REDE Podcast: Relentlessly Rural

The Relentlessly Rural podcast tells the stories of the rural eastern North Carolina communities that East Carolina University serves and the challenges they face to stay relevant in a quickly changing world. Through university-community partnerships with ECU, these communities are creating new opportunities for success for those living in the region. The podcast is hosted by ECU undergraduate film student Lamar Gilchrist and produced by the Office of Research, Economic Development and Engagement.

Season 1

Purple Pantry

Episode 1: Food Insecurity in ENC

In this episode of Relentlessly Rural, host Lamar Gilchrist interviews East Carolina University student Travis Miles about ECU’s Purple Pantry, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina eastern regional director George Young about the difficulties of accessing food in the region, and ECU faculty members Stephanie Jilcott Pitts and Virginia Stage about food insecurity and healthy eating.

Rev. Richard Joyner speaks at Conetoe Family Life Center

Episode 2: Conetoe Family Life Center

In this episode of Relentlessly Rural, host Lamar Gilchrist interviews a group of volunteers at the Conetoe Family Life Center just outside of Greenville in Edgecombe County. In this episode you’ll meet “Mrs. Bunch,” a long-time volunteer with the center, Glover Ford an agricultural educator that uses his skills to help the center grow the food it shares with the Conetoe community, and Tarboro High School football coach Jamie Williams who directs the center’s summer programs.

Veteran student with ECU keychain

Episode 3: From Veteran to Scholar

In this episode of Relentlessly Rural, host Lamar Gilchrist interviews former military service member and current ECU student Joseph Ratte about his transition from an active duty service member to a university student. Gilchrist also interviews ECU associate professor of film studies Dr. Anna Froula about her Veteran to Scholar program designed to help veterans with the transition from the active duty to student lifestyle.

Female student works on robot

Episode 4: Women in STEM

In this episode of Relentlessly Rural, host Lamar Gilchrist explores the journey of three women in the STEM field. Gilchrist first interviews ECU undergraduate Serena Mooney who’s researching how muscles function under extreme conditions to inform better health care treatment options. Gilchrist then interviews Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plains Vice president of program initiatives Julie Carey about the importance of offering STEM activities to students at a young age. Gilchrist rounds out the episodes with an interview with ECU College of Business associate professor Dr. April Reed who shares her two-decade long journey in the STEM field.

Season 1 Trailer

Host Lamar Gilchrist shares what’s in store for the first season of ECU’s Relentlessly Rural podcast.

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