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Season 4, Episodes 1-5 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, June 19, 2023, 5:30 p.m.  

Happy Juneteenth! Join us for the very first episode of season four of WVU Extension’s Energy Express on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 

In this episode, special guest Meshea Poore, vice president at WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, fills in for our usual host, Zack Harold. Meshea talks about inclusion and respecting one another with Kurt, the pink fuzzy nub from the WVU puppetry program.  

Next, Kurt leads us into a puppetry performance of Little Red Riding Hood by the WVU Puppetmobile team. And after that, Little Red Riding Hood herself does an exclusive interview with Meshea about the show.  

Lastly, Molly Poffenbarger from the WVU Family Nutrition Program teaches us how to make an egg roll in a bowl after working up such an appetite throughout this episode! For this recipe, you will need ground turkey, an egg, oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder and coleslaw mix with shredded carrots. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

Today, we’re celebrating West Virginia’s 160th birthday by taking you on a cryptid road trip all across the Mountain State! Rosemary Hathaway, a professor and folklorist at the WVU Department of English, explains what folklore is and why it’s so special in West Virginia.  

First we learn about the Ogua on the banks of the Monongahela River, then we bounce over to Preston County to look for the giant Snallygaster. Next, we head out to the Eastern panhandle to hear about the Snarly Yow, then into the woods of Lewis County to search for Bigfoot, and finally back north to look for the Grafton Monster. Before our last stop on the road trip, we had to stop for a classic West Virginia snack—a pepperoni roll from Country Club Bakery! Then we have the energy to make it to our last stop on the cryptid road trip, in Fairmont to learn about the Vegetable Man.  

To round out West Virginia’s birthday episode, we toss it back to our host Zack Harold, who shows us how to make some birthday cake pops to celebrate! 


 Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Today’s episode focuses on some of our favorite furry friends. First, we meet some of the WVU visitation therapy dogs. We travel around campus—from downtown to health sciences—to see six dogs that each take care of a specific program.  

Then we go over to WVU’s Hearts of Gold, a service dog training program and facility. Lindsay Livengood, a behavior analyst at Hearts of Gold, tells us about what it takes to be a service dog and everything else their program offers.  

At the end of this episode, Brooke Brown does a read-aloud of “Musket’s Big Adventure.” 


Thursday, June 22, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Get up and get moving during this episode! Olivia Mackey from the College of Physical Activity and Sports Science teaches us what a tabata workout is and leads us through it. But first, remember to warm up! 

Next, 4-H’ers Hannah and Paige show us how to get crafty and make terrariums in mason jars. Pro tip: add eggshells to your soil for added nutrients. For this activity, you will need soil, a spoon, gravel, a mason jar, a plant, rocks, water, activated charcoal and moss.

Finally, it’s snack time. Pendleton County 4-H’er Katie demonstrates how to make rainbow fruit skewers – and makes some awesome jokes along the way. For this recipe, you will need strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, blueberries, purple grapes, marshmallows and skewers.  


Friday, June 23, 2023, 5:30 p.m. 

This episode is a rerun from season 3. 

Today we visit Ms. Amie's farm for "Learn, Grow, Eat and Go." Our WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Amie Tutor teaches kids all about pears—what they look like, how they're grown and what they taste like. Amie then reads "A Fruit is a Suitcase," which explains how different fruits and vegetables spread their seeds.  

Shannon Ritchie leads kids through an "either/or" physical activity, where they get to decide which exercises to do, and Noel Mitchell teaches us how much sugar is really lurking inside our drinks.  

Amie visits Warm Springs Intermediate School in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, to help students plant sunflowers. And Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make pear salsa with cinnamon-sugar churro chips.