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New independent series airing on KET explores communities, sites in Western Kentucky


New independent series airing on KET explores communities, sites in Western Kentucky

For Release: 11/16/18 11:26 AM

Traveling to new locales can broaden one’s perspective on the world—and even lead to personal growth. That’s the thinking behind Transformative Travels, a new independent series airing Mondays at 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2, beginning Dec. 3, and Saturdays at 3:30/2:30 pm on KET, beginning Dec. 8.

The six-episode series follows a group of ten University of Kentucky students and their guide, UK tourism professor Jason Swanson, as they travel through Western Kentucky and are challenged to think critically about the world and themselves.

Highlights of the series include:

Episode 1: The travelers embark on their weeklong exploration of western Kentucky. Their first stop is Horse Cave, where they go rappelling and zip lining before putting their adventure into perspective.

Episode 2: The travelers get their hands dirty making cheese and milking cows at Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. Afterward, they get a little lost in the woods and then recap what they learned about the importance of community.

Episode 3: The travelers journey further west with a stop in Bowling Green and a horseback ride in Land Between the Lakes. While relying on each other, the travelers start to see their own transformations.

Episode 4: The travelers find their way to the Mississippi River, where they visit historic sites and community markets and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a fish processing plant that is changing lives.

Episode 5: After searching all week for local foods, the travelers compete in a cooking challenge.  They also spend an emotional morning in Paducah and make a quick stop in Calvert City at a tourism attraction like none other in Kentucky.

Episode 6: The travelers reflect on their weeklong exploration discussing what they learned about western Kentucky and about themselves. Before hitting the road, they have a little fun on the water.

Transformative Travels is an independent production, produced and directed by Doug High.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications