Bluegrass Bios is a weekly interview show airing from Noon to 2:00 p.m. each and every Friday on 93.9 WLXU-LPFM, Lexington Community Radio. Providing a platform for local residents and issues.
The views and opinions expressed on Bluegrass Bios by its hosts or guests do not necessarily reflect those of Lexington Community Radio or its board of directors. (But they might.)
Chuck Clenney sat down with Joslyn Hampton, lead singer of Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, to talk about her musical influences, their new album in the works with Duane Lundy from Shangri-la Productions, and their upcoming show in Louisville with Victor Wooten.
Poet and fiction writer, Crystal Wilkinson, stops by Bluegrass Bios to talk with Chuck Clenney about growing up in Casey County, teaching at The Carnegie Center as well as several different universities, her upcoming Fall Writers Retreat that she’s leading at Hindman Settlement School, and her North Lexington coffee/book shop, Wild Fig Coffee and Books!
Thomas Tolliver from Phoenix Rising stops by Bluegrass Bios to talk to Chuck Clenney about the upcoming Phoenix Festival, which celebrates the rich history of black horsemen in Central Kentucky. This year’s festival will celebrate the 100th birthday of legendary race horse Man o’ War and two of his African American grooms, Will Harbut and Cunningham Graves.
Jessica Faye Mohler and Chuck Clenney sit down with world champion horse trainer and vice president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Elisabeth Goth, to talk about Kentucky’s vibrant horse industry, naming and showing Saddlebred horses, what it takes to be a successful equestrian, and how horses have the healing power to regenerate spirit and life in people who need it.
Chuck Clenney and Jess Mohler spoke with Megan Victoria Falce, Environmental Educator at Pine Mountain Settlement School, about all of the amazing environmental education that they do and how their programs uplift Appalachia, Pine Mountain State Resort Park, and Harlan County, Kentucky.
Chuck Clenney spoke with non-profit lawyer and climber extraordinaire, Shannon Stuart-Smith, about her work in Kentucky’s horse industry, the co-founding of The Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition, and her critical work in developing Red River Gorge as a climbing destination. We also discuss her work with building JustFundKY, Life Adventure Center, and creating Lexington’s shared non-profit incubator, The Plantory.
Lexington’s own wiz-kid electronic music matriarch, producer Ellie Herring, stops by Bluegrass Bios to talk with Chuck Clenney about the evolution and process of her music, crafting samples and remixes, analog vs. digital, DJing, and female producers that you should be checking out.
Hendrick Floyd aka Sheisty Khrist stops by Bluegrass Bios to talk with Chuck Clenney and Jess Mohler about Lexington hip-hop history, his music, as well as his all-cassette radio show on WLXU: H.I.S.S. & H.E.R.S.
Chuck Clenney and Jess Mohler talk with Sheri Evans Depp, Director of Global Talent Management and Human Resources at Lexmark and Lexmark representative for Together Lexington, a group of more than 200 business and community leaders that formed an initiative to host 12 Courageous Conversations with the Lexington community to discuss problems and solutions to critical issues and, ultimately, fund projects that will improve Lexington’s quality of life.
Brother John Lackey, Lexington artist and founder of Homegrown Press, stops by Lexington Community Radio to chat about growing up in Lexington, touring with The Dead, designing logos and concert posters for Wilco and Holler Poets Series, putting together his recent stop-motion-turned-Northside-transformation-tale film The Great Miss Fortune, and the importance of finding your unique artistic voice through different media! http://home.insightbb.com/~j4lackey/
Chuck Clenney talks with General Manager of the North Lexington YMCA of Central Kentucky, Marla Gearheart, and Director of Membership Engagement and Business, Jason Russo, about all the great diversity of the Northside YMCA, their before and after school programs, exercise classes, bike rentals for the Legacy Trail, and so much more! http://www.ymcacky.org/locations/ymca-location/north-lexington-family-ymca/
13th District KY State Senator Reggie Thomas joins Chuck Clenney to talk about his life, Bryan Station to Harvard, teaching law at UK and KSU, right-to-work, charter schools, his current congressional campaign, as well as the importance of being an accessible politician! https://reggie4ky.com/
Bluegrass Bios co-host and Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning Marketing & Communications Director, Jessica Faye Mohler, stops by to chat about growing up in Northern Kentucky, working and speaking on behalf of the entire Croatian nation at the Croatian Embassy, and landing home in Lexington to share with us all the amazing programming coming up this Autumn at The Carnegie Center!
