Dr. George Landon, John Meister, and Richie Hoagland, joining host John Hingsbergen.
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Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the developer of the popular video game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. On this week's show, we'll discuss the video game industry and the Commonwealth's first academic program dedicated to video game development at Eastern Kentucky University.
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WEKU staff were present for the weekend’s Crave Lexington Festival. As we did a few weeks ago at the Woodland Art Fair, we recorded some comments at the event.
Ann: “I really enjoy listening to WEKU because I get news from all over the world, stories that are close to home all the way to things going on in Africa and the Middle East. Anywhere in the world, I can find about what’s taking place and the most important stories.”
Police vehicles at the scene of a shootout between a wanted man and police on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
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An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries. The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert.
Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.
Gov. Steve Beshear has declared this week of September 8 through as Kentucky Storytelling Week. In that context, we'll discuss this form of spoken art with three professional storytellers.
Delinda Dent is a professor of Education at Eastern Kentucky University who uses and teaches storytelling with her students. Some of her projects with storytelling have included work with the Kentucky Horse Park, Kentucky Riding for Hope, Model Elementary School, and an assisted living complex in Richmond.
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We had an email last Monday from listener, Rodger. He says, “The interview by Susan Stamberg this morning with the new director of the Kennedy Center was sexist. The first things that Susan pointed out were the director's age, cute haircut and smart A-line dress."
Michael continued, "Imagine her pointing out a new male director's smart suit, haircut and five o'clock shadow. Wouldn't happen. I am interested in this person’s qualifications and vision for the future, not her looks or wardrobe!”
This week's show features an "encore presentation" of our show from last spring with Joel Aalberts, Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011.
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Listener Ann, wrote a comment on the WEKU website post for last week’s Eastern Standard show on depression. She told us, “Perfect timing for this topic in my household. My husband just went to seek treatment for severe depression...” We won’t relay the rest of her story but it is available for all to see on the website.
Some of the WEKU staff spent the better part of this past weekend at the Woodland Art Fair in Lexington and we thought you might enjoy hearing some of the comments we got from people who stopped by to say, “Hello.”
Mary Landrum, of Lexington, says, “I love the focus on public affairs programming. I like talk radio and I like that WEKU is committed to giving us a variety of opinions. I never know what I’m going to hear and I like that.”
Landrum says she also likes the classical music, “That’s nice when I’m driving home from a night shift, nice relaxing classical music.”
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The tragic death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams has shone a spotlight on the issue of depression. We did some research and discovered that Kentucky ranks well within the top ten states experiencing this form of mental illness.
What stories or issues have been on your mind ? How do you feel about coverage of local, regional, national or international news? What stories have been covered too much and which stories do we need to hear more about?
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Doug emailed us, looking for the online version of an NPR story, which we were able to locate for him. He went on to say, “I certainly enjoy and support your station due to all the diversity that you have throughout the day. I travel a lot in my job and I keep you tuned in. Coming to work and going home WEKU keeps me updated as to what is happened over night and throughout the day.”
Clockwise, from left, John Hingsbergen, Rene True, Mike Hayden, Brian Kiser.
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Studies indicate that having access to the Internet increases employment and income, enhances consumer welfare and promotes civic engagement. But, of Kentucky’s 120 counties, 45 have been described as in the “slow lane” of the Information Highway.
On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss efforts to bring Kentucky’s internet access up to speed.
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Listener, “Lori” wrote to us this past week, saying “I’ve noticed that you have repeated the same program on Red Barn Radio & Folk Alley for the past three weeks on Sunday mornings. I know they have new shows.”
She is right and we are grateful that she let us know since some of us are not usually up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. We’ve been realigning some staff duties and we’re still getting a handle on some of the details of station operations.
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. This week Rich updates us on some events that have become summer family traditions in the Lexington area.
The performances Rich discusses are: Lexington Children's Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's version of Cinderella; Ballet Under the Stars presents the 25th annual production at Woodland Park; and Comedy Off Broadway presents Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah.
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First up, the ever-present technical issues (with Classical 102.1) Female caller: “I just wanted to express as a listener my great appreciation for all your hard work during this very difficult time. I know you’ve had the audio problems at your station and I, as a faithful listener, kept my radio tuned, waiting for you to come back. It definitely came in this afternoon. The music’s wonderful and again you’re very much appreciated, so you do have very faithful listeners out there.”
Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen speaking with Dr. Richard Cahill.
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As the annual observance of Ramadan draws to a close, on this week’s show, we’ll focus on the basics of Islam with our guests, Richard Cahill, PhD, Director of International Education and Associate Professor of History at Berea College, and Ishan Bagby, PhD, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as board member of Masjib Bilal, one of three mosques located in Lexington.
Listen to the audio of this edition of Eastern Standard.
A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening. A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.
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Listener Michael emailed us, “Would you consider having a different show at 6:00 PM on weekdays instead of repeating the 4:00 hour of All Things Considered? I find myself often listening during both those hours on a given day and it's a drag hearing the rerun.”
We appreciate Michael’s suggestion, and any from our listeners, of course. I assume most are aware that we do not air a repeat of the first hour of All Things Considered on Fridays. That’s based on a belief that listening patterns are a bit different as the weekend approaches.
Rich Copley is an arts reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. This week, Rich tells us about The Studio Players’ production of Honky Tonk Angel, the annual Keeneland Concours and the annual Forecastle music festival in Louisville.
Connie and Tom Jones, creators of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, join Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen for this week's program.
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On this week's show, we're turning to YOU for stories about out love affair with cars. Tell us about your first car, your favorite of all time (so far). How about the one that got away and that you wished you had never gotten rid of?
Listen online to the full audio of today's program.
LexKy Health Dept. @LFCHD tweeted, “Thx to @889WEKU's Stu Johnson for talking community #health w/ @P4YLex's Larry Johnson this morning.” That was on June 27th by the way and we’ve posted the picture posted with that tweet with this week’s Feedback on WEKU dot FM.
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Speaking with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, Rich says the paper and its online service atLex-Go-dot-com, has a complete listing of Fourth of July celebrations and other events. Also on his mind this week is Red, white and Boom at Whitaker Park and SummerFest at MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater.
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We had a nice note by email from listener Pat, “I used to support WUKY until I recently learned that your station has a lot more news programs on all during the day. Consequently, I am now financially supporting YOUR station. You are now a regular expense in my annual budget.”
Andrew Sussman, Executive Producer of PRI's The World and Andrew Whitehead, Editor for the BBC World Service with WEKU's John Hingsbergen in Atlanta, GA.
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Public radio listeners are “world citizens” and, to feed our hunger for news from beyond our own borders, we have excellent resources. This special show originated in Atlanta, Ga. on September 19, 2013 during the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors.
Rich Copley is an arts and culture reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader. He joins us for a "chat" every Friday at 7:35 am and 12:35 pm.
It's time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley about weekend arts and cultural activities. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that, with the Oakridge Boys performing Saturday night at Renfro Valley, he had a chance to interview one of the members of the group.
Rich Copley is an arts reporter for the Lexington Herald Leader. Information on the weekend’s events is available in today’s (Friday) edition. You can also find out about arts and cultural events by visiting the events calendar on-line, at WEKU dot FM.