The rate of chronic absenteeism in Kentucky’s public schools has reached 30 percent. Education contributor Brigitte Blom hears from experts who say student absenteeism is a lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The significant gains of the past 50 years in U.S. air quality have been reversed by the effects of climate change, according to an analysis by scientists at the First Street Foundation. And Erin Savage joins us from Appalachian Voices to detail an EPA grant funding placement of community air quality monitors across Appalachia.

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Tennessee poet Jane Hicks discusses her book “The Safety of Small Things” inspired and informed by her battle with cancer and how, if we just pay attention, we can discover beauty and wonder in a brush pile.