Chinese-American visual artist and animator, Chao Ma, stops by to talk to Chuck Clenney and Ben Wolff about his journeys from growing up in China, train-hopping to Tibet, studying and teaching art in Japan, and ultimately how he ended up painting dreamy landscapes of Lexington and the rest of Kentucky! http://www.chaomasart.com
Chuck Clenney sat down with Mary Catherine White, Director of Marketing and Special Events at Red Mile Race Track, to talk about the long history of the Red Mile, what’s new in the big $40 Million renovation, and all the fun involved in their 2nd annual Wiener Dog Race to raise money for Lexington Humane Society!
We sat down with University of Kentucky Astronomy professor, Tom Troland, to talk about the sun, the mysterious origin of stars, and this weekend’s upcoming total solar eclipse and how fortunate we are that Kentucky is right in the path of totality!
Jessica Faye Mohler and Chuck Clenney talk all things noodles, broth, and tare with Ramen wizard, Dan Wu, as well as getting updates about his new The Summit at Fritz Farm restaurant, Atomic Ramen! http://atomicramen.com
Jess and Chuck talk with Bulgarian/Kentucky poet Katerina Stoykova, about her books, her publishing house Accents Publishing, co-writing and starring in the film Proud Citizen, as well as what it was like to win Bulgaria’s Ivan Nikolov National Poetry Book Award!
Ben Wolff & Chuck Clenney chat with long-time Lexington radio personality, Jack Pattie, about being on the air since 1975, Lexington radio history, his popular morning drive-time show on WVLK-AM 590, and the importance of local radio DJs making local programming!
Jessica Faye Mohler & Chuck Clenney talk with Lexington musician, Reva Russell English, about her music, her bands: The Reva Dawn Salon, Small Batch, & Italian Beaches, and her work with the Take Back Cheapside movement here in Lexington, including their upcoming event, Lex Tell Our Story: A Celebration of African American History in Lexington at 21C.
Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director of The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, talks with Chuck Clenney about the state of education in Kentucky and what Kentucky’s recent embrace of charter schools means for students and schools in the Commonwealth.
Recently elected Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health chair, Kacy Allen-Bryant, stopped by Bluegrass Bios to talk about her teaching and community work with University of Kentucky College of Nursing, her work to start Lexington’s Needle Exchange Program, and her 17 years in the public health field!
Lexington musical maestro, Scott Whiddon, came in to talk about his new album In Close Quarters with the Enemy, his album release show, and how Lexington has no shortage of prolific people with advice and recommendations.
Jessica Faye Mohler and Chuck Clenney chat with visual artist, Affrilachian poet, and celestial mermaid, Bianca Lynne Spriggs, about her films, her writing, and her visual work as well as her creative writing work with incarcerated women via Swallowtail Project and the brilliance of hybridity.
We welcome our new co-host, Jessica Mohler, and talk with Musical Director of the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, about his good, egalitarian work revitalizing the Orchestra as well as his “Teddy Abrams & Friends” performance happening Friday night at The 2017 Forecastle Festival.
Eastern Kentucky University’s Director of Applachian Studies, Dr. Alice Jones, has spent the past year researching sisters Lucy and Annette Braun, pioneers of conservation and they literally wrote the book on Appalachian forests (Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America). Dr. Jones wrote a one-woman play based on their lives called “Sisters of the Mother Forest.”
Dr. Patrick Angel, Senior Forester in the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Michael French, Director of Operations at Green Forests Work stop by Bluegrass Bios to talk about the joint efforts of Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative & Green Forests Work to plant native hardwood trees on compacted coal mine sites and provide local jobs to equipment operators, nursery workers, and tree planters in Eastern Kentucky and beyond.
Bluegrass Bios 070717 BONUS!!! - Dawn Stice (State Farm) & Brian Landis (Frederick Douglass High Football)
State Farm agent Dawn Stice & Brian Landis, head coach of Lexington’s brand new Frederick Douglass High School football team, stop by to talk about teen driving safety and the important role that high school sports plays in establishing discipline and motivation with teens.
Kentucky musician Daniel Martin Moore stops by to talk about growing up in Campbell County, his new album Turned Over to Dreams, as well as his time in Cameroon, and engineering records on his label, OK Recordings!
