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The Man Who Makes the Capitol Grounds Beautiful

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The Man Who Makes the Capitol Grounds Beautiful

Kentucky Capitol landscape consultant Tim Depenbrock describes the four seasons of work it takes to design and maintain the greenspace that surrounds the capitol, the annex, and the governor's mansion.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

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Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Though much of its history was eclipsed by the explosiveness of the 1960s, the essential role the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) played in shaping black life, creating a black middle class and dismantling segregation cannot be overstated.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Maya Angelou led a prolific life. She inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

A Marble-Clad Temple of Democracy

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A Marble-Clad Temple of Democracy

Learn the history of the Kentucky Capitol, from how the site in south Frankfort was selected, to funding of the building, the construction materials used, and the famous Kentuckians honored in the the Rotunda.

Dr. Gerald Smith on Race Relations in Kentucky

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Dr. Gerald Smith on Race Relations in Kentucky

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.

Doll Collection Honors Kentucky’s First Ladies

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Doll Collection Honors Kentucky’s First Ladies

A popular exhibit at the Kentucky Capitol pays tribute to First Ladies of the commonwealth throughout history. Explore the background of this doll collection and the exacting process used to create each replica.

A New History for the Old Capitol

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A New History for the Old Capitol

A look at the Old State Capitol, which served as the hub of Frankfort life and the seat of Kentucky state government for 80 years. The building continues to thrive today as a venue for teaching students about the commonwealth's history.

John Lewis — Get in the Way

John Lewis - Get in the Way

John Lewis — Get in the Way

Follow the journey of civil rights hero, congressman and human rights champion John Lewis. At the Selma March, Lewis came face-to-face with club-wielding troopers and exemplified non-violence. Now 76, he is considered the conscience of Congress.

American Experience: Roads to Memphis

American Experience

American Experience: Roads to Memphis

On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King. This is the fateful narrative of the killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society.

American Experience: The Gilded Age

American Experience

American Experience: The Gilded Age

Meet the titans and barons of the glittering late 19th century, whose materialistic extravagance contrasted harshly with the poverty of the struggling workers who challenged them. The vast disparities between them sparked debates still raging today.