. He's the author of You Can Still Win! and a half-dozen other books, a frequent guest expert on ABC News, and an international authority on winning and leadership. Mr. Taylor was a speaker at the 13th Annual Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo.

Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding

28:00 | #1042

Renee and her guests discuss the health benefits of breastfeeding in recognition of national breastfeeding week, as well as provide tips on proper infant nutrition. Scheduled guests include: Doraine Bailey, MA, IBCLC, Breastfeeding Support Services with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Dept.; Ana Maria Linares, an associate professor in the UK College of Nursing and a Lactation Consultant who has conducted research on attitudes and practices around breastfeeding among Latinas in Lexington; and Nicole Peritore, program coordinator for the Health Education through Extension Leadership (HEEL) Office at the University of Kentucky.

Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House

28:20 | #1041

Cathe Dykstra, chief possibility officer, president & CEO of Family Scholar House, discusses the Louisville organization and its impact on families and communities. Family Scholar House's mission is to end the cycle of poverty by providing housing and educational support to single-parent students and their families.

Lexington Bluegrass Minority Business Expo; Kentucky Foundation For Women

28:05 | #1040

Organizers of the 2015 Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo talk about the speakers and workshops available to participants. Then, Renee speaks with Sharon LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Foundation For Women, about the organization's 30th anniversary celebration and the series of initiatives convened throughout the year.

Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes

27:21 | #1039

Gigi Butler opened her first Gigi's Cupcakes location just off of music row in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008 and in six short years, with 98 locations and counting, Gigi's is now the largest cupcake franchise in the world.

Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC

27:10 | #1038

Cathy Zion became owner and publisher of Zion Publications in 1996, after a long career in banking. Her company publishes Today's Woman, and added new magazines, Today's Transitions and Today's Family.

Josh Nadzam and Tanya Torp

29:10 | #1037

Renee speaks with community activist Josh Nadzam, a former University of Kentucky track athlete, who in 2014 ran from Lexington to Frankfort to raise awareness for domestic partner violence. Then, Renee talks with Tanya Torp, program director of Step by Step, a non-profit organization that improves the lives of young single moms and their children through support, encouragement, faith, and education.

God's Pantry and Ronald McDonald House

28:04 | #1036

Renee speaks with Marian Guinn of God's Pantry and Sarah Lister of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. Guinn talks about how God's Pantry Food Bank helps children during the summer break who rely on free or reduced-priced meals during the school year. Lister explains how the Ronald McDonald House Charities provide programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and help families in times of medical need.

Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter

29:17 | #1035

Renee speaks with Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky 2014, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has catalyzed her experience into greater awareness of the disease.

Susan and Morgan Guess

28:00 | #1034

Susan Guess and her daughter, Morgan, began the Guess Anti-Bullying Foundation nearly four years ago after Morgan experienced bullying. They have raised $50,000 to bring a variety of anti-bullying programs to the region. Susan Guess was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear in 2014 to serve on the Kentucky Bully Prevention Task Force, which will make recommendations to the governor in fall 2015.

Jay Williams

27:30 | #1033

From the recent SOAR summit in Pikeville, Jay Williams, the U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development and the former mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, talks with Renee about how Youngstown recovered from the decline of the steel industry, and how those lessons can apply to Eastern Kentucky areas distressed by the sharp downturn in coal jobs.

Jonathan Beatty and Bill Farmer

28:40 | #1032

Social entrepreneur Jonathan Beatty is teaming up with groups like the United Way of the Bluegrass, led by President and CEO Bill Farmer, to create positive change and lift up families. Renee speaks with them about Beatty's statewide virtual book drive called "Get LIT Kentucky" initiative.

Jarvis Williams, Ph.D.

28:00 | #1031

Renee talks with Dr. Jarvis Williams, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Williams discusses his views on the Christian response to racial reconciliation. He is currently writing a monograph on Ethno-Racial Identity in the Bible.

Pellom McDaniels

28:00 | #1030

Pellom McDaniels, faculty curator of African-American collections and assistant professor of African-American studies at Emory University in Atlanta, talks about his book, The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.

Kiley Lane Parker

29:31 | #1029

Filmmaker Kiley Lane Parker discusses her film, Raising Ms. President, about raising the next generation of female political leaders.

Kevin Chapman

28:25 | #1028

Clinical psychologist Kevin Chapman of Louisville discusses anxiety disorders and an innovative approach called virtual reality exposure therapy to help ease those conditions.

Kendell Nash - ECHO

28:01 | #1027

Kendell Nash, executive director of ECHO (Exploited Children's Help Organization), joins Renee to discuss issues of child exploitation, neglect, and abuse. ECHO provides education, advocacy, and support services to the children and families of Metro Louisville and surrounding areas.

Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet

27:59 | #1026

Renee's guests are Dorothy Edwards, executive director of Green Dot etc., a violence prevention training program for individuals, schools, and other organizations, and Diane Fleet, assistant director of GreenHouse17. They discuss the training Green Dot is providing to GreenHouse17 and the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center on domestic violence prevention and intervention techniques.

Lois Combs Weinberg

27:43 | #1025

Renee's guest is Lois Combs Weinberg, known throughout Kentucky for her education efforts. Weinberg has served on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and the University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees. She founded the Hindman Settlement School's Dyslexia program to help kids like her son. The daughter of Kentucky's 50th governor, Bert T. Combs, Weinberg also made a bid for U.S. Senate in 2002.

Diabetes Epidemic

28:00 | #1020

Gilbert Friedell, MD, and J. Isaac Joyner, MPH, discuss their book, The Great Diabetes Epidemic: A Manifesto for Control and Prevention. The book advocates taking a public health approach to addressing diabetes, emphasizes prevention of diabetes-related complications, and encourages more community responsiveness.

Elaine Chao

28:40 | #1023

Renee sits down with Elaine Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary and wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell, in an interview filmed in Washington, D.C.

Raymond M. Burse, J.D.

28:00 | #1022

Renee and Raymond M. Burse, Kentucky State University's new president, discuss his transition back to the university as president for the second time, his salary reduction to boost some of the university's lowest wage earners, and his efforts to improve the institution's finances and student graduation rates.

Dr. Jay Box

23:00 | #1021

Jay Box, Ph.D., the new president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, talks about his vision for the system; his take on President Obama's proposal for free community college; adult education needs; and KCTCS enrollment.

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen

28:05 | #1019

Crit Luallen serves as Kentucky's 56th Lieutenant Governor, having been appointed by Governor Steve Beshear. Luallen is known as one of Kentucky's most experienced and respected public leaders, after serving with six Kentucky Governors and being elected twice to statewide office.

State Senator Gerald Neal

27:30 | #1018

State Sen. Gerald A. Neal (D-Jefferson County) was recently chosen by his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to serve as caucus chairman. The appointment makes Neal the first African-American to serve in a leadership role in Kentucky's General Assembly in its 222-year history.

Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

08:00 | #1017

The Student Voice Team is comprised of middle and high school students who work closely with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to amplify the voices of Kentucky youth on the classroom impact of education policy issues. The overarching vision is to position students as partners in improving Kentucky schools.

Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees

28:00 | #1016

Renee's guest is Mary Gwen Wheeler, executive director of 55,000 Degrees, a public-private partnership in Louisville whose mission is to add 40,000 bachelor's degrees and 15,000 associate degrees by 2020.

Dr. Ralph Alvarado

28:00 | #1015

Renee speaks with Dr. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester), the first Latino elected to the Kentucky General Assembly. Alvarado defeated state Sen. R.J. Palmer II for the 28th District Senate seat in November 2014. He has been a doctor in Winchester since 1998 and was president of Winchester Medical Associates until June 2013.

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson

28:00 | #1014

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, discusses flu outbreaks, the Ebola virus, the statewide smoke-free law, state health rankings, and more.

15K Degrees Initiative

29:20 | #1013

The 15K degrees initiative in the Greater Louisville area seeks to increase the number of college diplomas of African-Americans. Some of the partners in this effort join Renee to discuss it. Guests include: Benjamin Richmond, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League; Reverend Vincent James Sr., Senior Pastor of Elim Baptist Church in Louisville; and Dr. Rita Greer, a veteran P-12 educator and administrator, who served for over 38 years in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Sister Helen Prejean

27:59 | #1012

Sister Helen Prejean, author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Man Walking which became an Academy Award-winning film, discusses her awakening to justice and quest to abolish the death penalty.

Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court

27:38 | #1011

Jefferson County's Veterans Treatment Court, which began operating in the fall of 2012, helps military veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues. Jefferson County District Court Judge David Holton talks with Renee about the court, the first of its kind in Kentucky.

Debbie Millman

28:15 | #1010

From the 2014 IdeaFestival, Renee speaks with Debbie Millman, president of Sterling Brands, who has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands including Nestle, Kraft, Pepsi, and others. She is author of several books on design and branding and co-founded the world's first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Ebola and Enterovirus 68

28:00 | #1009

Drs. Kristina Bryant and Charles Woods, Jr., infectious disease specialists with University of Louisville Physicians, discuss Ebola and Enterovirus 68 and what's being done to treat and prevent the spread of these diseases.

Bill Farmer

28:00 | #1008

Bill Farmer, president and CEO of the United Way of the Bluegrass, talks about the agency's BIG BOLD GOAL for Central Kentucky: 10,000 more Bluegrass families will be self-sufficient by 2020.

Dr. Diane Follingstad

28:10 | #1006

Renee speaks with Diane Follingstad, PhD, who became the inaugural Women's Circle Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women in 2008. Dr. Follingstad discusses her research in the area of intimate partner violence.

Dr. Kevin Chapman

28:00 | #1005

Renee speaks with Kevin Chapman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who provides evidence-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders to clients in his private practice in Louisville. Dr. Chapman also specializes in Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention for OCD and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Dress for Success Lexington and God's Pantry Food Bank

27:56 | #1004

Co-founder Analisa Wagoner and Vice Chair Amy Wickliffe of Dress for Success Lexington talk about providing women the right tools to be successful in the workplace. Then, Marian Guinn, CEO of God's Pantry Food Bank, discusses the latest report on hunger and how her organization is coming to the rescue.

Soreyda Benedit Begley and Chris Begley

28:01 | #1003

Honduras native Soreyda Benedit Begley is dressing up Lexington's fashion scene by showcasing the blossoming talents of designers, like herself, right here in the Bluegrass. Her one-of-a-kind originals have graced runways in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.

Bloggers On Personal Development

28:00 | #1002

Meet two women who share their personal journeys through life's challenges by writing blogs. Writer Emmie Sandford is a corporate marketer who owns a social media consulting company. She has been chronicling her journey to a healthier weight on her blog, Sheryl Withers Woolverton, a Lexington clinical social worker and therapist, is a former grief counselor with Hospice of the Bluegrass who has shared her journey of grief over a miscarriage and the death of her mother and grandmother. Her blog is called How to Make a Life.

Chris Rabb

28:00 | #1001

Chris Rabb, author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, explores how behind-the-scenes factors - human, cultural, and social capital - affect whether a business will be successful.

Tanya Torp and Holly Houston

28:01 | #946

Community Activist Tanya Torp, program director for Step by Step, a mentoring ministry for at risk single mothers, and Holly Houston, a family court lawyer and co-founder of GLOW - Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, discuss social justice, youth empowerment, leadership development, and girl power.

Frontier Nursing University

27:59 | #945

Drs. Susan Stone and Julie Marfell of Frontier Nursing University discuss the institution's 75-year legacy as the longest continually-operating and largest midwifery program in the nation.

SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence

26:30 | #944

Lexington moms LaTosha Reynolds and Tonya Lindsey talk about losing their sons to gun violence and how the group they founded, SWAG - Sisters and Supporters Working Against Gun Violence, is working to keep youth safe.

Marta Miranda

27:45 | #943

Renee speaks with Marta Miranda, chief empowerment officer of the Center for Women and Families in Louisville.

Judi Jennings

28:00 | #942

Renee's guest is Judi Jennings, former executive director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women, feminist art advocate, and writer.

Dr. Robert Hilgers

27:25 | #941

Renee speaks with Dr. Robert Hilgers, founder and president of the Global Women's Cancer Alliance (WGCA). The WGCA works to advance women's health, addressing particularly those in need of cancer care in developing countries.

Wil James

28:00 | #940

Renee talks with Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky.

African Americans and Mental Health

28:00 | #939

Renee speaks with Sycarah Fisher, associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky, and Shambra Mulder, an assistant professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University.

Dr. Charisse Gillett

28:20 | #938

Renee speaks with Dr. Charisse Gillett, president of the Lexington Theological Seminary. Dr. Gillett is the first woman and first African-American selected to lead the seminary.

Dr. Timothy M. Houchin

28:00 | #937

Renee speaks with Lexington psychiatrist Dr. Timothy M. Houchin about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Houchin is a board-certified adult, child/adolescent, and forensic psychiatrist, and the founder and president of 360 Mental Health Services in Lexington.

Mental Health Courts

28:06 | #936

Kelly Gunning, director of advocacy and public policy, NAMI Lexington (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Public Defender Jon Landon, discuss mental health laws in Kentucky.

