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NPR's National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest on this week's show. This program is the one recorded during the annual WEKU Day Sponsor event May 1 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington.     

This week's broadcast is an ENCORE of the original broadcast from May 28, 2015.

Don Gonyea talks about his career at NPR, reporting on 9/11 as well as his years covering political campaigns and elections on this program that features questions and comments from WEKU listeners in attendance.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. As they tell us, there’s a lot going on over the 3-day 4th of July holiday  weekend.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com.

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage...folksinger, songrwiter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon. 

Our eclectic series of “live” performances continues with John McCutcheon’s concert in May at the Union Church in Berea, KY.

Tune in and enjoy, KSS Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88.9 WEKU.

Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky's attorney general and state auditor will no longer be able to nominate members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. That’s under a new executive order from Republican Gov.  Matt Bevin.

  

 

The governor appoints the members of the commission, which investigates allegations of state ethics code violations in the state's executive branch.  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Volkswagen has agreed to pay the state of Kentucky nearly $3.5 million in civil penalties in a settlement that could result in up to $100 million for the state and its residents.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced the state's part in the automaker's agreement to pay up to $15.3 billion to settle lawsuits and allegations that it cheated on emissions tests.

Thousands turned out in downtown Lexington over the weekend for Pride 2016.  Organizers of the LGBT-focused event were predicting crowds larger than last year’s total of about 25,000.

This year’s Pride included a moment of remembrance for victims of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando led by Pastor Marsha Moors-Charles of Lexington’s Bluegrass United Church of Christ.

MMC: “Although we may not know all the names on this beautiful flag that will be sent to Orlando, God indeed knows their names and welcomed them into their eternal home.”

On our website, a comment to an NPR story From 'Brexit' To Trump, Nationalist Movements Gain Momentum Around World,  “Jim” writes, “Here we go again? European Nationalism, a political Party of ignorant and intolerant lemmings being stampeded by a charismatic insecure leader with an agenda driven by the psychotic hatred of a targeted minority. Where have we heard or witnessed that before? Oh that's right here and 1939 Germany.”

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

As they tell us, one of this weekend’s major events is the Lexington Pride Festival

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

The Morehead News

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit against her because of a new state law that will take effect next month.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized gay marriage last year. Two gay couples and two straight couples sued her. A federal judge ordered her to issue the licenses, but she refused and went to jail.

Diane, of Wilmore, emailed us, ”I was so glad on Sunday, 6/12/16 to hear that the news stayed on the tragedy in Orlando and preempted the lame replay of Prairie Home Companion.   I drive home from Berea to Lexington most Sunday afternoons and always tune to another channel to avoid the Prairie Home Companion.” 

Later in the week, in fact on Friday after the week’s detailed coverage from NPR, Susan, from Corbin, posted on Facebook, “"Enough already on the mass shootings.”

Susi Lawson

A concert featuring the music of Berea-based Sam Gleaves kicks off the 2016 season of our eclectic music series Kentucky Summer Stage.  

Sunday evening's broadcast at 8:00 pm features the Virginia-native singer/songwriter accompanied by: Tyler Hughes, Deborah Payne, Stephanie Jeter and Cory Shenk in a January 31, 2016 concert at the Bluegrass United Church of Christ in Lexington.

Listener David reacted to a comment we aired last week, critical of the show “Q” from the CBC which we air weekday afternoons at 2:00, “I just, a minute ago, heard a comment that you aired from a listener about the program “Q” which I find wonderful and lively and unpredictable.” 

David continues, “I think that we benefit from hearing programs that are not simply from the U.S. but in this case Canadian. I’m a real supporter of that program and astonished by his negative reaction to it.”

From a Facebook notice posted Sunday by Lexington Fairness:  

"This morning, America and the world woke up to the worst mass shooting in the history of The United States. This vigil is meant to bring our community together to show our community's support for the Orlando and entire Flordia community. Please make plans to join at Triangle Park starting at 8:00 pm. There will be a limited supply of candles, so if you have some please bring them."

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — An official says it is expected to cost about $20 million to make repairs at a central Kentucky chemical weapons destruction plant. 

Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the general contractor for the plant in Madison County, said it is seeking compensation from General Atomics of San Diego for the cost to replace piping with deficient welds since the welds were done by a subcontractor for that company.

Police Body Cameras on Eastern Standard

Jun 8, 2016

We’ve seen “Cops” on TV as the cameras follow the officers. Now we are cutting out the middle man, and attaching the cameras to the officers right here in Kentucky. Berea has them and Lexington will soon.

