Eastern Standard

Thursday 11:00 am; Sunday 6pm

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

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Julia Dake

A new film, having its Kentucky premiere this week, touches on themes that are very much in the forefront today.  

Issues like: marriage equality; family values; cultural diversity; interracial relationships; and the efforts of churches and religion to remain relevant in a changing society.  

Erik Liddell

In spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters, we can and must live together peaceably.

That’s the view of First Amendment scholar and distinguished Professor of Law and Religion John Inazu.  


Chris Hartman

 A Kentucky judge is attempting to recuse himself from participation in adoptions by same-sex couples while the state's Chief Justice denies a request for rule change.

On this week's show, we'll discuss this and other LGBT-related legal matters.

Julia Dake

It’s the time of year when people are either beginning holiday and summer travel or finalizing their plans.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss the Joys of Travel, in light of recent events and changes, especially in the airline industry.

 

 

John Hingsbergen

One of the "Founding Mothers" of NPR is our guest on this week's show.  NPR and ABC commentator and best-selling author Cokie Roberts is our guest in a show recorded at this year's WEKU Day Sponsor Recognition Event.

Listeners in attendance at the May 15 event are the audience for the show and will be offering questions and comments.

Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s General Assembly has passed legislation that will allow  Charter schools to open as early as next year.

 


On this week’s EST, we’ll learn more about Charter schools and where they’re most likely to first appear in the Commonwealth. Guests on this week's program include:

Marisa Hempel

Have you noticed panhandlers at interstate exits and street corners?  Maybe in downtown Lexington or other communities?

 


After the State Supreme court ruling that struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance, the issue has had officials scrambling to find answers to this community problem, with meetings to address the issue taking place all month long.

On this week’s Eastern Standard: Panhandling in the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

Marisa Hempel

April Showers bring may flowers... but the flowers and vegetables don’t just happen without some knowledge and work.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll welcome experts in gardening and horticulture to talk about how we can get the most out of our greenery.

 


 

 

 

 

In the past few years, many so-called “traditional values” have been challenged. The legalization of same-sex marriage.  Efforts by transgender persons to gain acceptance, to say nothing of shifts in gender roles that have been under way for decades.    It's an encore of a show we first aired in October of last year but we’re still glad to hear from you at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com.

You can also post a comment to the WEKU Facebook page or tweet us @wekuEST.

Kentucky Humanities Council

President Trump’s proposed federal budget includes a plan to zero-out funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss what such cuts could mean for Kentucky.

Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up this past week, and not only were there overrides to the Governor’s vetoes, but the new Republican super-majority successfully passed quite a bit of new legislation in what seems to be record time.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, our panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable to discuss all legislative news that occurred in Frankfort this year.

 

In recent years, Lexington’s headlines have been filled with the results of gun violence.

On this week's Eastern Standard, we will be talking about gun violence, live from Lexington City Hall with Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard. We will also have Laura Hatfield, Executive Director of Partners for Youth on the show as trends show many gun-related homicides involve young adults.

On this week's special edition of the show, we'll hear from: former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran; political correspondent Don Gonyea; science correspondent Joe Palca; and Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal.

It's a recorded edition of the show but you don't want to miss it!

Marisa Hempel

We’ve been hearing a lot about “fake news” and “alternative facts” lately. Some folks say these are symptoms of challenges to journalism.

 



On this week’s Eastern Standard: Fake News and other Challenges to Journalism.

 

John Hingsbergen

On this week's show, Ted Gioia, musician and author who has published ten non-fiction books, most recently the acclaimed How to Listen to Jazz (Basic Books). 

Robert Weber, LRC

The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly saw a rush of activity during a busy first week, with some major Republican priorities passing both the House and Senate without pushback.

As the legislative session continues, we’ll make our annual visit to the Capitol to talk with Senate Pres. Robert Stivers and House Speaker Jeff Hoover.


 

Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s Supreme Court struck down Lexington’s panhandling ordinance last week, saying the ban violated free speech. While the homeless in Lexington can now panhandle without fear of prosecution, there are other issues of concern related to basic subsistence.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, homelessness in the Commonwealth.

 

Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s universities are facing performance-based funding, likely to be mandated by the General Assembly and the governor. Meanwhile Eastern Kentucky University continues planning for tighter budgets while continuing to revitalize the campus in Richmond.

Marisa Hempel

The new president’s executive order limiting travel from seven Middle Eastern and African countries has kept immigration on our minds these past couple of weeks.


On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss immigration in the Commonwealth.

 

 

Marisa Hempel

February is Black History Month; and on this week’s Eastern Standard we’ll kick off the month with a discussion of African American achievements, heritage and culture in Kentucky.

 


The theme for the 2016/2017 series of Chautauqua lectures at Eastern Kentucky University is “Order and Chaos.”   On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet some of the folks who’ve been on campus so far this academic year.

GUESTS:

Erik Liddell, Coordinator of the Chautauqua lecture series at EKU;

npr.org

WEKU joins other public media this week in asking the questions:

 


 

  

- What do you want from the incoming administration"

- What do you want the president to know about you and your community? About Kentuckians?
 

- Do you think the country is more divided than ever?

Marisa Hempel

The Kentucky General Assembly is on a planned break for now.  But last week’s flurry of activity was part of a short legislative session that marks the beginning of Republican control of state government for the first time ever in almost a century..

 


 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, a panel of reporters joins us for a roundtable on the General Assembly.

Israeli/Palestinian Conflict On Eastern Standard

Jan 3, 2017
Marisa Hempel

The US abstention from a UN vote to halt Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has renewed discussions about our nation’s role in relations between Israel and Palestine.

 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the issues with Kentucky scholars, former residents, and a former ambassador who have insight on the area..

On this week’s Eastern Standard, NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. 

Joe Palca joins us in a program recorded in May of 2016 at WEKU’s annual Day Sponsor event and you can hear it this Thursday morning at 11:00 and Sunday evening at 6:00.

Marisa Hempel

Kentucky writer and activist Silas House is teaming up with singer/songwriter Sam Gleaves for what they’re calling a “folk opera.”


Marisa Hempel

At this time of the year, we tend to focus on celebrations of our own religions or cultures. But the winter holidays can also bring people of differing backgrounds together.


On this week’s EST,  we’ll discuss ways to enjoy the  “most wonderful time of the year” while including the traditions and customs of those unlike our own.

 

Ohio Valley ReSource on Eastern Standard

Nov 30, 2016
Marisa Hempel

You’ve been hearing stories  from the Ohio Valley ReSource, With topics such as  Agriculture, the Economy, Energy, and Health: they are the product of a regional journalism collaborative, of which WEKU is part.

 


We’ll meet some of the people behind the Ohio Valley ReSource, including the newest addition to the WEKU news department.

 

Kentucky Proud Holidays on Eastern Standard

Nov 16, 2016
Grant Willoughby

With the holiday season in full swing, this week's Eastern Standard will be devoted to Kentucky Proud-specific holidays. The mantra of "buy local" is something many hear often these days, and as it turns out Kentucky has a lot of great local brands to offer. Not surprisingly, there is quite a bit more made in the commonwealth other than bourbon and beer cheese!

Guests on this week's show include:

Marisa Hempel

A few weeks ago, we had a panel of reporters gives us a preview of this year’s election.  This week, they’ll be back for a post-election reporter’s roundtable.

After the dust of the 2016 election settles, we will discuss the results with the journalists and get feedback from listeners.

 


 

 

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