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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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.

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

Michael Benson, PhD

  It’s been a busy academic on the  campuses of Eastern Kentucky University. One major issue this winter and spring has been the adjustment of university finances to compensate for state budget cuts. 

On this week’s show, we’ll discuss university finances and other issues as we 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.

  WEKU joined the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.  The program was streamed "live" on YouTube  and will be repeated in its entirety as a special edition of our show.

  State officials are pressing the importance of easy access to voter registration. Recently, the Commonwealth launched GoVoteKentucky.com in attempt to do just that. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is optimistic about the new online system.  On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll be discussing voter participation, and voter turnout. Why is voter turnout so low?  How do we increase voter participation? We also venture into other topics about voting, including people's perceptions of voter fraud in elections.

Guests this week include:

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The City of Lexington has approved the relocation of its services for homeless persons. While the move has had some opposition from area businesses, the city’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention sees it as a major step forward, saying it will provide more convenience for service providers and clients and a higher quality of service. 

Homelessness in Central Kentucky is our topic on this week’s Eastern Standard in this encore of a program originally aired on September 24, 2015.

Guests:

Erik Liddell / EKU Chautauquah

This year’s presidential election appears to be one of the most interesting in U.S. history.

While the primaries and caucuses continue, there’s speculation about what might happen at both major party conventions this summer….and who will emerge as Republican and Democratic candidates.

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  Some experts are claiming that human beings are entering and staying in adolescence longer than ever before.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss this modern phenomenon and we’re interested in hearing your stories, comments and questions.

Write to us now at wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or call 859-622-1657 and leave a message. You can also post you comment below in the "comments" box or on the WEKU Facebook page. Send a tweet @wekuest

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A Kentucky professor was part of a team that analyzed fossils from what has been described as “a new human ancestor.”  We’ll discuss this 2013 discovery with University of Kentucky  paleoanthropologist Dr. Andrew Deane who was called to South Africa to join the team examining over 1,500 bones that were found. We’ll also meet biology professor Jim Krupa, also from UK, who teaches biology, ecology and evolution. It’s a special recorded version of our show but we’re still glad to have your comments at:

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Thursday is Saint Patrick's Day, meanwhile the Kentucky State House has declared March Irish Heritage month in the Commonwealth. On this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk about Irish Heritage and history in Kentucky.

Guests:

Aidan Connolly - Chief Innovation Officer at Alltech, Inc. Nephew of Alltech's founder, Pearse Lyons. Aidan is an Irish National.

The fact that a candidate for the U.S. Presidency identifies himself as a "Democratic Socialist" causes us to wonder what that means.  On this week's show, we'll make an effort to define socialism. 

Send in your questions in advance to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @wekuest, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or call in when you tune in Thursday morning.

Guests: 

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Super Tuesday is behind us, and Kentucky’s Republican caucus takes place on Saturday, March 5th. Meanwhile the General Assembly continues with some very significant and controversial business.  

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we've assembled a reporter's roundtable to talk it over and sort it all out for our listeners.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome before the show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for EST, Thursday morning at 11:00 on WEKU .

Kentucky Water Safety on Eastern Standard

Feb 24, 2016
Noah Day

  In light of the Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan, questions and concerns over water quality have arisen around the country, even here in Kentucky. On this week's Eastern Standard, we're discussing Kentucky's water quality. Our guests for this week's program are:

Jason Marion - professor or Environmental Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University, focusing on water supplies and waste disposal. http://ehs.eku.edu/people/marion

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