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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River; Forest Giants

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; and a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.
Season 24 Episode 13 Length 27:44 Premiere: 04/20/19

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


Host, Chip Polston

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

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

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

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Ebonite Bowling Balls, Rough River Dam State Park, and Forest Giants!

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

Clogging

Clogging has a special place in the history of Kentucky, and plenty of fans who enjoy learning the style of dance today.

“Clogging is a very old dance,” says clogging instructor Barry Lanham. “It originated in the Appalachian Mountains and is the official state dance of Kentucky. It’s been around for hundreds of years but is a mixture of African, Irish, German, and English step dancing. There are taps on the shoes, on the toes and on the heels, and I love the aspect of using your feet as an instrument.”

Continue reading about Clogging at Lanham Brothers’ and watch the video.

Ebonite Bowing Balls

The world’s largest manufacturer of bowling balls is located right in Kentucky. Ebonite International of Hopkinsville produces up to 3,000 bowling balls a day.

“The one huge aspect about bowling that most people don’t realize is that it’s very important to have your own bowling ball,” says Rich Hanson, International Sales Manager for Ebonite. “You can go bowling with your friends recreationally and you can just pick a house ball off the rack. But it’s not custom fit to your hand. That ball’s not designed to have any performance characteristics to it.

“Having your own ball, one that fits your hand properly, makes the game so much easier,” Hanson continues. “When a ball doesn’t fit your hand, it feels heavy because the holes are too big or too small, but having that ball that’s custom fit to your hand makes the game so much more enjoyable. Here at Ebonite international that’s what we do. We design bowling balls that help bowlers get better.”

Hanson explains that Ebonite produces different brands for different purposes. Hammer and Track are high-performance balls designed for top competitive bowlers. Columbia and Ebonite are brands that offer different levels of performance from recreational bowlers on up. Bowling is a popular sport worldwide, and the equipment has evolved over the years.

“I didn’t start bowling until I was 19 and I was in the Air Force,” says Mitch Beasley, Tech Services Director. “I was in Germany. That’s where I learned to bowl. So I learned with a urethane bowling balls. They were a huge advancement compared to rubber and plastic that was made before that. I’d been bowling about four years when reactive resin balls came out and that totally changed the game because their performance was so much higher than urethane was.

“The cores were very simple back then,” Beasley adds. “And then you started learning you could make the cores heavier and the metal make different shapes inside the ball. They performed more. Then you started putting pieces on the side of the cores and then you started getting more performance. Ebonite’s evolved constantly to try and stay on the top and be the leader in the industry as far as performance and technology.”

Ebonite has been located in Hopkinsville for more than 50 years, and generations of family members have worked for the company. “Ebonite means a lot to the Hopkinsville community,” says Hanson. “We’ve created a lot of jobs for the community. I think it means a lot [to the community] to have a company that’s been here for this many years and that has that tenure of employees who know they have security. Every day they get up and they know this company’s been here and this company’s going to be here for a long time.”

Forest Giants at Bernheim Forest

A new art installation at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is gaining a lot of attention.

“90 years ago, when Isaac Wolf Bernheim gifted this land to the people of Kentucky, he wanted it to be a place where people could come and reside in nature with art,” says Visual Arts Manager Jenny Zeller. “For our 90th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate that, and so we commissioned Thomas Dambo, internationally renowned recycling artist, to come to Bernheim and build three giant sculptures inspired by this landscape.”

Read more about the Forest Giants at Bernheim Forest and watch the video.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

The Rough River Dam Reservoir in western Kentucky was originally built for flood control in the 1950s. But now, the scenic lake is a draw for tourists and new residents alike.

“I would say that Rough River Lake is the ideal lake for people who want to be close enough to home where it’s not inconvenient but far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away,” says Charlie Corbett, Land Developer with Patriots Pointe Custom Homes. “We’re an hour to Bowling Green, an hour to Owensboro, an hour to Elizabethtown. From my home to the airport in Louisville is 90 minutes, so we’re out in the middle of nowhere but we’re close. When you get here, it’s a different world.”

Find out more about Rough River Dam State Resort Park and watch the video.

