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A Mammoth Undertaking

Production of new Kentucky Life special currently under way

Wild Cave tour at Mammoth Cave

If you enjoyed Ken Burns’ latest series on the national parks, then have we got a treat for you. Kentucky’s National Parks: A Kentucky Life Special takes a closer look at many of Kentucky’s national treasures including:

  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (Bell County)
  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (McCreary County)
  • Mammoth Cave National Park (Edmonson County)
  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park (& Knob Creek Boyhood Home) (LaRue County)
  • Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (Christian, Caldwell, Livingston, and Todd Counties)

The program premieres during WinterPledge (Nov. 28 – Dec. 6), but we thought you might enjoy a behind-the-scenes look while production is underway.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, host Dave Shuffett and the Kentucky Life crew were on a shoot at Mammoth Cave. Dave and company did the Wild Cave Tour which entailed some crawling in and out of tiny openings in the rock. Well, Dave got stuck, but as you can tell from his expression, he didn’t let it get him down – he just accepted a hand from his guide and carried on in fine Dave fashion.

In addition to spelunking, Dave and the crew also learned some interesting facts about African-American connections to the cave from guide Jerry Bransford.

Another high point (or should that be “low” point?) included lunch in the Snowball Room some 200 feet below the Earth’s surface.

Be sure to watch the program website for specific air dates of this special program.


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