Okinawan-born Ayako Antone stops by to talk about about the history of Okinawa, the magic of Goya, how different it is from mainland Japan, and we chat about the unique Japanese community here in Lexington & in Central Kentucky!
Lexington Commissioner of Social Services, Chris Ford, stopped by to talk about The Lexington Department of Social Services and their good work to empower families and our neighborhoods as well as about his previous work as Lexington’s 1st District Councilman to help improve our East End communities.
Kim Smith of Big Fresh, Attempt, & Frigid Kitty.
The one and only Jazzy Ashley Smith stops by to talk to us about the importance of bringing a sociological approach to non-profit work and community activism, her experience singing with the band ATTEMPT, as well as why The Lyric Theatre is, both currently and historically, one of the Lexington’s most special and invaluable places.
University of Kentucky Evolutionary Biology professor Jim Krupa joins us to talk about Kentucky’s unique ecology as well as carnivorous plants & the challenges of teaching evolution in the south and UK’s unique connection to the Scopes Monkey Trial!
Our good friend Caroline Creaghead stops by to chat about working at The Onion, producing independent comedy shows in NYC, and working with Brass Taxes to help artists figure out the crazy world of taxes! Check out Caroline’s podcast, None of Your Business, which is all about talking to artists about financial hang ups and how they can find assistance while freelancing. https://www.facebook.com/noybpodcast/
3-D printing wizard Benjamin Van Den Broeck stops by to chat about his time working in LA on the show Robot Chicken, the economic benefits of 3D printing, as well as his trailblazing 3-D print studio, ArtLab 3D Print Shop, here in Lexington! Check out Ben’s shop at http://www.artlab3dprinting.com/
Zina Merkin is the Vice President of Town Branch, Inc. and she’s here to tell us about the history of Lexington in a new and interesting way!
Richard Greissman, owner of Double Take Photography, talks to us about teaching at the University of Kentucky and using photographs as a part of activism.
Lexmark Senior Vice President of Global Operations and LCR board member Tonya Jackson stops by to talk to us about Lexmark’s Lexington headquarters, their philanthropic support of Lexington youth in STEM studies, as well as the company’s global reach to over 170 countries around the world.
Lori Houlihan, Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, stops by to play us some Pete Townshend, Burning Man, and all kinds of cool new art projects happening in Lexington’s parks!
Lexington’s mayor, Jim Gray, stopped by! We discussed Cheapside, CentrePointe, wages, high-speed rail and, what the heck, Cheapside again.
State Representative Kelly Flood talks about Unitarianism, charter schools, coal, compromise, and moving Kentucky forward.
Paul and Maïa part deux. Institute 193 collaborates with artists, musicians, and writers to produce exhibitions, publications, and projects that document the cultural landscape of the modern South. They are participating in Lexington’s Gallery Hop as well.
Lucy Jones of the Lexington Film League is here to talk about some of their upcoming events which includes a Q & A with Kris Kristofferson!
Donald Mason is the Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in downtown Lexington. The history of the Lyric and upcoming events can be found here.
Travis Young, of the band Blind Corn Liquor Pickers and one of the organizers of the Moonshiner’s Ball Music Festival, is here to talk about music and festivals!
Pastor Mark Davis from Lexington’s oldest institution, First Presbyterian Church, joins us in the studio to chat about the history of the church as well as the importance of compassion and inclusion of all people in our society.
Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, is here! She talks about what lies ahead for the state and even takes a few phone calls.
A native of New Orleans, Guy Mendes studied writing with Kentucky author Wendell Berry and photography with Ralph Eugene Meatyard. He has won several Emmy Awards as a documentary writer, director and producer for Kentucky Educational Television. He is one of the region’s best known photographers.
Scott White has a civil litigation and regulatory practice, drawing on his experience in the Attorney General’s office and 25 years in complex civil and commercial litigation in the courtroom.
Chuck & Debra sit down with Dr. Pat Davey. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Davey is the Immediate Past Chair of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare. Dr. Davey practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.
Marcie Crim, Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Justice Network, is here to discuss reproductive rights and where low-income individuals in Kentucky can receive help getting an abortion. (Feel free to leave a comment. I will read them.)
