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.

We're interested in your questions, comments or personal stories.

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.

 


 

 

The Values Behind Your Vote on Eastern Standard

Oct 31, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Have you made up your mind about your vote for the Presidency, the US Senate seat and your representative to the U.S. House?  What about state legislators and county and local races.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, Why are you voting the way you are voting?

 


 

 

Domestic Violence Awareness on Eastern Standard

Oct 26, 2016

On average, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss domestic violence in Kentucky.

 


 

 

Bullying on Eastern Standard

Oct 19, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Bullying is one of the most common issues today’s children face, with over one in four of K-12 students experiencing bullying at one point. In honor of Bullying Prevention Month as well as this week being Safe Schools Week across the country, we speak with our round table on the topic of bullying.


 

Guests on this week's show include: Terry Brooks, Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates; Mary Gibson from Berea College and coordinator of a group connected to Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)called PALS; and Kit Carson Elementary principal Ken Clark.

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.

Is it possible these issues are at play in this year’s presidential race?

 

 

On this week’s Eastern Standard: Kentucky-born journalist, former NPR reporter and author of “The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future.” Frank Browning joins us in a special edition of our show.

 

With the second presidential debate taking place this Sunday and the voting registration deadline approaching, we have the general election on our minds.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll gather reporters for a roundtable discussion of politics and the 2016 election.


One of the people who helped shape public radio as we know it has written a new book about its origins. This week, we'll meet National Public Radio's first employee, Jack Mitchell.


Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues.  For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped to tell America's untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. 

Hinojosa will deliver the Hispanic Heritage Keynote Address as part of the EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series Thursday evening September 22 and is our guest for Eastern Standard that morning at 11:00.

It’s been a busy first few weeks of the Fall Semester on the campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. In fact 2016 has been a busy and eventful year in many ways.

On this week’s show, we’ll welcome EKU President Michael Benson. We’ll talk about what’s been going on and his views of the future for the school serving Central and Eastern Kentucky and beyond. 

Marisa Hempel

In addition to hosting a weekly radio show that airs on over 500 stations, producing numerous Troubadour concerts every year and performing at venues across the nation, Michael Johnathon is the man behind a two-day music festival/pickin’ party/and member conference later this month.

 


 

 

  On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll talk about  The Gathering at Shaker Village.

We’re interested in your questions or comments before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Marisa Hempel

Health issues are in the news often these days.


From hundreds of reported overdoses in Kentucky, to concerns about the Zika Virus...to the annual push for flu shots...problems with drug abuse in central and Southeastern Kentucky, and skyrocketing prices for medicine like the EpiPen: all will be discussed with Fayette County Health Commissioner Dr. Kraig Humbaugh.

 

Marisa Hempel

The topic this week: small businesses and entrepreneurship as the Small Town Merchant Program comes to town.

Our round table is full on Eastern Standard, as experts in the field of entrepreneurship are in town and on our show to help teach others who own small businesses. We will discuss all things relating to the local economy, and talk about the innovations in owning your own start-up in the changing times. Our Guests this week include:

  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.

Richard Turner

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.

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.  

Marvel Inc

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.

 

Pokémon GO!es Mobile on Eastern Standard

Jul 18, 2016
Marisa Hempel

In the midst of the political conventions and other serious news, we’re running the other direction with this week’s Eastern Standard.

 

Whether you are aware of it or not, Pokémon Go is taking over. We’ll discuss this new gaming fad that has both adults and kids alike chasing “pocket monsters” with their phones.

Decline of Print Media on Eastern Standard

Jul 13, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Bookstores across the commonwealth, and elsewhere, continue a trend of closing their doors permanently or adapting to survive the times of E-readers.

 


 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, the decline of print and books as we know it and the ways bookstore owners and libraries are altering their business models to survive this unfortunate trend.

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.

Ark Encounter Park on Eastern Standard

Jun 27, 2016

A new biblical-themed amusement park is set to open July 7th in Grant County, but some Kentuckians believe that the tax breaks the park is receiving violate the separation of church and state. A much-anticipated full scale Ark will be the center of the park as well as zip lines and other attractions.

 


 

Transgender Issues on Eastern Standard

Jun 22, 2016
Marisa Hempel

Lexington's Annual Pride celebration is this weekend, happening on the tail of devastating news such as the mass shooting in Orlando. In the midst of all the discussions involving LGBT issues, Eastern Standard will focus on the oft-forgotten T: Transgender rights and issues. Kentucky recently joined the lawsuit with other states over the controversial matter at hand of Transgender restrooms.

Parents of Murdered Children on Eastern Standard

Jun 15, 2016

  Grieving the death of a loved one is hard enough, but the matter is further complicated when the family member or friend has been murdered. With the recent news of mass shootings, more parents are left trying to pick up the pieces when their children are killed.

 

On this week’s Eastern Standard, stories of those who have lost children to homicide and a Kentucky chapter of a group working to help Parents of Murdered Children.

Police Body Cameras on Eastern Standard

Jun 8, 2016

We’ve seen “Cops” on TV as the cameras follow the officers. Now we are cutting out the middle man, and attaching the cameras to the officers right here in Kentucky. Berea has them and Lexington will soon.

On this week’s show, a discussion of police body cameras. 

Guests: Assistant Chief Dwayne Holman, Lexington Police; Dr. Thomas Reed, Doctor of Criminal Psychology/Identification, retired from EKU College of Justice & Safety; Lt. Jake Reed, Berea Police; Kate Miller, Program Director, ACLU of Kentucky 

Grab your hat, gloves, and gardening spade. On this week's Eastern Standard: home gardening and urban farming in Kentucky with guests Ryan Quarles from the Department of Agriculture, Michelle Flannery from the Berea Urban Farm, Abby Adams with Sustainable Berea, and Ryan Koch of Lexington-based Seedleaf.

On this week’s EST, more of the wisdom from speakers in the 2015-16 Chautauquah Lecture series at Eastern Kentucky University. 

Speakers came to the Richmond campus addressing the general theme “What If” and we’ll hear from some of the best. 

During today’s show, we’re discussing hate in America; a proposed new national discourse on Latinos; race, sex and aggression; and the future of liberal education.

Eastern Standard

Kentucky political reporters will join us to discuss Tuesday's Primary Election and other political matters on this week's Eastern Standard.  

Adam Potter

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

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

More pictures from the 2016 Day Sponsor Event on the WEKU Facebook page

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