Dr. Michael Cairo is Associate Professor of Political Science; Program Director, International Affairs at Transylvania University in Lexington
As the jihadist militant group known as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant wreaks terror on Iraq, we in the U.S. are asking, "Why should we care about ISIS?" On this week's show, we'll hear some answers from Transylvania University Associate Professor of Political Science, Michael Cairo, PhD.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended the City’s efforts to reinvent Rupp Arena and build a new convention center. The city says it cancelled its plans because the University of Kentucky changed its mind about a new facility lease in 2018.
Brad Jones is a former Marine captain and the author of the novel Black Walls Turn Gray
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A new novel by a Lexington-based author Brad Jones addresses issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and care for our nation’s veterans. During this PTSD Awareness Month, we’ll hear more about the novel Black Walls Turn Gray and discuss the experiences of this former Marine who served in Afghanistan.
Listener MSJ wrote a long email about NPR’s relatively new announcer for underwriting credits. He says, “This is a croaking, creaking, irritating, raspy, untrained, voice which leaves her gasping for air (the sound of which producers at NPR refuse to edit, it seems) at the end of each announcement.
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. As usual, Rich is on the line with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, discussing this week and weekend's bluegrass activities, the Harry Dean Stanton Festival and the BlackBird Dance troupe at the Downtown Arts Center.
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.
Recent statistics show Kentucky is still a leader, if not THE leader, in cancer deaths among states in the U.S. On this week's show, we'll discuss this unhappy distinction as well as treatment and survival options.
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From the Listener Comment Line last Sunday, "It's 7:36 Sunday morning, Bob Edwards Weekend. The first segment was excellent about graduation. The second segment is a re-run from last week. How can you do this? This is terrible!"
We believe what this listener heard was the first sign of serious problems with the computer system that plays back much of our programming. We are grateful for the calls, emails and Facebook posts that helped us react quickly.
Executive Director of the EKU Center for the Arts, Joel Aalberts (right), and Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left).
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Joel Aalberts is nearing his first anniversary as 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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Memorial Day was intended as a time for honoring our nation's war dead. Today, it's best known as the unofficial start of summer. On this week's show, we'll discuss the holiday and how we can best honor those who've served and given their all.
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Steve emailed us, “It seems, after every cooperative concert with the Lexington Philharmonic, I as a singer in the Lexington Chamber Chorale, have an "issue" with WEKU. At Christmas it was a failure of my computer to make a good recording of the Messiah. Today it is my inability to sing with the chorale due to a family emergency. I am "stranded" in Dallas TX and hope to hear the Beethoven 9 when it is broadcast."
(Steve continues) "So, my question: When will the Beethoven 9 be broadcast? I do want to
While the 2014 mid-term election is a half a year away, Kentucky voters will go to the polls this month for a primary election. On this week's show, we'll discuss the May 20 Primary with journalists covering politics in the Commonwealth.
Among the topics we'll discuss: The competition for the Democratic nomination for the Sixth District U.S. House; the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Lexington Mayoral Race; and any other races of interest to our listeners.
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Thanks to everyone who entered our drawing for tickets to Garrison Keillor's book reading and signing last week. The lucky winners were Congratulations to Twitter follower Jeff Sames and Facebook friend and Melissa Blose. We hope you had a good time.
Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran joins us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners. Cochran, who retired from employment with NPR after 33 years, is the special guest at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.
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We've been interacting with listener, Glenn, about a streaming issue. He wrote, “I am a contributing member of the WEKU station, and enjoy listening to your news and information channel on the radio, BUT your channel is the only one I cannot get by streaming on my iPhone. I just get the intro message about contributing then nothing more.”
Members of the audience were invited to ask questions as part of the Mayoral Candidates Debate May 1, 2014, hosted by the Lexington Forum
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This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety. This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014. They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
The two top vote-getters in the primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
Candidates for the 2014 Lexington mayoral election debated at the May 1 meeting of the Lexington Forum. L-R, Incumbent Jim Gray; challengers Danny Mayer & Anthany Beatty. Moderator Tom Martin is standing.
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Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.
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This week, we have some reactions to regional news stories. For instance, one headlined, “SOAR Working Groups to Plot Strategies." It reports that the next step in the "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" or SOAR initiative involved ten working groups that will map out strategies and prepare to take more suggestions from Eastern Kentuckians.
On this week’s show, we'll discuss the downturn in Eastern Kentucky coal mining, other challenges to the mining industry and hopes to rejuvenate or replace this important element of the Commonwealth's economy.
On April 11th, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray named the city's first director of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, a newly created office. This comes after the announcement earlier this year that $3 million of the city's $13 million surplus would be allotted for affordable housing and 500,000 for homeless initiatives.
As we approach the May 7th date for the first-ever WEKU Day Sponsor reception, we've received numerous emails from listeners wondering about how to convert their existing memberships into Day Sponsorships.
Tuesday April 22 is Earth Day. This year marks the 45th observance of the annual celebration of our planet and its environment. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss community gardening and other efforts to bring about a sustainable Kentucky.
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Over the weekend, we had an interesting comment from Mike in Versailles. He writes, “I stream WEKU and have noticed WEKU uses more broadband resources than other streaming sources I often listen to (like jazzradio or old time radio). Is it possible to stream weku at a lower level? If I'm
listening to WEKU and try downloading a large file at the same time, my system slows down a lot. I will often have to turn off WEKU to complete the download.”
The Lexington Philharmonic performs "Canto," a commissioned piece by Adam Schoenberg, this year's Saykaly-Garbulinksa composer-in-residence
It’s time for our preview of weekend events with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader. Rich tells WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the weekend begins with a performance by the Lexington Philharmonic, featuring the premiere of a piece by its latest Saykaly-Galbulinska composer-in-residence.
One of 852 "igloos" at the Bluegrass Army Depot, 45 of which are dedicated to chemical weapons.
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Beginning in the 1940's the U.S. Army stored chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond. At the order of Congress and in compliance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the materials at the site are slated for destruction.