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Season 24 Episodes

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

S24 E20 Length 28:05 Premiere Date 07/20/19

Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc.

S24 E19 Length 27:46 Premiere Date 06/01/19

Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen

S24 E18 Length 27:54 Premiere Date 05/25/19

African American Heritage Trail; Glasgow; US Grant III

S24 E17 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 05/21/19

Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan’s Louisville; US Grant II

S24 E16 Length 25:49 Premiere Date 05/11/19

Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley

S24 E15 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 05/04/19

Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan

S24 E14 Length 26:14 Premiere Date 04/27/19

Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River; Forest Giants

S24 E13 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 04/20/19

Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread Festival; Robert Penn Warren

S24 E12 Length 25:13 Premiere Date 04/13/19

Young at Heart Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; Savage Radley

S24 E11 Length 25:27 Premiere Date 04/09/19

Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin

S24 E10 Length 25:50 Premiere Date 02/23/19

Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant

S24 E9 Length 25:08 Premiere Date 02/16/19

Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival

S24 E8 Length 26:23 Premiere Date 02/02/19

The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff

S24 E7 Length 25:42 Premiere Date 11/17/18

Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point

S24 E6 Length 26:00 Premiere Date 11/10/18

Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In

S24 E5 Length 25:19 Premiere Date 11/03/18

eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy

S24 E4 Length 25:03 Premiere Date 10/27/18

Makerspace; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines

S24 E3 Length 27:38 Premiere Date 10/20/18

Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village

S24 E2 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/13/18

Wiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry

S24 E1 Length 27:27 Premiere Date 10/06/18

Eastern Kentucky Flood

Clip Length 13:40 Premiere Date 05/31/23

Mojothunder Live at KET

Clip Length 16:35 Premiere Date 03/09/23

Bardstown, KY Named "Most Beautiful Small Town In America"

Clip Length 08:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Barrel Racing Sisters

Clip Length 07:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Fort Knox Gold

Clip Length 07:28 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Icelandic Horses

Clip Length 07:00 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Jesse James in Kentucky

Clip Length 07:45 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Traveling the Bluegrass

Clip Length 04:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Zenyatta (Thoroughbred Racehorse)

Clip Length 07:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

USS Sachem

Clip Length 07:10 Premiere Date 02/23/23

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Bri Bowers; Bike Polo; Kentucky Meat Shower; Kelly Brewer - S28 E13

The illustrations of Louisville artist Bri Bowers depict some of the city's most well-loved local landmarks; a look at bike polo in Lexington; a 1876 phenomenon occurred when a substance resembling meat fell from the sky over the Crouch family farm in Olympia Springs; and artist Kelly Brewer and her friends started the Common Wealth of Kentucky Project, using their talents to showcase people and places in the Bluegrass.

  • Friday October 20, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Civil War Soldier Graffiti in Mammoth Cave; Kentucky Wool Works; Frazier History Museum; Pamir Afghan Cuisine - S29 E3

Explore the graffiti left by Civil War soldiers in Mammoth Cave; sustainability is a passion for the owners of Kentucky Wool Works; the esteemed collection of the Frazier History Museum; and an authentic Afghan restaurant that resides in an Owensboro biscuit house. A 2023 KET production.

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B-29 Superfortress Tour; Pink Boots Society; Artist Robert Morgan; Alice Houston - S28 E14

Explore the history of the B-29 Superfortress, the plane used to deliver the atomic bombs during World War II; Pink Boots Society comprises movers and shakers in the fermented and alcoholic beverage industry; Lexington-based artist Robert Morgan creates moving assemblage sculptures out of discarded family items; and explore the life of Louisville native and business leader Alice Houston, including her famous neighbor while growing up, Muhammad Ali. A 2023 KET Production.

  • Monday October 23, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Empress Chili; Painter Jon Gaddis; White Hall; Artist Lakshmi Sriraman - S28 E15

Chip visits Empress Chili in Alexandria, the restaurant that started the Cincinnati Chili craze in 1922; the works of contemporary landscape painter Jon Gaddis; the history of White Hall, the mansion that has been in Richmond since the 1700s and was the home of the prominent Clay family; meet Lexington artist Lakshmi Sriraman, who specializes in painting, dance, and more. A 2023 KET Production.

