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.

Call 800-621-8890 with your questions or comments during the show. You can also email your comments to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, or post your comments and questions on Facebook and Twitter.  Between shows, you are welcome to leave a comment or question on the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657.   If you allow us to do so, we may use your comments on the air.

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6:44pm

Mon December 15, 2014
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Winter Weather on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments or stories about winter weather in the Commonwealth to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest or call 859-622-1657 and leave a voice message.
Credit transportation.ky.gov

Winter doesn’t start officially until this weekend but we’ve already had some tastes of the wind and the cold to come. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we ask the question What’s the Forecast: Winter Weather in the Commonwealth.

We’re interested in your questions, comments and stories. 

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1:54pm

Wed December 10, 2014
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Sustainable Energy in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

Clockwise from left: Kenya Stump, Chris Woolery, John Hingsbergen, Bobby Clark.
Credit Richard Turner

In 2013, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we will be discussing sustainable energy initiatives in Kentucky and what alternative energy sources the state can support.  

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9:54pm

Sat November 29, 2014
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EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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3:11pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Beer & Bourbon in the Bluegrass on Eastern Standard

Dr. Darrin Smith and Hal Gervis of Alltech Brewing and Distilling join host John Hingsbergen in studio to discuss Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass

According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, about 9,000 people owe their paychecks to the distilling industry which brings in over 300 million dollars in taxes for the state. More than 8,000 people are employed in jobs related to the brewing and distribution of beer.  That industry adds 160 million in tax revenue. 

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the impact of Beer and Bourbon in the Bluegrass.

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7:49am

Mon November 10, 2014
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PTSD, Veterans' Issues on Eastern Standard

Brad Jones is a former Marine captain and the author of the novel Black Walls Turn Gray
Credit Jonese Franklin

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.

This program, during the week of Veterans' Day. is an encore of a show that aired this past June. 

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5:34am

Mon November 3, 2014
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Election Review on Eastern Standard

Send your comments before the show then tune in Thursday morning at 11:00

The mid-term election will be behind us, but we'll take one more opportunity to discuss it on this week's show. We'll be interested in your reactions to the results, from the point of view of the Commonwealth.

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10:52pm

Tue October 28, 2014
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Reporters' Roundtable on Election on Eastern Standard

Jonese Franklin joins host John Hingsbergen on Eastern Standard.
Credit Logan Riley

Next week, the citizens of Lexington will elect a mayor and fill nine of 15 seats on the Urban-County Council.  Kentuckians will choose their six representatives to the U.S. House and on one of the state’s two Senators. On this week’s EST, a Reporters’ Roundtable on the election. 

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12:12am

Mon October 20, 2014
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On Eastern Standard: How Concerned Should We Be About Ebola?

Since May, there have been three persons investigated for Ebola contamination in Fayette County.  While none of those cases tested positive, the outbreak in West Africa and the fact that two Americans have gotten the disease have raised concerns all over the U.S.  On this week’s Eastern Standard, how concerned should WE be about Ebola?

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3:05pm

Tue October 14, 2014
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Detecting & Overcoming Breast Cancer on Eastern Standard

Dee Wooley (center) at Frankfort Fire Station #1, April 2012.

While most people are aware of breast cancer today, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. During this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'll discuss the disease, how it is detected and treated and meet a survivor.

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5:37pm

Sat October 4, 2014
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Lexington's Heroin Explosion on Eastern Standard

Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Josh Nadzam, writer for under-main.com, join Host John Hingsbergen in-studio to discuss the renewed prevalence of heroin addiction in the Commonwealth.

From 2002 through 2006, there were no reported deaths from Heroin overdose in Lexington. Compare that to 44 such fatalities in 2013 and there’s apparently a problem. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll meet the the researcher and creator of a multi-media report on the Explosion of Heroin Addiction in Lexington. 

Guests for this week's show: Josh Nadzam - Researcher and writer for UnderMain (under-main.com); 

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11:24pm

Sun September 28, 2014
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Re-Defining Marriage on Eastern Standard

Kentuckians as well as folks in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan are waiting on a ruling on same-sex marriage from the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Knowing that a ruling could come soon…and in light of growing speculation of the issue going to the nation’s highest court, we’ll discuss Re-defining marriage on this week’s EST.

