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BC Student Charles Badger on KET

Berea College student Charles Badger was recently featured in a lively discussion of African Americans and politics on ''Connections with Renee Shaw'' on KET.

Watch an audio slideshow about Charles.

Charles Badger (left) and alumnae Ann Beard Grundy speak with host Renee Shaw.

The show aired on Jan. 16 and 18. Badger also appears on a live KET program with Bill Goodman on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. The program is themed “Challenges Facing the new Obama Administration.”

As the nation prepares for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, Renee talked with black political activists about the histories and futures of the Democratic and Republican parties. Her guests included Charles Badger, a member of the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans; Berea alum Msiba Ann Beard Grundy, democrat and community activist; Kenya McGruder, Obama campaigner; and Osi Onyekwuluje, a republican attorney.

The guests first discussed why they did or did not support Obama, their feelings on the emotional election night and what they expect from his administration. Then, the guests entered into an animated discussion about both parties' histories and current policies regarding minority issues. Specific topics that arised include the economy, gun control, social issues, the auto industry bailout and the possible reinvention of the GOP.

Connections with Renee Shaw is a KET production, produced by Shaw and Carolyn Gwinn. More information about Connections, including streaming video, is available at More information about KET programming and education services, as well as how to support KET, can be found at

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