Rape Culture

28:06 | #935

Renee's guests are Mae Suramek, executive director of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center and Rus Funk, executive director of MensWork- Eliminating Violence Against Women.

Colene Elridge

28:00 | #934

Renee speaks with human resources professional and life coach Colene Elridge, better known as Coach Colene, owner of Be More Consulting.

Ted Strader - COPES

28:31 | #933

Ted Strader, the director of the Council on Prevention and Education: Substances, Inc. (COPES) in Louisville, discusses how partnering agencies with the corrections system can help former inmates with successful re-entry into society.

Prison Reform In Kentucky

29:00 | #932

Renee continues the discussion about Kentucky prison reform recently highlighted on the PBS Frontline program "Prison State." Her guests are: Mark Bolton, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections; Sheila Schuster, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and mental health advocate; and Ray Larson, Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney.

Hasan Davis

28:40 | #931

Renee speaks with former Kentucky Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Hasan Davis, about recent juvenile justice reform. Davis was featured in the recent PBS Frontline program "Prison State," about Kentucky's correction system, and interviewed for KET's follow-up program, Prison State: A Kentucky Community Conversation.

Djuan Trent

28:00 | #930

Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent talks about her decision come out as a gay woman, reaction from family and friends, her activism in advancing gay rights and marriage, and more.

Dr. Janet Taylor

27:59 | #929

Renee speaks with Dr. Janet Taylor, psychiatrist, certified life coach, and national commentator on work-life balance and mental health issues.

Greenhouse17 - Darlene Thomas and Diane Fleet

28:00 | #928

Renee speaks with Darlene Thomas and Diane Fleet of GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, an advocacy agency committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community.

MaryLee Underwoood and Chastity Ross - CCDD

28:10 | #927

MaryLee Underwoood and Chastity Ross with the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) discuss recent legislation to protect vulnerable adults against abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Aaron Thompson

28:00 | #926

Aaron Thompson, executive vice president and chief academic officer of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, discusses the state budget for higher education and the impact on student tuition.

50th Anniversary of the March On Frankfort

26:05 | #922

Renee discusses the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1964 March on Frankfort with historians and participants including: NAACP Louisville leader Raoul Cunningham and former state Senator Georgia Davis Powers.

Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker

28:00 | #921

Frank X Walker, named Kentucky's 2013-14 poet laureate, talks about his latest collection, Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, and other works and projects.

Dr. Vershawn A. Young

28:00 | #920

Renee talks with University of Kentucky professor Vershawn A. Young (aka Dr. Vay), an expert of the contemporary African American experience, about his latest published work, Other People's English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy.

Sabrina Butler and Kate Miller

28:00 | #919

Renee talks with Mississippian Sabrina Butler, the only female death row exoneree, about her wrongful conviction and her quest to end capital punishment, and with American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kentucky spokesperson Kate Miller.

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson

17:00 | #918

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, discusses legislative efforts to pass a statewide smoke-free law, FDA actions on trans fats, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act

J. Michael Brown

28:00 | #917

J. Michael Brown, secretary of the Kentucky Public Safety and Justice Cabinet, talks about the progress of state efforts to curb drug abuse, address the juvenile code, and other corrections matters that could come before the 2014 General Assembly.

Audrey Haynes

27:58 | #916

Audrey Haynes, secretary of the Kentucky Health and Human Services Cabinet, talks about the state health benefits exchange program and major health and welfare issues facing Kentucky families and children.

Ky. Senate President Pro-Tem Katie Stine

27:59 | #915

Kentucky Senate President Pro Tempore Katie Stine talks about the upcoming legislative session and her decision to retire from the Kentucky General Assembly at the end of her term.

State Senator-Elect Reggie Thomas; Ron Spriggs and Bobby Scroggins

28:29 | #914

Renee speaks with State Senator-elect Reggie Thomas about his recent election. Next, she speaks with Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville, historian and curator of a traveling exhibit about the Tuskegee Airmen, and Bobby Scroggins, an art professor at the University of Kentucky.

Middle Class Struggles and Poverty

28:00 | #913

Renee's guests are Ron Crouch, demographer and director of research and statistics in the Office of Employment and Training for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and Myrdin Thompson of Louisville, an activist with RESULTS, a nonprofit whose mission is to fight hunger and poverty.

The Forgotten Minority

28:06 | #912

Renee talks with advocates for Kentuckians with disabilities about the challenges facing those with mental and physical limitations and illnesses, the resources available, and the policy changes needed to better serve this population.

Human Trafficking

28:00 | #911

Renee talks with guests about recent legislation that strengthens Kentucky's human trafficking laws and provides more services to victims and other topics.

Diabetes Prevention and Control

28:00 | #910

Experts discuss the statewide education and prevention methods being dispatched and the changes individuals can make to avoid diabetes.

Innocence Project

28:10 | #909

Renee's guests are Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom and prison exoneree Calvin Johnson. In 1983, Johnson was falsely convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison. The Innocence Project took his case and arranged for forensic testing that proved his innocence 16 years later. Renee talks with Johnson about his experience and with Saloom about the work of the Innocence Project in all 50 states.

Pop Culture and Commodification of Women

28:10 | #908

Renee talks with women and others about the influence of popular media on body image and the stereotypes perpetuated throughout the entertainment industry.

Kiki Petrosino

27:25 | #907

Poet Kiki Petrosino, a creative writing professor at the University of Louisville, discusses her body of work and her latest collection of poems, Hymn for the Black Terrific.

Girl Power

28:16 | #906

Renee showcases two organizations in this program: Dress for Success Lexington and Kentucky Pink Connection. Dress for Success Lexington promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools. Kentucky Pink Connection provides support for those with breast cancer and works to remove barriers to screening and treatment.

Ruth Brinkley - KentuckyOne Health

27:59 | #905

Ruth Brinkley, president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, a coalition of leading health care providers in Kentucky, discusses the health care system, Medicaid expansion enabled by federal health care reform, and more.

Malcolm Ratchford

28:15 | #904

Renee talks with Malcolm Ratchford, executive director of Community Action Council, an organization that helps thousands of low-income Central Kentuckians each year work toward greater economic security.

Roszalyn Akins

28:05 | #903

Roszalyn Akins is dean of the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington. The college preparatory school for promising males opened in 2012 and this year is serving young boys grades six through 10.

Ronald Chi - The Learning Center

26:30 | #902

Ronald Chi, founding principal of The Learning Center, discusses the strategies he and staff members use to connect and engage students in learning with high expectations and practical, hands-on applications.

Betty Baye

28:00 | #901

Former Louisville Courier-Journal columnist and editorial writer Betty Baye discusses her career and columns, new paradigms of journalism, the impact of digital media, and her future projects.

50th Anniversary of the March On Washington

29:36 | #845

Renee talks with Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville NAACP, who participated in the March on Washington in 1963 for civil rights. He shares his memories and how the national march influenced Kentucky. Former state Senator Georgia Davis Powers and others are also interviewed.

Nikky Finney

26:41 | #843

Renee talks with Nikky Finney, whose book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. After 20 years of living in Lexington and teaching at the University of Kentucky, Finney is moving back to her native South Carolina to teach at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Susan and Morgan Guess

28:30 | #842

Renee speaks with Susan and Morgan Guess, a mother and daughter from Paducah, Kentucky, who started an anti-bullying foundation after Morgan was bullied. Ten-year-old Morgan has even started a Facebook page called Paducah Kids for Kindness. She recently won the Kentucky Youth Volunteer Service Award for her anti-bullying initiatives.

Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards

28:00 | #841

Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards, author of the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy, discusses violence prevention. Green Dot, etcetera is an organization built on the premise that we can measurably and systematically reduce violence within any given community applying research across disciplines.

Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo

28:30 | #840

Renee sits down with Marilyn Clark and Janet Beard, co-chairs of this year's Lexington Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo, to discuss the speakers, workshops, and one on one sessions. The event is dedicated to the education and growth of minority- and women-owned businesses.

Food Security (Part 2)

28:00 | #839

Renee continues to explore food security issues with a look at how gleaning, the act of harvesting leftover fresh fruits and vegetables, can help feed the hungry. Her guest is Jennifer Erena of Faith Feeds.

Food Security

28:04 | #838

The program explores how communities are helping low-income areas gain greater access to more healthful food options. Renee's guest is Karyn Moskowitz of Louisville, founder of New Roots.

Shevawn Akers

28:00 | #837

Shevawn Akers, 2nd District councilwoman on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council, sought public office for the first time after learning of her breast cancer diagnosis. In a wide-ranging interview, she talks about policy issues like the city budget as well as her own health.

Dana Branham

27:58 | #836

Renee speaks with financial advisor Dana Branham about retirement, savings, long-term care and life insurance, and educational savings accounts.

Frank Minnifield

28:01 | #835

Renee talks with Frank Minnifield, former pro football player and Kentucky businessman, about the 11th annual induction ceremony of the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame, an effort he spearheaded to recognize gridiron greats while raising money for youth organizations.

Jakobi Williams

28:00 | #834

Renee's guest is Jakobi Williams, a Chicago native and assistant professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky. He discusses his book From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago.

Jack Burch

27:58 | #833

Renee welcomes Jack Burch, retiring executive director of Community Action Council. Burch has been the executive director for 33 years. The council provides opportunities for low-income people in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas counties to achieve self-sufficiency.

KY Girls STEM Collaborative

28:00 | #832

Renee welcomes a panel of guests to discuss the Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative Project. The collaborative, in partnership with STEM-H Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, will hold its fifth annual conference on June 7, 2013, at EKU in Richmond.

Beth Dotson Brown

28:00 | #831

Renee speaks with Beth Dotson Brown, an award winning freelance writer and editor who lives in Lancaster, Kentucky. She is the author of Yes! I Am Catholic and contributor to A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors.

Madeline Abramson

27:59 | #830

Renee sits down with Madeline Abramson, wife of Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson.

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson

28:00 | #829

Dr. Stephanie Mayfield Gibson is the first African American and first woman to hold the position of commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. Among the topics she discusses are the healthiest and least healthiest counties in Kentucky and her activism for a statewide smoking ban.

Lexington Artists

28:05 | #828

Renee speaks with Lexington artists Kremena Todorova and Kurt Gohde about the Lexington Tattoo Project and Lexington artist Denise E. Brown, who tackles the sensitive issues of race, class, and society in her works.

Dr. Mary Evans Sias

28:00 | #827

Dr. Mary Evans Sias, president of Kentucky State University, discusses HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) intense focus on getting more students to earn college degrees and partnering with community colleges to advance this goal.

Byron Hurt

27:59 | #825

Acclaimed filmmaker Byron Hurt talks about his latest film, Soul Food Junkies, the history and hazards of the high-fat cuisine and the love it inspires.

Janet Steele Holloway

28:01 | #824

Janet Steele Holloway, founder of Women Leading Kentucky and author, discusses her coming of age autobiography A Willful Child.

Tanya Torp and Stephanie Troutman

27:58 | #823

Renee and her guests discuss how to empower young girls to reach their full potential despite the challenges they face. Guests include Tanya Torp, the community engagement coordinator at the United Way of the Bluegrass and founder and CEO of the grassroots organization called BE BOLD and Dr. Stephanie Troutman, assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies at Berea College.

Dana Jackson and Jennie Jean Davidson

25:59 | #822

Dana Jackson and Jennie Jean Davidson, leaders of the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) in Louisville, discuss poverty, race, and class. A social-change network, NC3 is designed to bring people together to address issues of poverty in the city's urban core.

Jane Beshear

28:19 | #821

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear discusses her tenure and what she hopes to accomplish in the remaining two years. A 2013 KET production.

Dr. Alexandra Bradner

28:00 | #820

Renee welcomes Dr. Alexandra Bradner, University of Kentucky Philosophy professor, who wrote a critique of the MTV series Buckwild.

Thrivals 5.0

29:00 | #819

A look at "Thrivals 5.0: "The Quest: The Call to Adventure," part of Louisville's IdeaFestival. Thrivals 5.0 presents an interactive introduction to "questors" who have not just dared to dream but have achieved their dream. A 2013 KET production.

Derek Anderson

28:00 | #818

Former University of Kentucky Wildcat and NBA player Derek Anderson discusses his new book, Stamina, about how he overcame poverty and other challenges.

Michelle Tooley

20:01 | #817

Michelle Tooley, the Eli Lilly Professor of Religion at Berea College, talks about global violence against women and poverty. A 2013 KET production.

Bianca Spriggs

28:00 | #816

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

Cathy Holloway Hill

27:59 | #815

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

Keidra King

27:49 | #814

Louisville native Keidra King, the former state director for Obama for America Campaign-Kentucky, has worked with community leaders and politicians at all levels of government for nearly a decade. Recently named Kentucky coordinator for the president's January 2013 inaugural committee, she talks about her life in politics.

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

28:00 | #813

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

Susan Pope

27:59 | #812

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

Charles Badger

28:01 | #811

Renee's guest is Charles Badger, a Republican political strategist from Lexington who has worked on multiple campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee. His most recent role was working for the Republican Party of Kentucky on Andy Barr's campaign for Congress.