On this week’s show, a discussion of police body cameras. 

Guests: Assistant Chief Dwayne Holman, Lexington Police; Dr. Thomas Reed, Doctor of Criminal Psychology/Identification, retired from EKU College of Justice & Safety; Lt. Jake Reed, Berea Police; Kate Miller, Program Director, ACLU of Kentucky 

We’re catching up on some message we received before the Memorial Day holiday. First, this call to the Comment Line from listener Josh, “Just curious why we continue to play (the) Q from Canadian Broadcasting System. It’s boring, repetitive and it seems as if every day there is some sort of gay or anti-white or some obscure reverse racism or reverse dogma that occurs on the show.”

Services have been scheduled for Friday in Louisville for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday.

 

Former President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal and broadcaster Bryant Gumbel are scheduled to deliver eulogies.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor Ali.

The three-time heavyweight champion had been hospitalized in the Phoenix area since last Monday with respiratory problems and his children had flown in from around the country.

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 week, they kick off their comments with a mention of the Great American Brass Band Festival and an associated art festival, taking place this weekend in Danville.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

You can also find listings of arts and cultural activities at the events calendar link at WEKU dot FM. 

Grab your hat, gloves, and gardening spade. On this week's Eastern Standard: home gardening and urban farming in Kentucky with guests Ryan Quarles from the Department of Agriculture, Michelle Flannery from the Berea Urban Farm, Abby Adams with Sustainable Berea, and Ryan Koch of Lexington-based Seedleaf.

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. On their minds this week are the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass and other summer music shows and festivals.    

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo.com. 

Lexington Herald Leader/Kentucky.com

Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak was in Lexington yesterday to be honored and speak at: ONE: the Alltech Ideas Conference.

Wozniak is the recipient of the 2016 Humanitarian Award for his  “dedication to inspiring innovation through education and creating one of the world’s most peaceful  revolutions.”

Alltech President Pearce Lyons welcomed Wozniak to the stage at Rupp Arena.

On this week’s EST, more of the wisdom from speakers in the 2015-16 Chautauquah Lecture series at Eastern Kentucky University. 

Speakers came to the Richmond campus addressing the general theme “What If” and we’ll hear from some of the best. 

During today’s show, we’re discussing hate in America; a proposed new national discourse on Latinos; race, sex and aggression; and the future of liberal education.

This week, a couple of calls to the Listener Comment Line.  First up, this one from listener Kendall, “I love WEKU and all the local NPR radio stations because they are typically so non-biased when it comes to reporting political events around the country. However, today I have heard several stories broadcast on WEKU about the violence at the Nevada Democratic Convention over the weekend but no comments as to what started them.” 

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader. This week, Rich is joined by the newspaper’s music writer.   

They start by discussing the 3rd edition of the Moonshiner’s Ball in Berea.

Rich Copley & Walter Tunis cover arts, culture and music for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com. 

Kentucky political reporters will join us to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election and other political matters on this week's Eastern Standard.  

Here’s an email we received a few weeks ago during our Spring Fund Drive, from listener Ronda: “As a sustaining member, I still want to take the time to let you know of all the programs that you run that I really appreciate."     

"I listen mostly at work and in my car," continues Ronda.  "I listen in my car going to work and coming home, driving my daughter to ballet class/rehearsal, driving to run errands on the weekends, driving to and from church, driving to the ministry I am involved in after hours, driving to pick up my son from college in Columbia, KY.”

WEKU News has produced a series of reports featuring the candidates competing for the Democratic and Republican nominations for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 6th District in Kentucky.

Lexgo.com/Lexington Herald-Leader

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

On their minds this week are season finales for the Lexington Philharmonic and Lexington Singers, a Studio Players production and the Great Day Race at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Rich Copley & Harriett Hendren cover arts and culture for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Lexgo dot com

The Lane Report

Kentucky Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking a judge to throw out Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's vetoes of the state's $68 billion operating budget.

 

Stumbo alleges Bevin improperly filed the vetoes with the House clerk last month. He said the state constitution requires the governor to deliver legislative vetoes to the Secretary of State's office when the legislature is not in session.

Arkencounter.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two billboard companies have refused to display an advertisement by an atheist group to protest the Ark Encounter amusement park in Kentucky.  

Tri-State Freethinkers president Jim Helton tells news outlets the group recently raised $10,000 for a billboard. The proposed design depicts Noah's Ark with people drowning around it and the words, "Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths."

The advertisement has been turned down by billboard companies Lamar and Event Advertising and Promotions LLC.

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