Archive for May, 2011

Paying tribute

Memorial Day programming recognizes veterans

Thursday, May 26, 2011

KET honors the service and sacrifice of American men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for the country with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, airing Sunday, May 29 at 8/7 pm CT on KET2 and 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET.

The award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, is co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds). The broadcast airs live before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and on the American Forces Network to service members stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.

Special guests/talent include: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); American Idol winner Kris Allen; Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; King of the Blues, B.B. King; classical superstar Hayley Westenra; and America’s beloved tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the New York City policeman who united the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Then, on Monday, May 30 at 8/7 pm CT on KET and 10/9 pm on KET2, Hallowed Grounds provides a rare visit to America’s extraordinary overseas military cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried there.

Over on the Kentucky Channel, check out Salute to Kentucky Soldiers: The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard. The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard performs a diverse selection of tunes at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Featured songs include standards such as marches and music of the Big Band era, as well as locally composed music, airing Monday, May 30 at 9/8 pm CT on KETKY.


PBS fall sneak peak

Prohibition, arts and the cosmos set the stage for new programming

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Watch the full episode. See more Ken Burns.

Mark your calendars: Spotlight is excited to give KET viewers a glimpse of new 2011 fall PBS programming.

Prohibition | Premieres October 2

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discover the true story of America’s “Great Experiment” with Prohibition, going beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rumrunners, flappers, and speakeasies to experience the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The series features music by Wynton Marsalis and the voice talents of Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons, Paul Giamatti, Oliver Platt, John Lithgow, Samuel L. Jackson, Patricia Clarkson, Adam Arkin, Sam Waterston, Josh Lucas, and others with narration by Peter Coyote.

PBS Arts Fall Festival | Premieres October 14

A centerpiece of the fall is the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival, offering full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries, and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and other areas of the country. The nine-part series will bring unparalleled access to the arts from multiple media platforms and in the classroom.

The festival features all-new broadcasts of classic and contemporary performances, including (just to name a few): Women Who Rock, inspired by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit of the same name; Give Me The Banjo, narrated by Steve Martin, a banjoist himself, exploring the roots of American music; and Great Performances‘ “The Little Mermaid From San Francisco Ballet.”

Nova: “The Fabric of the Cosmos” | Premieres November 2

Physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene returns to Nova with “The Fabric of the Cosmos.” The four-part miniseries takes viewers to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe, revealing that just beneath the surface of everyday experiences lies a world that is far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.

A proud and valuable history

Kentucky—An American Story

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The thought-provoking documentary, Kentucky—An American Story, narrated by Ashley Judd, examines how Kentucky’s history mirrors the larger American experience. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner (Thoroughbred), this film takes a look at the migration of Daniel Boone and thousands of settlers through the Cumberland Gap, coal mining, tobacco farming, the TVA, and the horse farms of the Bluegrass. The film focuses on Kentucky’s proud and valuable history, which is deeply intertwined with the American experience.

Tune in Tuesday, May 24 at 8/7 pm CT on KET and Sunday, May 29, at 5/4 pm CT on KET2.

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