AIDS Events

28:30 | #810

Renee talks with AIDS activists about the annual "Dining Out for Life" event and the upcoming World AIDS Day commemoration in December. Guests: Michele Staton-Tindall, assistant professor of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work; Brian Slate, resource coordinator for AIDS Volunteers Inc. (AVOL); and Krystal Frieson, AVOL board member. A 2012 KET production.

2012 Election

28:01 | #809

A discussion about the presidential race from three different perspectives: a Democrat, a Republican, and one independent who feels jilted by both choices. They discuss messages, policies, advertising, the impact of the debates, and parse out worse case scenarios of a statistical tie in the electoral college vote. Renee's guests are: Brian Clardy, Murray State University History professor; Stephen McFayden, Lexington attorney; and Osi Onyekwuluje, a Bowling Green attorney.

Alice Strong-Simmons

28:00 | #808

Renee sits down with Alice Strong-Simmons, the central area director of The Links, Incorporated. Strong-Simmons discusses how the all-female African-American service organization is tackling issues including academic achievement gap and health disparities.

Mimi Pickering and Dr. Catherine Fosl

28:01 | #807

Filmmaker Mimi Pickering and biographer Dr. Catherine Fosl, director of the University of Louisville's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, discuss the upcoming documentary on KET Anne Braden: Southern Patriot, about the American civil rights leader.

Tara Betts

28:11 | #806

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

dream hampton

28:00 | #805

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

Rev. Kimberly Jones

28:25 | #804

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

Poverty In Kentucky

28:15 | #803

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

Angel Clark and Bianca Spriggs

28:00 | #802

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

Impact 100

28:55 | #801

Joy Allen and Martha Clark from Owensboro-based group Impact 100 will join Renee to discuss their organization and its success in giving $1.24 million in grant money to local nonprofits over the past six years

Breast Feeding

28:12 | #745

Reverend Marian M. Taylor

28:30 | #741

Renee's guest is Reverend Marian M. Taylor, PhD, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. Reverend Taylor earned a doctorate in political science from Harvard University in 1986. She spent more than a year in rural Haiti for her dissertation research on community development, and she worked for five years in Mexico City for the Ford Foundation, helping women's groups and farmers. She earned a master's degree in divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1995.

Minority Business Expo

28:30 | #740

Representatives of the 10th Annual Lexington Bluegrass Minority Business Expo talk about this year's conference.

Derek Anderson

28:30 | #739

UK Wildcat "Untouchable" and former NBA player Derek Anderson discusses his successful business endeavors and his foundation that assists abused, battered women and underprivileged children.

Rebecca Diloreto

28:30 | #738

Rebecca DiLoreto, litigation director for the Children's Law Center, talks about the "school to prison pipeline" and other juvenile justice matters, including work to improve children's access to quality mental health care and legal counsel.

Shelby Jenkins

28:06 | #737

Renee sits down with Miss Black Kentucky 2012 Shelby Jenkins, a Kentucky State University graduate. Jenkins, who was adopted out of foster care when she was 4 months old, has made the issue her platform and hopes to find ways to work with kids in foster care in Frankfort.

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt

26:30 | #736

Renee speaks with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Dr. Nesbitt came to Louisville in July 2011 as the replacement for Dr. Adewale Troutman. Prior to coming to Louisville, she was senior deputy director for the Community Health Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, D.C.

Jim Embry

28:00 | #735

Environmentalist and activist Jim Embry, founder of Sustainable Communities Network, discusses sustainable living. Embry helped found the Good Foods Co-op in Lexington.

Fatherhood with Ted Strader and David Cozart

28:02 | #734

Ted Strader, executive director of the Louisville-based COPES (Council on Prevention and Education: Substances) and David Cozart, program director of the Lexington Leadership Foundation's Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative, discuss community programs to help fathers.

Carol E. Jordan

28:30 | #733

Carol E. Jordan, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women, discusses the latest research from the center. Jordan has authored two books and numerous articles on violence against women, focusing on civil and criminal justice issues; the victimization of college women; and the state of research on violence against women.

USA Cares

28:00 | #732

Renee and her guests discuss USA Cares, an organizations that exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need.

Dr. Steven Thurston Oliver and Rev. D. Anthony Everett

28:30 | #731

Dr. Steven Oliver, assistant vice president of the Office for Institutional Diversity at the University of Kentucky and Rev. D. Anthony Everett, head of Nia Community of Faith, discuss community engagement exercises they've devised to engage African American men and the larger community about incarceration, education, family and fatherhood, and other issues.

Meth and Prescription Drug Abuse

28:30 | #730

Karen Kelly, president and CEO of Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) located in eastern Kentucky, joins Renee to discuss the legislation and the dimensions of the meth and prescription drug abuse epidemic that called state lawmakers to action.

Ron Spriggs

28:02 | #729

Renee speaks with Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville, founder of the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen. Spriggs travels the country illuminating the story of the African-American pilots who paved the way for desegregation of the U.S. armed forces in World War II.

Hope Johnson

28:02 | #728

In honor of National Poetry Month, Renee talks with rising poet and Lexington native Hope Johnson. Currently a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Kentucky, Johnson's first collection of poems is entitled, Beneath Saran. Her works have been published in Pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel.

Child Abuse Prevention

28:30 | #727

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Renee and her guests discuss the prevalence of child abuse in Kentucky, policy recommendations to improve child welfare, and actions taken by child advocacy groups to prevent abuse. Guests include Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky; Meghan K. Wright, state coordinator for the Kentucky Association of Children's Advocacy Centers; and Pam Darnall, chief operating officer for the Family and Children's Place in Louisville.

Dr. Demetra Antimisiaris

28:01 | #726

Dr. Demetra E. Antimisiaris, associate professor in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville and oversees the Polypharmacy Initiative, which is dedicated to fighting inappropriate medication prescribing and use in older adults, discusses the trend toward multiple prescriptions and how to recognize the side effects of over-medication.

Jarvis J. Williams

28:05 | #725

Renee speaks with Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbellsville University, about his new book, For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul's Theology. The book will be released in June.

Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking

28:05 | #722

Renee hosts a panel discussion on sexual assault and human trafficking. Guests include: Rep. Sannie Overly (D-Paris), who's sponsoring legislation to beef up human trafficking laws in Kentucky; Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence), who is one of 45 co-sponsors of Overly's bill; and Gretchen Hunt and MaryLee Perry Underwood, both of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs.

Yetta Young

27:59 | #721

Renee speaks with Yetta Young, executive director of the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington. Young was commissioned from Los Angeles, California, and is one of the most recognized names in African American theater. Prior to coming to the Lyric, Young founded YYP & Associates, LLC (YYP) in 1998 as a production, management, and consulting firm.

Cathy Black

28:30 | #720

Renee speaks with Cathy Black, a senior producer for CBS News and a former KET associate producer. A 2012 KET production.

Rufus Friday

28:30 | #719

Rufus Friday, who became the new publisher and president of the Lexington Herald-Leader in June 2011, talks about his career and his work here in Kentucky.

New Opportunity School for Women

28:30 | #718

Jane Stephenson, founder of New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW), and Lori Sliwa, NOSW executive director, discuss the mission of the organization to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income, middle-aged women in Kentucky and the south central Appalachian region.

Kathy Groob

28:01 | #717

Renee speaks with Kathy Groob, publisher of ElectWomen Magazine, founder of Emerge Kentucky, and author of Pink Politics: The Woman's Practical Guide to Winning Elections. Groob has spent her career being an advocate for women in the workplace and has led and spoken to numerous women's organizations on leadership and political involvement. A 2012 KET production.

Dr. William Crouch

28:01 | #716

Dr. William Crouch, president of Georgetown College, discusses his book What We Love About the Black Church and his personal crusade to better understand the value of diversity.

Financial Health

28:30 | #715

Financial experts Dana Branham and Natalie Barrett discuss savings, retirement, managing and eliminating debt, and much more.

Aid for African Orphans

28:30 | #714

Renee talks with Steve James of Kenya Relief and Fasica Christine Shiferaw, operator of an Ethiopian boarding school and orphanage, about how everyday people are providing help to impoverished Africans who are suffering from AIDS and the orphans left behind.

Inspirational Stories

28:30 | #713

Inspirational stories of the season with Christian authors. Guests include Lora Hurd Griffin, author of Made to Worship and Joy Harris, author of {Authentic Joy.


28:30 | #712

Renee welcomes physicians and diabetes educators to discuss the issue of diabetes in Kentucky, what contributes to the Bluegrass state's soaring rates, how it can be managed and prevented, and how it's connected to the childhood obesity epidemic.

Michael Albert

28:30 | #711

Michael Albert, one of the nation's leading authorities on political economy, U.S. economic policies, and the media, talks with Renee about movement-building, strategy, vision, creating alternative media, and participatory economics, which he coined "Parecon."

2011 Election

28:30 | #710

Renee talks with Bowling Green Attorney Osi Onyekwuluje (Republican) and Murray State University Political Science Professor Brian Clardy (Democrat) about this year's Governor's race and down-ballot contests. They'll also discuss how national politics and federalizing the issues in competitive races is making an impact. A 2011 KET production.

Domestic Violence

28:30 | #709

Up to 57 percent of all women in state and federal prison nationwide were victims of abuse, according to the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA). Meet a Kentucky survivor of abuse who was granted clemency in 2007 after serving seven years for the death of her boyfriend. Also, learn what the KDVA is doing to help incarcerated victims of abuse.

Judith Clabes

28:00 | #708

Renee sits down with Judith Clabes, publisher and president of, a multi-media news website about Kentucky that encourages citizen engagement. Clabes has a distinguished career in journalism and philanthropy. During 37 years with the E.W. Scripps Company, she served as Scripps' first woman editor, beginning with the Sunday Courier & Press in Evansville and then with The Kentucky Post. A 2011 KET production.

Danzy Senna

28:01 | #707

Renee speaks with Danzy Senna, author of the national bestselling and award-winning novel Caucasia. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the Symptomatic, Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, and her latest work, You Are Free, a story collection. A 2011 KET production.

Tananarive Due

28:15 | #706

Journalist and author Tananarive Due is an American Book Award-winning author of nine books, ranging from supernatural thrillers to a civil rights memoir. Renee talks with Due about her upcoming novel, her success in the genre, and her experience of co-authoring a civil rights memoir with her mother. A 2011 KET production.

Wil James

28:30 | #705

Renee sits down with Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. James discusses the company's rebound since the recalls and operational delays caused by the Tsunami in Japan earlier this year, how the company is working to rebuild customer trust, the newly-redesigned Camry that was unveiled in August, and what drives his management and team-focused style.

Hasan Davis

28:01 | #704

Hasan Davis, deputy commissioner of operations at the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, managed to exchange one JD for another. He went from Hasan Davis, juvenile delinquent to Hasan Davis, Juris Doctor. He is the founder of Empowerment Solutions, which offers training and resources to correctional facilities, community organizations, schools, and non-profit groups nationwide in areas relating to youth, race, cultural dynamics, and arts education.

Black Males Working Academy

26:30 | #703

Renee discusses the Black Males Working Academy (BMW) with her guests Director Rosz Akins and Co-Director Dr. Roger Cleveland. The organization meets with BMW participants each week and provides sessions focused on literacy, math, spiritual growth, leadership skills, ACT prep, and other areas.

Adam Banks

28:01 | #702

Renee speaks with Adam Banks, associate professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: Searching for Higher Ground, a book challenging teachers and scholars in writing and technology fields to explore the depths of Black rhetorical traditions more thoroughly and calling African Americans, from the academy to the street, to make technology issues a central site of struggle.

Attica Scott

28:30 | #701

Attica Scott, coordinator of Kentucky Jobs for Justice in Louisville, is an adjunct faculty member at Bellarmine University and has served on the advisory council of the University of Kentucky Center for Labor, Education and Research. Renee and Scott discuss the Great Recession's toll on women and minority populations, and poverty and fairness issues her organization seeks to address.

Ron Crouch

28:10 | #645

Renee welcomes Ron Crouch, director of research and statistics in the Office of Employment and Training at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. He discusses how Kentucky is growing more diverse citing recent Census data; the education, training, and workforce development issues for expanding minority communities with the new demographic realities; and the policy decisions affecting leaders when it comes to immigration.

Sadiqa Reynolds

26:30 | #644

Sadiqa Reynolds is chief of community building in the office of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Reynolds oversees numerous agencies including the Department of Health & Wellness, Housing & Family Services and cultural attractions, such as the Louisville Zoo and Louisville Science Center. Reynolds is a former district court judge.

George Myers and Chris Ford

26:30 | #643

Renee and Councilmen George Myers and Chris Ford of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government discuss the city's budget issues, the rise in gang-related violence in the area, economic development opportunities and challenges, and much more.

Two Centuries of Black Louisville

28:01 | #642

Authors Mervin Aubespin, a community activist, artist, and retired associate editor of The Courier-Journal; Ken Clay, an entrepreneur, cultural event producer, and retired vice president of the Kentucky Center for the Arts; and Dr. J. Blaine Hudson, a community activist, author, and dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences, discuss their book Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History.

