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Naomi Judd

Singer/songwriter, performer, and author Naomi Judd talks about her life and her recovery from a near-death medical experience.
Season 9 Episode 27 Length 28:23 Premiere: 07/26/14

Naomi Judd Offers Inside View of Ashley’s Senate Race Decision

It’s not uncommon for parents to help their child sort through the pros and cons of a life-changing decision like a major career move.

It’s a little less common when the new job is running for U.S. Senate, and the people having the conversation are country music star Naomi Judd and her daughter, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd. Naomi described that process to Bill Goodman on last weekend’s One to One.

She says the two of them rented a Washington, D.C., hotel suite so Ashley could talk to a number of Beltway insiders about a possible campaign against incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell. Naomi says the experience was exasperating.

“Ashley and I were so mortified, devastated by the lack of sincerity, the lack of awareness, the lack of a willingness to listen to the other side,” Naomi says. “I was relieved that she chose (not to run).”

Family History
The Judd roots run deep in Eastern Kentucky. Naomi says her great-great-grandfather used his Civil War pension to buy a family homeplace in Lawrence County. Naomi was born in Ashland, as was her older daughter, Wynonna.

After working as a registered nurse, Naomi launched a musical career with Wynonna. She says becoming an entertainer not only strengthened her relationship with Wynonna, but it also helped Naomi express feelings she had squelched for years.

“No one in our family was allowed to show emotion,” Judd says. “I always felt like a big piñata walking around, wishing somebody would break me open so I could spill all my secrets.”

But at the pinnacle of her singing career, Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, an infection of the liver that she likely contracted while working as a nurse in the intensive care unit. She was told she had three years to live. Yet Naomi did survive, experiencing what she calls a “medically documented miracle.”

Now she advocates on behalf of Hepatitis C research and is a frequent speaker on other health and social justice issues, including depression, domestic violence, and mountaintop removal coal mining.

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S9 E47 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 12/14/14

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S9 E44 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 11/27/14

Roger McNeil and Ben Malphrus

S9 E43 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 11/18/14

John Thelin

S9 E42 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/11/14

Congressman John Yarmuth

S9 E36 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 10/01/14

Ron Leach

S9 E35 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 09/23/14

Jack Conway

S9 E34 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 09/13/14

Hal Heiner

S9 E33 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 09/06/14

Mike Duncan

S9 E31 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 08/23/14

Steve Beshear and Hal Rogers

S9 E30 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 08/16/14

Sen. Rand Paul

S9 E29 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 08/09/14

Chuck Todd

S9 E28 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 08/02/14

Naomi Judd

S9 E27 Length 28:23 Premiere Date 07/26/14

Jason Howard

S9 E26 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 07/19/14

Roy Hoffman

S9 E25 Length 28:06 Premiere Date 07/12/14

Karen Mann

S9 E24 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 07/05/14

Dr. Shawn C. Jones

S9 E23 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 06/27/14

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen

S9 E22 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 06/21/14

Stephen Chung

S9 E21 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 06/14/14

Jean Cochran

S9 E20 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 06/07/14

Bob Marino

S9 E19 Length 26:17 Premiere Date 05/31/14

Diane Ravitch

S9 E18 Length 28:16 Premiere Date 05/24/14

Al Cross - 2014 election primary

S9 E17 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 05/17/14

Owsley Brown III

S9 E16 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 05/10/14

Eugenia Toma

S9 E15 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 05/03/14

Dr. Wayne Andrews

S9 E14 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/26/14

Dr. Otto Kaak

S9 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/19/14

Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer

S9 E12 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/12/14

John Williams

S9 E11 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/05/14

Jimmy Rose

S9 E10 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 03/29/14

Dan Gediman

S9 E9 Length 26:36 Premiere Date 03/22/14

James Hurley

S9 E8 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 02/23/14

Dreama Gentry

S9 E7 Length 28:00 Premiere Date 02/16/14

Geoffrey Mearns, president of Northern Kentucky University

S9 E6 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 02/09/14

Terry Brooks, Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

S9 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 02/02/14

Ben Chandler, Former Congressman

S9 E4 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 01/26/14

Dr. Christine Riordan

S9 E3 Length 27:31 Premiere Date 01/19/14

Governor Steve Beshear, January 5, 2014

S9 E1 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 01/05/14

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