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An organization focused on quantifying economic risks and impacts of climate change, Risky Business, is releasing a report this week on its effects on the Southeastern United States, including Kentucky.
On this week’s Eastern Standard, we discuss the projected harmful effects of climate on the Commonwealth.
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran was our special guest at last years at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa. Today we revisit that program, which was recorded in front of an audience of WEKU listeners. us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners.
Jean has been one of America’s most familiar voices to millions of radio listeners for decades as a newscaster on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her newscasts have aired live on 849 member stations nationwide, heard by nearly 27-million listeners every week.
As this year's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance revs up, we'll talk cars on this week's show. Let's talk about your favorite car, maybe your first or the one that got away and that you wished you had never gotten rid of.
Guests: Kenneth Hold, founding member of the Keeneland Concours & George Schweikle, Director of Filed Operations for the Keeneland Concours.
The Supreme Court last week issued a much-anticipated ruling last week, declaring that marriage can no longer be denied to same-sex couple anywhere in the U.S. On this week's show, we’ll meet some of the people involved in the issue in the Commonwealth.
Kentucky Filmmaker Jason Epperson has produced a documentary focusing on UK Basketball fandom. Meanwhile, there are many other film projects underway in the Commonwealth, intended for audiences ranging from narrow-interest to the general public.
This past session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation expanding incentive programs for filmmaking in Kentucky.
Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left) with Dean Allen Ault
Allen Ault is Dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. As Dean Ault prepares to retire, we’ll discuss the death penalty, police/community relations and law enforcement trends today on Eastern Standard.
NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is our guest for this week's show, recorded May 1, 2015 at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington,
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.
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.
From left: Justin Bathon; Cynthia Warner; Susan Cintra and John Hingsbergen
A hundred teachers from across the country have been singled out for their successes in integrating digital technology into their schools. They have been named PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators. On this week's show we'll meet one of them, Susan Cintra of Madison Central High School, and other guests.
From left: john Hingsbergen, Dr. Sara Rosenthal, Rita Swan
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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.
Next month, voters from across the Commonwealth go to the polls to select candidates for the fall gubernatorial election. Meanwhile, one Kentuckian has launched a campaign for our nation's highest elected office.
In other news, well....we'll ask our reporters around the table for what's on their minds.
Our guests this week: Stu Johnson WEKU Reporter; Sam Youngman, political reporter with the Lexington Herald Leader; Ryland Baron, KPRN's State Capitol Bureau Chief.
This Thursday, churches, temples, public buildings and others will ring bells for four minutes, symbolizing the four years of the war that threatened to tear our country apart. That day, April 4, will mark the 150th anniversary of the "war between the states."
On this week's show, we'll discuss the Civil War, its end and its effects on Kentucky.
From left to right: John Hingsbergen, Dr. Peter Kraska
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In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.
Listen to the full audio of this edition of Eastern Standard.
The Kentucky Senate wants to require public school students to use the bathroom of their biological sex. That’s an issue affecting transgender students while late last year, an Ohio teen committed suicide stating a hope that her death would create a dialogue about discrimination, abuse and lack of support for transgender people.
On this week's show, we'll carry on the dialogue about transgender rights and identity.
Everett McCorvey, voice professor, Director of UK Opera Theatre and native of Montgomery, Alabama shared memories of growing up under segregation during the program originally broadcast August 29, 2013
Police shootings in African-American communities have been in the headlines during recent months. Such incidents have raised concerns about race relations.
Due to scheduling issues in trying to produce an original show for this week, this program was an "encore presentation" of one that originally aired on August 29, 2013. Here is a link to the original post.
A change of plans from the originally-scheduled topic, which we will be re-scheduling at a later date. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson joins us to discuss how the university handles "snow days," terroristic threats and other matters.
Van Ingram, Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, and Josh Nadzam, writer for under-main.com, join Host John Hingsbergen in-studio to discuss the renewed prevalence of heroin addiction in the Commonwealth.
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. This week's Eastern Standard is an encore presentation of a show first aired on October 9, 2014.
From left: Greg Stumbo, Robert Stivers, John Hingsbergen
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As the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly re-convenes, what issues are on your mind? The Local Option Sales Tax? A statewide smoke-free policy? An increase in the state's minimum wage? We're taking the show on the road to the State Capitol to speak with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers.
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Last month, the city of Louisville voted to raise the minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour, a move that will be complete by 2017. As part of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly, a bill is on the table that could see a similar increase state-wide.
On this week's Eastern Standard we'll talk the Minimum Wage in Kentucky.
From left: Jim Scheff, Bill Barr, Brandon Nuttall.
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Kentucky landowners have reported being approached by companies wishing to lease their land, potentially for large scale oil and gas production. The region in question, referred to as the Rogersville Shale, stretches across Eastern Kentucky and into neighboring West Virginia.
In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear called for passage of a statewide workplace smoking ban. Already, cigarettes have already been snuffed out in many businesses, restaurants and campuses across the Bluegrass State and on this week's Eastern Standard, we'll talk smoking bans.
Dr. George Landon, John Meister, and Richie Hoagland, joining host John Hingsbergen.
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This week's show is an encore from Sept. 18, 2014.
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.