April 7, 2021
This episode features an interview with Congressman John Yarmuth, who serves the people of Jefferson County in Washington D.C. He spoke to us about the American Rescue Plan Act and how it will be used in Kentucky, his experiences during the insurrection on January 6, Kentucky's response to COVID-19, and how he feels about serving in this Congress versus the previous years he's served in the federal legislature. Congressman Yarmuth was very generous with his time and opinions, and we were very impressed with how frank many of his answers were -- we hope you enjoy the interview!
In addition, Jazmin and Robert dove deeper into the plan for the ARPA passed by the legislature last week, updated the protest movement in Louisville, and talked about COVID.
March 31, 2021
Jazmin and Robert discuss the end of the legislative session this week, focusing on Governor Beshear's overridden vetoes and the slew of last second bill passed by the legislature. In addition, a COVID update and a short discussion on KY 120 United becoming an AFT union.
March 24, 2021
This week we were excited to welcome Chuck Corra and Big John Isner, the hosts of Appodlachia. They spoke to us about the role of Kentucky in the wider Appalachian context, as well as lots more about politics, culture, and whether or not Robert is allowed to by their "Unapologetically Appalachian" t-shirt.
Ahead of the interview, Robert and Jazmin discussed the veto period, where Andy Beshear has issued several vetoes already and is sure to issue several more. The pair also discussed the bills left unpassed by the legislature currently, and did a COVID-19 update.
March 17, 2021
Jameson Cable of the Kentucky History Podcast joined Robert this week to talk about his show and the importance of history education. Kentucky History Podcast is great, and if you like MOKP, you should definitely check them out as well!
Everything in the legislative session except the two days after the veto session has now concluded. LuTisha Buckner joined Robert to talk through more than a dozen bad bills (as well as a few good ones).
March 10, 2021
This week, we welcomed Ivy Brashear to our show. She works for the Mountain Association and writes essays about Appalachian identity. She talked to us about Appalachian identity in Kentucky, and how it impacts our entire state. It's a thoughtful conversation that you'll definitely want to hear!
Jazmin and Robert also did a legislative update, discussed the impeachment committee, and discussed the current state of COVID-19 in Kentucky.
March 3, 2021
Jazmin and Robert discuss the ongoing Kentucky General Assembly and several of the bills making their way through the process, including a bill allowing the Attorney General to prosecute protestors, major changes to the open records law, changes to voting rights, and a constitutional amendment to end abortion in Kentucky. Also discussed are the reopening of JCPS and a COVID-19 update.
February 24, 2021
This week on the show, Rep. McKenzie Cantrell joins us to talk about her work to reform Kentucky's Unemployment Insurance system in the wake of the pandemic. She walks us through the changes she's seeking to make, and her attempts to get the Republican majority to take up this issue.
Robert and Jazmin also discuss two bills from Robert Stivers which specifically impact Black people in Louisville -- his no-knock warrant ban, and a TIF district he wants to establish in west Louisville. Other segments include the End of Impeachment, an update on the COVID-19 lawsuits, and the state of COVID in Kentucky.
February 17, 2021
This week, Cara Stewart joined us to talk about healthcare policy in Kentucky. The conversation ranged from the extraordinary open enrollment period to the situation with Kentucky's *6* MCOs. If you care about healthcare policy, don't miss it!
Jazmin and Robert also talked about the passage of the Historic Horse Racing bill, Mitch McConnell's role in the second impeachment of Donald Trump, the situation around reopening JCPS schools in Louisville, and a COVID update.
February 10, 2021
This week, Robert took a look at the bills making their way through the legislature in the second part of the 2021 session. There are a few good ones, and a lot of bad bills. Jazmin examined the lawsuit which Gov. Beshear brought against the bills passed by the Kentucky legislature which reduce his power, and also explained what had been done so far in the impeachment committee. Robert did a COVID-19 update.
Josie Raymond was our guest this week. Josie told us about the bills she's been working on, including her pre-K efforts. She also talked about serving in the legislature as a parent of young children, and some steps the legislature might take to make serving easier for different kinds of people.
February 3, 2021
Jazmin and Robert discussed the legislature coming back into session and immediately overriding Andy Beshear's vetoes, the impeachment committee's meetings, a huge report on the Louisville Metro Police Department commissioned by Metro Louisville, and a COVID-19 update.