Single Parenting

26:30 | #641

Renee and guests discuss being a single parent in African American households. Guests: University of Kentucky doctoral candidate, Katrina Taylor Akande, who along with other researchers, is conducting a study concerning the parenting experiences of black fathers who don't live with their children, and examining whether there is any truth to the myth that divorced or unwed fathers are dead beat parents; Hope Blackmon is a radio producer and host of the talk show "Single Mothers Let's Talk" in Louisville; and Shawn Gardner is the president of a parenting group called 2Not1: Fatherhood and Families.

Minority Mental Health

26:30 | #640

July is Minority Mental Health Month. The Lexington chapter of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) has several events designed to increase awareness about mental health issues, stereotypes, and treatment options. Renee talks with representatives of NAMI's Multi-Cultural Action committee that provide workshops and information to minority groups and immigrant/migrant communities.

Whit Whitaker

29:15 | #639

Actor, singer, and athlete Whit Whitaker has performed in Europe and Canada as well as throughout the United States as a soloist of Negro Spirituals, Anglican Church music, and Broadway show tunes. He has been a part of many choral ensembles, including the American Spiritual Ensemble, The Lexington Singers, The Lexington Bach Choir, and many others. He sings several selections from his performances. The former Army 1st Lieutenant is also a former competitive bodybuilder.

NOAAH-Navigating Obstacles In African-American Health

28:00 | #638

NOAAH (Navigating Obstacles in African-American Health) is a new coalition of business leaders, health professionals, church and community leaders, cancer survivors, and others who are committed to decreasing the high cancer burden among African Americans. Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, founder and director of NOAAH, and Dr. Torrie Harris, director of the Office of Health Equity at the Kentucky Department of Health, discuss barriers in accessing health care and ways to help people navigate and identify resources within the health care services system.

Cherokee Park

28:10 | #637

The former Cherokee State Park and the remaining structures were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. In 2010, the renovated dining hall at the former Cherokee State Park near the Kentucky Lake shoreline opened for use as a meeting and event facility for Kenlake State Resort Park. Discussing the ongoing restoration project are George Sholar, president of Friends of Cherokee State Park, and Nancy Dawson, an African American studies researcher.

The Bible & Racial Reconciliation/Jarvis Williams

28:00 | #636

Jarvis Williams is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbellsville University. He has served at Campbellsville since January 2008. In One New Man, he argues that today's Christians should turn to scripture instead of cultural prejudices to shape their understanding of race.

Andrea James

28:00 | #635

Andrea James, the first African-American woman to serve on Lexington's Urban County Council, talks about improvements in the city's East End and efforts to get more young people involved in the community. She discusses the renovation of the Lyric Theatre, the Legacy Trail, and the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden.

Amachi Central Kentucky

28:00 | #634

Amachi Central Kentucky extends a helping hand to the children left behind when parents go to prison. Our guests talk about the faith-based organization's one-to-one mentoring program. Guests: Miles Phelps, an Amachi mentor and recruitment coordinator; Kathy Allen, a caregiver for two Amachi children; and mentors Vanessa and Michael Jamahl Glaze.

Community Action Councils

28:00 | #633

Community action agencies were first organized in the 1960s as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Across Kentucky there are nearly two dozen Community Action Councils that serve those in need with energy or housing assistance, Head Start, and food and nutrition services. Our guests talk about the services the agencies provide. Guests are: Malcolm Ratchford and Jack Burch of the Community Action Council that serves Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas counties. Ratchford is manager of neighborhood and community services; Burch is executive director.

Ricardo Nazario y Colón, Poet

28:00 | #632

Ricardo Nazario y Colón of Bowling Green discusses his latest work, Of Jibaros and Hillbillies. Ricardo Nazario y Colón is one of the co-founders of the Affrilachian Poets. Originally from the South Bronx, he works as director of the Office of Diversity Programs for Western Kentucky University. A 2011 KET production.

Primary Election Preview

28:15 | #631

Kentucky political observers with diverse views offer a 2011 primary election preview from a minority perspective. Guests are Osi Onyekwuluje, Bowling Green attorney and one-time candidate for statewide office; Charles Badger of the Berea College Republicans; and Kenya McGruder, a Kentucky operative for the Barack Obama campaign. A 2011 KET production.

Poet Nikky Finney

28:00 | #630

Nikky Finney, a University of Kentucky English professor and Affrilachian poet, talks about her latest work, Head Off and Split. A 2011 KET production.

Tim Thomas

28:10 | #629

Tim W. Thomas of Madisonville, a longtime community activist and president of the Kentucky State Crime Stoppers Association, discusses how the program solicits anonymous tips and helps make communities safer. An influential community leader for years in Western Kentucky, he also talks about his work as a human rights commissioner. A 2011 KET production.

Dwayne Depp/Child Abuse

28:00 | #628

Dwayne F. Depp, assistant director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, discusses child-abuse statistics in the state and what can be done to prevent abuse and neglect of children. A 2011 KET production.

Judy "Jj" Jackson

28:00 | #627

Renee speaks with Dr. Judy "J.J." Jackson, vice president of Office for Institutional Diversity at the University of Kentucky. They discuss racially charged events regarding President Obama, the University's reaction to these events, and UK's diversity plan to promote inclusion throughout the campus. A 2011 KET production.

African American Encyclopedia

28:00 | #625

Editors of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia discuss the status of the project and its scope. The book, a comprehensive volume of research on the black experience in Kentucky, covers 15 topics, ranging from Appalachia to education to slavery to women. It is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Kentucky in 2013.Guests are Karen McDaniel, professor at Berea College; Gerald Smith, history professor at the University of Kentucky; and John Hardin, history professor at Western Kentucky University. A 2011 KET production.

National Conference on the Black Family in America

28:00 | #624

The National Conference on the Black Family in America at the University of Louisville, one of the oldest events of its kind, draws researchers from around the country to discuss issues affecting minority families. The 2011 conference includes a tribute to the late Joe McMillan, conference founder and professor emeritus at U of L's College of Education and Human Development. Guests are Lundeana M. Thomas, conference chair and director of U of L's African American Theatre Program; Aukram Burton, conference presenter and diversity specialist with Jefferson Co. Public Schools; and Nashid Fakhrid-deen, conference presenter and participant. A 2011 KET production.

Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

28:00 | #623

A discussion about the opening celebration and restoration of the Lyric Theatre, a 1950s cultural anchor for the African-American community in Lexington. The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center provides the highest artistic presentations for community outreach. Renee's guests include Freda Meriwether, chair of the board of directors for the Lyric Foundation, and artist and community activist Joan Brannon, a member of the Friends of the Lyric Board. A 2011 KET production.

Boosting African American Enrollment in Higher Education

28:00 | #622

Renee welcomes Dr. Michael McCall, president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to discuss it's inaugural "Super Sunday" event at African-American churches statewide on February 27. On this day, the KCTCS System office and each of its 16 colleges will partner with churches in their communities to host college information fairs for prospective college students and their families. In second segment of the program, Renee talks with Michael Morgan, student financial aid program administrator for the KCTCS about financing a college education and the resources available to help. A 2011 KET production.

Kentucky General Assembly 2011

28:00 | #621

African-American members of the Kentucky General Assembly will discuss the issues they'll tackle in Part Two of the legislative session that resumes in February, major initiatives and bills likely for consideration, and whether the national dialogue over civility in political discourse will have an effect in the Kentucky statehouse. Guests include: Rep. Derrick Graham (D-Frankfort); Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Louisville); and Sen. Gerald Neal (D-Louisville). A 2011 KET production.

University of Kentucky South Africa Initiative

29:00 | #620

The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences is featuring South African activists, scholars, politicians, art exhibits, and performances in an initiative entitled "South Africa & Kentucky: Different Lands, Common Ground." Renee and her guests discuss what the intiative will offer to students and the public. Guests: Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at the University of Kentucky; Susan Carvalho, associate provost for international programs at the University of Kentucky; and Steve Wrinn, director of The University Press of Kentucky. A 2011 KET production..

Bianca Spriggs

28:00 | #619

Renee talks with Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem Fellow Bianca Spriggs about her debut collection Kaffir Lily. Spriggs is a freelance instructor of composition, literature, and creative writing. She is a recipient of an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, a Kentucky Humanities Council Lecturer and the creator and programmer of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. A 2011 KET production.


28:00 | #618

Renee and guests Dr. T.K. Logan, University of Kentucky Behaviorial Sciences, and Teri Faragher, Lexington-Fayette County Domestic Violence Prevention Board, discuss stalking. A 2011 KET production.

Financial Health

28:00 | #617

Renee and guests Dana Branham, financial advisor with Edward Jones and Natalie Barrett, a certified public accountant, discuss buyers remorse during the holidays, tax advice, savings, retirement, education savings, and investment. A 2011 KET production

Lexington Habitat for Humanity

28:00 | #615

Renee speaks with Rachel Childress, executive director of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, and others about the history and outreach of the organization. Lexington Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry partnering with volunteers and donors to eliminate substandard housing. Families in need achieve homeownership by purchasing simple, decent affordable homes they help build with community partners. The organization has served more than 320 families since it incorporated in 1986. A 2010 KET production.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

28:00 | #614

Widely considered the greatest female athlete of her generation, Jackie Joyner-Kersee won six Olympic medals in four consecutive Olympic games in the 1980's and 90's. She has been hailed as the greatest female athlete of the 20th Century. Joyner-Kersee was the first American ever to win a gold medal in the long jump and the first woman to earn more than 7,000 points in the seven-event Heptathlon. Renee talks with Joyner-Kersee from the campus of Murray State University about her life after competition. A 2010 KET production.

Alfred Daniel Williams King

28:00 | #613

A.D. King was the younger brother to slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A.D., who died a mysterious death a year after his brother's assassination, was posthumously inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in October. His surviving spouse, Naomi Barber King, and others join Renee to discuss the younger King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, his close relationship with his brother, and the years the family spent in Louisville pastoring a Baptist church. A 2010 KET production.

Michelle Alexander

28:24 | #612

A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Michelle Alexander was a 2005 Soros Justice Fellow. Alexander served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded the national campaign against racial profiling. She has clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court, directed the Civil Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School, and appeared as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC. She is currently a professor at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law. She is also author of The New Jim Crow. A 2010 KET production.

Reverend Norman Fischer

28:00 | #611

He's been called the Rappin' Chaplain. The Reverend Norman Fischer, the parish priest at Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church in Lexington is delivering a timeless message in a very contemporary way to reach young people. In today's pop and hip-hop-driven culture, a lot of churches are infusing their worship services with some secular flavor to attract and keep young folks in the pews. Father Norman, as he is called, is just doing what comes natural at his multi-generational, racially-blended catholic church. A 2010 KET production.

Frank X. Walker

28:00 | #610

Affrilachian poet and author Frank X. Walker, a native of Danville, Ky., has inducted new words into our language, been a catalyst for cultural and artistic expressions, and has given voice to neglected heroes of American history and African ancestry. Walker is also an associate professor of English and co-chair of the Africana Studies Initiative at the University of Kentucky Department of English and has a new collection of poems that tell the story of legendary African American jockey Isaac Murphy. A 2010 KET production.

2010 Election

26:30 | #609

Renee and a panel of guests will discuss issues voters will face when they go to the polls in November.

Domestic Violence

26:30 | #608

Renee and a panel of experts discuss the issue of domestic violence. Guests: Darlene Thomas, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program; LeTonia Jones, Kentucky Domestic Violence Association; Terry Faragher, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Domestic Violence Prevention Board Director; and others. A 2010 KET production.

Cathy Holloway Hill

26:30 | #607

Author, businesswoman, and motivational speaker Cathy Holloway Hill discusses her career and her latest book Emotional Bailout!: Nine Principles for Rising When Your World is Falling. She also discusses her radio show, "Living By Design." A 2010 KET production.

End of Life Care - Hosparus

26:30 | #606

Renee discusses end of life care with staff and volunteers of Hosparus, the community of hospices of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Central Kentucky. Guests include: Ellen Green, Senior Clinical Director; Delanor Manson, associate vice president of quality and education; Stephanie Smith, communications director; and Dr. George Webb, Hosparus volunteer and former associate medical director. A 2010 KET production.

Ron Spriggs

26:30 | #605

Ron Spriggs, executive director of the Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., brings artifacts and talks about his exhibit to the first African American airmen who served during WWII. He also talks about the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Trail, a 191-mile stretch in Kentucky and about plans to extend the trail to other states. A 2010 KET production.

Patricia Smith

28:01 | #604

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as "a testament to the power of words to change lives," is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and named one of NPR's Top 5 books of 2008. Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary. She is an inductee of the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. A 2010 KET production.

Dewey M. Clayton

28:10 | #603

Renee speaks with Dewey M. Clayton, political science professor at the University of Louisville and author of African Americans and the Politics of Congressional Redistricting. His latest book, The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama: A Critical Analysis of a Racially Transcendent Strategy, provides readers to explore the challenges an African American faces in becoming president of the United States. A 2010 KET production.

Sonya Baker

26:30 | #602

Soprano, Dr. Sonya Gabrielle Baker, professor of voice and assistant dean for the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at Murray State University, is noted for her performances of American music. She has been heard in concert both nationally and internationally, including at the Kremlin in Moscow. Baker also tours regularly as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Her debut recording, She Says, featuring art songs of American Women composers, was released in October 2004, a year after she made her Carnegie Hall debut with renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. A 2010 KET production.