Comedian Myq Kaplan talks being one of the best comics in the country (my words, not his), podcasting, road work, and life as a vegan. #imaveganbutimnotgoingtotellyouhowtoliveyourlife
It’s an honor to have Ed McClanahan, Brooksville native, author, professor, and Merry Prankster on the show. He talks about his life, work, and experiences.
We continue our show with Kentucky authors by chatting with Erik Reece. He is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Kentucky. We discuss strip mining, the environment, and activism through writing.
Horticulture Research and Extension Associate at Kentucky State University & Paw Paw connoisseur Sheri Crabtree is here!
Founder of the Forecastle Foundation and Captain of the Forecastle Festival, J.K. McKnight talks about putting together on an awesome music festival and starting an incredible charity.
Mary Quinn Ramer, President of VisitLex, tells us what makes Lexington a great destination and the importance of tourism to our city.
Josh Nadzam, Co-Founder & Director of On the Move art studio, wanted to do something positive for our community. They utilize the arts to empower at-risk youth and give them a creative outlet.
Ashton Wright, Food Coordinator for the Lexington, KY Mayor’s Office, talks to us about the Farm to Table and Farm to School programs, our Farmer’s Markets and all things food in Kentucky.
Comedian Stewart Huff is here! He talks about his life, the funniest person he knew growing up (i.e. Rob), doing comedy in the South, and almost getting stranded in Mexico (the really Deep South).
Rachel Baker and Brian McIntyre walk us through The Stables: A unique approach to education.
Dr. Karen Cotton-McDaniel and Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth womansplain the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project to us.
From Institute 193: Creative Director Maïa Ferrari & Development Director Paul Michael Brown. Art, southern art, folk art, outsider art, and how we’re all just so tired of the Louvre.
Just how healthy is Lexington? Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh will tell us.
‘Stone Cold’ Lee Majors calls in and we’re a little star-struck. He was the 6 Million Dollar Man for crying out loud. We ask him about the role Kentucky played in his career.
Scott Ashburn, aka Allen Poe at www.whoisallenpoe.com, talks rhymes, hip-hop, Lexington, his military service, and everything in between.
Musician, activist, and all-around cool guy DeBraun Thomas is here to sing a song and talk about the Take Back Cheapside movement. More info available at www.takebackcheapside.com.
Lucy Jones, Co-Producer at the Lexington Film League, is here to talk movies and the upcoming screening of the film “Steel” starring Lee Majors. Kyle learns about the impact of that film on Lexingtonians.
We talk to Frank X. Walker about everything writing. Poetry, comic books, having seven sisters, and a man named York (from Lewis and Clark’s expedition).
First, Tammy Horn, state apiarist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, discusses her hall of fame beekeeping career.
Then, Jessica VanHouten Jones and Stuart Spurr talk about Dutch’s Bake Shop, Lexington’s 1st annual Donut Fest (3/4/2017) and the finer points of glazing.
Pat Gerhard: artist, activist, and proprietor of Third Street Stuff (which is, technically, on Limestone) talks about moving to Lexington, starting a business, and becoming a staple of the community.
George Eklund, Community Engagement Coordinator for the ACLU of Kentucky calls in to tell us more about what they do. More information available at http://www.aclu-ky.org/.
Author Terry Foody talks about her book “The Pie Seller, the Drunk, and the Lady” and the cholera epidemic in Lexington in the 1830s!
Agata Toborek, MD from the Lexington Clinic is here to tell two clueless bachelor’s how to care for a newborn.
Corinne LaReau, owner, practitioner, and teacher at Source on High here in Lexington tells us about relaxation, sensory deprivation, and tai chi!
Jerry Springer calls in. I know, we can’t believe it either. The Jerry Springer Podcast: Tales, Tunes, & Tomfoolery is available for download at jerryspringer.com.
Trevor Claiborn…is…Farmer Brown Tha M.C. and he has a workshop series at the Lyric Theater here in Lexington starting February 11th.
Abraham Mwinda is an extremely talented musician and a refugee. He plays live in studio! Given the events of this week, we also had a lot to talk about.
Bill Farmer, President & CEO of the United Way of the Bluegrass, talks about Courageous Conversations and improving the quality of life in Lexington.
Lori Houlihan, our Director of Arts & Cultural Affairs, tells us about Lexington’s commitment to the arts.
UK Pharmacy Professor Dr. Daniel Wermeling has developed a new tool to prevent heroin deaths.
