LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 7, 2021) — Crystal Wilkinson is an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and an award-winning author. Her novel, "The Birds of Opulence," was the winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. She is also the author of "Water Street" and "Blackberries, Blackberries." She also has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous...

Published June 7, 2021

In this episode, Billy and Stacie speak with the Director of the UK Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability and Extension in the East Region: Daniel Wilson. Join us as we speak about all of the positive things extension services do for Eastern Kentuckians as well as our beloved UK Community!

Published May 19, 2021

In this episode, Stacie and Billy welcome Mandi Fugate Sheffel to the podcast. Mandi Fugate Sheffel is the owner of Read Spotted Newt in Hazard. Join us as we discuss entrepreneurship in Appalachia, discuss the impacts of COVID-19 and flooding, and the importance of Appalachian literature being available in the region for people to appreciate and learn from.

Also, be sure to check out her page @ReadSpottedNewt on Instagram and Facebook!

Published May 19, 2021

In this episode, Stacie and Billy welcome to the show a legend in terms of politics and healthcare in the Appalachian region, Dr. Benny Ray Bailey I, PhD.. Dr. Bailey is the co-founder of East Kentucky Health Services Center in Knott County, Kentucky and served as a Senator in the Appalachian region. Join us in learning about the history of EKHSC, its impacts, and how the clinic became a model for healthcare.

Published May 19, 2021

Billy and Stacie welcome Dr. Eddie Sloane of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia! In this episode, they discuss the prominence of Catholicism in Appalachia, the work Dr. Sloane does with Villanova University, and all the wonderful programs the Catholic Committee of Appalachia offers!

Published April 13, 2021

In this episode, Stacie and Billy welcome to the show the hosts of HindmanCast: Corey Terry and Jordan Collins. Join us in conversations about the Hindman Settlement school, its history, and the impact it has had on the Appalachian region. Also, don’t forget to visit the Hindman Settlement School’s website, hindman.org, to read about HSS, and maybe even buy some of their cool merch!

Published April 13, 2021

By Carl Nathe and Kody Kiser

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8, 2021) — Students often are figuratively encouraged to ‘reach for the stars’ — yet, there are those who actually follow this aspirational goal in a very literal way.

For example, longtime University of Kentucky Professor Gary Ferland, of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently received a very rare honor for his work in blazing new trails in his...

Published March 8, 2021

Billy and Stacie interview a key player in the Native American Heritage scene here in Kentucky. Venus Evans wears many hats including the Commissioner at Large for the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission! Venus tells us about her tribe's history, and the work she is doing in Kentucky to keep the indigenous population's story alive. Find out more about the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission here to see how you can get involved: ...

Published March 2, 2021

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2021) — Gary Ferland, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a fellow by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).  Ferland is one of 31 members recognized by the organization for his innovative and significant contributions to astronomy.

Ferland was honored for his work in developing and...

Published February 19, 2021

Holler Back! is once again interviewing talented folks that dedicated their lives to bettering our Appalachian Region. Willa is the Director of the Appalachia Media Institute and she gives us an inside look as to what the program is all about, other programs Appalshop offers, and her thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy. You don't want to miss this one!

Published December 9, 2020


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