Nat Irvin

26:30 | #601

Renee speaks with Nat Irvin, Strickler executive in residence and professor of management at the University of Louisville. His groundbreaking demographic research has created new paradigms for the future of African Americans in business and has made traditional stereotypes of black consumers obsolete. A 2010 KET production.

Lexington's African American Cemetery No. 2

26:30 | #543

Renee and her guests Yvonne Giles, director of the Isaac Scott Hathaway Museum at the Lexington History Center, Thom Southerland, documentary producer with the Lexington Public Library Cable Channel 20, and Mark Coyne, professor at the University of Kentucky, discuss the history and restoration efforts of Lexington's African American Cemetery No. 2. It was established in 1869 by the Union Benevolent Society No. 2 which was a group of enslaved men who dedicated themselves to good deeds. A 2010 KET production.

Spike Davis

28:30 | #542

Louisville native and comedian Spike Davis joins Renee to discuss his career and his new radio program Spike Davis and Friends, a family-friendly style of comedy. Davis began his career in 1986 and has toured with top comedians Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Cedric the Entertainer, and others. He has made appearances on BET, A&E, and Showtime networks. A 2010 KET production.

Mario J. Radford

26:30 | #541

Kentucky native and gospel singer Mario J. Radford performs. Radford was born and raised in Nicholasville, Ky. and attended Kentucky State University. He now lives in Natchez, Miss, where he is the worship leader for New Hope The Vision Center. Radford's first CD, Hidden, was inspired by his personal experiences and challenges. He calls his music "gumbo musicology," a blend of gospel music with classical worship ballads and contemporary Christian sounds.A 2010 KET production.

Lexington-Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo

26:30 | #540

Lexington-Fayette County's Economic Development Director Anthony Wright, who's spearheading the eighth annual Lexington-Bluegrass Area Minority Business Expo in August, discusses this year's theme: business growth challenges and opportunities in a post-recession economy. A 2010 KET production.

Minority Mental Illness

28:46 | #539

July is Minority Mental Health month and Renee welcomes Yolonda Kelsor Clay, Jennifer Dishman, and Marisol Valles - also known as the MAC (Multicultural Action Committee) Divas - from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lexington. They discuss the facts and fears of mental illness in minority communities. A 2010 KET production.

Marjorie Guyon

28:46 | #538

Renee talks with Lexington artist and New York native Marjorie Guyon about her recent "Nation of Nations" art project, a series of ten multimedia works on panel that offer a conceptual snapshot of America as a nation of nations. A 2010 KET production.

Gip Gibson

28:46 | #537

Renee sits down with Gip Gibson, founder of Ten Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization developed to empower children around the world with the basics of life: food, clean water, safe shelter, medical care, and education. Gibson discusses the relief and humanitarian efforts underway in Haiti by Ten Kids, Inc. The organization is supporting seven children, who range in age from six to thirteen years. A 2010 KET production.

Donna LJ Murphy

28:46 | #536

Renee speaks with Donna LJ Murphy, Kentucky's first Miss Basketball in 1976. The Newport High School star helped give girl's basketball its rightful place alongside the boy's competition as she led her teammates to many victories. Murphy was an All-American at Morehead State University, and played professionally in the WBL. She has almost 20 years of collegiate coaching experience as an assistant and served as head coach at Asbury College. She is a professor and counselor at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington. A 2010 KET production.

Soreyda Benedit Begley

28:46 | #535

Originally from Honduras, Soreyda Benedit Begley is a Lexington, Ky. based fashion designer. As a little girl she sewed by hand and used any materials she could find to create her designs. At the age of 13 she entered a sewing academy were she learned the techniques for pattern-making and garment construction. For 18 years she has been continuously designing and making clothes, creating unique pieces that have been shown on the runway and in art shows around Kentucky and in New York, Chicago, at Virginia Fashion Week and Atlanta, Ga. A 2010 KET production.

Hattie Hill

28:46 | #534

Hattie Hill has over twenty years experience as a businesswoman, professional speaker, and international management consultant. Her expertise in global leadership, customer service, and diversity has been shared with major organizations throughout the United States, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Hill's most recent book is Smart Choices That Will Change Your Life. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Joker Phillips

28:30 | #533

Recently selected as head football coach of the University of Kentucky, Joker Phillips talks about growing up in Kentucky, the path that led him to become the head coach of the UK football team, and "Operation Win" - his plan for success of Wildcat football. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Willie Taggart

26:30 | #532

As the star quarterback for Western Kentucky University from 1995-1998, Willie Taggart is only one of four Hilltoppers to have his jersey number retired. He was named Western Kentucky University's head football coach in 2009. Coach Taggart talks about his career and the path that led him back to his alma mater. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Charlie Strong

26:30 | #531

Named the 21st head football coach at the University of Louisville in 2009, Coach Charlie Strong talks about hiring practices for minorities in head coaching positions, his coaching career, and his plans for Cardinal football. A 2010 KET production.

Mozziz DeWalt

28:46 | #530

Renee speaks with Louisville native Mozziz DeWalt - a contestant on season 8 of NBC's The Biggest Loser. They discuss his upbringing on a farm and the value of hard work, the life-changing automobile accident that left him permanently disabled, his experience on the show, and his life-long passion for motivating young people to succeed. A 2010 KET production.

William E. "Bill" Strickland

28:46 | #529

Bill Strickland is the president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and Bidwell Training Center that endeavors to provide arts and cultural experiences to underprivileged, inner-city kids and expand education to low-income or jobless adults. Strickland is nationally recognized as a role model for social entrepreneurship as he blends a philanthropic mission into his business model. He was the culminating speaker for Lexington's recent Creative Cities Summit. A 2010 KET production.

Dr. Janet Taylor, MD

28:46 | #528

New York-based psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor is an expert in mental and minority health issues, stress management, and work-life balance issues. She talks with Renee about her Kentucky background; she graduated from the University of Louisville Medical School and earned her baccalaureate there as well. Dr. Taylor served as a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital. She frequently appears on NBC's Today Show, The Early Show on CBS, and is a contributing editor to and numerous other publications and blogs. A 2010 KET production.

Minority Health Awareness

28:46 | #527

Minority communities, particularly African Americans, are at greater risk of developing and dying from chronic diseases like diabetes. Renee and her guests explore the reasons for this trend and ways to reverse it. Guests: Dr. Tamea Evans, Lexington Diabetic Center and Wound Healing Center; Dr. Jai Gilliam, board certified internal medicine specialist and pediatrician, Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington; Kenyetta Pinkston, health educator, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department; and Master Tung Dinh, a six degree Black Belt in Tae Kwondo and fitness trainer in Murray, Kentucky. A 2010 KET production.

Glinda Bridgforth

28:46 | #526

Glinda Bridgforth is a leading financial expert who explores the emotional and cultural factors that block financial success. She brings over 30 years of experience to her consulting practice, Bridgforth Financial & Associates, LLC, and specializes in a holistic approach to money management. Bridgforth is the author of Girl, Get Your Money Straight! and co-author of Girl, Make Your Money Grow!. Her latest release is entitled Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!. A 2010 KET production.

Pastor Donna Hubbard

28:46 | #525 | TV-None

Renee speaks with Donna Hubbard, a former prison inmate, prostitute, and drug addict, now a pastor and was the keynote speaker at the Black Women's Conference at the University of Kentucky, who shares her inspiring life story. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Joker Phillips

28:46 | #524

Recently selected as head football coach of the University of Kentucky, Joker Phillips talks about growing up in Kentucky, the path that led him to become the head coach of the UK football team, and "Operation Win" - his plan for success of Wildcat football. A 2010 KET production.

Heart Disease

28:46 | #523

February is American Heart Month. Renee talks with a heart disease survivor, cardiologists and the head of the American Heart Association about the No. 1 killer of American women. A 2010 KET production.

50th Anniversary of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

28:46 | #522

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is considered the guardian of civil rights in upholding laws against discrimination in employment, rental housing, disability, and gender. Executive Director John Johnson traces the storied history of the organization that he's headed since 2007. Renee and Johnson also discuss the celebratory events and programs commemorating the agency's golden anniversary. A 2010 KET production.

Lexington East End Rebirth

28:46 | #521 | TV-None

Lexington's East End community is trying to recapture what was once the thriving hub of African American culture in the Bluegrass. Renee and guests talk about the community's progress. Guests include: David Cozart, administrator of development. Lexington Fayette County Urban League; Andrea James, 1st district councilwoman, Lexington Fayette-County; Maryjean Wall, famed sports writer and Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inductee; and Thomas Tolliver, East End resident and engaged citizen.

Human Trafficking

28:46 | #520 | TV-None

Renee and guests talk about the prevalence of human trafficking in Kentucky, laws guarding against the practice, and legal and social services available to victims. Guests include: TK Logan, PhD, author of a 2007 report on human trafficking in Kentucky and professor in Behavioral Sciences at UK; Gretchen Hunt, attorney, Ky. Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services; Marissa Castellanos, project manager, Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking for Catholic Charities; and Bree Pearsall, human trafficking outreach advocate, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. A 2010 KET production.

Personal Finance 3.0

28:46 | #519

Renee talks with money experts about debt reduction, tax credits, educational savings, and retirement account strategies for this bi-annual examination of personal money management. A 2010 KET production.

Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models)

28:46 | #518

Renee talks with college professors at Eastern Kentucky University who are rolling out an initiative called "Call Me MISTER"(Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models). The program seeks to recruit more males, particularly minority males, into the classroom as teachers. Developed by Clemson University, the program focuses on addressing the shortage of black male teachers in elementary schools. A 2010 KET production.

Bill Farmer Jr.

28:10 | #517

Bill Farmer Jr., president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, discusses his new role and how he hopes to build on the United Way's mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. A 2010 KET production.

Michael J. Phillips

28:01 | #516

Computer consultant, Michael J. Phillips, has 30 years experience in tutoring and motivating students of all ages in Shreveport, La., while occupying high level technology positions at companies like AT&T. He talks with Renee about test-taking strategies that can help students improve their scores and the role parents play in helping kids succeed academically. A 2010 KET production.

Inspirational Stories

28:46 | #515 | TV-None

Renee talks with former one-time gang member and convicted felon, Yusef Franklin, who in 2006 became a licensed minister and is currently a student at Asbury College seeking a degree in social work. Franklin discusses his book From the Penitentiary to the Pulpit. Renee also talks with registered nurse and Lexington motivational speaker Gwin Minter about her debut Christian-centered book, See It, Believe It, Do It.

Jahi Chikwendiu

26:30 | #514 | TV-None

Lexington native and highly celebrated photojournalist Jahi Chikwendiu travels the globe for The Washington Post. Chikwendiu, once a math teacher, couldn't resist his shutterbug calling and began his photojournalism career at the Lexington Herald-Leader. In 2008, Chikwendiu was honored as the White House News Photographers Associations' Photographer of the Year. He talks with Renee about growing up in Lexington and his calling to cover war-torn and conflict-ridden trouble spots around the world. A 2009 KET production.

Simon T. Bailey

28:46 | #513 | TV-None

Simon Bailey is a former Walt Disney Company executive who stepped away from his established career to create the Brilliance Institute, an organization dedicated to building the world's most valuable resource - its people. The internationally renowned speaker, author, and consultant is sought by Fortune 500 companies for his high, energy presentation style. He discusses his book, Release Your Brilliance and his path to success. Recorded at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville. A 2009 KET production.

Will Allen

28:46 | #512

Renee talks with former professional basketball player, Will Allen, who's taking the so-called "Good Food Movement" to inner cities in America. A son of sharecropping parents, Allen founded and operates a highly-touted non-profit organization called Growing Power based in Milwaukee, Wis., that provides safe and affordable fruits and vegetables to low-income city dwellers. Renee talks with Allen about his low-cost farming technologies that grow food year-round for thousands living in or near Milwaukee and Chicago. A 2009 KET production.

Dana Canedy

28:46 | #511

Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Senior Editor Dana Canedy has turned personal tragedy into a memoir for her son about his military father killed in Iraq. Her book, A Journal for Jordan is a mother's letter to her son about the father he would never know. Canedy, raised near Fort Knox and a University of Kentucky journalism graduate, shares with Renee the personal loss she still feels, the legacy of wisdom penned by her late partner to their son, and the Kentucky roots to which she still clings. A 2009 KET production.

Gina McCauley

28:46 | #510

Blog publisher Gina McCauley is unapologetic and uncompromising in her defense of black women and girls. Renee talks with McCauley about using social media tools to change negative portrayals of black women. The Texas native tells how she has convinced some large corporations to withdraw their advertising dollars from media that demean women. McCauley was part of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference in September where she led a workshop about blogging and social media. A 2009 KET production.

Breast Cancer

28:46 | #509

Survivors, experts, and activists discuss the fight against breast cancer including Lois Turner, whose husband Larry was just a few months shy of his fifth anniversary of surviving breast cancer when he died in the Comair Flight 5191 crash in Lexington in Aug. 2006. Mrs. Turner has become an advocate for breast cancer awareness in men. A 2009 KET production.

