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Old Fashioned; Eugene Minihan Saddles; Secretariat Statue

The iconic Old Fashioned became Louisville's official cocktail; the Kentucky Springseat Saddle, created by Eugene Minihan from Owingsville in the late 1880s was designated the official saddle of Kentucky in 2019; Mountain Pleasure horses; and a statue of Triple Crown winner Secretariat is unveiled along the Lexington-Frankfort Scenic Corridor.
Season 25 Episode 19 Length 28:32 Premiere: 07/18/20

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


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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Louisville’s Old Fashioned and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center

An old fashioned is a straightforward cocktail: whiskey, bitters, simple syrup or sugar, ice, and a twist. This enduring recipe has a long history with possible ties to Kentucky.

“There was a whiskey cocktail in the early 1800s,” says Andy Treinen, president and CEO of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. “That was basically a sugar cube, and they would put bitters on top of it, and then they would muddle it and you would be allowed to pour your own whiskey over the top to taste.”

Continue reading about the old fashioned and Kentucky Bourbon Trail and watch the video.

The Kentucky Spring Seat Saddle

In the late 1800s, Kentucky saddle maker Eugene Minihan created and marketed an innovative product that would give the horse-dependent population a more comfortable way to ride. In 2019 the Kentucky General Assembly dedicated it as the official saddle of the commonwealth.

“He is credited with coming up with what we call a spring seat saddle,” says saddle maker John Goble. “He learned that he could take a tree—the frame that a saddle is built on—cut a piece of the branch out, and replace it with a leather hinge, and the saddle would be flexible. Today they’re called flex trees. But he was the first guy, as far as we know, that came up with this idea.”

Learn more about the Kentucky spring seat saddle and watch the video.

A Tribute to Secretariat

Drivers coming into Lexington on scenic Old Frankfort Pike are now greeted by a larger-than-life statue of one of the most famous Thoroughbred racehorses in history. Although he wasn’t foaled in Kentucky, Secretariat spent his life after racing in nearby Paris, and he left an indelible mark on the state’s signature industry.

The statue is situated in a roundabout located west of downtown Lexington at the intersection of Old Frankfort and Alexandria Drive. The location offers drivers a 360-degree view of the statue, which is the work of Washington-based artist Jocelyn Russell.

Read more about Lexington's Secretariat statue.

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Season 25 Episodes

Indoor Rock Climbing; Chained Rock; Dafford Murals

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

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

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

Paris Fire Department; Jonathan Queen; Florence Y’all

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

Music on Call; Vent Haven; Camp Shakespeare

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

Old Fashioned; Eugene Minihan Saddles; Secretariat Statue

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

Violins of Hope; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem

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

Kentucky Ferries; Idlewild Memory; Sneaker Culture

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

Celebrate Women's History Month

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

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

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

Julia Chinn; Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd

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

London Cycling; Fatherloss; May's Lick Rosenwald School

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

Alice Allison Dunnigan; Wendover; Mary Ingles

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

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

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

Bibb House Reunion; Freedom Singers; Ché Rhodes; Goatscaping

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

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

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

Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity

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

Kids Quilting; Bengals Training; Navajo Flute; Game Designer

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

Camp Nelson; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Building

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

Famous Graves; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green Men

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

Elijah Craig; Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster; Vian Sora

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

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends; Louisville Boxing

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

Paws on Patrol; Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown

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

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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Every April, Pikeville hosts the Hillbilly Days festival, three days of food, fun, and hillbilly spirit; Lexington students get first-hand experience in the world of fashion; the late artist Chester Fryer created Kentucky Stonehenge in Munfordville; Friends of Eastern Cemetery in Louisville is helping to restore the most over-buried cemetery in the U.S. A 2023 KET Production.

