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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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

The president of Kentucky State University says his institution cannot withstand funding cuts in Governor Matt Bevin’s budget.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss the 130-year-old historically black college, it’s past and current role in the Commonwealth and it’s future in light of the proposed cuts.

Guests:

Sen Chris McDaniel @kychrismcdaniel

This year marks the first legislative session under Governor Matt Bevin, and the first budget year of his administration as well.

A lot of important issues affecting many Kentuckians are making their way into this legislative session. Significant budget cuts, and legislation aimed at addressing issues like abortion, coal, and heroin addiction as well as many other important issues.

This week’s program originates from the State Capitol in Frankfort and with us to discuss some of these issues will be:

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated ruling declaring that marriage can no longer be denied to same-sex couple anywhere in the U.S.  Less than a week later, on Thursday July 2, WEKU's interactive public affairs program tackled the topic for an update on the status of same-sex marriage in Kentucky.

This entry includes ten minutes excerpted from the hour-long "live" program.

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.

You’re welcome to join us for a “live” recording of the show at the Hummel Planetarium on the EKU Campus.

  Last year, Kentucky received a grade of "F" from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for its firearm legislation.  During the 2016 General Assembly, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that defend the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss Kentucky's Relaxed Stance on Firearm Regulation. 

Guests:

Joe Kalil, a former military officer & pilot and an NRA certified Concealed Carry Instructor, and the designer of the School POST Program which is designed to mitigate active shooter threats in schools.

Looking at Chautauqua's "What If?" Lecture Series on Eastern Standard

Jan 18, 2016

This year marks the 16th year of EKU’s Chautauqua lecture series, and this years theme is “What If? The series encourages speakers to engage our curiosity and explore possibilities, alternatives, and ideas, while thinking creatively about the future, in light of the past.

On this week’s Eastern Standard we sat down with Eric Liddell, the Coordinator of this lecture series, and talked with him about this series so far. We’ll also have exclusive interviews with speakers from this year’s Chautauqua series, with our host John Hingsbergen.

Guests:

Noah Day

Since September 11th of 2001, many Americans have feared or even shown hatred to practitioners of the religion of Islam. That fear and hatred have also affected members of the Sikh community, a culture in which the men wear beards and turbans and women often cover their heads.

Now a group known as the Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass is raising concerns about hate-filled rhetoric and actions against Muslims and Sikhs in Kentucky.

Guests:

Funding for the state's pension system, charter schools, healthcare, and the budget are all topics for this year's session of the General Assembly. On this week's Eastern Standard we'll be discussing the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Guests for this week's program include:

Jack Brammer of the Lexington Herald Leader.

Stu Johnson from our very own WEKU newsroom.

and Jason Bailey Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Development.

Noah Day

More than half our nation's governors, including Kentucky's new chief executive, oppose allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. 

On this week's show, we'll discuss the pros and cons of such a position and learn more about the refugee experience.

Guests scheduled: Dr. Minh Nguyen, professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University; Anne Marie Vaughn Grisanti, Community Relations and Media Coordinator for Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

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