Circus Giant A Moment in Kentucky History: Martin Van Buren Bates By wendy barnett • Jul 11, 2019 Kentucky Humanities / kyhumanities.org Think History is our daily segment from Kentucky Humanities. Today, Bill Goodman tells us about Martin Van Buren Bates, the Kentucky giant. Listen to Think History weekdays at 8:19 a.m. and 5:18 p.m. on WEKU-FM or on the WEKU Mobile App. Listen Listening... / 1:30 Martin Van Buren Bates. Think History: July 11, 2019.