LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2021) — Today is International Podcast Day. Not surprisingly as the popularity of the podcast format has exploded in recent years, University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff have launched a variety of podcasts to share their own expertise, ideas and stories. With a wide range of topics covered, it is likely the podcast lover in your family can find a UK podcast to meet their needs.
A resource for "all things UK," the "Behind the Blue" weekly podcast covers the university's latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers, along with the most important news impacting the institution. "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify and transcripts for all episodes of "Behind the Blue" can be downloaded from the show’s blog page. You can also find the newest edition of "Behind the Blue" each Monday on UKNow.
The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) maintains a selection of podcasts for listeners interested in topics ranging from food sciences and gardening to agriculture, forestry and sustainability. UK CAFE's podcasts are as follows:
- "Talking FACS" all about family, food, finance and fitness hosted by Jennifer Hunter, assistant director for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension;
- "From the Ground Up," a weekly podcast from spring to fall that runs on local NPR station WUKY 91.3 FM featuring all things gardening, hosted and produced by Jeff Franklin;
- "Branching Out," produced and hosted by Brian Volland, features guests with a connection to CAFE, including alumni, extension agents and stakeholders;
- "From the Woods Kentucky," a weekly radio show on WRFL 88.1 FM co-hosted by Renee Williams and Laura Lhotka in UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources;
- "KYH20," a podcast about all things water in Kentucky, hosted by UK CAFE Associate Dean Carmen Agouridis and Amanda Gumbert, Extension Water Quality Liaison; and
- "Questions in Sustainability" hosted by Paul Vincelli, professor and extension specialist in plant pathology, a science-based series that explores topics in food-system sustainability.
Visit www.ca.uky.edu/podcasts to access all these individual podcasts from one place.
For those wanting to focus on other issues related to sustainability, UK's Student Sustainability Council presents "Sustainability: Green Talks" highlighting the people and programs working on campus environmental and sustainability initiatives. You can hear "Green Talks" on WRFL.
The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce revived its podcast series, “Patterson Perspectives,” last year to speak with alumni responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their professional roles. More recently, the school has expanded its reach discussing a wide range of global issues.
Those interested in the Appalachian region should tune into "Holler Back!" from Appalachian studies students in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. The podcast is one of the most active from the college.
With the "Champions of Active Women" podcast, the UK Active Women’s Health Initiative (AWHI) shares stories of active female role models and individuals who support the active pursuits of women to encourage and inspire girls and women to be active for a lifetime, to reach their goals, and to break new barriers in sport and life. This podcast is brought to you by AWHI, part of the Sports Medicine Research Institute at UK's College of Health Sciences.
For those interested in heart health, check out "CardioScripts." This cardiology pharmacy podcast reviews recent cardiology literature with hosts Tracy Macaulay, Pharm.D., and Elisabeth Wang, Pharm.D.
The UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has a treasure trove of audio and video recordings as part of its collection of more than 14,000 interviews. Through its "Wisdom Project Podcast," the center features stories from a collection that has focused on 20th century Kentucky history; Appalachia; agriculture; African American history; the history of education, politics and public policy; the arts; Kentucky writers; gender; diversity; the Civil Rights Movement; veterans; the University of Kentucky; health care; and industries such as the coal, equine and bourbon industries.
In addition to the "Wisdom Project Podcast," the Nunn Center provides even shorter interview clips for a radio news format via its "Saving Stories" series with WUKY.
The UK Staff Senate Employee Engagement Committee launched a podcast last year titled “The Kentucky WildCast: Making the Impossible Possible.” This podcast highlights the people at UK, conversations are not limited to work at the university but transcend into life stories, lessons learned, inspirations and personal accomplishments.
For research, scholarship and creative activity topics that lend themselves to a conversation format or extra content that doesn't fit into a short video, UK Research Communications produces podcasts, including “Research Made Possible.” See these and more at www.research.uky.edu/news-archive?news-type=5.
“From the Blue” is an interview-style podcast created by the UK Alumni Association to keep you connected with Kentucky alumni around the world through stories, interviews and discussions. No matter where you are, the “From the Blue” podcast will bring back a sense of nostalgia from your time on campus while keeping you informed with news and features about UK and your fellow Wildcat alumni.
And in the wild, and wide, world of sports, Big Blue fans can go behind the scenes of their favorite Wildcat teams, get valuable insights and updates around each university athletic program, and hear original UK-related sports stories from UK Athletics. Tune into UK Sports Network on your favorite podcast provider to hear "UK Sports Network Radio," "Behind Kentucky Football" and "Behind Kentucky Basketball."
UK also saw the launch of two other podcasts in recent months hosted by students. "Bowman’s Friends" was created to connect and inform students of issues, important deadlines and ways to get involved on campus. With a goal of amplifying student voices, the podcast includes conversations with people across the university relevant to current campus culture from the student’s perspective.
And, last spring “Breaking the Boundary,” a podcast produced by media arts and studies students in UK College of Communication and Information’s studio, made its debut. The podcast discusses the action needed to correct crises like the opioid epidemic, climate change and financial literacy.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.