Eastern Standard


Thu June 12, 2014
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Cancer in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard

Recent statistics show Kentucky is still a leader, if not THE leader, in cancer deaths among states in the U.S. On this week's show, we'll discuss this unhappy distinction as well as treatment and survival options.

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Mon June 2, 2014
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Ky Author, Murdoch's World, Host of PRI's The World on Eastern Standard

David Folkenflik, NPR Media Correspondent and author of Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires


Wed May 28, 2014
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EKU Center's Aalberts on Eastern Standard

Executive Director of the EKU Center for the Arts, Joel Aalberts (right), and Eastern Standard host John Hingsbergen (left).
Credit Richard Turner

Joel Aalberts is nearing his first anniversary as Director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.  The 2014-15 schedule of concerts and other performances will be the first he has put together for the center which opened in 2011. 

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Tue May 20, 2014
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Memorial Day on Eastern Standard

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Memorial Day was intended as a time for honoring our nation's war dead. Today, it's best known as the unofficial start of summer. On this week's show, we'll discuss the holiday and how we can best honor those who've served and given their all.

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Mon May 12, 2014
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Primary Election Preview on Eastern Standard

Thursday mornings 11:00 am til noon

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.

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Tue May 6, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Former Morning Edition Newscaster Jean Cochran

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.

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Sun April 27, 2014
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Future of Coal in Ky. on Eastern Standard

Credit Lexington Herald-Leader

  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.

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Wed April 23, 2014
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Affordable Housing on Eastern Standard

Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

  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.

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Tue April 15, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Community Gardening & Sustainable Kentucky

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  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.

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Tue April 8, 2014
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Chemical Weapons & Bluegrass Army Depot on Eastern Standard

One of 852 "igloos" at the Bluegrass Army Depot, 45 of which are dedicated to chemical weapons.
Credit Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

  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.

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Sun March 30, 2014
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Future of Hemp in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

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 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.

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Sat March 22, 2014
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Former NPR Newscaster Jean Cochran on Eastern Standard

Jean Cochran helped wake America by delivering the news during Morning Edition for most of her 33 years at NPR
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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.

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Mon March 17, 2014
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Capital Punishment on Eastern Standard

Tune in and call in for Eastern Standard, Thursday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations

Capital punishment has been used in the US since Colonial Days, for crimes as varied as murder, theft, sexual perversity or denying the existence of God.

Despite efforts to do away with the death penalty, it is still a legal punishment in 32 states.

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Mon March 10, 2014
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Expanded Gambling on Eastern Standard

Tune in and call in to Eastern Standard, Thursday morning at 11:oo on the WEKU Stations

Kentucky legislators have before them no fewer than three bills that would allow the state to bring the issue of expanded gambling before voters in the Commonwealth.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss how  allowing would affect jobs, education, human services, health care, veterans bonuses, local governments and public safety.

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Sun March 2, 2014
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Economic Development in Eastern Ky. on Eastern Standard

Thursday mornings at 11:00!

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.

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Sat February 22, 2014
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Eastern Standard: March on Frankfort Anniversary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in at a Civil rights demonstration in Frankfort, Ky on March 5, 1964.
Credit File Photo Lexington HERALD-LEADER

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.

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Sat February 15, 2014
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Eastern Standard: What's Up with this Winter Weather?

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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. 

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Sat February 8, 2014
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Ky. Legislature Mid-Point Update on Eastern Standard

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.

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Sat February 1, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Obesity in the Commonwealth

One place where Kentucky ranks among the top ten states is…obesity. One study ranks the Commonwealth as 6th most obese, not far behind 4th place Tennessee and 3rd place West Virginia.

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Mon January 27, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Is Teaching Creationism Harmful to Children, Society?

Send your comments or questions before this week's show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a message at 859-622-1657

As Bill Nye, the Science Guy gets ready to debate the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, we’ll have our own conversation on the topic on Eastern Standard.

Is teaching creation to children harmful to them and to our society?

Is evolution merely one theory of the earth’s origins and equal to creationism?

Is this topic even worthy of a debate?

Our guests for this show:

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Sun January 19, 2014
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EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

"Selfie" taken by @ekuprez Michael Benson during his visit to the WEKU studios
Credit Michael Benson, PhD

EKU President Dr. Michael Benson will be with us to give us an update on some of the projects and initiatives he has launched since his arrival last summer and to answer your questions.

Send a question in advance to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or call 859-622-1655 or call in “live” during the show.

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Mon January 13, 2014
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Preventing Gun Violence on Eastern Standard

Over a 100,000 people are injured or killed by gun violence in the US each year.  That’s according to a report commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control.

The report recommends a “public health approach” to preventing future harm and injuries.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, our topic is “preventing gun violence.”  Is it through tougher and more restrictive laws or education and firearms training.

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Sat January 4, 2014
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Ky Online Health Exchange on Eastern Standard

Kentucky's healthcare exchange is the topic on Eastern Standard Thursday January 9 at 11:00 am
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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. 

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Mon December 30, 2013
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Ky Author, Murdoch's World & Host of PRI's The World on Eastern Standard

Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World

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,

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Mon December 23, 2013
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StoryCorps Founder David Isay & Grammy-Winner Ricky Skaggs on Eastern Standard

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)

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Sat December 21, 2013
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Health Exchange Voted Top 2013 KY News Story

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.

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Sun December 15, 2013
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Top 10 KY Stories for 2013 on Eastern Standard

Let us know your top 10 news stories for 2013. Call 859-622-1657, send an email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or post on the WEKU Facebook Page
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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: wekueasternstandard@gmail.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

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Sun December 8, 2013
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Best of Eastern Standard featured

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.

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Sun December 1, 2013
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Being Jewish in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

What is it like to be Jewish in America?  Better yet, what about in Kentucky? 

Send your questions, comments or personal stories by email before Thursday morning to  wekueasternstandard (at) gmail dot com, post on Facebook, tweet us @889weku or call our Listener Line at 859-622-1657.

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Thu November 21, 2013
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JFK Legacy in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

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. 

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