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John Hingsbergen

Football players locking arms and taking to their knees during the playing of the National Anthem.

Some teams not even taking to the field.

President Trump says any football player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem should be fired. 

A listener posted on the web page a response to the comments we aired last week claiming that WEKU and NPR’s programing is, as he said, “as liberal and far left as you can get.”

“Smitty” wrote, “I'd repeat Stephen Colbert's witticism that ‘reality has a well-known liberal bias.’ "

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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

They begin this with information about the Mary Chapin Carpenter concert at Equus Run.


Brian Burkhart

  How can the humanities expose and shatter racial stereotypes?  A community conversation in Lexington this week will explore stereotypes and racial consciousness.

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Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat has died at the age of 95. Chenery passed away Saturday in Boulder Colorado following complications from a stroke.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This week, they begin with a focus on the River Rock Music Festival, occurring on the site where the Ichthus Festival was held until a few years ago.  

UPDATED: Includes a link to the archived video on YouTube

Tune in at 8:00 pm for a special broadcast of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour featuring the McLain Family Band,   "live" from the campus of Berea College....or watch it right here!

And a SPECIAL BONUS...the 6:15 show featuring the U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, Country Current and Richmond's own 17-year-old thumb-picking guitar champion.

For the ninth year in a row, hundreds of individuals and families will go out to breakfast, lunch or dinner and, at the same time, help support a local service organization.

A total of 43 Lexington restaurants are participating in this year's Dining Out for Life.

Brian Burkhart


Texas was hit by Harvey.

Florida has Irma.

Could Jose be next and what about after that?

Better still, what does all this extreme weather mean? It it related to global climate change?


We begin with a call from the Listener Comment line, listener Dave, “I’d like to comment on your Eastern Standard on the eclipse. The last 20 minutes was very instructive."

Eastern Kentucky University has issued a safety alert following an overnight incident involving a firearm.

University police report that, just before 1:00 Friday morning, an individual reported that a vehicle with four persons inside pulled up near him and “verbally argued” with him before displaying a firearm.

Brian Burkhart

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University’s president kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with his annual address reviewing where the school is, where it’s been and where it’s headed.  

Dr. Michael Benson joins us for this week's show to respond to your questions or comments. 

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During recent weeks, heritage and history have been on the minds of many in the south and elsewhere.  Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia there have been renewed discussions about Confederate symbols and monuments.

In Kentucky, Lexington is moving forward with plans to relocate two statues and, just this week, there have been renewed calls to remove the statue of  Jefferson Davis from the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Herald-Leader

Kentucky House lawmakers have held a private meeting Tuesday to discuss the state's troubled pension system.

Republican and Democratic legislators met at the State Capitol for about two hours.   


We received n email from William in Lexington, “I hope that you will give serious consideration to renewing Prairie Home Companion for next season. I am truly tired of listening to re-broadcasts!”

American Public Media, producers of A Prairie Home Companion, have announced plans for the 2017-18 season to begin with a “live” show Saturday October 7.  It is my understanding that they intention is to get back to a production schedule closer to what was the case when Garrison Keillor was hosting. Karla Ward

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky is denouncing vandalism scrawled on a county GOP office.

WLEX-TV reports that someone scrawled "Nazi Scum" and "Die Nazi!" on the storefront of the Republican Party of Fayette County.

Lexington’s Planning Commission Thursday gave its approval for a zone change that will allow use of the campus of the Veterans Administration Hospital for new housing in the form of apartments and townhouses.

The 50 units will be offered first to military veterans and perhaps all low-income families.

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It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

This weekend, they begin with a focus on a popular local music festival.   

Eastern Standard

Saturday August 26, 2017 is Overdose Awareness Day in Lexington. 

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll discuss opioid addiction, overdoses and recovery and meet some of the "Voices of Recovery and Hope" in Central Kentucky.    

This week, we have a number of calls to the Listener Comment Line. First up, Charles from Lexington, regarding a major news story of the past week.

“After the violence and loss of life in Charlottesville, why Mayor Jim Gray would risk bringing the same kind of violence to Lexington is beyond me.”   

It’s not a giant toad, wolf or even a dragon eating the sun but millions will see it disappear at least briefly on August 21st.

Dr. Richard Gelderman Professor Extra-Galactic Astrophysics Western Kentucky University, told our Eastern Standard listeners, "The sun disappears in the middle of the day, one of the transformational phenomena that is going to be one of the top memories you will ever have in your life." 

This week, a special edition of our show with Janet Steele Holloway, founder of Women Leading Kentucky and author of Leaving: sometimes you have to leave.

We'll talk with Janet about her life, career and interests as well as organization she founded in support of women in the Lexington area.

Here's an email from Marilyn in Lexington, "Recently a listener commented that WEKU should replace the program Q.  However, I enjoy Q and hope it stays on the air." 

Madison County Schools have joined the list of those that will close on the day of the near-total solar eclipse.

The district has announced that the schools will observe a “Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day”  on Monday, Aug. 21.

Students will not report to school that day, but will be expected to complete assigned work.

The district is able to designate up to 10 days as NTI Days during the school year at the discretion of the superintendent.

Lexington-based Lexmark Incorporated will cut 700 employees from its payroll during the next year. 

The company announced the cuts Tuesday.

Thomas, of Paris, Kentucky emailed,  “This morning NPR had another great report on the art work of the trench solders of WWI.

In NPR's opening statement they said that WWI was the first war fought on a world wide scale.  Historically this is an erroneous assumption.   

This week we'll turn our attention to the heavens and discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. In addition to facts, we just may discuss myths and legends as well.

A judge this week dismissed a charge against a Republican Kentucky legislator from Madison County accused of illegally transporting alcohol across county lines.

81st District Representative Wesley Morgan was cited in April by police in Barbourville while moving liquor between two of his four stores.  At the time, doing so was illegal under state law.

Kentucky's prison population has grown by nearly seven percent in the past year, despite reduced penalties for some drug crimes.  

For example, in Madison County, the detention center  is routinely housing more than double the number of occupants it was designed for.