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Eastern Standard for November 7, 2019

Nov 7, 2019

The latest on the Martin County drinking water crisis. Exploring why school hours and work hours are so out of sync. And, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta on his book, "Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America."

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

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Nov 4, 2019

An update on the Martin County water crisis with Mary Cromer, Appalachian Citizens Law Center, and Nina McCoy, chairperson, Concerned Citizens of Martin County. We explore the costly and exhausting disconnect between work hours and school hours with EKU Professors Beth Polin and Richard  Day. And, former Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen interviews CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta about his book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Today's Interview: Think Host Krys Boyd

Oct 28, 2019

Fans of Think, heard weekdays at 2:00 p.m. EST on WEKU-FM, got a rare treat last Friday when the Dallas-based program came to Lexington to broadcast live from the studios of Dynamix Productions. Eastern Standard Host Tom Martin talked to host Krys Boyd in this interview.

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Oct 14, 2019

Combining on-the-job training for people in recovery with a demand for quality affordable housing in Eastern Kentucky. Interview with LexPhil Music Director & Conductor candidate Akiko Fujimoto. Is outdoor tourism a viable future for a transitioning Eastern Kentucky economy? We ask Gerry James, founder of Explore Kentucky. And, Chris Begley on the psychology of survival in the wild.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Eastern Standard for Oct. 3, 2019

Oct 3, 2019

With coal revenues and jobs in decline, is there a "Plan B" for the coalfield communities of eastern Kentucky? In this edition: Taking cues from an MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program; A state program that helps budding entrepreneurs connect with investors and the market; A new tool to measure rural innovation; The B Corp, a business with a conscience and a workshop series for would-be entrepreneurs.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at  (859)622-9358

Eastern Standard Preview

Sep 23, 2019

A preview of a special pledge week edition of WEKU's weekly current affairs program, Eastern Standard hosted by Tom Martin. On this week's program:  How Lexington is fighting opioid addiction - The new state Schools Security Marshal - One local company's commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Eastern Standard airs Thursday at 11am/7pm and Sunday at 6pm. Available on demand on the WEKU app.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358


WEKU remembers NPR Commentator Cokie Roberts.  She has died from complications from Breast Cancer.  Roberts was 75.

Roberts visited Lexington in 2017 as part of a live Eastern Standard broadcast.  You can listen to the full program.

Eastern Standard for September 12, 2019

Sep 12, 2019

EKU President Michael Benson on his new book about the origins of the modern research university. Council for Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson on the findings of his statewide listening tours. Prichard Committee Executive Director Brigitte Blom Ramsey on the results of a statewide survey on education in Kentucky.


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Eastern Standard Preview

Sep 2, 2019

A tool to help you determine the career that's best for you. Another above-average ranking for Kentucky: senior food insecurity. A program that takes area schoolkids behind the scenes of touring Broadway productions. Campfire tips for that next trek in the great outdoors.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Eastern Standard Preview

Aug 26, 2019

The hemp industry moves to self-regulation. Medical Marijuana is up for discussion in Kentucky. Suicide prevention is focus of events at EKU. Tree Week returns to Lexington. Details of the Origins Jazz Series season opener.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Eastern Standard for August 8, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

A critical shortage of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other talents in the skilled trades. AppHarvest begins construction of a 60-acre greenhouse near Morehead. Historian Richard Bailey on the works of Kentucky writer Wendell Berry. Will the arrival of a vintage steam locomotive bring prosperity to Ravenna? Scuba diving safety with Great Outdoors guru Chris Begley.

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Eastern Standard Preview

Aug 5, 2019

The Building Institute of Central Kentucky responds to a severe shortage of skilled trades talent. The most in-demand skill? Showing up. An update on the 60-acre, high-tech AppHarvest greenhouse project in Rowan County. A study of the works of Kentucky novelist and poet Wendell Berry.  Vintage steam locomotive 2716 arrives in Ravenna. Our “Great Outdoors” series focuses on scuba diving.