Kentucky Women in Agriculture

28:46 | #508

Renee is joined by a group of female farmers about their dedication to agriculture, the new challenges they face, and an upcoming conference by the Kentucky Women in Agriculture, Inc. Panelists include two beekeepers: Abigail Keam, who after suffering a near fatal asthma attack used her knowledge of beekeeping to create a successful business; and Tammy Horn, senior researcher and apiculturist at Eastern Kentucky University. A 2009 KET production.

Hispanic Heritage

28:46 | #507

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Renee talks with members of the Latino community about the significance of the anniversary, important issues facing the Latino community, and race relations with African Americans. A 2009 KET production.

Kathy Bullock

28:46 | #506

Renee speaks with Kathy Bullock who teaches music theory, black music, and Ethnomusicology at Berea College, and conducts music camps and workshops across the nation, Europe, and Africa. Bullock performs gospel songs and spirituals that have defined the spirit and faith of African Americans and discusses the connections between African American and Appalachian music. A 2009 KET production.

Kevin Powell

27:35 | #505

Poet, writer, political activist, and Hip Hop aficionado, Kevin Powell talks about his former journalism career and community activism since his days as a cast member on the first season of MTV's The Real World. Powell has written 10 books on African American culture, literature, manhood, and politics. A victim of domestic violence by his mother and a rehabilitated abuser himself, Powell discusses his quest to end violence against women. A 2009 KET production.

Marian Wright Edelman

28:46 | #504

On location in Frankfort for First Lady of Kentucky Jane Beshear's Inaugural "Graduate Kentucky" School Dropout Prevention Summit, Renee talks with lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans Marian Wright Edelman. The attorney, educator, and activist talks about the establishment of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in 1973 as a voice for poor, minority, and handicapped children. She discusses her work and the educational challenges facing the nation's children. A 2009 KET production.

Raising African American Girls

28:46 | #503

Renee discusses a new book Raising African American Girls that offers suggestions about teaching girls about self-esteem, building confidence, protection from abuse, and preparing for college at a young age. A 2009 KET production.

Marjorie Guyon

28:46 | #502

Renee talks with Lexington artist and New York native Marjorie Guyon who spent much of her childhood roaming the halls of the Museum of Modern Art. Guyon shares how living in Kentucky has been crucial in the development of her art even as most of her work is shown and purchased outside the state. Guyon discusses her latest pieces showcased in a downtown Lexington bank entitled "The Illumina Project." A 2009 KET production.

Stephen L. Hightower

28:46 | #501

Since 1957 the Hightower Family has continued to operate as a privately-held corporation in various business endeavors. In 1984, Stephen Hightower started Hightowers Petroleum Company as a licensed motor fuel dealer. Renee talks to Mr. Hightower about his family-owned company, based in Franklin, Ohio, and the kind of marketplace-driven, nontraditional businesses minorities should consider pursuing that show growth in a sluggish economy. A 2009 KET production.

Patricia Russell-McCloud

28:46 | #448

Renee speaks with Patricia Russell-McCloud, a featured speaker at this year's Lexington-Bluegrass Minority Business Expo. She discusses her background, including her ties to Kentucky and her decades of experience as a professional speaker. Also, Russell-McCloud discusses her book A is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living, among other topics. A 2009 KET production.

Aaron Thompson

28:46 | #447

Aaron Thompson, an Eastern Kentucky University sociology professor and an expert on gender, race, and societal issues, discusses his Appalachian roots, his career, and other topics, including his work speaking to police officers about racial profiling. A 2009 KET production.

Criminal Prosecutors

28:46 | #446

Prosecuting attorneys are charged with putting criminals behind bars and protecting the public. However, because African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated, black prosecutors who put black criminals in jail often face criticism that they are participating in a racist criminal justice system. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Felicia Nu'Man and Kimberly Henderson Baird address those accusations and discuss contributing factors to the high number of African Americans behind bars. A 2009 KET production.

Cheryl Pan

28:46 | #445

Chinese folk dancer Cheryl Pan demonstrates some of her best dance moves. Pan, who has trained extensively in classic Chinese folk dances, also serves as a dance instructor. She specializes in teaching people of all ages different Chinese ethnic dances, some of which are rarely seen in the U.S. A 2009 KET production.

Early Childhood Education

28:06 | #444

As parents, students, and educators gear-up for another school year, Renee talks with Annette Bridges, director of the Kentucky Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program about the state's programs to get kids on the right academic track before they enter kindergarten.

Minority Business Development in Kentucky

00:00 | #443

How are minority-owned businesses faring in this tough economy and what tools are available to help small businesses survive and thrive? Renee's guests for this discussion include Anthony Wright, economic development officer for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, who is organizing the annual Lexington Minority Business Expo in August, and others. A 2009 KET production.

Jo Sanders

00:00 | #442

A nationally-recognized gender equity expert, Jo Sanders talks with Renee during her visit to Lexington for the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative. For three decades, Sanders has provided consulting services about women and technology, science, and mathematics, education, and employment institutions and programs. Her work has been featured in newspapers around the country. A 2009 KET production.

Summertime Sweet Treats

28:46 | #441

Renee visits with Lexington bakery owner James Brown, who's been a professional chef in Kentucky since 1996. Brown serves up 21 varieties of cupcakes, mini-pies and sculpted cakes, all made from scratch. And, Renee talks with Robyn Stuart of Frankfort who fashioned a family favorite holiday treat, bourbon balls, into a successful side business. A 2009 KET production.

Young Artists: Poems and Paintings

28:46 | #440

Renee talks with Kentucky artist Darryl Davis about how he fashions art from discarded lint. Next, Renee speaks with artist, educator, and activist Bianca Spriggs. Spriggs has most recently served as a visiting writer at Transylvania University. An Affrilachian poet and Cave Canem Fellow, she is the author of Kaffir Lily and her poems appear in various collections. A 2009 KET production.

Nikki Jackson

28:46 | #439

State Personnel Cabinet Secretary Nikki Jackson, one of the subjects of artist Pat Gallagher's 10 Most Inspirational Women of Louisville series of paintings, discusses her background, engaging state employees, the Cabinet's current programs, and more. A 2009 KET production.

U.S. Census

28:46 | #438

Ben Johnson, partnership specialist with the Charlotte Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Sandra Powell, Hispanic outreach activist and chair of Richmond, Ky.'s Human Rights Commission, discuss the many benefits of an accurate census count, changes from the previous census survey, and job opportunities provided by the Census Bureau. They also look at challenges to obtaining accurate census data. A 2009 KET production.

Personal Finance 2.0

28:46 | #437

Dana S. Branham, financial advisor with Edward Jones, and Natalie Barrett, certified public accountant and owner of Natalie L. Young, PSC, give viewers a mid-year personal finance check-up. Branham and Barrett discuss what to do with tax refunds, how to get out of credit card debt, 2009 tax credits and healthy credit scores. They also make suggestions for those who have practiced good financial habits but are still unable to build savings. A 2009 KET production.

Girls STEM Collaborative

28:46 | #436

Renee welcomes a panel of guests to discuss the Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative Project. Guests: Carol Hanley, director of education and communications at the University of Kentucky's Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment; Doris Clark-Sarr, director of Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS) at Murray State University; Caroline Reid, assistant professor of social work at Eastern Kentucky University; and Sue Scheff, coordinator of the Appalachian and Minority Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Majors (AMSTEMM) program at the University of Kentucky. A 2009 KET production.


28:46 | #435

A panel of experts examines responsible homeownership in tough economic times. Guests: Chris Ford, president and CEO of Resources, Education and Assistance for Community Housing (REACH); Janet Beard, vice-president of community affairs for Fifth Third Bank in Lexington; Raquel Williams, co-owner and vice-president of Guide Realty Inc. and president of the Lexington chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers; and Abdon Ibarra, director of home ownership education and counseling for the Kentucky Housing Corporation. A 2009 KET production.

Native Americans

28:25 | #434

Renee welcomes a panel of guests to discuss We Shall Remain: American Experience, a national PBS series documenting 300 years of Native-American history, and provide insight into Native Americans' past, present, and future in Kentucky. Guests: Helen Danser, chair of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC); Darla M. Jackson, arts community liaison for KNAHC; and State Representative Reginald Meeks (D- Louisville), member of KNAHC.

Colmon Elridge III

28:46 | #433

Renee speaks with Colmon Elridge III, executive assistant to Gov. Steve Beshear, director of faith-based and community initiatives and director of strategic initiatives. At age 27, Elridge is the youngest person in the country to hold the post of executive assistant to a governor and one of the youngest members of the governor's administration. He discusses his ambitious career and talks about what inspired him to go in to public service. A 2009 KET production.

Phil Wilkins

28:46 | #432

Speaker, consultant, author, and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, CEO of Diverse Wealth Systems, discusses his current book Own Your Business, Own Your Life!, which provides strategies to be your own boss, and other topics. A Lexington resident, Wilkins has successfully completed Cornell University's Diversity Certification Program and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fifth Third Bank of Central Kentucky and the International Franchising Association's Diversity Institute. A 2009 KET production.

Obama's First 100 Days

28:46 | #431

Renee and panelists who were on the program on the eve of Obama's inauguration discuss President Obama's first 100 days in office. Guests include: Osi Onyekwuluje, a Bowling Green attorney and a Republican; Charles Badger, vice-chairman of the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans (KFCR) and chairman of the Berea College Republicans; Kenya T. McGruder, Obama campaign coordinator in Kentucky; and Attica Scott, coordinator of Kentucky Jobs With Justice. A 2009 KET production.

Review of the 2009 General Assembly

28:46 | #430

Several of Kentucky's African American lawmakers review the recent session, including legislation pertinent to minority communities, speculation about a special session, minority representation in the General Assembly, and recruiting minorities into the political arena. Guests include: Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville; Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington; Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort; and Rep. Jim Glenn, D-Owensboro. A 2009 KET production.

Pastor Donna Hubbard

28:46 | #429

Renee speaks with Donna Hubbard, a former prison inmate, prostitute and drug addict, now a pastor and the keynote speaker at this year's Black Women's Conference at the University of Kentucky, who shares her inspiring life story. A 2009 KET production.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

28:46 | #428

Stage and screen actress Sheryl Lee Ralph discusses her one-woman show, Sometimes I Cry, based on real women's personal stories about HIV and AIDS. She also discusses her experiences in the 1980s cast of Dreamgirls, acting on television versus acting on stage, the limited acting roles available to women of color, and even sings a few notes. A 2009 KET production.

Jesse and Stephanie Morris

28:46 | #427

Renee speaks with Pastor Jesse Morris and his wife, Stephanie, former owner's of Central Kentucky's Old Happy Days Barbeque restaurants and founders of the Inner City Breakthrough Ministry in Lexington. The couple discusses their 11 years in the restaurant business and the decision to close Old Happy Days and work in the ministry full-time. A 2009 KET production.

UK's Black Women's Conference

28:46 | #426 | TV-None

Renee welcomes a panel of guests from the University of Kentucky to discuss the upcoming annual Black Women's Conference and current issues affecting African-American women. Panel members are Tamara Brown, associate professor of clinical psychology; Sonja Feist-Price, director of the university's African American Studies and Research Program; and Debra Harley, chair of the Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling department. A 2009 KET production.

Liberty District - Ralph Bunche Community Center

28:46 | #425

Renee speaks with Alma Glover, director of the Liberty District Ralph Bunche Community Center in Glasgow, Ky. The center used to be an all-black school, but now serves the community while trying to preserve its heritage. Glover discusses how the school was named for Ralph Johnson Bunche, a political scientist and diplomat, who was the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. A 2009 KET production.

Sheila Williams

28:46 | #424

Renee speaks with novelist Sheila Williams about her childhood in Columbus, Ohio, her decision to become a writer after years in the business world and her latest book, Girls Most Likely. A 2009 KET production.

Doris Wilkinson

28:46 | #423

Renee speaks with pioneering educator Doris Wilkinson. In 1967, she became the first full-time African-American female faculty member hired by the University of Kentucky. Wilkinson, best known for her work in sociology, and black history and culture, created the African-American Heritage Trail in downtown Lexington along with numerous educational exhibits. A 2009 KET production.

Crystal Wilkinson

28:46 | #422

Renee talks with poet and writer Crystal Wilkinson, a Casey County native who shares her stories about growing up in rural Eastern Kentucky. These stories provide the basis for her first published collection Blackberries, Blackberries. Wilkinson also discusses her writings, involvement with the Affrilachian poets, and works in progress. A 2009 KET production.

Abraham Lincoln Symposium at Centre College

28:46 | #421

Renee and organizers of the "Year of Lincoln" at Centre College talk about the symposium held to honor the bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birthday and his Kentucky connections. A 2009 KET production.

The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project

26:30 | #420

Renee talks with faculty members from three Kentucky universities about an endeavor to bring organizations and programs that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue educational choices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to build a strong, diverse workforce in Kentucky. A 2009 KET production.

African American Politics

28:46 | #419

On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s national birthday celebration and the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, Renee talks with black political activists about what African Americans should expect from the nation's first black president, the youth vote, and if Obama's campaign success will encourage more minorities to seek office at local and state levels. A 2009 KET production.