Lexington Vice Mayor Steve Kay was kind enough to come by the station to discuss all things Lexington.
Celeste Lewis, Center Director at Downtown Arts Center, brings the Creative Mornings talks to our attention!
Tom & Allie Viney decided one day to feed the hungry in downtown Lexington. More info about how you can help at https://www.facebook.com/servelex.
Robin Kunkel, organizer for Central Kentucky’s chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice talks to Kyle and Ben about white people.
Scott Whiddon of the terrific local band Palisades is here. He is also the Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication / Director of the Writing Center at Transy (that’s Transylvania University for those of you not from Lexington).
More Best of Bluegrass Bios. John Cheves: Government Accountability Reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Natalie Frank: NYC artist on her Brothers’ Grimm exhibit from earlier in 2016. Sheri Estill of The Nest – Lexington. Jack Brammer: Frankfort Reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
We’re thrilled to have award winning broadcaster Bill Goodman on the show today! He’s retiring from KET and moving on to the Kentucky Humanities Council.
Mick Jeffries and Sarabeth Brownrobie of the Lexingtones Uke Group (kyuke.com) talk to us about radio & music and play a couple songs for us!
John Ferguson of Apples in Stereo stops by to talk about sound engineering, music, the Cult Film Series at Al’s Bar, and his new record label, Desperate Spirits, and their new releases.
Safiya Nawaar of Arabesque is back to tell us how the fundraiser for The Nest went. Then, we have Thomas Usher who is an Urban Ninja, but that’s just between us. 😉
P.G. Peeples of the Lexington Urban League talks about his almost 50 years of service to the community!
First up, we have Scott & Michelle Puckett of Puckett Electric to play a few tracks off Scott’s new CD: “Cowboy Death Songs.”
Then, Natalie Cunningham, Local First Lexington’s new Executive Director, stops by to tell us about their annual Holiday Shopping Challenge!
Safiya Nawaar is a Middle Eastern Belly Dance Artist, Instructor, and Choreographer is here to talk about Arabesque’s 4th Annual Shimmy Show. The show will go on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Parlay Social: 249 W Short Street in Lexington, KY from 5-8PM. This is a charity event to raise funds and awareness for ‘The Nest Center for Women, Children & Families’.
Then, Kahlil Baker, Director of the MLK Center at the University of Kentucky, with Journalism majors and programming interns at the center: Destiny C. Witherspoon & Savon Bray talk about upcoming events at the MLK Center and how you can get involved!
First, we have Janie Welker, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.
Then, Griffin VanMeter, Board Chair of NoLi CDC, the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, is here to talk about The Night Market tonight, December 2, 2016.
Laura Farnsworth, Senior Event Coordinator for downtownlex.com, talks parades, tree lightings, and arts & crafts. Let’s forget our troubles and bask in the holidays for a moment.
JD Herndon is a melittologist and Lexington native who tells us how studying bee-havior can help humankind!
Celebrated poet, artist, dancer, and Director of Movement Continuum Dance Crew: Kate Hadfield tells us about her troupe’s new show.
Kakie Urch, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky‘s School of Journalism and one of our founders here at Lexington Community Radio, talks to us about all things media.
Kaitlyne Motl, University of Kentucky Sociology Ph.D. candidate, has to dumb it down for three boys when talking about sexual violence against women at music festivals.
The Plantory is the place for Lexington nonprofits to convene. Angela Baldridge, its Executive Director, tells us why.
Jenny Rice fills us in on The Horse’s Mouth Storytelling Series at the Parachute Factory.
Robby Lear, Director of Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry, tells us about Camp Burnamwood, giving back to the community, and solving the world’s problems (no really).
In hour 2, first we talk to stained glass artist Colleen Newcomb and Lexington Art League Executive Director Stephanie Harris about their black friday sales event December 2nd and 3rd!
Then, Chris Bryant and Erick James of Partnering For Hope stop by to tell us about their annual teddy bear drive!
Tim & Heather Thompson of 24000.org give us a serious lesson in charity work and promote their 5K Run/Walk. More information available at http://www.24000.org.
Eric Sutherland talks about being an arborist the history of the Holler Poetry Series.
Jesse Donaldson, author of “The More They Disappear”, discusses his book and the Hillbilly Noir genre!
Sangeeta Kadambi of The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) talks about her organization and upcoming events.
Then, Nishaan Sandhu tells us a little bit about the art of Taro.
Enjoy the best we have to offer: Veteran Newscaster Tom Martin, Hip-Hop Artist and Social Activist Devine Carama, and Kris Kimel of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation.
Elias Gross and Anna Hess of the Volare String Quartet perform live in studio and talk about music.
Michelle Clouse of the Central Music Academy talks to us about providing free musical training to financially disadvantaged kids in Lexington and how you can help.
Kris Kimel of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation stops by to discuss zero gravity medicine and cube satellites.
Bryant Carter of The Bryant C. Project returns to talk about his new single “The World’s Gone Away” and the Lexington music scene.
Hip Hop Artist, Social Activist, raconteur, and Friend of Bluegrass Bios, Devine Carama.
EaLoud‘s Director of Marketing & Relations, Major Herron and Future Country Music Superstar Taylor Hughes.
CASA of Lexington’s Executive Director, Melynda Jamison on giving legal representation to negelected and abused children in Kentucky.
Safiya Nawaar: Middle Eastern Belly Dance Artist of Arabesque World Dance.
Kaelyn Query of LexEffect tells us where we can park for the Moontower Music Festival.
Sheri Estill: Director of the Crisis Care Program at The Nest, right here in Lexington, KY.
Michelle Aiello: Kentucky Fried Zine Fest.
Chuck Clenney of Lexington Community Radio fame.
Rosa Paulin: Lexington Community Radio precedencia. THEN, Dr. Alex Estrada: In Space!
Devine Carama: Hip hop artist / Social activist / Raconteur
Sam Wolbert & Jenny Clay of the Paris Animal Welfare Society.
Author and musician CD Collins reads some of her outstanding work and plays a track off her wonderful album “Night Animals”!
Tom Eblen: metro/state columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader!
Professor Rob Nickerson III: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt of Reaction MMA.
Janet Patton: covering vice and debauchery for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Craig Caudill: Director and Chief Instructor of Nature Reliance School.
“Dr. Alex Estrada: Armed and Fabulous”
Frank Minnifield: Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Beth Musgrave of Lexington Herald-Leader.
Thom Southerland: Documentarian and director of the exceptional “Proud Citizen.”
“Dr. Alex Estrada: First Blood Part II”
Dana Lea, Luella Pavey, & Amantha Wagner of Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
Spencer Mancillas: Kentucky Equal Justice Center.
“Dr. Alex Estrada: with a Vengeance”
Josh Hendrix and Stuart Tomc of CV Sciences!!!!!
Natalie Frank has created a series of paintings revolving around the Brothers Grimm fairy tales!
Marian Guinn: Chief Executive Officer of God’s Pantry Food Bank!
Dana Lea & Karissa Porter of Kentucky Refugee Ministries bring Abraham Mwinda, Congolese musician, with them into the studio.
John Cheves: Government Accountability Reporter covering Bluegrass Politics for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Jeremy Brann from The Kentuckians Chorus
Josh England: Manager, Lexington Farmer’s Market
Cambo the Clown
LaShayna Sawyers: Your girl and host of “What Shayna Say?”
Chris Vandergrift: Your boy and Event Manager of LexBeerScene.com
Keith Stewart: Author of “Bernadette Peters Hates Me: True Tales from a Delusional Man”
John Penfield: Executive Director of the Bluegrass Railroad Museum
The sole of podiatrist Dr. Alex Estrada.
Ben Hawkins: Professor of Music, Transylvania University
Laura Farnsworth: Senior Event Coordinator, Downtown Lexington Corporation
Our Mothers call in and embarrass us.
Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald-Leader tells us about corruption and the kerfuffle between gubernatorial administrations!
Darlene Thomas: Executive Director of Greenhouse 17, a refuge for domestic abuse victims.
Trooper Robert Purdy: Kentucky State Police
Kyle and Ben break down Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Lex shares her love of Jane Austen and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Ben explains why Kurt Vonnegut is his all-time favorite author. We invent the game Location Association on air. Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning Marketing & Communications Director Jessica Faye Mohler joins us in studio to talk about the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, the relationship between Kentuckians and the land, and the world’s youngest reading group.
There’s a rift among the the hosts about which logo is best. Cowboy Up for a Cure advisory board member Sherri Eden talks to the gang about their 3rd annual rodeo supporting children’s oncology, the treatment of her good friend’s son, Drew Shryock, and whether or not she’s inclined to chase a greased pig.
