The Ghidotti Podcast brings the people and topics of intrigue from around our state to your ears. Host Natalie Ghidotti, PR professional and agency owner, sits down with the experts to discuss – with only one or two random outbursts of singing.
Lyle Blackburn: The Boggy Creek Monster
From the haunted Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs to the legend of the Gurdon Light, Arkansas is no stranger to paranormal activity and spooky beings. With reported sightings dating back to the early 20th century, the Boggy Creek Monster in Fouke is no exception.
“The first tales of a creature in that general area date back to about 1908,” said cryptozoologist and author Lyle Blackburn. “It’s something that very much is still going on and every so often, I get a pretty good and intriguing account.”
The expert on all things Boggy Creek Monster as the author of two books and producer of a documentary, Blackburn shared more with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including the origin of the legend and how it might relate to Bigfoot, the Yeti and other famous creatures.
Kara Wilkins: Arkansas Counts
While it’s often mistaken as just a means of calculating the current population, the U.S. Census provides data that is used to make decisions at every level of government. With just two weeks remaining before the Sept. 30 deadline, Kara Wilkins and the Arkansas Counts coalition remain committed to ensuring a complete and accurate census in the Natural State.
“The census helps us determine what level of funding we need to make sure that we have this state running efficiently and effectively,” Wilkins said. “Any loss of funds could mean a cut in a program that is critical here in Arkansas.”
Wilkins shared more about Arkansas Counts and the 2020 U.S. census with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including why getting an accurate count isn’t always easy and how those who have already completed the census can still help.
Chris Collier: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and now is the time for all men in Arkansas to get serious about their prostate health. With the disease claiming the lives of approximately 300 Arkansans each year, the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation stands ready to guide men and their families through the prostate cancer journey.
“One of the first steps is we try to educate and raise awareness,” said Executive Director Chris Collier. “We participate in health fairs all over the state and the central theme is the need to be screened. That determines your baseline number and what you might need to do going forward.”
Collier shared more about the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation with host Zach Parker on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including the full range of free services available through the foundation and debunking some of the misconceptions about screening.
Terri Beiner: Bowen School of Law
Just days away from the start of fall classes, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Dean Terri Beiner remain confident about their hybrid structure for the semester and its ability to continue to provide the hands-on practice for students.
“In some ways, we got lucky because we’ve been doing this since March,” Beiner said. “Once we had that experience, we put our faculty through numerous different types of training for online teaching. I’m looking at it as an opportunity.”
Beiner shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how Bowen’s learning experience differs from other law schools and her thoughts on the notion that there are too many law students and not enough jobs.
Leo Cummings and Todd Cate: Black Dude White Dude
The Black Dude White Dude Podcast features in-depth discussions on a variety of topics from the differing perspectives of two best friends. From social justice and fatherhood to the NBA and working out, Conway natives Leo Cummings and Todd Cate are tackling it all.
“These are conversations that we would normally have,” Cate said. “We started asking ourselves, can we add value to the community around us by having these conversations in a method in which people can listen to it, and I think the answer is yes.”
Cummings and Cate joined host Zach Parker for a bro talk episode of The Ghidotti Podcast on everything from the origin of Black Dude White Dude to the never-ending Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, plus their best Joe Rogan impersonation. You won’t want to miss it.
Travis Napper: Arkansas Tourism
Travis Napper brings experience and enthusiasm to his role as Arkansas’s newest Director of Tourism, but the COVID-19 pandemic has presented its fair share of challenges with travel restrictions, social distancing and self quarantines.
“I started on April Fool’s Day, so maybe the joke is on me,” Napper said. “Starting a new job in tourism in the middle of a pandemic with all the staff at home is definitely one of those stories that you wouldn’t believe had we said this six months ago.”
Napper shared more with host Natalie Ghidotti on the latest episode of The Ghidotti Podcast, including how the Natural State’s outdoor attractions have helped it remain a destination for travelers, the outside perspective he brings as a Louisiana native and how he and Stacy Hurst are working together in their new roles.
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