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Eastern Standard for August 1, 2019

Aug 1, 2019

A pushback against claims that rural America is a lost cause. University of N.C. Research Fellow Brian Dabson begs to differ. Daily Yonder editor Tim Marema on how a Tennessee county is becoming a model for rural renewal. And, a conversation with Lexington-based web-marketing guru Scott Clark on some of Google's life altering - and life-like - digital tools.

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Eastern Standard Preview

Jul 29, 2019

Pushback against claims that rural America is a lost cause. A conversation with Brian Dabson, research fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Government. Learn from Daily Yonder editor Tim Marema how a Tennessee county is becoming a model for rural renewal. And, Lexington web business consultant Scott Clark joins us for a peek into the Google digital toolbox.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Eastern Standard for July 25, 2019

Jul 25, 2019

As Eastern Kentucky considers its future, what can be learned from the past? What’s happening in the present that could serve as a model for entrepreneurs? Opioids and an overwhelmed foster care system. The Mayo Clinic alternative to opioids. And some pointers if whitewater rafting is on your agenda.

Eastern Standard for July 18, 2019

Jul 18, 2019

A Richmond Police Detective reflects on the dark side of his job. A visit with members of What's Next EKY, a grass roots organization looking to reshape the region's future. And, the booming economy hasn't helped everybody. Habitat for Humanity has a nationwide campaign to make housing affordable. Learn what's being done here in Kentucky.

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Jun 24, 2019

On this edition of Eastern Standard: How’re we doing here in Kentucky when it comes to raising kids? A report card from the Annie E. Casey Foundation looks at the issue; A recent report from the United Nation detailing mass species extinctions is viewed through a Kentucky lens; What’s in store for the Lexington Theatre Company’s 5th summer season?; Major exhibitions and a poignant event at the Speed Museum. 




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Jun 17, 2019

On the next edition of Eastern Standard: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman draws a "beg to differ" response from rural America. An update on the Kentucky "Promise Zone,” now in its 5th year.

Renewable energy is winning over some Kentuckians.

The latest in our series, "Humans of Central Appalachia": Ronnie Walker of Harlan, Kentucky.

Listen on Thursday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 6 p.m. and on-demand your WEKU mobile app and esweku.com


"The cavalry's not coming, we're it." Kentucky towns work on their economies and quality of life.

Meanwhile, solar: Coalfield towns and non-profits look upward for power from the sun.

Race horse deaths on the rise: why Kentucky is more secretive than other racing states.

Looking to Montana’s Artrepreneurs Program for tips for the artists of rural Kentucky. And, details on Lexinton's Juneteenth celebration.

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MACED's Ivy Brashear on New Day Appalachia: A Positive Vibe for E. Ky. ・ EKU Psychologist MyraBeth Bundy on Kentucky's ranking as worst in the nation for child abuse ・ The Brushy Fork Institute's Donna Daniels and Troy Price on Youth Homelessness in the region  Reporter Mason Adams on what's become of Coal Severance dollars

Preview of April 11 Eastern Standard

Apr 8, 2019

A preview of this week's edition of WEKU's signature public affairs program, Eastern Standard, hosted by Tom Martin.

Preview: Next On Eastern Standard

Mar 11, 2019

  • Elizabeth Leonard, author of "Slaves, Slaveholders and a Kentucky Community's Struggle Toward Freedom"
  • Wavelength adjustment: education and the job market
  • Big boost for an EKU aviation program
  • Help for would-be Kentucky exporters
  • Telemedicine technology as  a lifesaver in cases of domestic abuse and sexual assault
  • Packing local jails keep some Kentucky counties afloat
  • Kentucky's latest cellphone scam


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.

Voting machine security and how your vote really can make the difference


Our guests:

  • Kentucky Secretary of State and Board of Elections Chair Allison Lundergan Grimes
  • Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins
  • Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger
  • CivicLex Director Richard Young
  • Film actor (and get-out-the-vote activist) Michael Shannon



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.