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Kentucky Life features the Louisville Zoo, Shaker Village bees, Col. Charles Young and Rosine


Kentucky Life features the Louisville Zoo, Shaker Village bees, Col. Charles Young and Rosine

For Release: 01/20/17 10:05 AM

KET’s next Kentucky Life spotlights the Louisville Zoo, tours the Shaker Village apiary, details the service of Colonel Charles Young and visits Rosine, the birthplace of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. The program airs Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, Feb. 13 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life travels to the Louisville Zoo in the first of a three-part series of segments highlighting the state zoo of Kentucky. In this episode, host Doug Flynn gets a behind-the-scenes look at animal training. Jane Anne Franklin, the zoo’s mammal curator and animal training supervisor, illustrates the use of positive reinforcement to train the zoo’s seals and sea lions – a technique used by the zookeepers in order to move the animals from one area to another or to facilitate health examinations.

Then, the program talks with Merin Roseman, sustainability programs specialist at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, to learn more about the Shaker Village apiary and its bees. Roseman shares info on the importance of bees as pollinators and offers information about Shaker Village’s bee keeping workshops, which are helping educate a new generation of beekeepers across the state.

Next, Kentucky Life examines the legacy of Col. Charles Young, who was born into slavery in Mays Lick, Ky., in 1864. Young’s parents escaped to freedom in Ohio, where he attended an all-white high school, graduating first in his class. Young was one of the first African Americans to graduate from West Point, and he enjoyed a 28-year career in the U.S. Cavalry – becoming the first black man to achieve the rank of colonel.

Finally, the program travels to Rosine, Ky., the birthplace of Bill Monroe, to see how the spirit of “The Father of Bluegrass Music” lives on. Kentucky Life stops in at The Monroe Homeplace as well as the Rosine Barn Jamboree, a national landmark that, from mid-March through mid-December, plays host to a weekly Friday night bluegrass jam, which draws fans from around the world.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Gary Pahler, Sean Anderson, Frank Simkonis and Matt Grimm.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications