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Poet and Playwright Constance Alexander

Renee Shaw talks with poet, playwright and civic journalist Constance Alexander about end-of-life issues and her new spoken word opera "The Way Home."
Season 18 Episode 12 Length 28:03 Premiere: 12/11/22

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Renee Shaw is the Director of Public Affairs and Moderator at KET, currently serving as host of KET’s weeknight public affairs program Kentucky Edition, the signature public policy discussion series Kentucky Tonight, the weekly interview series Connections, Election coverage and KET Forums.

Since 2001, Renee has been the producing force behind KET’s legislative coverage that has been recognized by the Kentucky Associated Press and the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Under her leadership, KET has expanded its portfolio of public affairs content to include a daily news and information program, Kentucky Supreme Court coverage, townhall-style forums, and multi-platform program initiatives around issues such as opioid addiction and youth mental health.  

Renee has also earned top awards from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), with three regional Emmy awards. In 2023, she was inducted into the Silver Circle of the NATAS, one of the industry’s highest honors recognizing television professionals with distinguished service in broadcast journalism for 25 years or more.  

Already an inductee into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame (2017), Renee expands her hall of fame status with induction into Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in November of 2023.  

In February of 2023, Renee graced the front cover of Kentucky Living magazine with a centerfold story on her 25 years of service at KET and even longer commitment to public media journalism. 

In addition to honors from various educational, civic, and community organizations, Renee has earned top honors from the Associated Press and has twice been recognized by Mental Health America for her years-long dedication to examining issues of mental health and opioid addiction.  

In 2022, she was honored with Women Leading Kentucky’s Governor Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award recognizing her trailblazing path and inspiring dedication to elevating important issues across Kentucky.   

In 2018, she co-produced and moderated a 6-part series on youth mental health that was awarded first place in educational content by NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association. 

She has been honored by the AKA Beta Gamma Omega Chapter with a Coretta Scott King Spirit of Ivy Award; earned the state media award from the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2019; named a Charles W. Anderson Laureate by the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet in 2019 honoring her significant contributions in addressing socio-economic issues; and was recognized as a “Kentucky Trailblazer” by the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration during the Wendell H. Ford Lecture Series in 2019. That same year, Shaw was named by The Kentucky Gazette’s inaugural recognition of the 50 most notable women in Kentucky politics and government.  

Renee was bestowed the 2021 Berea College Service Award and was named “Unapologetic Woman of the Year” in 2021 by the Community Action Council.   

In 2015, she received the Green Dot Award for her coverage of domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking. In 2014, Renee was awarded the Anthony Lewis Media Award from the KY Department of Public Advocacy for her work on criminal justice reform. Two Kentucky governors, Republican Ernie Fletcher and Democrat Andy Beshear, have commissioned Renee as a Kentucky Colonel for noteworthy accomplishments and service to community, state, and nation.  

A former adjunct media writing professor at Georgetown College, Renee traveled to Cambodia in 2003 to help train emerging journalists on reporting on critical health issues as part of an exchange program at Western Kentucky University. And, she has enterprised stories for national media outlets, the PBS NewsHour and Public News Service.  

Shaw is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Kentucky, a board member of CASA of Lexington, and a longtime member of the Frankfort/Lexington Chapter of The Links Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit organization of women of color committed to volunteer service. She has served on the boards of the Kentucky Historical Society, Lexington Minority Business Expo, and the Board of Governors for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

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Murray-Based Writer Discusses Her Dramatic Work That Explores End-of-Life Issues

The work is described as “reader’s theater” or a “spoken word opera,” but for Constance Alexander, her play “The Way Home” is meant to foster conversations about a subject people usually want to avoid: death.

“Most of the time, people say, ‘If I die’ instead of ‘When I die,’ says Alexander. “It is an inevitable thing and it is a part of life. And as difficult as it is, it brings insight and wisdom.”

The Murray-based poet, playwright, and journalist crafted the play out of a series of interviews she did for a public radio documentary she produced for WKMS-FM more than 20 years ago. Over a two-year period, Alexander spoke with a Trigg County woman in her 50s and a Calloway County woman in her 60s, both of whom were battling cancer.

“The Way Home” is a dramatic interpretation of those conversations that features characters representing the two women, and a journalist interviewing them.

“It is a reader’s theater piece, which means that the actors don’t have to memorize lines,” says Alexander. “You can read it and perform it.”

In the play, the character Teresa has already survived one bout with cancer in her 30s when she finds herself facing a second diagnosis in her 50s. Without insurance, she isn’t sure how she will afford the costs of her treatment. That’s when neighbors in Teresa’s small hometown step up to help.

“They put her on another chemo drug, and she went to a local pharmacy to inquire about the cost,” Alexander says. “They called her later and said, ‘We’ll pay for it.’”

The other character, Pat, is already battling Parkinson’s disease when she notices a new set of symptoms. For a long time, her doctors attribute Pat’s ailments to the Parkinson’s. It is only later that they realize she has stage 4 breast cancer.

Alexander says the women, like many cancer patients, found themselves trying to pull information out of their doctors about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.

“I’m having to read a lot of books and learn to speak your language.” says one of the women in the play as frustration rises in her voice. “I got a book on anatomy and physiology and started looking in the glossary to find words in my pathology report, and I spend time online looking for information... I just want you to realize that I want to know what’s going on. I have a right to know, don’t I?”

After Alexander had completed her interviews with the two women and produced her radio documentary, she found that she still had their voices in her heart and head. That’s when she decided to craft the interviews into a theatrical piece. Her working title for the play was inspired by the Jane Kenyon poem named “Otherwise.” But as she completed work on the final scenes, Alexander says the name “The Way Home” jumped into her mind.

