John Hingsbergen

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John Hingsbergen

As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future.    

  With students returning to campuses across Kentucky, we’re hearing a new term, “Safe spaces.”  It’s something that began in the area of women’s rights and within the LGBT community and we’re wondering if it will tend to benefit or hinder the development of young people in college.

On this week's show: Matthew P. Winslow, PhD.: EKU Department of Psychology, Marieke Beck-Coon: Senior Program Officer of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and Dr. Meta Mendel-Reyes: Professor of Social Justice Studies at Berea College.

Here’s an email from Lisa in Berea,  “Hey! It's taken me a while to respond to something I heard during your last fund drive, but here I am now.  I noticed what seemed like a lot of negative comments about the development of the Prairie Home Companion's new format. I disagree." 

  

   

Lisa continues, "I like that they are trying something new with a new host. I like that they focused on his strengths and expertise. I hope they will continue to explore ways to do drama, storytelling and comedy, but I appreciate the shift in emphasis.”

Trade has emerged as a potent issue this election season, with the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a flash point in the political debate. The stakes are high for the Ohio Valley region, where thousands of workers and billions of dollars in goods could be affected by the outcome of this trade agreement.  

To learn more, I visited two manufacturing companies in the Bowling Green, Kentucky, area: conveyer-belt maker Span-Tech and auto parts maker Trace Die Cast.

On this week's show, the annual summer production of UK Opera Theatre featuring over a dozen showtunes, "A Grand Night for Singing."  So many tunes that we're going to have to do it as a two-part production.   

Join us for Kentucky Summer Stage, Sunday August 14 AND August 21 at 8:00 pm on WEKU.

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Kentucky’s Secretary of State is encouraging eligible voters to register and participate in this year’s general election.  Secretary Alison Lundergran Grimes spoke Thursday at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. 

In addition to the very visible presidential election, every seat of the state’s House of Representatives, half of the Senate and some state Supreme Court races will be on the ballot November 8th.

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While Americans have access to the best medical care in the world, some choose to ignore that care, relying on their faith to take care such needs, sometimes with tragic results. On this week’s show we'll discuss the conflict between the religious beliefs of some Americans in Conflict with Modern Medicine.

Emergency officials spent part of the day investigating a train derailment in the central Kentucky town of Falmouth.

The CSX railroad says 24 cars came off the track this morning (Wed).  Four tank cars contained sulfuric acid but the railroad and local officials confirm that none of the hazardous materials were released.

Local officials issued a “shelter in place” order for the area within a half-mile of the derailment.

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Beginning this week doctors fighting the region’s opioid addiction crisis will have a little more to work with. The federal government will allow doctors to treat more patients with a drug called Buprenorphine.      


With the mining industry in sharp decline, some coalfield counties are hoping new prisons can generate jobs. Eastern Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District is already home to three federal penitentiaries and could soon see construction of a fourth in Letcher County. 

As Benny Becker reports, the proposal has sparked sharp debate over the economics and ethics of prisons.

A guest on campus at Eastern Kentucky University will talk on the topic: “What If We Live Off Earth: Exploring our Future in Space.”    

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet astronomer, educator and author Chris Impey. Professor Impey will be delivering a talk as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series. 

This is a special encore edition of the program, originally broadcast on February 4, 2016.  

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 today are tonight’s concert by Lyle Lovett, some local bands and “free” events.

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. 

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What do the latest Ghostbusters, Spider-Man and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?

 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll be answering that question and others as we examine the increasing diversity in the media.

We’re interested in your questions and comments before the show at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com.  You can leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in for EST Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

 

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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has received a federal grant of over $14 million to complete the Town Branch Commons Corridor project.  The funds are being awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER discretionary grant program.   

Listener Lee from Lexington was not happy with the presentation of a news story this past week, “In a recent news report about the NBA’s boycott of North Carolina, a WEKU news reporter said that the boycott was over a law infringing the civil rights of LGBTQ people."  

Lee continued, "That is editorializing, not news reporting.  I expect better than that of WEKU.”

It's cool jazz for a hot summer night on this week's Kentucky Summer Stage. Our July 24, 2015 show features the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur recorded in concert at Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts Friday October 30, 2015.

It’s the Count Basie Orchestra and Diane Schuur, at the Norton Center for the Arts during our eclectic series of concert programs, Kentucky summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the Ohio Valley with addiction and death, the search for safer methods of pain management has become increasingly urgent. 

Advocates for medical marijuana have recently made inroads in the area with growing scientific evidence that the substance currently considered of no medical value by the federal government might be a tool to wean those suffering from chronic pain off of more dangerous drugs.

 

Listener Lisa emailed in response to a comment from someone who hates our afternoon show from the CBC, “Q.”   

Lisa writes, “It made me cringe to see the guy from Corbin talk about how supposedly terrible Q is. It might not be relevant to his life, but I really enjoy the show. I enjoy learning about other cultures and hearing perspectives from outside the US, although Q is definitely still very influenced by the US and our media. It’s not boring, nor silly, nor pretentious. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a nice change from the other news only shows.”

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring weekend arts and cultural events with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Today, their focus is largely on children and family-oriented events.  

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

Hundreds of people of various faiths gathered Wednesday night in Lexington for an event described as a “concert, born of Orlando to remember all victims of hatred and violence.”  Participants included Muslims, Jews and Christians of various denominations.   

In response to last month’s massacre that killed 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando, the concert at Historic St. Paul’s Church downtown featured performances by about a dozen musicians with remarks and prayers led by local religious leaders.   

On this week’s Kentucky Summer Stage, Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, the Good Lovelies.  The Canadian folk/country trio performed October 22, 2015 at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. 

Tune in and enjoy the Good Lovelies during our eclectic summer music series, Kentucky Summer Stage, Sunday evening at 8:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A group opposed to a new Noah's Ark attraction in Kentucky says it is warning hundreds of public schools against visiting the Ark Encounter.

 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation says ark field trips would expose children to religious proselytizing in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.

Trevor, from Corbin emailed us,  “I enjoy Morning Edition, BBC News Hour, On Point, Here and Now, All Things Considered, The World and almost every other program you guys offer, but I have to be honest... I hate Q. "  

Trevor continues, "I can't think of very many people in this area who would have any interest whatsoever in the influence of folk music on an obscure musical talent from another country. In my opinion, the topics on that show are either A) boring, B) silly, C) pretentious or D) all of the above.”

For Kentucky workers who have health insurance through their employers, the number enrolled in high-deductible plans has risen sharply over the last eight years. That's according to a new report by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky reported in the Daily News.

 

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.

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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.”

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