Eastern Standard

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Eastern Standard is a weekly, locally produced current affairs program on WEKU, Eastern Kentucky University Public Radio. Hosted by Tom Martin, the program covers the lives and times of the people of central and eastern Kentucky.

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WEKU's signature weekly current affairs program takes us into Earth orbit, into the minds of digital natives, to the scene of a mysterious Irish racehorse kidnapping, and to the campus of EKU for some pros and cons on double majors.

 

Overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, the latest full-year count by the Centers for Disease Control. It’s the highest drug overdose death rate in the world. And nowhere has it been worse than in the Ohio Valley: West Virginia had the nation’s highest rate of fatal drug overdoses; Ohio was second; Kentucky, fifth.

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Eastern Standard: Our Drinking Water

Nov 29, 2018

We humans are roughly 60 percent water. So its purity and abundance make or break the quality of our lives, not to mention our physical well-being. But from Martin County, Kentucky to Karachi, Pakistan, drinking water is imperiled (Kentucky alone is estimated to have some $6 billion in needed water infrastructure upgrades.)

 

The 2018 KY General Assembly slashed state funding of the University Press of Kentucky. How has the Press fared? Tom Martin talks with its executive director, Leila Salisbury.

EKU President Michael Benson speaks out in support of the Press.

State historian James Klotter discusses the 2nd edition of A New Kentucky History.

NPR's Angela Evancie reports on how Millennials are merging books and the internet.

Author and Poet Crystal Wilkinson discusses the influences of a childhood in the isolation of rural Eastern Kentucky.

Host Tom Martin discusses Happiness, Health, and Hillbillies in this edition of Eastern Standard.

Cornell University psychologist Tom Gilovich is coming to EKU to speak about "Happiness in Troubled Times." Gilovich has a converation with Martin about the things that get in the way along the road to joy and contentedness.

There are promising developments in the quest to prevent Alzheimer's. Tom Martin talks to a leader in the field, Dr. Sanjay Asthana, a keynote speaker at the forthcoming Markesbury Symposium on Aging and Dementia. 

Reading, Talking (civilly), Baking

Oct 18, 2018

On today's edition of Eastern Standard, Host Tom Martin explores reading, talking, and baking.

Being able to read is pretty essential to making your way in this world. Yet, more than half of Kentucky 4th graders are not proficient in reading. There's a camp for that and we talk with its director, Sarah Harcourt Watts. 

With Thanksgiving around the bend - and the prospect of things getting dicey when Uncle Joe brings up politics - we have a pair of takes on the art of conversation about difficult things in troubled times. 

Eastern Standard: October 11, 2018

Oct 15, 2018

In this special edition of Eastern Standard, Host Tom Martin talks with WEKU General Manager Mike Savage on what makes public radio such a valuable resource and the sustaining power of listener contributions. 

Steve Inskeep, MSU graduate and co-host of NPR's Morning Edition talks with Tom Martin about "living the news" and getting to work super early while finding the time to write books. 

James Mustich, the former Editor in Chief of the Barnes & Noble review discusses his new book, 1,000 Books You Must Read Before You Die. 

Eastern Standard: October 4, 2018

Oct 4, 2018

Eastern Standard dives into the dismal nursing home picture in Kentucky. Host Tom Martin speaks with John Cheves, Lexington Herald-Leader investigative reporter, who has spent the summer crisscrossing the state to gather information about Kentucky's nursing home situation. Cheves also shares his insights on the state of investigative reporting.

Eastern Standard: September 28, 2018

Sep 28, 2018

This week, Eastern Standard looks at a new report that focuses on ways to help young Kentucky parents overcome challenges. 

Host Tom Martin talks to University of Kentucky's Special Collections Librarian Reinette Jones, the curator and creator of the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

WEKU's Stu Johnson gives us details on the importance of the recent mock chemical weapons disaster drill at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.

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
Eastern Standard

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.


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