Thursdays at 11:00 am - Repeated Sundays at 6:00 pm

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

Call 800-621-8890 with your questions or comments during the show. You can also email your comments to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, or post your comments and questions on Facebook and Twitter.  Between shows, you are welcome to leave a comment or question on the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657.   If you allow us to do so, we may use your comments on the air.

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November 14, 2013 - Our Next Show
Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky

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 your questions, comments or personal stories.

November 7, 2013
Veterans in the Commonwealth

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.

Guests: Former U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 4th District and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs;  representative of the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

October 31, 2013
Scariest Movies and TV of All Time

Share your list with us and your fellow listeners and tell us why they're your favorites.

Guests: Tracy Ward, Lecturer and Costume Shop Manager at the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts; John Kiesewetter, TV/Radio Critic for the Cincinnati/Kentucky Enquirer.

October 24, 2013
Domestic Violence in the Commonwealth

In a recent 12 month period, at least 25 Kentucky women died at the hands of male intimate partners. For decades, law enforcement, governments and social service agencies have worked to increase awareness and prevention of such violence.  That effort continues during this year’s observance of Domestic Violence Month.

We're interested in hearing your opinion of how to deal with domestic violence and your story of how such violence among partners or other family members has touched your life.

Guests: Jane Beshear, First Lady of Kentucky; Darlene Thomas, President of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association and Executive Director of GreenHouse17, the domestic violence program serving 17 counties in central Kentucky; and Rep. John Tilley, of KY House District 8.


October 17, 2013
Effects of the Government Shutdown on Kentucky

How has the federal government shutdown affected you, your family or your business?  That's the topic on this week's program as we invite you to tell your story.  Please let us know if you work for the federal government and are either furloughed or still working. What about friends, neighbors, family members?

Guests:  Steve Beshear, Kentucky Governor; Andy Barr, Representative of Kentucky's 6th Congressional District; Ken Lucas, Commissioner, Kentucky Dept of Veterans Affairs; Mike Mangeot, State Travel Commissioner; Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard.

October 10, 2013 - Our Next Show
Arts & Performance Venues in Central Kentucky

Central Kentucky has numerous facilities offering concert performances ranging from classical to country, traveling Broadway shows and special acts and events.  How can this region support these venues and what challenges do they face?

This week's guests are:  Joel Aalberts, Executive Director of the EKU Center for the Arts;  Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College; Luanne Franklin, Director of Performing Arts for the Lexington Opera House; and Michael Grice, Executive Director of the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center.


October 3, 2013
The Most Heard Voice on Public Radio, Frank Tavares

If you've listened to NPR for more than 20 minutes, you've likely heard the voice of Frank Tavares.  Although you may have never known his name, he's been the voice that has told us of the businesses and organizations that help pay for the network programming, ending with the familiar identifier, "This is NPR.."

Tavares has been "the voice" of NPR's News underwriters for over 31 years. Dozens of times a day, he's been heard reading the names of the organizations, corporations, and individuals who contribute to the funding of NPR's news programs. This includes newscasts, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, and Talk of the Nation. That will soon change as NPR hires a replacement for the freelance announcer, who's also a teacher and writer.

This summer, Frank released The Man Who Built Boxes, a collection of short stories, published by Bacon Press. He'll discuss his book as well as his more than three decades at NPR on this week's Eastern Standard.
Frank Tavares, The "most heard voice on public radio" and author of The Man Who Built Boxes and Other Stories (2013, Bacon Press Books)

For the Sunday evening broadcast only, airing at approximately 6:47 pm, a special segment in honor of Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Co-Founder, Kevin "Darth Fader" Johnson


September 26, 2013
Scandals in the Commonwealth

Kentucky’s State Auditor claims the former head of the Department of Agriculture oversaw “a toxic culture of entitlement” and that unelected “special districts” constitute a $2.7 billion “Ghost Government.” Reports of misuse of taxpayer money, and a "hostile workplace" have caused Kentucky’s Director of Emergency Management to resign.

These are just a few incidents causing concern about the management of governments and non-profits in Kentucky.

Guests: Tom Eblen, Metro/State columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader; Stephenie Hoelscher, Director of Communications for Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen; Danielle Clore, Director of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network; Stu Johnson, WEKU News producer/reporter.


September 19, 2013
Covering the World's News

Public radio listeners are “world citizens” and, to feed our hunger for news from beyond our own borders, we have excellent resources.

This special show will originate from Atlanta, Ga. during the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors. 

Guests: Andrew Whitehead, former foreign correspondent for the BBC and now responsible for BBC World Service News and Current Affairs content; Andrew Sussman, Executive Producer of The World, a co-production of the BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH/Boston; and Edith Chapin, senior supervising editor of the NPR News Foreign Desk.

We'll be interested in your comments or questions about the way these public radio news organizations cover international news.  Before the show, send an e-mail to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, or call the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657  and leave a recorded message, which we may use on the air.


September 12, 2013
The Bluegrass Pipeline:  Boon for the Commonwealth or Bad Idea?

A proposed pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale producing areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Northeast U.S. and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Opponents are concerned about safety and alleged environmental effects as well as the role of eminent domain laws for use of private property.

Guests: Tom Droege, Sr. Communications Specialist for the Williams Co, Tulsa, OK; Also on the line from Williams, Rob Hawksworth, Manager - Land, GIS & Permitting on the Bluegrass Pipeline project; Sr. Maria Visse, Service Coordinator, the Sisters of Loretto, Nerinx, Kentucky; R. Bruce Scott, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection; Mike Zoeller, member of Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County, Kentucky.


September 5, 2013 (Repeating Sunday 9/8 at 6:00 pm)
Legislating Fairness: Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky

A number of Kentucky communities have enacted so-called Fairness ordinances, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or perceived gender identity, the most recent of which is Frankfort.   The capital city has become the fifth in the state to do so. Lexington, Louisville, Covington and the eastern Kentucky city of Vicco have passed similar measures.

Do you live in a community with a Fairness Ordinance?  Do you support such measures or are you opposed?  How will such ordinances change the status of families in the Commonwealth and your own family?

Guests: Mary Lou Marzian, Kentucky State Representative (District 34); Johnny Cummings, Mayor of Vicco, Kentucky; Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign; Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for the Family Foundation of Kentucky.


August 29. 2013 (Repeating Sunday 9/1 at 6:00 pm)
50 Years Later: Race Relations in Kentucky

Guests:  Everett McCorvey, voice professor, Director of UK Opera Theatre and native of Montgomery, Alabama with memories of growing up under segregation; Don Pratt, former political candidate and Lexington area activist involved with a lifetime commitment to civil rights and racial harmony and involved in a number of advocacy organizations; The Rev. James Thurman, President of the Lexington Chapter NAACP, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church.

During the week marking the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, how are we doing in the Commonwealth?

How have race relations in Kentucky improved during these 50 years?

Have we achieved a "color blind society" in which race is not an issue?

What do we still need to do to achieve the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?


August 22, 2013  (Repeating Sunday 8/25 at 6:00 pm)
Issues & Challenges facing the new president of Eastern Kentucky University

Guests:  EKU President Michael Benson; Dr. Aaron Thompson, EKU professor and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education


Upcoming Shows

November 21, 2013
The Day the President Was Shot, November 22, 1963: Where were you?  What do you remember? How did the Kennedy Assassination change America?

November 28, 2013
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