UK Perspectives

Tom Godell interviews leading faculty, staff and students at the University of Kentucky. Topics range from the fine arts, to cutting edge scientific research, medicine, and sports. New UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto is a regular guest on the program.

A Legacy Of Diversity

Apr 30, 2015

This week our guest is Dr. J.J. Jackson, UK’s first VP for Institutional Diversity. She leaves UK for Boston at the end of this semester. In this conversation she reflects on her tenure at the university and her efforts to increase diversity and inclusion on our campus.

Welcoming A New Poet Laureate

Apr 20, 2015
Bobbie Combs / Kentucky Arts Council

Frank X Walker reflects on his two years as Kentucky’s Poet Laureate and offers some advice to our newest Laureate, George Ella Lyon.

A Mozart Finale

Apr 17, 2015
Josh James / WUKY

A preview of the upcoming all-Mozart concert by the UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choirs led by our guest on this broadcast, conductor John Nardolillo.

Excellence In Writing

Apr 14, 2015

Our topic is Excellence in Writing, the annual awards from UK’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies. Prof Jenny Rice is joined by award-winners Tom Eblen & Peter Brackney.

Earth Days in the Bluegrass at UK celebrates sustainability, responsible global citizenship & the power of local action. UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder gives us a preview of the events schedule for next week & talks about the economic impact of sustainability on campus.

Meet Joshua Bell

Mar 24, 2015
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This time, a conversation with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, who performs with the UK Symphony on Friday April 3rd. We discuss the Violin Concerto by Max Bruch, which Bell will play on that concert, and we hear about some of the highlights of his career.

Digitizing the Past

Mar 20, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. - William Endres, a professor in UK’s Division of Writing, Rhetoric & Digital Media and Noah Adler, director of Research Computation and Application Development at UK discuss their effort to preserve and make accessible digital images of two rare manuscripts from the 8th and 15th centuries: the St. Chad Gospels and the Wycliffe New Testament. The project website is

Party For The Planet

Mar 19, 2015
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2015’s Party for the Planet at the UK/LFUCG Arboretum is bigger and better than ever. Arboretum Director Molly Davis joins us with all the details. The complete schedule of Party for the Planet events is available at

Tom Godell / WUKY

This week on UK Perspectives, we meet a remarkable young woman—a direct descendent of UK founder John Bryan Bowman. Charlotte Bowman Mayer is a freshman at UK. She tells us about her family’s many connections to the university, and her plans for the future.

The Future Of STEAM

Feb 27, 2015

Lexington’s STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) opened in 2013. This unique collaboration between UK’s College of Education and Fayette County Public Schools offers high school students an innovative approach to education. Our guests, Academy Director Tina Stevenson and UK College of Education Professor Justin Bathon tell us about the program and provide a preview of its future.