Eastern Standard

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WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, now hosted by Tom Martin. Archive programs can be found below. For new programs go to ESWEKU.com

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Eastern Standard: Kentucky's Opioid Crisis

Sep 20, 2018

This special edition of Eastern Standard focuses on Kentucky's opioid addiction crisis. Yes, it's a crisis with the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of pregnant women addicted to these drugs.

Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is guest co-host and interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer," the book that exposed the roots of opioid addiction.

Eastern Standard: September 13, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

On this week's Eastern Standard Host Tom Martin speaks with explorers Amy and Dave Freeman about their many experiences that will launch tonight's EKU Chautauqua lecture series.

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NOTE: this is a special holiday weekend encore of a show that originally aired July 13, 2017.

According to the state’s association of food banks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


Brian Burkhart

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.

On this week's show, we discuss the meaning of that declaration and its potential impact on Kentucky.


Brian Burkhart


Kentucky Ghosts, Creepy Tales on Eastern Standard

Oct 22, 2017
Zachary Redding

There are those who believe Kentucky is the most haunted state in the southern U.S.

On this week's show, we'll find out why and we'll hear some ghost stories and other creepy tales from our guests and, hopefully from our listeners.  


College Sports Scandal on Eastern Standard

Oct 16, 2017
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  Revelations that the University of Louisville basketball program is being  investigated as part of a federal corruption probe have shaken up college sports and caused the firing of UofL’s basketball coach.

On this week’s show, we’ll do our best to find out what’s going on as we discuss the “Pay-to-Play Scandal in College Sports.”

Kentucky Wired on Eastern Standard

Oct 9, 2017
Zach Redding

  


Small Town Pride on Eastern Standard

Oct 3, 2017
Zach Redding

October is apparently becoming the second month of LGBTQ Pride, at least in our area.  Some towns in Central Kentucky are joining in, some for the very first time.

We'll discuss the purpose and goals of these community events with guests: Harold Dean Jessie, of Georgetown; Jesse Ruble of Frankfort and Dr. Patricia Minter, professor at Western Kentucky University.


Dissent, Free Speech and the NFL on Eastern Standard

Sep 28, 2017
John Hingsbergen

Football players locking arms and taking to their knees during the playing of the National Anthem.

Some teams not even taking to the field.

President Trump says any football player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem should be fired. 


Brian Burkhart

  How can the humanities expose and shatter racial stereotypes?  A community conversation in Lexington this week will explore stereotypes and racial consciousness.


Brian Burkhart

  

Texas was hit by Harvey.

Florida has Irma.

Could Jose be next and what about after that?

Better still, what does all this extreme weather mean? It it related to global climate change?

 


EKU President Michael Benson on Eastern Standard

Sep 4, 2017
Brian Burkhart

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University’s president kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with his annual address reviewing where the school is, where it’s been and where it’s headed.  

Dr. Michael Benson joins us for this week's show to respond to your questions or comments. 


Jack Brammer / Lexington Herald Leader

During recent weeks, heritage and history have been on the minds of many in the south and elsewhere.  Following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia there have been renewed discussions about Confederate symbols and monuments.

In Kentucky, Lexington is moving forward with plans to relocate two statues and, just this week, there have been renewed calls to remove the statue of  Jefferson Davis from the Rotunda of the State Capitol.


Voices of Recovery and Hope on Eastern Standard

Aug 22, 2017
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Saturday August 26, 2017 is Overdose Awareness Day in Lexington. 

On this week's Eastern Standard we'll discuss opioid addiction, overdoses and recovery and meet some of the "Voices of Recovery and Hope" in Central Kentucky.    


Special Solar Eclipse Day Coverage on August 21

Aug 17, 2017

It’s not a giant toad, wolf or even a dragon eating the sun but millions will see it disappear at least briefly on August 21st.

Dr. Richard Gelderman Professor Extra-Galactic Astrophysics Western Kentucky University, told our Eastern Standard listeners, "The sun disappears in the middle of the day, one of the transformational phenomena that is going to be one of the top memories you will ever have in your life." 


Author, Founder of Women Leading Ky, on Eastern Standard

Aug 17, 2017

This week, a special edition of our show with Janet Steele Holloway, founder of Women Leading Kentucky and author of Leaving: sometimes you have to leave.

We'll talk with Janet about her life, career and interests as well as organization she founded in support of women in the Lexington area.

Solar Eclipse, Facts, Myths, Legends on Eastern Standard

Aug 7, 2017

This week we'll turn our attention to the heavens and discuss the upcoming solar eclipse. In addition to facts, we just may discuss myths and legends as well.


Jail Overcrowding & the Drug Crisis on Eastern Standard

Aug 2, 2017
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Kentucky's prison population has grown by nearly seven percent in the past year, despite reduced penalties for some drug crimes.  

For example, in Madison County, the detention center  is routinely housing more than double the number of occupants it was designed for.


Transgender Persons in the Military on Eastern Standard

Jul 26, 2017
Roger Duvall

President Trump this week issued an order forbidding transgender persons from serving in the U.S. military "in any capacity" because of the "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

We'll discuss the president's order and it's impact on persons in our area.


Grant Willoughby

Last year around this time we asked, "What do the latest Ghostbusters, SpiderMan and Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu have in common?"

We attempted to answer that question and others as we examines the topic of Diversity in the Media and we won an award for the show.


EducationKy.gov

According to the state’s association of foodbanks, Kentucky’s rate of “food insecurity” is declining.

But still 17% of our fellow citizens lack the certainty  of always knowing where their next meal will come from, especially in Eastern Kentucky.


Distracted Driving on Eastern Standard

Jul 6, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3500 drivers died in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss this apparently growing phenomenon.  Are you seeing distracted driving in Kentucky? Maybe experiencing it yourself?


Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Eastern Standard

Jun 28, 2017
John Hingsbergen

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is our guest for this week's special edition of Eastern Standard.

Gov. Beshear joins us to discuss his new book, People Over Politics and the issues of politics and civic life he raises in the book.


Julia Dake

A new film, having its Kentucky premiere this week, touches on themes that are very much in the forefront today.  

Issues like: marriage equality; family values; cultural diversity; interracial relationships; and the efforts of churches and religion to remain relevant in a changing society.  

Erik Liddell

In spite of deep and sometimes irresolvable differences over politics, religion, sexuality, and other important matters, we can and must live together peaceably.

That’s the view of First Amendment scholar and distinguished Professor of Law and Religion John Inazu.  


Chris Hartman

 A Kentucky judge is attempting to recuse himself from participation in adoptions by same-sex couples while the state's Chief Justice denies a request for rule change.

On this week's show, we'll discuss this and other LGBT-related legal matters.

The 'Joy' of Travel on Eastern Standard

May 23, 2017
Julia Dake

It’s the time of year when people are either beginning holiday and summer travel or finalizing their plans.


On this week’s Eastern Standard, we’ll discuss the Joys of Travel, in light of recent events and changes, especially in the airline industry.

 

 

NPR Commentator, Author Cokie Roberts on Eastern Standard

May 14, 2017
John Hingsbergen

One of the "Founding Mothers" of NPR is our guest on this week's show.  NPR and ABC commentator and best-selling author Cokie Roberts is our guest in a show recorded at this year's WEKU Day Sponsor Recognition Event.

Listeners in attendance at the May 15 event are the audience for the show and will be offering questions and comments.

Kentucky Charter Schools on Eastern Standard

May 8, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s General Assembly has passed legislation that will allow  Charter schools to open as early as next year.

 


On this week’s EST, we’ll learn more about Charter schools and where they’re most likely to first appear in the Commonwealth. Guests on this week's program include:

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