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12:58am

Wed September 24, 2014
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Common Core Education Standards on Eastern Standard

In-studio guest Richard Innes and host John Hingsbergen discuss Kentucky Common Core Standards with President of the Council for Post-secondary Education Robert King and Karen Kidwell, Director of the Division of Program Standards at the Kentucky Department of Education.

Earlier this year, Kentucky school officials announced an effort to gather public input on Common Core educational standards.  The standards represent what students in kindergarten through high school should know by the end of each grade.

We're interested in your questions and comments. Send them to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, call 859-622-1657 or send a tweet @889wekuWEKU..

 

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9:21pm

Mon September 15, 2014
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Video Games in the Classroom on Eastern Standard

Dr. George Landon, John Meister, and Richie Hoagland, joining host John Hingsbergen.
Credit Logan Riley

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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3:33am

Wed September 10, 2014
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Storytelling in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

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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10:44pm

Tue September 2, 2014
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All Things Edible on Eastern Standard

Counter-clockwise from left: John-Mark Hack, Robbie Morgan, Jeremy Ashby, and host John Hingsbergen.
Credit Logan Riley

As area restaurants, foodies and others involved in feeding and consumption of edible 

products at this year's Crave Lexington, we'll have a tasty conversation about all things food-related.

Our guests will share some ideas and be prepared for your questions or tips: Robbie Morgan, Director of Crave Lexington 2014;  John-Mark Hack, Executive Director for the Local Food Association; Local celebrity chef, Jeremy Ashby.

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5:28pm

Mon August 25, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Encore by EKU Center's Aalberts

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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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9:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
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Depression in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

Send your questions, comments and stories about depression to : WEKU Eastern Standard (at) gmail (dot) com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call and leave a voice message at 859-622-1657

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.  

Guests: 

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8:50pm

Mon August 11, 2014
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Reporters' Roundtable on Eastern Standard

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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7:55pm

Mon August 4, 2014
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Bringing Kentucky's Broadband Access Up to Speed on Eastern Standard

Clockwise, from left, John Hingsbergen, Rene True, Mike Hayden, Brian Kiser.
Credit Richard Turner

    

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.

Our guests:  

- Brian E. Kiser, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development;

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7:34pm

Sun July 27, 2014
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The Basics of Islam on Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen speaking with Dr. Richard Cahill.
Credit Richard Turner

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.

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12:47pm

Tue July 22, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Why Should We Care About Ukraine?

From left to right: Natasha Williams, John Hingsbergen, Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Dr. Kenneth Slepyan.
Credit Richard Turner

The former Soviet Republic of Ukraine has been in constant turmoil this year, turmoil that has apparently led to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet with 298 civilians aboard.

  

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12:31am

Sun July 13, 2014
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Exploring Kentucky's Great Outdoors on Eastern Standard

State and national parks, underground caves, forests, cliffs and campgrounds are just some of the natural features that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass State every year.  

On this program, we'll discuss some of these attributes of our state and hear your questions, comments and stories for guests representing some of the state's outdoor attractions.

 

 

 

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1:02pm

Mon July 7, 2014
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Our 'Love Affair' with Cars on Eastern Standard

Connie and Tom Jones, creators of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, join Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen for this week's program.
Credit Richard Turner

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?


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9:06pm

Sun June 29, 2014
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Covering the World's News on Eastern Standard

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.
Credit Jonese Franklin

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.


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4:00pm

Sun June 22, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Why WE Should Care About ISIS in Iraq

Dr. Michael Cairo is Associate Professor of Political Science; Program Director, International Affairs at Transylvania University in Lexington
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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.

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7:18pm

Tue June 17, 2014
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PTSD, Veterans's Issues on Eastern Standard

Brad Jones is a former Marine captain and the author of the novel Black Walls Turn Gray
Credit Jonese Franklin

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.

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1:15am

Thu June 12, 2014
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Cancer in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

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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9:16am

Mon June 2, 2014
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Ky Author, Murdoch's World, Host of PRI's The World on Eastern Standard

David Folkenflik, NPR Media Correspondent and author of Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires

3:58pm

Wed May 28, 2014
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EKU Center's Aalberts on Eastern Standard

Executive Director of the EKU Center for the Arts, Joel Aalberts (right), and Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left).
Credit Richard Turner

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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10:34pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Memorial Day on Eastern Standard

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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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