  • Tuesday October 24, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Author bell hooks; Lexington Writer's Room; WKDZ and the History of Radio; A Pollinator's Paradise - S28 E16

Explore the life and works of renowned Kentucky author and activist bell hooks, who championed the experiences of Black and working-class women that she argued were ignored by mainstream feminism; The Lexington Writer's Room offers local, active writers (and visitors) affordable and collaborative workspaces; when the tornados went through Western Kentucky in 2021, WKDZ and its sister radio station in Princeton went to great efforts to stay on the air; the Butterfly Greenhouse at Wilson Nurseries & Plant Co. educates Kentuckians about the importance of native pollinators by providing an up-close experience. A 2023 KET Production.

  • Wednesday October 25, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

Premiered On: 10/06/2018

Playing whiffle ball at Princeton's Little Busch Stadium; go climb a tree (and enjoy a luxurious night in it) at EarthJOY Treehouse Adventures; African-Americans came to work in the coal mines and are now making new lives in Lynch; Dayton and Bellevue football teams meet again in the most-played rivalry in Kentucky. A 2018 KET Production.

  • Thursday October 26, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village - S24 E2

Premiered On: 10/13/2018

Climb aboard and explore the Bourbon Trail with Doug Flynn and the good folks at Central Kentucky Tours, Harden Coffee in Campbellsville is a family business built from the "grounds" up, and meet some new neighbors at the nostalgic Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City. A 2018 KET Production.

  • Friday October 27, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Dream Riders; Buy Nothing Project; Underground Kayaking in Red River Gorge; Carver Abby Peterson - S29 E4

Visit two organizations that utilize horses to help individuals with mental health, cognitive development and physical therapy; the gift economy is growing in Kentucky, as well as a renewed sense of community; Chip heads to Wolfe County for an underground adventure by kayak; meet world champion carver Abby Peterson. A 2023 KET production.

  • Saturday October 28, 2023 8:00 pm ET on KET
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The Brick at Red River Gorge; Turtle Farm Pottery; Louisville Miniature Club; The Void; Irene Dunne - S27 E3

  • Tuesday September 26, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Tambour Beading; Soap Box Derby; Huntertown; Somernites Cruise; Triangular Jog - S27 E2

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Bluegrass Barons Vintage Baseball; Casey Jones Distillery; Highland Renaissance Festival; Lemonjuice McGee's Comic Cavalcade - S28 E4

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Spirit Nest; Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery; Appalachian Horse Project; Sassafras Tree - S27 E1

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Kentucky Life: Host Special - S26 E7

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Kentucky Life: Bourbon and Horses - S26 E6

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Kentucky Life: Food - S26 E4

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Hillbilly Days; Stitching the S.E.L.F.; Kentucky's Stonehenge; Friends of Eastern Cemetery - S28 E3

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Kentucky Life: Historical Figures - S26 E2

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Kentucky Life: Arts - S26 E1

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

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Russell Fork Rafting; UK's Digital Restoration Initiative; Memory-Breaks Interstate Park; Bowling Green Youth Orchestra - S25 E22

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

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Paris Fire Department; Memory-Agate Hunting; Artist Jonathan Queen; Florence Y'all - S25 E21

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

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Louisville's Old Fashioned; Kentucky Springseat Saddle; Memory-Mountain Pleasure Horses; Secretariat Statue - S25 E19

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

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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball - S25 E17

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

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Women's History - S25 E16

  • Friday September 1, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the "Votes for Women" Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

  • Thursday August 31, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Julia Chinn; Memory-Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd Lincoln - S25 E14

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

  • Tuesday August 29, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendover; Mary Ingles - S25 E12

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Author bell hooks; Lexington Writer's Room; WKDZ and the History of Radio; A Pollinator's Paradise - S28 E16

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Empress Chili; Painter Jon Gaddis; White Hall; Artist Lakshmi Sriraman - S28 E15

  • Saturday August 26, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Hosts

Our New Host, Chip Polston

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

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

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

Doug Flynn, Host for Seasons 21 – 27

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

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

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

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

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

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

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

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

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

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

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

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

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