America After Ferguson

Join host Gwen Ifill for town hall meeting

Explore the many issues that have been brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo., in America After Ferguson, airing Friday, Sept. 26 at 8:30/7:30 pm on KET.

Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor, and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, moderates.

While the facts of the case are still in dispute, for many the story of Ferguson has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America, exposing a persistent disconnect along lines of race, class, and identity.

The program, taped at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, includes audiences in communities across the country.

Participating in America After Ferguson are national leaders in the law enforcement, race, and civil rights; government officials, faith leaders, and young people.

“The upheaval in Ferguson stirred up an all too familiar stew of debate over race, justice and citizenship,” Ifill said.

“It’s a discussion fueled by community outrage and resentment on all sides, but it is one that shouldn’t end. Our town hall conversation will shed light rather than heat on the topic, as we seek out the voices interested in digging deeper.”

Actors Theatre: Step onto our stage

New ‘Kentucky Muse’ celebrates theater’s 50 years


It’s been a venue for new playwriting talent such as Kentuckian Marsha Norman, and launched the careers of notable actors such as Kathy Bates, Mary McDonnell, and Holly Hunter. It’s known internationally for its vibrant new talent, strong apprenticeship program, and model of integration of the arts into the community.

KET’s arts series Kentucky Muse salutes the River City playhouse in its newest documentary “Actors Theatre of Louisville,” premiering Monday, Sept. 22 at 9/8 pm on KET.

The theatre was conceived of in the early 1960s and went on to lead a revitalization of downtown Louisville at a time when people were fleeing the city for the suburbs and became a real anchor for the arts.

Led for three decades by Jon Jory, the theater was able to marshal the resources of the city’s wealthiest citizens and institutions, and in the process attract the talent of emerging playwrights — some of whom went on to win Pulitzer Prizes — as well as actors who would win international acclaim.

Interviews with Actors Theatre’s leadership past and present, leading actors, playwrights, and directors — along with footage and photographs of dozens of productions — document a tradition of excellence and inspiration that has never waned in the 50 years of the theater’s existence.

Watch a preview now!

Come have a cuppa

Join us every Thursday for British “Afternoon Tea”

Take your tea with KET each Thursday afternoon when we feature a lineup of our popular Britcoms, followed by a secrets-revealing special taking you to all the places Anglophiles love to go.

First up is The Café. Set in a small seaside town, The Cafe is homely, comfortable, and welcoming, a bit like Friends’ Central Perk — but not quite as trendy!

“Afternoon Tea”
KET2 Thursdays beginning Sept. 11 at 3/2 pm

Then don’t miss Last of the Summer Wine, an affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their lives. The world’s longest-running sitcom, it’s clocked over 30 seasons as well as several Christmas specials. Whimsical, with a penchant for light philosophy and full-on slapstick, it follows the misadventures of three elderly friends tramping around the Yorkshire countryside.

Next is a tale of loves lost and re-found — As Time Goes By, starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. Their two characters, Jean and Lionel, fell in love during the early 1950s, but when army officer Lionel was sent to Korea, they lost touch after a letter he sent her never arrived. Both assumed the other had lost interest, but 38 years later their paths cross again.

No British binge-watch would be complete without Keeping Up Appearances. When it comes to snobbery, Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “bouquet”) is in a class of her own — and she makes husband Richard’s life a perfect misery.

Desperate to impress the neighbors and elbow her way into the local gentry, every moment of Hyacinth’s day is spent going to manic lengths in her quest for perfection. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after a spin in the dishwasher.

These Brit-coms are followed at 5/4 pm each week by a Secrets of… special. This month, watch for programs on Westminster; Althorp, Princess Diana Spencer’s family home; and Chatsworth House.

Althorp, where Diana is buried, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years.

The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes, and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana’s son, Prince William. Noted for their generosity, the Spencers once came to the rescue of a distant cousin fallen on hard times: the great-great-great-grandfather of George Washington.



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