Archive for May, 2012

Snake night!

Learn about snake handlers, venom in medicine, pythons in the Everglades and more

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tonight on Nature, Nova and Inside Nature’s Giants, learn about snake handlers, venom in medicine, pythons in the Everglades and more.

On Nature‘s “Black Mamba” at 8/7 pm CT on KET, a team of snake handlers hopes to change public perception of what they feel is a misunderstood snake, the black mamba, one of Africa’s most feared.

Then, at 9/8 pm CT on KET, Nova‘s “Venom: Nature’s Killer” follows two scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures. Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.

End your snake night with “Monster Python” on Inside Nature’s Giants at 10/9 pm CT on KET. In Florida’s Everglades, “python hunters” attempt to control the python population (approximately 100,000) through a cull. The program explores the science of slithering, the development of “infra-red goggles” that let the snakes hunt warm-blooded prey in the dark, and a flexible jaw that allows them to stretch their mouths around huge prey.

West Liberty interviews

Kentucky Life travels to West Liberty to interview community members about tornado stories

Thursday, May 24, 2012

On Thursday, May 31, Kentucky Life host Dave Shuffett and crew will be in West Liberty to record interviews with community members who would like to share their stories about the February 29 and March 2 tornadoes that caused mass damage in the area.

The interviews will take place at the Morgan County Fiscal Courthouse at 450 Prestonsburg Street from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to West Liberty residents, these interviews are also open to anyone in surrounding areas affected by the spring tornadoes.

In its upcoming season, which premieres in the fall, Kentucky Life will be featuring stories on West Liberty and other towns hit hardest by the storms.

Brandon Wickey, Kentucky Life producer, says he remembers the feeling of helplessness about the sudden devastation that had visited these communities across Kentucky.

“I had talked with a viewer from West Liberty earlier that morning on March 2 about an idea he had for Kentucky Life, and hours later, I was left wondering if he was among those injured or even killed in the tornado outbreak,” Wickey says.

“Everyone at Kentucky Life felt the need to honor these people and their communities across the state, to be present in the aftermath of this disaster and document their healing and eventual rebirth.”

Anyone with questions can call Wickey at 800-432-0951.

Here’s Johnny!

‘American Masters’ profiles television icon Johnny Carson on Monday night

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Johnny Carson was seen by more people on more occassions than anyone else in American history: over the course of 30 years, 4,531 episodes and 23,000 guests, he became a fixture of national life and a part of the zeitgeist.

American Masters explores the life, career, complexities and contradictions in the two-hour documentary “Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” on Monday, May 14 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Sunday, May 20 at 9/8 pm CT on KET2.

Narrated by actor Kevin Spacey, the film features 45 original interviews with Carson’s friends, family and colleagues, including his second wife, Joanne; Dick Cavett; Doc Severinsen; and other staff of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Many performers who appeared or began their careers on The Tonight Show are also interviewed, including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Steve Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ellen DeGeneres, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Joan Rivers, and David Steinberg.

One of the biggest stars that television has ever produced, Carson, who died in 2005, commanded at his peak a nightly audience of 16 million viewers — double the current audience of Leno and Letterman combined. Rarely giving interviews, Carson chose to remain a very private man whose public persona made him an American superstar.

Carson once revealed, “I can get in front of an audience and be in control. I suppose it’s manipulation. Offstage, I’m aloof because I’m not very comfortable.”


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