Gip Gibson

28:10 | #418

Ten Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization developed to empower children around the world with the basics of life: food, clean water, safe shelter, medical care, and education. Renee talks with founder Gip Gibson and board member Holly Brady about the organization that is supporting seven Haitian children. A 2009 KET production.

Financial Planning

28:46 | #417

Join Renee and guests as they talk about ways to get your financial house in order at the start of the new year. Get tips from financial experts about eliminating debt, building savings, and ways to make your money go farther. A 2009 KET production.

bell hooks

28:00 | #416

Renee sits down with feminist scholar bell hooks, author of more than 30 books on issues such as social class, gender, and race. They discuss her postmodern view of feminism and race, her return to Kentucky, her latest book Belonging: A Culture of Place, and her work at Berea College. A 2008 KET production.

Jerry Mitchell

28:58 | #415

Journalist Jerry Mitchell, a justice reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., hailed as a Ku Klux Klan buster for his investigative reporting that lead to the reopening of civil rights cases in the 1960's, discusses his crusade for justice that was first inspired by the movie Mississippi Burning. A 2008 KET production.

Keli Goff

28:46 | #414

Renee speaks with Keli Goff, political activist and author of the critically acclaimed book Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence. They discuss the importance of the youth vote and what they expect from political candidates, the influence of pop culture on political attitudes, and the cultural and political divide between black Americans of the civil rights generation and their children and grandchildren. A 2008 KET production.

Dr. Jai Gilliam

28:46 | #413 | TV-None

Renee speaks with Dr. Jai Gilliam, pediatrician and internal medicine specialist, about diabetes in juveniles and African Americans. They also discuss men's health issues. A 2008 KET production.

Alzheimer's and Ethnic Minorities

28:46 | #412

Dr. Allison Caban-Holt, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, and Elisa Freeman-Carr of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Kentucky discuss the latest research on Alzheimer's disease, medical advances, the role of caregivers, and the impact of the disease on minorities. A 2008 KET production.

J. Michael Brown

30:00 | #411

Renee speaks with J. Michael Brown, a former district judge who is now secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Topics include efforts to reform the state's penal code to address jail and prison overcrowding, the financial strain caused by that overcrowding on local and state budgets, alternative sentencing, treatment for non-violent offenders, and the rate of incarceration among minority groups. A 2008 KET production.

Judy Jackson

30:00 | #410

Former Vassar College dean Judy "JJ" Jackson officially assumed her administrative duties at the University of Kentucky in July 2008. In her new role, she is responsible for promoting collaboration among UK faculty, staff, administration, and students in the university's pursuit of diversity goals, including boosting minority enrollment. A 2008 KET production.

Immaculée Ilibagiza

30:00 | #409

Immaculée Ilibagiza, author of Left To Tell, survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide by silently hiding with seven other women in a cramped bathroom at a local pastor's house for 91 days. She shared her story with Renee at the September 2008 Idea Festival in Louisville, where she was a featured speaker. A 2008 KET production.

Samantha Thornhill

30:00 | #408

A conversation about writing and teaching with poet, spoken-word performer, and author Samantha Thornhill, who participated in the 2008 Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Thornhill talks about her young adult novel Seventeen Seasons and about teaching poetry to first-year acting students at the Juilliard School. A 2008 KET production.

Mary Evans Sias

30:00 | #407

For the fifth straight year, U.S. News and World Report has named Kentucky State University one of the best baccalaureate universities in the South. Dr. Mary Evans Sias, KSU's 13th president, talks about how she is working to update the image of the university, boost enrollment, and increase student retention and graduation rates. A 2008 KET production.

Children's Health Insurance

30:00 | #406

Renee and her guests discuss Kentucky's uninsured and underinsured children and recent changes to the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program that were designed to make it easier for families to apply. Guests: Janie Miller, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Sherrie Stefan, manager of clinical resource management at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville; and Stephanie Barnett of CLOUT (Citizens of Louisville United Together). A 2008 KET production.

Ricky Jones

30:00 | #405

Dr. Ricky Jones, chair of pan-African studies at the University of Louisville, discusses his book What's Wrong with Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination. It takes a critical look at the rise of Barack Obama and what it means or doesn't mean for black leadership in post-civil rights America. A 2008 KET production.


27:52 | #404

Renee and her guests discuss two mentoring programs designed to help Kentucky's young people. Founder and Executive Director Margaret Dunbar-Demaree talks about how Louisville's 1+1=U helps students with behavioral problems stay in school. And Ryce Hatchett explains the work of Amachi Central Kentucky, which reaches out to children of incarcerated parents. A 2008 KET production.

Christopher 2X

28:46 | #403

Renee speaks with Louisville activist Christopher 2X, founder of Fight Crimes Against Children. Born Christopher Bryant in Jeffersonville, IN, he once served prison time for drug trafficking, but has since earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for victims of violent crime and poverty. A 2008 KET production.

Donna Brazile

30:00 | #402

Renee speaks with Donna Brazile, a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN's Inside Politics and American Morning. Brazile is a veteran strategist for numerous national and statewide political campaigns. In 2000, she became the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign when she headed up the Gore-Lieberman team. A 2008 KET production.

William H. Turner

30:00 | #401

Renee speaks with Dr. William H. Turner about the forgotten minorities of Appalachia and the false, negative stereotypes that persist about the region. Holder of the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, Turner is also the author of several books and the co-editor of a recent issue of Appalachian Heritage. A 2008 KET production.

Adewale Troutman

30:00 | #322

Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and founder of the Center for Health Equity, discusses how disparities in health care relate to social, economic, and racial status. A 2008 KET production.


30:00 | #321

Renee discusses the Muslim faith with Ihsan Bagby, Islamic studies professor at the University of Kentucky; Shahied Rashid, a member of the Islamic Society of Central Kentucky; and Dana Bingham, a recent convert. Topics include the major principles of the faith, common misconceptions about it, the practice of polygamy, and the influence wielded by American Muslims around the world. A 2008 KET production.

Eleanor Jordan

28:46 | #320 | TV-None

Renee speaks with Eleanor Jordan, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women, about the status of minorities in the state, national policies, and issues affecting women. Jordan has served in the state House of Representatives, been an ombudsman for the Cabinet for Families and Children, and worked as principal assistant for Attorney General Greg Stumbo. A 2008 KET production.

Garry R. Bibbs

28:46 | #319

Renee welcomes artist Garry R. Bibbs, a Louisville native who now teaches and directs the graduate sculpture program at the University of Kentucky. Bibbs discusses his influences and inspirations for creating his large metal sculptures as well as his other artistic endeavors. A 2008 KET production.

Jim Embry

28:46 | #318

Renee speaks with Lexington environmentalist and activist Jim Embry, founder of Sustainable Communities Network, about the importance of community gardens, sustainability, and environmental awareness. Embry also founded the Youth Green Corps, the Issac Murphy Memorial Garden, and the Northeast Lexington Initiative. A 2008 KET production.

2008 Elections

28:46 | #317

Renee speaks with Saundra Ardrey, professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Western Kentucky University, and Bowling Green attorney Osi Onyekwuluje at WKU's School of Journalism. They discuss the 2008 local and national elections, African-American candidates for office, the youth vote, and how student activism may affect the outcomes. A 2008 KET production.

Lucille Jackson

30:00 | #316 | TV-None

Lucille Jackson, owner of Hunter's Hatters in Lexington, discusses her transition from teacher to business owner, why she chose to work with hats, and how the right hat always suits the wearer's personality. She also talks about her busiest time of the year—the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby. A 2008 KET production.

Pamela Goodwine

30:00 | #315

Renee speaks with Fayette District Court Judge Pamela R. Goodwine, who in 1999 became the first African-American female judge in Fayette County. Goodwine discusses family tragedies, her own painful battle with Crohn's disease, her future career goals, and an idea for reducing Kentucky's sizeable prison population. A 2008 KET production.

Joycelyn Elders

28:46 | #314

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African American and the second woman to hold the position of surgeon general of the United States, discusses her childhood in Arkansas, her extended family, what inspired her to go into medicine, and some of her controversial stances on health care and other political issues. A 2008 KET production.

Unnatural Causes: A Connections Special

01:00:00 | #313 | TV-None

In a local companion program to the PBS series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, panelists explore how health problems relate to social, economic, and racial status. Guests include Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and founder of the Center for Health Equity, and health care providers, advocates, and researchers from around the state. The discussion is interwoven with highlights from a town hall forum held in Louisville. A 2008 KET production.

John J. Johnson

30:00 | #312

Renee speaks with John J. Johnson, the new executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Johnson has been a civil rights activist since the age of 17, when he became the youngest president of any Kentucky chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A 2008 KET production.

Activate America

30:00 | #311

Renee speaks with Freddie Brown, director of the YMCA's Activate America Program, about community health and fitness projects being sponsored by YMCAs in Kentucky and around the country. A 2008 KET production.

Elaine Farris

29:30 | #310

Renee speaks with Elaine Farris, Kentucky's first African-American school district superintendent, about her new role as deputy commissioner overseeing the Kentucky Department of Education's Bureau of Learning and Results Services. Farris is also a member of the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, KET's governing board. A 2008 KET production.

Higher Education

29:30 | #309

Two representatives from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education discuss how the "Double the Numbers" campaign and other CPE initiatives will affect minority students in the Commonwealth. Guests: Sherron Jackson, assistant vice president of finance and equal opportunity, and Rana Johnson, senior associate for equal education opportunities. A 2008 KET production.

Alma Randolph

28:30 | #308 | TV-None

Alma Randolph, a community relations specialist, philanthropist, and gospel singer from Owensboro, talks about her family's struggle through poverty. Those experiences prompted her to start a foundation that has provided new back-to-school clothing to more than 9,300 disadvantaged children. A 2007 KET production.

Kingdom Purpose Ministries

30:00 | #307

Renee speaks with Rev. Byron Cooper of Lexington's Kingdom Purpose Ministries about his church's rehabilitation mission for nonviolent offenders. Cooper discusses how his own background influenced his call to begin the program and outlines how discipline, employment skills training, and religious teaching are combined within its curriculum. A 2007 KET production.

Breast Cancer

30:00 | #306

Renee speaks with Dr. Vinnette Little, a specialist in internal medicine at Central Baptist Hospital; and breast cancer survivors Porter "P.G." Peeples, a prominent civic and community leader in Fayette County; and Bonita Peoples, an educator, about why the decline in breast cancer is escaping some racial groups, why some studies have shown that breast cancer is more aggressive and more fatal in black women, and if the disease is becoming more prominent in men. A 2007 KET production.

Home Ownership

29:00 | #305

A discussion of the current housing market, sub-prime mortgage lending, predatory lending, and the spike in the foreclosure rate across the nation. Guests: D. McGinnis Mitchell, chief executive officer and president of Premier Mortgage Group; Abdul Muhammad, vice president for Fifth Third Central Kentucky's mortgage lending team; and Linda Taylor of REACH, a Central Kentucky agency that assists low- to moderate-income families with affordable housing. A 2007 KET production.

Mental Illness

28:01 | #304

Renee examines how minorities are affected by mental illness and how to overcome the stigma surrounding the disease with Jennifer Dishman and Yolonda Kelso, two Lexington women who organized a Multicultural Action Committee for their local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. A 2007 KET production.

Rev. Kevin Cosby

28:25 | #303

Renee speaks with the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, senior pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, the largest African-American church in Kentucky at 10,000 members. Cosby also serves as president of Simmons College of Kentucky, the oldest black college in the state. A 2007 KET production.

Tuskegee Airmen

29:30 | #302

Renee relives some World War II history with Kentuckians Frank Weaver and William H. Cornish, who were members of the ground crew supporting the Tuskegee Airmen, and with Ron Spriggs of Nicholasville, an amateur historian who has created exhibits about the pioneering unit of African-American aviators. A 2007 KET production.

Fathers and Sons

27:56 | #301

A back-to-school edition focusing on African-American fathers' involvement in their children's lives. James Chambers, diversity outreach coordinator for Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, discusses the Million Father March, which asked dads to accompany their kids on the first day of school. Renee also speaks with L. Dennis "Coach D" Robinson, president and CEO of the LDT & Associates Leadership Academy.

Dr. Ian Smith

28:10 | #220

Renee talks to physician, author, radio/TV host, and health advocate Dr. Ian Smith about health issues of particular concern to African Americans. Smith is the medical/diet expert on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, the host of Meet the Faith on BET, a medical contributor to ABC's The View, a contributing editor to Men's Health magazine, and the author of several best-selling diet and health books. A 2007 KET production.

Sanford T. Roach

26:46 | #219

Renee speaks with standout basketball coach and respected educator Sanford T. Roach about his storied career, including his tenures at Kentucky State University and Dunbar High School in Lexington. Roach was also the first black principal of an integrated elementary school in Lexington and worked as an adviser for two of the city's mayors. A 2007 KET production.

Dot Dunn

30:00 | #218

Dot Dunn, an African-American entrepreneur who owns and operates the Lakeview Point Bed and Breakfast on Lake Herrington, discusses her dream of owning her own business, her path to starting an inn, and the satisfaction of fulfilling her dream. A 2007 KET production.


