Archive for March, 2010

More than a game

The Street Stops Here meets basketball coach who changes lives

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Street Stops Here chronicles the legendary St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, New Jersey) basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. and the journey of his team’s national record-setting 25th state championship season. It airs tonight at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET2 and shares the inspiring story of a coach’s mission to change kids’ lives — armed with little more than a basketball.

The Street Stops Here is a portrait of one of the most successful basketball coaches at any level and his career-long struggle to inspire and motivate his young and impressionable players. St. Anthony High School, an inner-city Catholic school, relies on Coach Hurley and the national following of its basketball program to keep its doors open. Housed in a building abandoned by a public school, St. Anthony has no gym or weight room and has had only minimal building improvements in nearly a century.

Even with his many championship trophies, Hurley works just as hard with his players off the court and is most proud of having sent to college all but two of the hundreds of players he has coached throughout his 36-year career.

Gray Matters

KET investigates brain injury

Monday, March 29, 2010

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for people under 24, and the rates in Kentucky are double that of the national average. Gray Matters: The Silent Epidemic of Brain Injury examines major causes of brain injury, meets families coping with the brain injury of a loved one, and looks at the resources available for brain injury victims in the Commonwealth. The program, hosted by Renee Shaw, airs Tuesday, March 30 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.

In this special presentation marking Brain Injury Awareness Month, guests discuss the high rates of brain injury in the state and the daily struggles of families affected by brain injury. The program also explores the main causes of brain injury in the Commonwealth, including vehicle crashes, equine and farm equipment accidents, and trauma from military combat.

Guests include Melinda Mast, executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky; Patty Tarvin and her daughter Shanna (pictured), who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car accident when she was 18; Tim Johns and his son TK, who injured his brain in a snowboarding accident when he was 26; and Linda Brashears, whose brain injury was caused by percussive waves from heavy mortar blasts to her military unit in Iraq.

A long-expected party

Swashbuckling adventure returns to Masterpiece

Friday, March 26, 2010

In 1817, soldier-adventurer Richard Sharpe comes out of retirement to quash a rebellion in British India and rescue his old friend Patrick Harper. Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) returns as the swashbuckling hero of this long-running series, based on the best-selling novels of Bernard Cornwell, with Daragh O’Malley as Harper.

The duo’s exploits put them at the center of a blood-thirsty insurgency, led by a psychopathic former English officer. Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi guest stars as Madhuvanthi, a beautiful schemer who is out to seduce Sharpe. “Sharpe’s Challenge” airs on Masterpiece Classic Sunday, March 28 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET and Thursday, April 1 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2.

Then, the thrilling adventures of Colonel Sharpe continue as he leads a ragtag party of civilians and soldiers on a march across India, with the murderous army of an opium lord in hot pursuit. “Sharpe’s Peril” airs Sunday, April 4 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET and Thursday, April 8 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2.

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