From the December SOAR Summit (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) to Federal Promise Zones and recent efforts to improve internet connectivity and expand the Mountain Parkway, the region is on the minds of the governor and legislators at both the state and federal levels.
On this week's Eastern Standard, Economic Development in Eastern Kentucky.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in at a Civil rights demonstration in Frankfort, Ky on March 5, 1964.
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On March 5, 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, baseball legend Jackie Robinson and Kentucky civil rights leaders led 10,000 people to rally at the Kentucky State Capitol in a peaceful march and demonstration. Fifty years later, a commemorative march will take place, sponsored by The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights.
With record cold temperatures and snow, especially for Kentucky, we're wondering what's going on. And we bet you are, too! On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll discuss this unusual winter weather and attempt to understand why it's going on, and what to expect as we get closer to spring.
As the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly approaches the mid-point, what has the state's legislative branch achieved so far this year? What is likely to be accomplished by the end of this 60-day session? These are questions we will pursue in this week's show, originating "live" from the State Capitol in Frankfort.
Kentucky's healthcare exchange is the topic on Eastern Standard Thursday January 9 at 11:00 am
More than 123,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in new health coverage through the state’s health exchange website, Kynect. State officials report that, since open enrollment began on Oct. 1, the website has enrolled an average of 1,300 Kentuckians in new health coverage each day.
In a special holiday program, NPR media correspondent and author David Folkenflik discusses his book Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (2013 Public Affairs.) We'll also meet Marco Werman, the host of PRI's The World and talk with Kentucky author David Bell about his latest mystery novel,
Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs is with us for this week's Eastern Standard.
In a special holiday program, the founder of StoryCorps discusses the iconic public radio features 10th anniversary and the recently-released book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013, Penguin Press) ; and Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs discusses his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music. (2013 itbooks)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The debut of a statewide online health insurance marketplace, which earned a thumbs-up from President Barack Obama for smoothly enrolling tens of thousands of people, has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2013.
The Top 10 Kentucky News Stories of 2013. What do you believe are the top stories of the past year? Send us your list by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or post on our Facebook Page.
Guests: Charles Compton, WEKU News Director; Stu Johnson, WEKU reporter; Peter Baniak, editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader
This week's show features segments of the Best of Eastern Standard.
This special edition of our program will feature highlights of previously-aired shows, including: EKU President Michael Benson; The Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington; Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky; The Bluegrass Pipeline; Domestic Violence; and Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on Kentucky. We'll also hear from the man who was for many years, "The Most Heard Voice on Public Radio," Frank Tavares.
What is it like to be Jewish in America? Better yet, what about in Kentucky?
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This week's Eastern Standard is just one of the programs and news features commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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Where were you when you first learned about President Kennedy's assassination? How did you hear about it? Did it effect you? How do you view Kennedy's presidency half-a-century later? These are some of the questions we're asking in this week's show.
With Kennedy Press Secretary Pierre Salinger on a trip to Japan, it was Kentuckian Malcolm Kilduff who traveled with the President on a campaign swing through Texas. The assistant press secretary was in a car following President Kennedy as his motorcade proceeded through Dallas. And it was Kilduff who, on November 22, 1963, confirmed that Kennedy had been killed by an assassin. Kilduff continued to work as an assistant press secretary with the Johnson Administration, until he became a newspaper editor in Beattyville, KY. He died in a nursing home there in 2003 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
This week, we'll discuss Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky, with an update on efforts to eliminate abuse of prescription medications and limit their availability. We'll discuss law enforcement efforts, the state's Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and options for treatment and rehab for addicts.
We're interested in hearing from veterans and their families in this week's show. E-mail us at: wekueasternstandard (at) gmail (dot) com; post on Facebook or call and leave a comment at: 859-622-1657
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How are military veterans from Kentucky faring? What Services are available to them and how are we failing them? How have public perceptions of veterans shifted from one armed conflict to another? These are some of the questions we'll pursue and that we're inviting you to answer.
Since this week's show is on the morning of Halloween, let's have some fun! We invite you to share your list of the scariest movies or TV shows of all time. It's all about your opinion so there are no right or wrong answers.
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In a recent 12 month period, at least 25 Kentucky women died at the hands of male intimate partners. For decades, law enforcement, governments and social service agencies have worked to increase awareness and prevention of such violence. That effort continues during this year’s observance of Domestic Violence Month.
Write to us before this week's show at: email@example.com, post on the WEKU Facebook page, send a tweet to @wekuWEST or call 859-622-1657 with your story of how the government shutdown is affecting you.
How has the federal government shutdown affected you, your family or your business? That's the topic on this week's program as we invite you to tell your story. Please let us know if you work for the federal government and are either furloughed or still working. What about friends, neighbors, family members?
A year after her resignation, the former director of the EKU Center for the Arts has publicly explained her actions. Deb Hoskins was subject to an internal probe that alleged fiscal misconduct and sexually inappropriate behavior. During WEKU’s “Eastern Standard,” Hoskins defended her tenure at the publicly financed facility.
The EKU Center for the Arts, which opened in September 2011, welcomed Executive Director Joel Aalberts this summer.
Central Kentucky has numerous facilities offering concert performances ranging from classical to country, traveling Broadway shows and special acts and events. How can this region support these venues and what challenges do they face?
The Central Kentucky music and recording scene changed dramatically last week with the passing of Kevin Johnson, who bore the nickname “Darth Fader.”
Kevin died suddenly Monday September 30th, survived by his son and his parents as well as many friends and millions who enjoyed his work as Chief Engineer for the Lexington-based Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
You've heard the voice for years but likely never knew his name or seen his picture. Frank Tavares joins us on Eastern Standard.
If you've listened to NPR for more than 20 minutes, you've likely heard the voice of Frank Tavares. Although you may have never known his name, he's been the voice that has told us of the businesses and organizations that help pay for the network programming, ending with the familiar identifier, "This is NPR.."
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Kentucky’s State Auditor claims the former head of the Department of Agriculture oversaw “a toxic culture of entitlement” and that unelected “special districts” constitute a $2.7 billion “Ghost Government.” Reports of misuse of taxpayer money, and a "hostile workplace" have caused Kentucky’s Director of Emergency Management to resign.
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.
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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 will originate from Atlanta, Ga. during the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors.
A proposed pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale producing areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Northeast U.S. and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Opponents are concerned about safety and alleged environmental effects as well as the role of eminent domain laws for use of private property.