Women’s History Month

Programs recognize the accomplishments of women

Join KET as we celebrate the accomplishments of women during the Women’s History Month, commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in history.

Ada Lovelace was a Victorian-era English mathematician and writer, known for her collaboration on the theoretical “analytical engine,” conceived of by Charles Babbage.

Interestingly, Ada was the only daughter of the poet Lord Byron and held the title of Countess of Lovelace when her husband was named Earl of Lovelace.

Celebrity cred aside, Ada was recognized as a math whiz as a teenager, and she began working with Babbage, who became known as “the father of computers.” She translated a short article on the analytical engine into Italian, adding her own elaborate set of notes — which today are recognized as the first computer program; that is, an algorithm meant to be completed by the machine.

Dr. Hannah Fry and a portrait of Lovelace

Ada died of cancer at the age of 36 and the analytic engine remained only a vision, until Ada’s notes became one of the documents that inspired Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

Join Dr. Hannah Fry, who tells the story of Ada’s short yet remarkable life in this program, from her early academic prowess to her famed collaborations with Charles Babbage.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

KET Tuesday, March 21 at 8/7 pm
KET2 Sunday, March 26 at 8/7 pm

 

Beloved Berkeley brainiac: Dr. Marian Diamond

For nearly 55 years, until her retirement in 2014, Marian Diamond would often be seen walking through campus to her anatomy class carrying a flowered hat box, within which nestled a real, pickled human brain. Gently lifting it from its wrapping, she would display it to her Berkeley classes and express her awe that such a small, three-pound mass of protoplasm was the most complex structure known to humankind.

Now 90, the neuroscientist who demonstrated that an enriched environment builds better brains — and who helped establish the now-accepted idea that the brain changes throughout our lifetimes and that we need to continually “use it or lose it” — is featured in a new documentary about her life.

The scientist who conducted the first scientific analysis of Albert Einstein’s brain was a beloved fixture at Berkeley whose lectures which often ended in applause. She earned many teaching awards, and her research on the brain inspired many others. Her YouTube videos — among the most popular courses on the Internet worldwide — inspired the creation of the documentary.

“I was absolutely mesmerized by her teaching, she was so energizing,” said producer/director Catherine Ryan. “She is a beloved professor and a worthy role model, especially for women and girls in science.”

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life & Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

KET Wednesday, March 22 at 10/9 pm
KET2 Sunday, March 26 at 6/5 pm

 

A powerful sisterhood: Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Brontë

Ever since they were revealed to the world as quaint country women and not the notorious Bell brothers of their pseudonyms, the Brontë sisters have fascinated legions of devoted readers.

Many novels of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne are based on women in Victorian England and the difficulties that they faced, like few employment opportunities, dependence on men in the families for support, and social expectations. Their works, now recognized to be early feminist novels, feature protagonists struggling to gain independence and self-reliance.

Join Masterpiece, for a new drama that transports viewers to the picturesque Yorkshire village where the Brontë sisters lived — now a mecca for Brontëphiles from all over the world. Scenes at their parsonage home were shot in an exact replica that recreates the feel of a lived-in mid-19th-century provincial dwelling, with the sisters congregating around the dining table to pen their stories and plot their editorial strategy.

To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters on Masterpiece

KET Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 9/8 pm
KET2 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 9/8 pm

Explore African American history

Programs recognize the achievements of black Americans

Learning comes to life on KET during Black History Month, or National African American History Month. The annual celebration of achievements by black Americans recognizes the central role of African Americans in U.S. history; learn more by tuning in to these programs in February.

African American Museum
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 5 • 10/9 pm

Go inside this remarkable new Smithsonian museum to see items from its collection — like Michael Jackson’s performance wear and James Baldwin’s passport — and learn about the building itself, with its design invoking the craft of cast iron created by black craftspeople and wooden Nigerian sculptures.

The Girls in the Band
KET Monday, Feb. 6 • 9/8 pm
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 12 • 8/7 pm

Learn the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them.

Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
KET Monday, Feb. 6 • 10/9 pm

Learn how D.W. Griffith’s 1915 The Birth of a Nation unleashed a battle still waging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Featuring Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and others.

The Talk: Race in America
KET Monday, Feb. 20 • 9/8 pm

In the wake of tragic and fatal events between men of color and law enforcement, an increasingly necessary conversation is taking place among black and Latino families as parents counsel their kids to stay safe if they are stopped by the police. Called “The Talk,” it contains phrases like “always answer ‘yes sir, no sir,’ “never talk back” — and “If you think you are falsely accused, save it for the police station. I would rather pick you up at the station than the morgue…”

The Mayor: The Age of Riley
KET2: Monday, Feb. 20 • 10/9 pm

For 40 years, Charleston’s mayor worked for equality. Then, in the final months of his service, he faced his worst nightmare: the tragic massacre of nine African Americans by a young white supremacist in the oldest African Methodist Episcopalian church in America.

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
KET Tuesday, Feb. 21 • 8/7 pm
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 26 • 9/8 pm

This American Masters documentary is the first about the incomparable author (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

Black Guides of Mammoth Cave
KET2 Sunday, Feb. 26 • 8/7 pm

The story of a generation of African American guides who first discovered and then created their livelihoods around Mammoth Cave.

Africa’s Great Civilizations
KET Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 27-March 1 • 9/8 pm

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. travels throughout the vast continent of Africa to discover the true majesty of its greatest civilizations and kingdoms. Traversing the dawn of mankind to the dawn of the 20th century, the series is a universal and personal journey that explores culture and art

Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
KET2: Monday, Feb. 27 • 10/9 pm

Rare archival film and extraordinary interviews are used to chart Marshall’s life (1908-1993) in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

’Tis the season!

New specials, old favorites help make your holidays bright

Christmas on the Danube
KET2 Friday, Dec. 16 • 6:30/5:30 pm
KET2 Saturday, Dec. 24 • 1 pm/noon

The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Follow the river from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, to learn these cities’ histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets.

Mr. Stink
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 6/5 pm
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 25 • 10/9 am
A girl befriends an unusual tramp and learns that there is more to him than meets the eye — or nose. Based on David Williams’ bestselling book.

Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 9/8 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 9/8 pm

Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which includes performances by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and country star Sara Evans. Also featured is Broadway, film, and TV star Robert Morse — Mad Men’s Bert Cooper — who demonstrated his song-and-dance chops in his unforgettable exit from the series in 2015.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
KET Monday, Dec. 19 • 9/8 pm

Broadway star Laura Osnes and acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for an unforgettable Christmas concert. Metropolitan Opera soloists join the award-winning all-volunteer choir, made up of 360 men and women, and its 150-member orchestra.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
KET2 Tuesday, Dec. 20 • 7/6 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 2/1 pm

Chef Vivian Howard serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. Sample simple corned ham, an upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John, and an elegant red velvet cake for a charming and delicious holiday special.

Jordan Smith ’Tis the Season
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 8/7 pm

Kentucky’s own Jordan Smith skyrocketed to national fame by winning The Voice competition in 2015 — and becoming its biggest selling artist to date. Now, join the pride of Harlan in his own holiday special featuring music from his new Christmas album, ’Tis the Season, with special guest David Foster.

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
KET2 Wednesday, Dec. 21 • 10/9 pm

The world-renowned violinist performs an intimate holiday concert in his Manhattan residence featuring “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York, and more.

Holidays at Murray State 2016
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 10/9 pm

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and featured soloists highlight this annual holiday special.

Christmas at Belmont
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 11/10 pm

Join host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty, and Nashville Children’s Choir for traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and lighthearted seasonal favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • midnight/11 pm

This concert pairs the acclaimed mixed-voice choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir. The program was recorded in one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world, and its stunning acoustics complement the distinctive style of a capella singing for which the St. Olaf Choir is well known.

Rick Steves Special: European Christmas
KET Sunday, Dec. 25 • noon/11 am

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick celebrates the Christmas season in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.


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