Run For The Roses: History of the Kentucky Derby

Watch on YouTube A documentary on the world's foremost horse race at Louisville's Churchill Downs, held on the first Saturday in May since 1937. Runtime: 56 min.


Mountain Music of Kentucky

These award-winning Smithsonian Folkways recordings from 1960 feature two full hours of performances by some of the of the region's most outstanding ...

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Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys

This extensive anthology offers a great introduction to the Kentucky-born "father of bluegrass," a form of American roots music born in the hills of A...

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Civil rights road trip

The hopes and suffering of the civil rights era coincided with and helped inspire a golden age of American music. In this playlist created by The Guar...

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The Samurai

In this excellent BBC podcast, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the samurai and the role of their myth in Japanese national identity. Ru...

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The Mint Julep

Watch on YouTube Mint juleps are as much a part of the Derby tradition as beautiful horses, big hats, and celebrities. Each year almo...

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Get To Know Kentucky

Kentucky Bacon

on In Kentucky, curing bacon and hams has been a necessity of life for generations. In more recent years, this tradition has bee...

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Southern Barbecue With a Fiery Dip and a Deep History

Discover the dipped pork-shoulder steak, a version of barbecue that appears to have originated in Monroe County, Kentucky. Unlike most forms of BBQ t...

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace: Lincoln Cabin | Historic Structure Report

on Produced by the National Park Service, this report offers a sweeping, comprehensive look at the history and construction of the site ...

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