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Behind the Blue

Some stories require a little more – a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth. That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” – a weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore through probing interviews the in-depth the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.
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Oct 31, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2018) – On Tuesday, November 6th 2018, Kentuckians will head to the polls along with their fellow Americans for the 2018 mid-term elections. Federal, state, and local offices are up for grabs across the nation, including all 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate. Additionally, 39 state and territorial governorships will be among the offices contested.

On this episode of ‘Behind the Blue’ associate professors Dr. Emily Beaulieu, who specializes in comparative politics, and Dr. Stephen Voss, who specializes in voting behavior and political methodology, join us to discuss the impact of these elections on a local, state, and national level. We last spoke with both of them in January of 2017. Listen as they offer their insight on the state of politics in the time since the Presidential inauguration, the rise of social movements across the country, the challenges candidates face in creating a winning election strategy, and more.

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Oct 22, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2018) – Drug addiction is rampant in the nation, with estimates of more than 70,000 people dying from drug overdoses in 2017, much of that fueled by opioid abuse.

To put it in relatable numbers, the United States suffered more deaths to drug abuse last year than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. Or, put another way, at roughly 200 deaths per day, it’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet going down every 24 hours.

The problem has reached epidemic levels in Kentucky, with heroin and fentanyl abuse ravaging communities. On this week’s episode of Behind the Blue, Dr. Sharon Walsh, director of the University of Kentucky’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and a distinguished professor in the UK College of Medicine, discusses the challenge Kentucky faces in battling the opioid epidemic.

That question – what do we do? – was the basis of a daylong meeting Dr. Walsh had with the UK Board of Trustees. As part of its annual retreat this year, UK President Eli Capilouto and Walsh framed an entire day of discussion and presentations around the opioid epidemic in the country and its specific impact on Kentucky.

As importantly, the discussion centered on how UK – along with partners at the state and federal levels – is positioning itself to stem the tide of drug addiction and abuse in the state and beyond those borders.

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Oct 15, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is answering the call to train and develop more engineers for the Commonwealth and beyond.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with one of the newest members of the UK family, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Buchheit, who assumed his role as dean of the College of Engineering on July 1, following 20 years as a faculty member and administrator at The Ohio State University.

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Oct 5, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2018) – A person who earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree here at the University of Kentucky in the 1970’s is this year’s president of the UK Alumni Association.

On this week’s episode of “Behind the Blue,” UKPR‘s Carl Nathe talks with Fritz Skeen about his passion for UK, the vital role alumni and friends can play in the present and future success of the university, and how much he is looking forward to Homecoming 2018.

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For questions or comments about this or any other episode of “Behind the Blue, “ email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu (mail to: BehindTheBlue@uky.edu) or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

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