Dr. Alex Estrada: A New Hope. First half of the hour, our guest co host talks about his first job at Giants Stadium, how his family immigrated from Cuba to the U.S., and his feelings about normalized relations. Second half, we break down the merits of social media, the scourge of WebMD for physicians, and Lex’s disgust of feet.
Ben soliloquizes about the terror attack in Brussels. Kentucky S.A.V.E. foster volunteer Nicki Williams talks to the gang about rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters, finding safe homes for them, and how to be a good foster.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky educator Elizabeth Perkins talks to the gang about sexuality education, teen pregnancy, STDs, and the efficacy of Mountain Dew as a contraceptive.
First day under the new Bluegrass Bios banner. Lex phones it in from her vacation in Gatlinburg, Tenn. We talk St. Patrick’s Day in Lexington. UK post-doctoral scholar Rich Donohue teaches the gang about digital mapping, telling stories with data, and the academic program he’s developing.
Lex continues with us from Gatlinburg. Ben solo-interviews rock n’ roller Bryant Carter of The Bryant C. Project who plays music from his album Pay the Price, acoustically.
Lex explains to Kyle the difference between a cotillion and a debutante ball. Ben recounts his childhood square dance training. 2016 DanceBlue PR Chair Allee Williams explains how a 24-hour dance marathon for UK students raised $1.6 million for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital oncology clinic, and the follies of students trying to stay awake on their feet.
Glean KY Gleaning Coordinator Todd Johnson joins Kyle and Ben in studio to discuss food waste, hunger relief, and community supported agriculture.
Ben and Kyle talk to UK Family Sciences Department Chair Ron Werner-Wilson about relationship dynamics, marital issues, young love, and couples counseling.
Mardi Gras! Lex talks about her love of crawfish and kings cakes, we mock the Wildcats new logo, then do our best to break down Super Bowl 50. Lexington Legends Director of Community Relations Rebecca Barnes tells us about the organization’s fundraising efforts, the team’s volunteering efforts, and the South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Groundhog Day! Lex tells Kyle he’s old. YMCA Healthy Living Director Corey Donohoo tells us about their fitness, nutrition, and youth development programs.
Explorium’s Executive Director, Lee Ellen Martin
Ben explains the Red River Gorge to Kyle, and we learn Lex has a love of pigskin. LFUCG Parks & Recreation Marketing Manager Patrick Martin talks summer programs, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and searching for salamanders.
Kentucky Refugee Ministries Community Engagement Coordinator, Dana Lea
Cara Franke: University of Kentucky Admissions
CASA of Lexington’s Executive Director, Melynda Jamison
The Nest Lexington’s Executive Director, Jeffrey White
The Living Arts & Science Center’s Marketing Director, Kristin Voskuhl
Kakie, Ben, and Lex interview the University of Kentucky’s former Senior Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Richard Griessman, about architectural photography, the LexArch Tour phone app, and grandparenthood.
Lexington Community Radio prepared for an open house. The Hope Center’s Director of Development, Carrie Thayer, talks about their men’s and women’s emergency shelters, recovery programs, and homelessness in Kentucky.
Kakie, Lex, and Ben interview the Community Action Council’s Director of Planning, Communications and Advancement, Melissa Kane, about poverty in Lexington, housing insecurity, and volunteering as an advocate for at-risk citizens. Lexington Community Radio’s Host and Administrative Coordinator, Alexis Meza, talks about the station’s mission, their scheduled open house, and her Spanish-language morning show. 859‘s Host, Hayley Hansen, tells the gang about her capacity as the station’s news director, the spectrum of DJing, and singing opera with a horse.
Doug Boyd Ph.D., Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History talks about “The Wisdom Project Podcast”
University of Kentucky’s Interim Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Terry Allen
God’s Pantry Food Bank’s Development Director, Rebecca Wallace
University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media’s Associate Professor, Al Cross
Get to know Kakie, Lex, and Ben!
University of Kentucky’s Director of LGBTQ Resources, Lance Poston
Lextran’s Director of Community Affairs, Jill Barnett
Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Communications Generalist, Bailey Preston
KYnect’s Deputy Executive Director, Nicole Comeaux
NoLi Community Development Corporation’s President, Griffin VanMeter