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

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Tambour Beading; Soap Box Derby; Huntertown; Somernites Cruise; Triangular Jog - S27 E2

Bob Haven of Lexington is known worldwide in the fashion industry for his Tambour beading; soap box derby racing is thriving in western Kentucky; the rich history of Huntertown community in Versailles; Somernites Cruise is a car enthusiast's dream in Somerset; the unusual history of the Triangular Jog that borders Kentucky and Tennessee. A 2022 KET Production.

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The Brick at Red River Gorge; Turtle Farm Pottery; Louisville Miniature Club; The Void; Irene Dunne - S27 E3

Visit The Brick, an ice cream, coffee, and pottery shop located at Red River Gorge; meet the artists at Turtle Farm Pottery; enthusiasts have an obsession for the very small at Louisville Miniature Club; a sake brewer in Lexington is introducing the drink to Kentucky; Louisville-born actress Irene Dunne earned the nickname The First Lady of Hollywood. A 2022 KET Production.

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Waveland History; Post-It Picasso; Miner's Songs; Wylie Caudill - S27 E4

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

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Lexington Camera Club; Maynard Blacksmiths; Charles Williams; Maurice Manning - S27 E5

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

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Purrfect Day Cat Cafe; Elk Population; Restoration at Aviation Museum of Kentucky; AppHarvest - S27 E6

Purrfect Day Cafe provides a unique way of finding new homes for cats; after 25 years of restoration efforts, Kentucky's elk population is thriving; volunteers at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky restore aircraft and other aviation artifacts with a combination of research and dedication; AppHarvest seeks to provide quality jobs by growing tomatoes in Appalachia. A 2022 KET Production.

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Cove Haven Cemetery; Huntertown; Julia Perry; Western Library - S28 E5

Cove Haven Cemetery has served the Black community of Central Kentucky since 1907; the rich history of Huntertown, established in 1871 as an African American free town in Versailles; musician Julia Perry and her association with the Lexington Philharmonic; the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library system was the first library in the nation staffed by, and intended for, African Americans. A 2023 KET Production.

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Julia Perry; Morehead Space Science; Quilts of Valor; Hickory & Oak; Raceland - S27 E7

Learning about composer Julia Perry's life and work with the Lexington Philharmonic; NASA's Lunar IceCube satellite was developed and built at Morehead State University; honoring military veterans with handmade quilts; bringing Appalachian-inspired dishes to Bowling Green; remembering a Kentucky racetrack nearly 100 years later. A 2022 KET Production.

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Grayson Jenkins; Frankie's Corner; Patricia Neal; Western Library; Virginia Movie Theatre - S27 E8

Musician Grayson Jenkins talks about growing up in Muhlenberg County; Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade introduces youth to the equestrian world; the career of Oscar-winning and Kentucky-born actress Patricia Neal; the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library was the first public library built for and staffed by African Americans; The Virginia Theatre in downtown Somerset. A 2022 KET Production.

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

Pioneer Playhouse in Danville is a unique outdoor theater that has been open for seven decades; restoration efforts of the old Wayland gym in Floyd County will house a museum honoring the region's high school athletes; St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville houses the skeleton remains of two 2000-year-old Roman Martyrs; a duo of plant-based restaurants in Lexington is challenging the notion that vegan foods are bland and boring. A 2023 KET Production.

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

During the Great Depression, a group of women riding horses and mules brought books to the people of Appalachia; two local farms provide classic Fall activities in the small town of Nancy; Lexington artist Robert Beatty is one of the most recognizable creators of modern album artwork; Beaver Dam in Ohio County is making a big name for itself as a Kentucky concert destination. A 2023 KET Production.

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Goin' Down Under; Remembering Ed McClanahan; National Quilt Museum; The Appalachian Shakespeare Center - S29 E1

Host Chip Polston goes on a walkabout at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo in Horse Cave; Ed McClanahan was a prolific writer and a member of Kentucky's "Fab Five"; the National Quilt Museum in Paducah honors quilters; and The Appalachian Shakespeare Center promotes Appalachia through the works of William Shakespeare. A 2023 KET production.

