John Hingsbergen

Associate Manager/Program Director

Ways to Connect

Eastern Standard

WEKU joins other public media this week in asking the questions:
 

  

- What do you want from the incoming administration"

- What do you want the president to know about you and your community? About Kentuckians?
 

- Do you think the country is more divided than ever?

Here’s an email we received from Philis, in Lexington who tells us she’s been an avid listener and supporter of WEKU since she moved to Lexington over 20 years ago. 

She wrote to say, “In my house I have three Internet radios that I programmed to have WEKU as one of the presets.  I have not been able to get your station for several months.

In the past I listened to WEKU more than any other stations.  This is partly because I prefer a local station, but I also like your programming.

Are you planning to fix the digital streaming or should I consider switching my donations to the station that I am actually listening to more.”

Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly is on a planned break for now.  But last week’s flurry of activity was part of a short legislative session that marks the beginning of Republican control of state government for the first time ever in almost a century..

 


 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, a panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable on the General Assembly.

Here’s an email from Nancy, “Recently I listened to an interview with author/activist Claudia Rankin.  She mentioned black men dying in the streets in America every day, the prisons being filled with black men and racism in America.  


It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They tell us, with the holidays behind us, a more routine schedule of  events resumes.  


On this week’s Eastern Standard, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. 

Joe Palca joins us in a program recorded in May of 2016 at WEKU’s annual Day Sponsor event and you can hear it this Thursday morning at 11:00 and Sunday evening at 6:00.

Lexington Herald- Leader www.kentucky.com

It's an encore of a special recorded edition of the show that aired originally on March 24, 2016 but we're still glad to have your comments. Post them here on the website, on Facebook or by email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com

We’ll discuss this 2013 discovery with University of Kentucky paleoanthropologist Dr. Andrew Deane who was called to South Africa to join the team examining over 1,500 bones that were found. 

kidsnow.ky.gov

When it comes to quality, Kentucky’s Head Start programs have received a very high ranking.  A Head Start administrator says a commitment to intense training is a major key to success.  Since 1965, Head Start has been offering free early childhood education and other services to low income families. 

Just last week, the National Institute for Early Education Research ranked Kentucky number two in program quality, second only to Vermont. 

https://www.berea.edu/pfe/
Berea College Partners for Education

Berea College is being awarded $6 million to expand a federal program aimed at helping students in high poverty areas go to college.  The Promise Neighborhood funds will be used in Knox County.


John Hingsbergen

More than 400 people gathered Monday night in Lexington for a unique holiday celebration. “United in Harmony: An Interfaith Encounter” was held at Historic St. Paul’s Catholic Church downtown. 

Howard Berkes - NPR

NPR is reporting this week on a sharp increase in the number of Appalachian coal miners with the worst form of black lung.

The Ohio Valley ReSource partnered with NPR to better understand what this means for miners and mining communities. Jeff Young spoke with NPR investigative reporter Howard Berkes about why this deadly but preventable disease is on the rise.  

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events.   This week,  Rich Copley is joined by Sally Scherer, Features Editor at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Among the productions and other events on their minds this week is The Rep’s production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical.


Stu Johnson - WEKU

A group of new Lexington police officers will begin their street duties next week.  Family and friends filled the auditorium at the Blue Grass Community Technical College Thursday for the graduation ceremony.


Stu Johnson

The State of Kentucky is offering a new way for people with disabilities to save and invest money. Legislators in Frankfort got an update Wednesday. 


Stu Johnson WEKU News

The Lexington school district is using career coaches to help students make successful transitions to life after high school.  Fayette School Board members this week got an update on the program implemented at the beginning of the school year. 


Marisa Hempel

Kentucky writer and activist Silas House is teaming up with singer/songwriter Sam Gleaves for what they’re calling a “folk opera.”


Big Rivers Electric Corp.

A western Kentucky utility is seeking to provide wholesale power to nine cities across the Commonwealth.  The state’s Public Service Commission offered its backing Monday. 


wkyt.com

Kentucky's Department of Public Health is responding to concerns about the Zika virus with holiday travel suggestions.  Officials are especially concerned about pregnant women.  According to infectious disease specialist, Dr. Ardis Hoven, says pregnant women, those who might be pregnant and their sex partners should avoid areas where the virus remains active. 


Here’s a call to the Listener Comment Line, from Brant, in Frankfort, “I remember an announcement about Brenda Lee being near the area. She was going to perform a “litany of her songs.”  I’ve been looking at the dictionary here, a litany is either a prayer consisting of petitions recited by a leader or a repetitive recital.”


Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Jaylen Babb-Harrison has been charged with first degree rape.   According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the 23-year-old is being held at the Madison County Detention Center. 


Here’s an email from listener Caleb, “I am a long time daily listener of WEKU. One of the featured pieces of feedback this week, from Alyce, criticized “A Prairie Home Companion”, and “Ask Me Another.” I have to agree.

Those are my two least favorite programs on this station. I listen to several of other stations, and find myself turning to WUKY, or online podcasts whenever these programs are on WEKU. I know you all have to balance the interests of all listeners, I just wanted to give you another opinion.”

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  This weekend, they’re thinking about the holiday season…


Here’s an email from Chris, in Berea, “One morning last week, you shared a tweet from Donald Trump as if it were news regarding how he had helped a Ford plant not leave Louisville.   Trump’s tweet, however, was quickly shown to be incorrect."   


Here’s a message from Paul left this week on the Listener Comment Line, “I like your website and the stories of the day. I particularly like reading about people voting for the coal industry. I know that’s controversial but it’s an important story.”


www.ekustories

Eastern Kentucky University student-athlete Tyler Swafford had a tough day on the football field Saturday.  But as WEKU’S John Hingsbergen reports, the 21-year-old received some very good news later that day. 

Tyler Swafford has been notified that he will receive one of this year’s 12 George Mitchell scholarships. The Brentwood Tennessee native, was among more than 300 who applied for the honor that provides a year of post-graduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland. 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.  They start this week of a mention of a production by Lexington’s Studio Players.    

From the Listener Comment Line, a call from Dan in Lexington about the fact that we chose to, once again, preempt Performance Today on Wednesday evening, the day after the Election.  


Politics and the election have certainly brought out some comments this week. First, from Mary Pat who commented about the Eastern Standard show on voter values, “The election?...values?...partisan spokespersons to start it off? ....really?!  I had to turn it off. A very lame show with poor conception.”


Kentucky Secretary of State's Office

Kentucky's top election official estimates 60 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday.  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said that's on par with the turnout from the 2012 presidential election.  


The Kentucky Humanities Council Tuesday named a new Executive Director.  As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, the new head of the non-profit is a person whose name and face are familiar to many Kentuckians.  


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