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Celebrate the decade of change with Sixties Week

It was a complicated decade, full of tragedy, innovation, groundbreaking cultural movements, and change. During KET’s Sixties Week, from Aug. 10-16, go in-depth with the political figures, musical icons, and cultural revolutions that defined the decade.

The week’s programming includes politics, like Kennedy Half-Century and Nixon’s the One: The ’68 Election, as well as music, history, and popular culture, including The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, and Jimi Hendrix: American Masters.

Kick off the week Sunday with 1964: American Experience at 9/8 pm on KET. It was the year of the Beatles and the Civil Rights Act; of the Gulf of Tonkin and Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign; the year that cities across the country erupted in violence and Americans tried to make sense of the Kennedy assassination.

Based on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by award-winning journalist Jon Margolis, this film follows some of the most prominent figures of the time. It also brings out from the shadows the actions of ordinary Americans whose frustrations, ambitions, and anxieties began to turn the country onto a new and different course.

Could you imagine the 1960s have been without the Beatles? Spend an entire evening with the Beatles on Wednesday, Aug. 13, beginning with How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 8/7 pm on KET2. Even though the Beatles never performed in the Soviet Union, their music and rebellious style soaked into the lives of a generation of Russian kids.

Next, Great Performances “Magical Mystery Tour Revisited” chronicles the behind-the-scenes story on the making of the film and provides context for “the summer of love” era that set the scene for its production. I airs at 9/8 pm on KET2. Then, at 10/9 pm on KET2, catch the actual 1967 film on Great Performances “The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.”

Check the KET homepage at KET.org each day for more great programs all week long.

And the winners are …

KET productions win four 2014 Regional Emmy Awards

KET productions detailing the rich fabric of life in the Commonwealth have received four Regional Emmy Awards — the highest awards bestowed in the television industry!

KET Producer Tom Bickel was recognized for a program capturing the work of Kentucky writer and Affrilachian Poets founder Walker as he illuminates the life of 19th century African-American jockey Isaac Murphy with poetry and drama. Kentucky Muse: Frank X Walker: I Dedicate This Ride was honored in the Arts/Entertainment category. Watch it now!

KET’s Kelly Campbell was recognized for his piece on world-renowned horse trainers Dan James and Dan Steers of Nicholasville. They were featured in the Kentucky Life segment Double Dan Horsemanship. The Double Dans specialize in “liberty” acts — guiding the horses through their moves without a bridle or halter. Their performances include Roman riding, where the rider stands astride a pair of galloping horses, with one foot on each horse’s back. They also include fire routines and comedy shows. Watch it now!

Louisville Life producers Jayne McClew, Gary Pahler, and Angelic Phelps received Emmys for KET’s weekly series bringing to life the cultural scene of the state’s largest city. It won in the Nostalgia Program category and you can watch it here.

Tim Farmer received an Emmy in the Program Host/Moderator/Narrator category for his work as host of Kentucky Afield, the longest continuously running outdoor show in the nation. The program is produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and airs on KET and KET2. Watch now!

The Regional Emmys were given by the The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and includes 13 television markets from a four-state region, including parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Politics is the name of the game

KET goes live to Fancy Farm on the air and online

For generations in this country, political speakings were a regular part of campaigning. Kentucky continues this tradition with the Fancy Farm Picnic at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Graves County, where the barbecue competes with the speeches, summertime heat and even hotter rhetoric.

Join Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw as they host live coverage from the annual Fancy Farm political event — including candidate speeches for the U.S. Senate and other statewide offices — in Fancy Farm 2014, beginning Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2:30/1:30 pm on KET.

Watch from your PC or on the go by going to KET.org/fancyfarm.

You can also get a recap of the day’s events in a special highlights edition of the speeches and commentary on Monday, Aug. 4 at 8/7 pm KET.

Historically, some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed the crowds from the speakers stand, dating back to U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley, a native of the nearby town of Wheel, Ky.

Listen to Chuck Todd’s analysis of the hot senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Todd, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, spoke with Goodman in an interview that will air Sunday at 1 pm/noon on One to One on KET.

See how Kentucky’s political correspondents analyzed the race in the July 25 edition of Comment on Kentucky. And don’t forget to watch tonight, Friday, Aug. 1 at 8/7 pm on KET for the Comment preview program airing live from Fancy Farm.

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