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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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. 

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?

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.

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); 

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.

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..

 

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.

    

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.

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.

Lexington Herald Leader

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.

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: 

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?     

                                   

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;

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.

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.

  

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.

 

 

 

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?


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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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.

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.

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.


NPR media correspondent and author David Folkenflik discusses his book Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (2013 Public Affairs.) 

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. 

 

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.

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.

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.


Lexington Herald-Leader

  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.

Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

  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.

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  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.

Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

  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.

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