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By Kody Kiser and Lindsey Piercy 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2023) — Do you notice a shift in your mood when the days are shorter and darker? If so, you're not alone.

It’s not uncommon to experience stress, anxiety or even depression during the winter months. Each year, about 10% of adults in the United States experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The condition can reflect a change in serotonin levels and be linked to depression.


Published6, February 6, 2023

The College of Arts & Sciences is the oldest and largest college at the University of Kentucky, at the heart of the university’s mission to educate students and create knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and natural sciences.

Home to 19 academic departments that offer major degrees in 29 disciplines and 37 minors, A&S provides education in fundamentals to every undergraduate student at UK and builds foundations for advanced study in every field. Central to undergraduate and graduate education at UK, the College…

Published23, January 23, 2023

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2021) — “We cannot understand where humanity has been and where we are going without Black Studies.”

This is the mantra of the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies (CIBS) — a multidisciplinary research institute based in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of African American and Africana Studies.  


Published16, February 16, 2022

By Kody Kiser and Jenny Wells-Hosley

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2022) — In the fall of 2020, the University of Kentucky announced plans to establish the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies (CIBS) — a multidisciplinary program designed to highlight UK’s growing research around issues of race and racism.

The interdisciplinary institute establishes research clusters across the campus and promotes the university’s growing research and…

Published14, February 14, 2022

By Allison Perry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2022) — For this “UK at the Half,” we catch up with University of Kentucky biology major Kayli Bolton, a 2021 scholarship recipient from the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). The ASF Scholarship is presented annually to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology,…

Published4, February 4, 2022

Billy and Stacie speak with Co-Owner and Operator of Old Homeplace Farms – Will Bowling. In this episode, Will gives us background information on how Old Homeplace Farms came to be and shares his passion for being a local farmer and a friendly face to so many in Eastern Kentucky.

Published29, September 29, 2021

Stacie and Billy speak with special guest and long-time friend Tanner Hesterberg! Eastern Kentucky native, former WYMT news anchor, and now recent Cincinnati University Law School Graduate, Tanner talks with us about his successful journalism career and what it means to get to serve the people of Eastern Kentucky through many different facets.

Published29, September 29, 2021


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…

Published7, 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!

Published19, 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!

Published19, May 19, 2021