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

Stacie and Billy bring on Robinson Scholar and esteemed Physician's Assistant student Dakota Halbert! Dakota has considerable expertise in the field of Public Health. In this episode, we talk about health in Appalachia, COVID-19, and the coal industry!

Published December 9, 2020

Billy and Stacie interview Appalachian superstar Christy Boyd of the Knott County Artisan Center! Christy has devoted much of her life to service in Appalachia and spreading knowledge of our region. Christy gives our listeners a look into everything that the Artisan Center offers from their Culture of Recovery program, blacksmithing workshops, and their instrument-building programs! Help us spread the news about everything that the Knott County Artisan Center gives back to Appalachia!

Published December 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2020) — Coming from a large family in Nebraska, Mark Prendergast grew up with a desire to help others.

Prendergast, the director of the Neuroscience Bachelor of Science degree program in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has used that desire to find demonstrative ways to increase the number of students of color in the neuroscience field.

“We have a...

Published November 30, 2020

By Jay Blanton and Kody Kiser

Tuesday will mark one of the most important — and certainly unusual — elections in decades.

Local, state and federal elections are being contested in the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of unrest across the country around issues of racism. The country is deeply polarized. Recovery from a deep recession is uneven and unsure. Congress is in a stalemate over whether to provide more stimulus as part of relief from COVID-19....

Published November 2, 2020

Stacie and Billy interview American singer-songwriter Larry Cordle about his journey as an artist, being an ally to Appalachia, and his impressive instrument collection. Larry is an Eastern Kentucky native and holds many awards -- two being the 2019 and 2020 SPBGMA Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year awards. Larry also treats us and our listeners to a mini concert where he performs "Highway 40 Blues" and "Black Diamond Strings." You don't want to miss this one!

Published October 28, 2020