Eastern Standard

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

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There are those who believe Kentucky is the most haunted state in the southern U.S.

On this week's show, we'll find out why and we'll hear some ghost stories and other creepy tales from our guests and, hopefully from our listeners.  

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  Revelations that the University of Louisville basketball program is being  investigated as part of a federal corruption probe have shaken up college sports and caused the firing of UofL’s basketball coach.

On this week’s show, we’ll do our best to find out what’s going on as we discuss the “Pay-to-Play Scandal in College Sports.”

Zach Redding

  


Zach Redding

October is apparently becoming the second month of LGBTQ Pride, at least in our area.  Some towns in Central Kentucky are joining in, some for the very first time.

We'll discuss the purpose and goals of these community events with guests: Harold Dean Jessie, of Georgetown; Jesse Ruble of Frankfort and Dr. Patricia Minter, professor at Western Kentucky University.


John Hingsbergen

Football players locking arms and taking to their knees during the playing of the National Anthem.

Some teams not even taking to the field.

President Trump says any football player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem should be fired. 


Brian Burkhart

  How can the humanities expose and shatter racial stereotypes?  A community conversation in Lexington this week will explore stereotypes and racial consciousness.


Brian Burkhart

  

Texas was hit by Harvey.

Florida has Irma.

Could Jose be next and what about after that?

Better still, what does all this extreme weather mean? It it related to global climate change?

 


Brian Burkhart

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University’s president kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with his annual address reviewing where the school is, where it’s been and where it’s headed.  

Dr. Michael Benson joins us for this week's show to respond to your questions or comments. 


Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

During recent weeks, heritage and history have been on the minds of many in the south and elsewhere.  Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia there have been renewed discussions about Confederate symbols and monuments.

In Kentucky, Lexington is moving forward with plans to relocate two statues and, just this week, there have been renewed calls to remove the statue of  Jefferson Davis from the Rotunda of the State Capitol.


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Saturday August 26, 2017 is Overdose Awareness Day in Lexington. 

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll discuss opioid addiction, overdoses and recovery and meet some of the "Voices of Recovery and Hope" in Central Kentucky.    


It’s not a giant toad, wolf or even a dragon eating the sun but millions will see it disappear at least briefly on August 21st.

Dr. Richard Gelderman Professor Extra-Galactic Astrophysics Western Kentucky University, told our Eastern Standard listeners, "The sun disappears in the middle of the day, one of the transformational phenomena that is going to be one of the top memories you will ever have in your life." 


This week, a special edition of our show with Janet Steele Holloway, founder of Women Leading Kentucky and author of Leaving: sometimes you have to leave.

We'll talk with Janet about her life, career and interests as well as organization she founded in support of women in the Lexington area.

This week we'll turn our attention to the heavens and discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. In addition to facts, we just may discuss myths and legends as well.


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Kentucky's prison population has grown by nearly seven percent in the past year, despite reduced penalties for some drug crimes.  

For example, in Madison County, the detention center  is routinely housing more than double the number of occupants it was designed for.


Roger Duvall

President Trump this week issued an order forbidding transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity" because of the "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

We'll discuss the president's order and it's impact on persons in our area.


Grant Willoughby

Last year around this time we asked, "What do the latest Ghostbusters, SpiderMan and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?"

We attempted to answer that question and others as we examines the topic of Diversity in the Media and we won an award for the show.


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According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3500 drivers died in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss this apparently growing phenomenon.  Are you seeing distracted driving in Kentucky? Maybe experiencing it yourself?


John Hingsbergen

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is our guest for this week's special edition of Eastern Standard.

Gov. Beshear joins us to discuss his new book, People Over Politics and the issues of politics and civic life he raises in the book.


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.

 

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