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Cora Wilson Stewart Moonlight Schools; Paramount Arts Center; Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites; Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland - S28 E6

Started in Rowan County in 1911, Cora Wilson Stewart thought up the idea of Moonlight Schools to combat adult illiteracy; the history of the iconic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky; first-generation Sri Lankan-American Sam Fore recounts her journey starting a small pop-up restaurant in Lexington; the unique Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland in Calvert City. A 2023 KET Production.

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Painting Large; Tony Moore; Red River Gorge Trail Crew; Mojothunder - S28 E7

The large-scale murals of central Kentucky artists Graham Allen and Geoff Murphy include a diverse group of people with Kentucky roots; meet comic-book illustrator and artist Tony Moore; the Red River Gorge Trail crew maintains the trails of this Kentucky treasure; Mojothunder is an up-and-coming rock band in the Bluegrass. A 2023 KET Production.

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River City Tin Type; Kentucky Women Veterans Honor Flight; Henderson Border; Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum - S28 E8

In Louisville, Rudy Salgado creates tintype photos with techniques and equipment from the 19th century; Kentucky women veterans traveled to DC over the summer for Honor Flight Kentucky; learn about the small part of Kentucky "north" of the Ohio River; the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum in Marion, Kentucky, features thousands of colorful fluorite mineral specimens. A 2023 KET Production.

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Antiquing in Hazel; Creelsboro Natural Arch; Victor Mature; UK's Circus Club - S29 E2

Antique lovers flock to the small town of Hazel in southwestern Kentucky; Creelsboro Natural Arch is one of the largest stone arches east of the Rocky Mountains; Louisville-born actor Victor Mature was a star in the 1950s; and the evolution of the University of Kentucky Circus Club. A 2023 KET production.

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Community Aid in Eastern Kentucky; Photographing Appalachia; Painting Appalachia; Russell Railroad YMCA - S28 E9

The historic flood that devastated portions of Eastern Kentucky in July 2022 highlighted the hard work, resilience and kindness of mountain communities; photographer Dean Hill has dedicated his life to capturing Appalachia on film; painter Ceirra Evans draws from her childhood to showcase the people of Appalachia; in Russell, the once-popular Railroad YMCA, now an abandoned building, was originally built to house railroad workers. A 2023 KET Production.

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WRFL 88.1 FM; Flame Run; Hensley Settlement - S28 E10

WRFL is the University of Kentucky's student-run radio station and has been operating for 35 years; visit Flame Run, a glass studio and gallery in Louisville and glass artist Brook Forrest White Jr.; and the history of Hensley Settlement and one man's determination to preserve a quieter way of life for his family. A 2023 KET Production.

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Wade Houston; Flavors from Home; First Vineyard Winery; Honoring Jonesville - S28 E11

Meet Wade Houston, Louisville businessman and former basketball coach at Male High School and the University of Louisville; author Aimee Zaring explores the recipes and journeys of refugees who live in Kentucky in her new cookbook; established in 1799 by Kentucky State Statute, First Vineyard was the first commercial winery in the U.S.; and a Buon fresco mural honors the once thriving African American community of Jonesville in Bowling Green. A 2023 KET Production.

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Wickliffe Mounds; Kudzu in Kentucky; Charles Young; Monte Casino Chapel - S28 E12

Wickliffe Mounds, a Native American archaeological site, features abundant wildlife, museum exhibits, a walking trail, welcome center, a gift shop and picnic areas; kudzu is known as 'the vine that ate the south' because it is so invasive; Charles Young from Mays Lick overcame barriers and became a military leader and overall renaissance man - a century after his death, Young received long overdue recognition; and while the 127-year-old Monte Casino Chapel may be small in stature, it more than makes up for its size in history. A 2023 KET Production.

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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.

  • Saturday October 21, 2023 8:00 pm ET on KET
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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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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

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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the "Votes for Women" Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

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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

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

  • Monday August 28, 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

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

  • Friday August 25, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Bibb House Reunion; Memory-Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes; Moment-Clydesdales - S25 E10

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

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

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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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