30:00 | #217

Renee speaks with Rep. Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville) about efforts to officially recognize the Juneteenth holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in America. Lexington author and educator Rosetta Lucas Quisenberry shows examples from her collection of mid-19th-century postcards with stereotypical and racist depictions of African Americans. A 2007 KET production.

Rap Lyrics

28:10 | #216

Lexington radio executive and deejay Jay Alexander and Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Betty Baye discuss how some rap lyrics demean women and create a double standard by using racially charged language. Bayes also discusses the "lazy Rolodex" syndrome that leads reporters to rely on the same sources, even though they may not represent a group that has been victimized by discrimination. A 2007 KET production.

Future Black Males Working Academy

28:10 | #215

Lexington teacher Roszalyn Akins and her pastor husband, the Rev. Dr. C.B. Akins, discuss the objectives of the Future Black Males Working Academy, a mentoring and tutoring program they organized at First Baptist Church Bracktown in conjunction with Leestown Middle School. By offering focused individual attention, they hope to narrow the achievement gap and lower the dropout rate among African-American boys. A 2007 KET production.

Harry Pickens

26:30 | #214

Renee visits with internationally renowned jazz pianist Harry Pickens at his Louisville studio. He discusses his love of performing for small groups as well as large audiences, the fulfillment he finds in educational projects, his social and community activism, and how a rebound from chronic illness gave him a new perspective on life and music. The 6'9" Louisville native also recalls his pursuit by basketball coaches when he was young. A 2007 KET production.

Cinco de Mayo Special

28:00 | #213

Renee and a panel of guests discuss issues of concern to Hispanics, including housing, employment, and entrepreneurship. Guests: Sandra Powell, Hispanic outreach coordinator in Richmond; Elisa Bruce, Latino development manager and assistant vice president at Fifth Third Bank; and Andres Cruz, editor of La Voz de Kentucky, a bilingual newspaper in Central Kentucky. A 2007 KET production.

Preserving African-American History

29:30 | #212 | TV-None

Renee speaks with Executive Director C'lest Lanier and board member Anthony Wright about the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage, a $25 million museum in Louisville that will trace the historical achievements and accomplishments of African Americans throughout the state's history. Co-editor Gerald Smith of the University of Kentucky discusses the Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia project. A 2007 KET production.

Eddie Davis

30:00 | #211

Eddie Davis, a self-taught photographer who seldom misses a march, protest, or demonstration in Louisville, uses his camera as a tool for social activism. He shares some of his most memorable photos and talks about what his images say about the state of race relations in Louisville. A 2007 KET production.

Anne Sleet

27:45 | #210 | TV-None

Renee speaks with Anne Sleet, the first African-American mayor of Perryville and one of only a few black women ever elected mayor in Kentucky. At age 75, she is also one of the oldest individuals, black or white, to begin a term as mayor. A 2007 KET production.

Ed Hamilton

30:00 | #209

Louisville sculptor Ed Hamilton talks about his career and a project to create a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln for Louisville's Waterfront Park in honor of the Lincoln bicentennial. Other Hamilton sculptures include the Spirit of Freedom African-American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC and the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, CT. A 2007 KET production.

Teresa Isaac

30:00 | #208

Renee speaks with outgoing Lexington mayor Teresa Isaac about her term in office and her plans for the future. Isaac discusses her accomplishments and her personal goals that led her into politics. She also discusses her plans to run for future offices. A KET production.

Steve Crump

28:00 | #207

Renee speaks with producer Steve Crump about his film Louisville's Own Ali. The first black anchorman in Lexington, Crump went on to work as a reporter and documentary filmmaker in Detroit and Charlotte. A 2006 KET production.

Unity in the Community

28:43 | #206

Pastors and other participants discuss Boyle County's Unity in the Community event, which featured a unique "minister exchange program" between black and white churches. Guests include Jerry Shepard, senior minister at First Christian Church; William Jenkins of St. James A.M.E. Church; Willie Newby, pastor of First Baptist Church Perryville; and Kirsten Carey, worship leader at Cornerstone Assembly of God. A 2006 KET production.

Mary Levi Smith

28:55 | #205

Former Kentucky State University president Dr. Mary Levi Smith, the first woman to head that institution, discusses her grassroots beginnings in education; her 28-year career at KSU; and her book In Spite of the Odds: Using Roadblocks, Potholes and Hurdles as Stepping Stones to Success, which chronicles her childhood and adolescence in the segregated South. A 2006 KET production.

Lonnie Clinkscale/Hasan Davis

28:30 | #204

As a child, Lonnie Clinkscale suffered from severe stuttering and learning disabilities. His book Hey Dummy chronicles how he overcame those obstacles to become an entrepreneur, an author, and a department head at a large Louisville hospital. Former "gang-banger" Hasan Davis is now a performer and youth advocate who runs a nonprofit organization to help other young people find dignity and self-respect. A 2006 KET production.

Raoul Cunningham

28:30 | #203

Renee speaks with long-time civil rights leader Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cunningham began working for the NAACP at 14, helping to organize youth protests against discrimination at Louisville businesses in the 1960s. A 2006 KET production.

Bruce S. Gordon

29:15 | #202

Renee discusses politics, the Bush administration, education, Hurricane Katrina, the plight of African-American men, and other topics of national interest with Bruce S. Gordon, president and CEO of the NAACP. A 2006 KET production.

Connections with Renee Shaw

01:00:00 | #115

At the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Renee moderates a town hall meeting about a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that will decide whether a voluntary desegregation plan used by the Jefferson County Public Schools is constitutional. A KET production.

Gulf Coast Volunteers

28:00 | #201

One year after Hurricane Katrina, Renee speaks with two Kentuckians who have made several trips to the region about progress toward rebuilding the Gulf Coast. Doug Roederer and Meka Davis, both of Lexington, have raised thousands of dollars to help hurricane victims put their lives back together. A 2006 KET production.

Mahjabeen Rafiuddin

28:00 | #114

Renee visits with teens who have attended Everytown Kentucky, a residential institute on tolerance and community building for young people, and with its coordinator, Mahjabeen Rafiuddin, associate executive director of the Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice. A 2006 KET production.

Don Tharpe

28:05 | #113 | TV-None

Renee talks about issues facing the African-American community nationally with Kentucky native and Murray State University alumnus Dr. Don I. Tharpe, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, DC. A 2006 KET production.

J.L. King

28:10 | #112 | TV-None

Renee speaks with writer J.L. King about the "down low" phenomenon—men who have sex with other men even though they're in monogamous relationships with women. King is the author of the best-selling book On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of "Straight" Black Men Who Sleep with Men. A 2006 KET production.

AIDS in Kentucky

56:30 | #111

A special hour-long edition of highlights from previous episodes focusing on racial and gender disparities in HIV/AIDS rates in Kentucky as well as community, organizational, and faith-based responses to the epidemic. Additional material includes scenes from a statewide HIV/AIDS conference. A 2006 KET production.

AIDS in Kentucky (Part 2)

29:32 | #110

A discussion of family, community, organizational, and faith-based responses to HIV/AIDS, including black churches' responses to the epidemic; resources available to AIDS patients and survivors; housing, financial, medical, and meal assistance programs for the indigent; survivor skills for the partner of an HIV-positive person; and the importance of being tested. Guests: Annette Brooks, an HIV patient who works to keep other women from suffering the same fate, and Mark Johnson of the Fayette County Health Department and AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. A 2006 KET production.

AIDS in Kentucky (Part 1)

27:55 | #109

Renee and guests discuss racial and gender disparities in HIV/AIDS rates in Kentucky, including who's at risk, why the black community is being devastated by the disease, stereotypes and myths about the disease and those infected, and AIDS/HIV education among various groups. Annette Brooks discusses her personal struggle with HIV and how she's working to keep other women from suffering the same fate, and Mark Johnson of the Fayette County Health Department and AIDS Volunteers of Lexington discusses treatment and prevention efforts. A 2006 KET production.

Ron Spriggs

27:40 | #108

Nicholasville collector Ron Spriggs shows memorabilia from his traveling exhibit about the Tuskegee Airmen. He also explains how the achievements of that pioneering group of African-American pilots in World War II paved the way for the desegregation of the military and outlines some of the Airmen's Kentucky connections. A 2006 KET production.

Getting to College

28:30 | #107

Renee and guests discuss how to help young people—particularly minority youth—get to college. Executive Director Janell Hocker explains the goals of the Step Higher program in Northern Kentucky, which helps minority kids in grades 8 to 12 take trips to historically black colleges and universities across the country. Charlene Walker, interim vice president of multicultural affairs at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Phyllis Clark, assistant director of admissions for diversity recuitment at the University of Louisville, talk about the importance of exposing kids to higher education at an early age, how to find scholarships and get financial assistance, and other resources that can help students prepare academically and socially for the college experience. A 2006 KET production.

Willie Cole

27:30 | #106

Renee talks with international artist Willie Cole during his visit to Lexington for the African American Forum Ball. A versatile creator of sculpture, paintings, photographs, assemblages, and prints that reflect on the personal and collective history of African Americans, Cole is best known for a series of works involving flatirons. He discusses his fascination with rescuing discarded household fixtures and creatively reincarnating them into unique pieces of art. A 2006 KET production.

Muhammad Ali Center

27:40 | #105

Interviews with people close to the boxer known as "The Greatest" celebrate the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Renee talks with Ali's wife, Lonnie; Angelo Dundee, his first trainer; Howard Bingham, honorary curator of photography at the center; and visitors from around the world about Ali's impact on their lives. Highlights of the dedication ceremony for the center include a performance by Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots. A 2005 KET production.

Everett McCorvey

27:20 | #104

A one-on-one conversation with tenor Everett McCorvey, director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and voice instructor at UK. A native of Montgomery, AL, McCorvey is the founder and director of the American Spiritual Ensemble and has been hailed as Kentucky's most famous opera showman. A 2005 KET production.

Georgia Davis Powers

29:30 | #103

A one-on-one conversation with former Kentucky legislator Georgia Davis Powers, the first black woman to be elected to the Kentucky Senate. Grandniece of a slave, Powers worked on various local, congressional, and gubernatorial campaigns; was instrumental in organizing the March on Frankfort in 1964; and worked to pass open housing and public accommodations measures in the 1960s. She also discusses her intimate relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this interview, recorded before an audience at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.

Murray Special

26:30 | #102 | TV-None

A special edition taped on location at Murray State University in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the enrollment of the school's first African-American student. Murray graduate and staff member Doris Clark-Parham talks about the Adventures in Math and Science project to encourage minority students to pursue careers in math and science, and David Hudspeth discusses his work with high-risk kids through the Main Street Youth project, which provides activities and events that encourage holistic health for the mind, body, and soul. Renee also interviews one of the first African-American professors at MSU, Dr. Marvin Millsnow. A 2005 KET production.

Stedman Graham/Phillip Wilkins

26:30 | #101

Renee speaks with Stedman Graham, chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and consulting company that counts Harvard and CNN among its clients. Graham is also the best-selling author of You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success, Build Your Own Life Brand, and other books. Lexington businessman Phillip Wilkins, author of The Wealthy Entrepreneur, is also featured. A KET production.

Coach Willie Taggart

As the star quarterback for Western Kentucky University from 1995-1998, Willie Taggart is only one of four Hilltoppers to have his jersey number retired. He was named Western Kentucky University's head football coach in 2009. Coach Taggart talks about his career and the path that led him back to his alma mater. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Charlie Strong

Named the 21st head football coach at the University of Louisville in 2009, Coach Charlie Strong talks about hiring practices for minorities in head coaching positions, his coaching career, and his plans for Cardinal football. A 2010 KET production.

Coach Joker Phillips

Recently selected as head football coach of the University of Kentucky, Joker Phillips talks about growing up in Kentucky, the path that led him to become the head coach of the UK football team, and "Operation Win" - his plan for success of Wildcat football. A 2010 KET production.

Nat Irvin

Renee speaks with Nat Irvin, Strickler executive in residence and professor of management at the University of Louisville. His groundbreaking demographic research has created new paradigms for the future of African Americans in business and has made traditional stereotypes of black consumers obsolete. A 2010 KET production.

Sonya Baker

Soprano, Dr. Sonya Gabrielle Baker, professor of voice and assistant dean for the College of Humanities & Fine Arts at Murray State University, is noted for her performances of American music. She has been heard in concert both nationally and internationally, including at the Kremlin in Moscow. Baker also tours regularly as a soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Her debut recording, She Says, featuring art songs of American Women composers, was released in October 2004, a year after she made her Carnegie Hall debut with renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. A 2010 KET production.

Dewey M. Clayton

Renee speaks with Dewey M. Clayton, political science professor at the University of Louisville and author of African Americans and the Politics of Congressional Redistricting. His latest book, The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama: A Critical Analysis of a Racially Transcendent Strategy, provides readers to explore the challenges an African American faces in becoming president of the United States. A 2010 KET production.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith, lauded by critics as "a testament to the power of words to change lives," is the author of five acclaimed poetry volumes. Blood Dazzler, which chronicles the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and named one of NPR's Top 5 books of 2008. Smith is also the author of Africans in America, a companion volume to the groundbreaking PBS documentary. She is an inductee of the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. A 2010 KET production.

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Renee and legislators discuss the upcoming session of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly and issues confronting the state.

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