Archive for July, 2010

Movie Night

KET hosts community film screenings

Friday, July 30, 2010

This August, KET is hosting four community screenings of Independent Lens documentaries featuring the stories of exceptionally strong women. The events, which will be held at the KET Network Center at 600 Cooper Drive in Lexington, are free and open to the public. The films begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and a panel discussion with experts on that night’s topic will be held immediately following each screening.

The film series begins Aug. 5 with “Shadya,” a documentary about a 17-year-old girl who is a Muslim Arab living in Israel and a world champion in karate.

On Aug. 12, the Emmy Award-winning “Made in L.A.” follows three Latina immigrants on an odyssey to win basic labor protections.

Then, “Sunset Story” delves into the friendship between two feisty and free-thinking retirement home residents on Aug. 19.

Finally, the series finishes up on Aug. 26 with “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” (preview shown here) which tells the story of how a small women’s movement to plant trees in Kenya became a major political force powerful enough to bring down a dictatorship.


Watch The Rise and Fall of Melvin Purvis

Thursday, July 29, 2010

To many people today, the name Melvin Horace Purvis means nothing. But it was not so long ago that Purvis was a household name, and more than 260,000 boys and girls were digging through boxes of Post Toasties breakfast cereal to get their very own Purvis decoder rings and Junior G-Man badges.

Purvis skyrocketed to fame in the 1930s as the leader of the FBI team that took down some of the biggest gangsters of his day, including John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd. His death in 1960 from a gun shot to the head is still shrouded in mystery. Was it a suicide, as first reported? Was it an accidental shooting? Or was there something more sinister behind it?

Don’t miss G-Man: The Rise and Fall of Melvin Purvis tonight at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.

Sir Paul’s Night

In Performance at the White House celebrates Paul McCartney

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Join President and Mrs. Obama in the front row of a star-studded concert in honor of musician Sir Paul McCartney’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event, held in the White House East Room, includes performances by McCartney himself and Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Lang Lang, and Jack White (shown here performing “Mother Nature’s Son”), with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.

The music special, part of the In Performance at the White House series, features the concert event, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. The program airs Wednesday, July 28 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2 and 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT on KET.

An exclusive interview with McCartney is now available at

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