While the 2014 mid-term election is a half a year away, Kentucky voters will go to the polls this month for a primary election. On this week's show, we'll discuss the May 20 Primary with journalists covering politics in the Commonwealth.
Among the topics we'll discuss: The competition for the Democratic nomination for the Sixth District U.S. House; the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent and House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Lexington Mayoral Race; and any other races of interest to our listeners.
Former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran joins us for a show recorded before an audience of WEKU listeners. Cochran, who retired from employment with NPR after 33 years, is the special guest at May 7th reception for WEKU Day Sponsors at Lexington's Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa.
On this week’s show, we'll discuss the downturn in Eastern Kentucky coal mining, other challenges to the mining industry and hopes to rejuvenate or replace this important element of the Commonwealth's economy.
On April 11th, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray named the city's first director of the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention, a newly created office. This comes after the announcement earlier this year that $3 million of the city's $13 million surplus would be allotted for affordable housing and 500,000 for homeless initiatives.
Tuesday April 22 is Earth Day. This year marks the 45th observance of the annual celebration of our planet and its environment. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss community gardening and other efforts to bring about a sustainable Kentucky.
One of 852 "igloos" at the Bluegrass Army Depot, 45 of which are dedicated to chemical weapons.
Credit Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program
Listen to today's show online.
Beginning in the 1940's the U.S. Army stored chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot near Richmond. At the order of Congress and in compliance with the international Chemical Weapons Convention, the materials at the site are slated for destruction.
Listen to today's show online about the future of hemp in Kentucky.
In 2013, Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill creating a regulatory framework for hemp production in the state. This year, thanks to a federal farm bill, six state universities are piloting projects using hemp. On this week’s Eastern Standard, the future of hemp in Kentucky.
Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
An NPR newscaster who helped wake America for 33 years joins us on our next program. Jean Cochran retired from National Public Radio last year as part of a buy-out offered to many long-time employees at the network.
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.
Listen to the 02/27/14 program's full audio online.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Graves conducted by Eastern Standard associate producer, Richard Turner.
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.
WEKU's Eastern Standard - Climate Change and Weather in Globally and in Kentucky. Guests: Tony Edwards of the Nation Weather Service Jackson Office and Trent Garrison, geologist and instructor at EKU.
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: email@example.com, 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.
Credit Courtesy the JFK Library
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.
1979 interview of former Asst. Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff by WEKU Reporter Ron Smith.
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.