“When I hit that line... I just broke down because it was just perfect, it was just right,” says Alexander.

Even before the play was published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown in 2020, “The Way Home” had been performed by groups around the country, from main-stage productions at arts centers to community theaters, from college campuses to hospital conference rooms. A Louisiana performance featured an 86-year-old woman battling the fatigue of her own cancer treatments. In Arkansas, a local television reporter with terminal breast cancer read the part of the journalist. From the beginning, Alexander says she never wanted to make money off the play.

“Rather than get royalties for this piece, I just wanted to see it performed anywhere anyplace to raise money for these issues,” she says.

When Grief Comes Home

The play has taken on new meaning for Alexander, who lost her husband to lung cancer in early November. Roy Davis was an artist, coffin maker, and long-time director of the University Art Galleries at Murray State University. With her own grief still so fresh, Alexander says she is trying to stay busy and rely on the support of family and friends.

“You just have to feel however you do feel – every emotion possible, I run through all of them several times a day,” she says. “It’s a cliché but you do have to feel your feelings and not isolate too much, and accept the help that people are so willing to give.”

Davis was renowned in Murray for his extravagant and eccentric holiday decorations. One year Alexander says her husband even fashioned a Christmas tree out of pork chops. She wasn’t sure whether she wanted to decorate their home for this holiday, but she says she finally decided it was the right thing to do.

“For me there’s comfort in that,” says Alexander. “It reminds me of the past, but it also is a reminder of this is my present now and my future as being a widow.”

She’s also working on the final draft of a novel called “There’s Something I Need to Tell You.” Not unlike “The Way Home,” Alexander says the book is meant to inspire conversations among readers about the things too often left unsaid.

“It’s important to talk to each other and to share the intimacy of our own thoughts with the people who are around us and the people we care about,” she says. “We don’t always talk about these issues and I have a profound belief that the arts are a way to surface issues that we need to talk about.”

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Premiered On: 04/08/2016

Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, discusses efforts to increase awareness and prevention of child abuse in the state. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Thursday May 9, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 9, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY
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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

Premiered On: 04/15/2016

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes talks about her legislative agenda and the new online voter registration portal. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Friday May 10, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

Premiered On: 04/22/2016

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. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Monday May 13, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 13, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY
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  • Monday May 13, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
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  • Monday May 13, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

Premiered On: 04/29/2016

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. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 5:31 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 4:31 am CT on KETKY
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  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
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  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 1:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 14, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

Premiered On: 05/06/2016

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. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Wednesday May 15, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 15, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY
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Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

Premiered On: 05/13/2016

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. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Thursday May 16, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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  • Thursday May 16, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

Premiered On: 05/20/2016

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. A 2016 KET Production.

  • Friday May 17, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
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JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

  • Tuesday April 16, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Andre Taylor - S10 E43

  • Monday April 15, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 15, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Devine Carama - S19 E25

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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

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Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House - S10 E41

  • Thursday April 11, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

  • Wednesday April 10, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

  • Tuesday April 9, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 9, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Josh Nadzam and Tanya Torp - S10 E37

  • Monday April 8, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 8, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Amy Goyer - Caregiving - S19 E24

  • Sunday April 14, 2024 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 14, 2024 7:00 am CT on KETKY
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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

  • Friday April 5, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 5, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Jay Williams - S10 E33

  • Thursday April 4, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 4, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Thursday April 4, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
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Kiley Lane Parker - S10 E29

  • Tuesday April 2, 2024 11:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 2, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
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  • Tuesday April 2, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

  • Monday April 1, 2024 5:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 1, 2024 4:30 pm CT on KETKY
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KCTCS President Ryan Quarles - S19 E20

  • Sunday April 7, 2024 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 7, 2024 7:00 am CT on KETKY
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Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

  • Friday March 29, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday March 29, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet - S10 E26

  • Thursday March 28, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday March 28, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Elaine Chao - S10 E23

  • Wednesday March 27, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday March 27, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Wednesday March 27, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Diabetes Epidemic - S10 E20

  • Tuesday March 26, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 26, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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Mary Gwen Wheeler, 55,000 Degrees - S10 E16

  • Monday March 25, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday March 25, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Monday March 25, 2024 1:21 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Monday March 25, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY

Poet and Author Crystal Wilkinson - S19 E22

  • Sunday March 31, 2024 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday March 31, 2024 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Sunday March 24, 2024 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday March 24, 2024 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday March 24, 2024 11:30 am ET on KET
  • Sunday March 24, 2024 10:30 am CT on KET

15K Degrees Initiative - S10 E13

  • Friday March 22, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday March 22, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Friday March 22, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
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  • Friday March 22, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Sister Helen Prejean - S10 E12

  • Thursday March 21, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday March 21, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday March 21, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday March 21, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jefferson County Veterans Treatment Court - S10 E11

  • Wednesday March 20, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday March 20, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
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  • Wednesday March 20, 2024 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday March 20, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday March 20, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Bill Farmer - S10 E8

  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 11:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 10:30 am CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday March 19, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Diane Follingstad - UK Women's Circle Endowment Chair - S10 E6

  • Monday March 18, 2024 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday March 18, 2024 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday March 18, 2024 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday March 18, 2024 4:30 am CT on KETKY

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio - S19 E21

  • Saturday March 23, 2024 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday March 23, 2024 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 11:30 am ET on KET
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Nick Rowe - S19 E14

  • Sunday March 17, 2024 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday March 17, 2024 7:00 am CT on KETKY
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