Go big blue!

Big Blue Live dives into life in Monterey Bay

It’s one great big reality show, the nature version, when scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts come together for amazing live television.

Their goal is to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Big Blue Live begins Monday, Aug. 31 at 8/7 pm on KET and continues Tuesday and Wednesday nights, also at 8/7 pm.

Expect to see some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year event.

The multi-platform event will be anchored by four on-air correspondents from a reporting hub at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and from aboard NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ research vessels. Leading scientists and other experts will provide additional insights.

Monterey Bay’s unique underwater geography, with a deep ocean canyon close to shore, brings species by the thousands into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

At this time of the year, krill and other small marine creatures attract sardines and anchovies to the bay, which, in turn, attracts other links in the marine life food chain.

The on-air correspondents include Dr. M Sanjayan, the host of EARTH A New Wild, and the senior scientist at Conservation International and Dr. Joy Reidenberg, the host of Sex in the Wild, a comparative anatomist with expertise in marine mammals. She will be on location as a primary science contributor, providing insight into the anatomy of the wide range of marine life in Monterey Bay.

It’s live — and online!

The multi-platform, digital experience for Big Blue Live will be at PBS.org/BigBlueLive, where users can watch the live streaming simulcast of each episode. You can also watch the broadcast and interact with a series of live marine wildlife cameras throughout Monterey Bay.

The site will also be a social hub, where you can discover, explore and join the national conversation about the series.

To participate in the conversation, and for a chance to have your post featured on the website’s social mosaic, use hashtag #BigBlueLive across social media.

KET recruits an all-star!

Welcome to Doug Flynn, new host of Kentucky Life

Doug Flynn, a former Major League Baseball player and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, is the new host of our popular series Kentucky Life. He steps up to the plate when the series premieres its 21st season in November.

“We’re happy to have Doug bringing his enthusiasm and love for Kentucky to the series,” said KET executive director Shae Hopkins. “He’s a natural storyteller that we think viewers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Doug himself is looking forward to joining KET.

“As host, it will be an honor and privilege to carry on this rich tradition of sharing our state’s proud history, geographic diversity, and natural beauty with my fellow Kentuckians,” he said.

During his 11-year career in baseball, Doug won two World Championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Born and raised in Lexington, Doug currently resides there with his wife, Olga. He is a banking officer with Central Bank & Trust 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.

A graduate of Somerset Community College, Doug has been inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Life is one KET’s most popular local programs and is overseen by series producer Brandon Wickey and executive producers Mike Brower and Craig Cornwell. The series has been in production since 1995. Doug is the series’s third host; former Kentucky Life hosts are Dave Shuffett and Byron Crawford.

Savor the beauty

New documentary goes inside London’s National Gallery

Founded in 1824 and located on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses works by some of the most famous and revered artists in European history — Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Monet, Thomas Gainsborough, Michelangelo, Johannes Vermeer. The list goes on and on.

Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family, about 1470

In his latest film, award-winning documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, Law and Order, At Berkeley) turns his lens on the National Gallery, capturing in fascinating detail the paintings and patrons, the artists and administrators who keep the institution going. National Gallery premieres Friday, August 21 at 10/9 pm on KET.

The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece 1370-1371, Jacopo di Cione

The London museum, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art. Docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner while restorers use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip.



In the program, you’ll attend administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public.



But most of all, National Gallery details the joy of spending time with the aforementioned masters as well as Caravaggio, Titian and Velazquez, Pissarro, and Rubens, and listens to the connoisseurs who discuss the aesthetic, historical, religious, and psychological underpinnings of these great masterpieces.



Watch a preview now of National Gallery and learn more at the website.


NATIONAL GALLERY trailer from Zipporah Films on Vimeo.





Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan, 1538, Hans Holbein the Younger

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