Eastern Standard

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Eastern Kentucky, hosted by Tom Martin

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A report card for Kentucky infrastructure; much needed bridge repairs underway; how old and in what shape is that dam above your town? Kentucky employers, concerned about the workforce, take on the opioid epidemic. "On Common Ground”, a community discussion about immigration in central Kentucky. Appalshop installs Eastern Kentucky's largest net metered solar power system.

 


Eastern Standard for August 15, 2019

Aug 15, 2019

The "vicarious trauma" that persists in the wake of mass shootings. The deplorable conditions in many of Kentucky's county jails. Another acquisition of a huge tract of Appalachian forestland. Tech-X, Lexington's first regional tech event. The Lyric Theater's new director.

 

 

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.

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

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

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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.


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Jul 22, 2019

As Eastern Kentucky considers its future, what can be learned from the past? A look back at the proposed Bunches Creek Dam. What’s happening in the present that could serve as a model for entrepreneurs? We talk with Corbin tech entrepreneur Dylan Frost. Opioids and an overwhelmed foster care system. Disccusions with Don Rogers of New Vista, formerly known as Bluegrass.org; and, Chris Peck of the Mt. Sterling-based Hope Hill Youth Services. And, a look at a Mayo Clinic alternative to opioids. 

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

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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Jul 15, 2019

This group's name is a question for the ages: "What's Next EKY"?

Details of their recent survey looking for ideas and concerns in the region.  We hear from two on the frontlines of coping with a rising level of domestic violence in Madison County: Richmond Detective Stuart Adams and Jennifer Lainhart, director of Hope's Wings Domestic Violence Shelter.

And, the economy is booming for some, yet so many in Kentucky find affordable home ownership out of the question. Why? Our question for Mary Shearer, director of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity and Rachel Childress, director of Habitat's Lexington affiliate. 

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

This Week's Eastern Standard

Jul 11, 2019

We have a lot of questions.

Do undocumented immigrants boost crime rates? Does quality public education drive economic development?

Can rural Kentucky benefit from ideas hatched in other parts of the world? Might you kick yourself for forgetting this before heading out for a hike in the back country?  Can an artist bring the Great Lakes to Kentucky? 

We've also got a lot of answers on this edition of Eastern Standard. 

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Jul 8, 2019

Do undocumented immigrants equal increased crime rates? This analysis says no.

Does quality public education equal positive economic development? Some educators say yes.

Can rural Kentucky benefit from ideas hatched in other parts of the world? This Eastern Kentucky leader says it can.

Might you kick yourself for forgetting this  before heading out for a hike in the back country? This wilderness survival expert says, probably. And, can an artist bring the Great Lakes to Kentucky? Yes. Well, so to speak. 

 

 

 


ReThink Rural helps "those who are searching for a simpler, rural lifestyle get a firsthand view of what that life could be like." An interview with Rethink founder Madeline Moore. Bringing about understanding between military veterans and civilians is the goal of EKU's first-in-nation Veterans Studies Program. A conversation with program co-founder, Dr .Travis Martin. Craft cider joins bourbon, beer and wine production in Lexington.  And, additions to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

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Jul 1, 2019

ReThink Rural helps "those who are searching for a simpler, rural lifestyle get a firsthand view of what that life could be like." An interview with Rethink founder Madeline Moore from her home in Chinook, Washington. Bringing about understanding between military veterans and civilians is the goal of EKU's first-in-nation Veterans Studies Program. A conversation with the program's co-founder, Dr .Travis Martin. Craft cider is joining bourbon, beer and wine production in and around Lexington.

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When it comes to raising kids, how’re we doing here in Kentucky? A report card from the Annie E. Casey Foundation offers some isight. A recent UN report predicting mass species extinctions is viewed through a Kentucky lens. What’s in store for the Lexington Theatre Company’s 5th summer season and a major exhibitions and a poignant event at the Speed Museum.

 

 

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

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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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On this 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.

 

 

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

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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

  

Eastern Standard for June 13, 2019

Jun 13, 2019

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

Host Tom Martin talks with Tad Long of the Kentucky League of Cities. Meanwhile, 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 Juneteenth in Lexington.

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"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.


Hear about the development of an oral alternative to insulin. Meet the 5th generation CEO of the KY company that invented the hard hat. And, learn the details of a new small business incubator and pitch contest for budding eastern Kentucky entrepreneurs.

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

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Jun 3, 2019

Listen to a preview of the June 6 edition of Eastern Standard. Tom Martin talks with Dr. Ronan Power about the work he’s leading at Alltech to develop an affordable alternative to insulin in a form that can be taken as a pill instead of an injection. You’ll meet Wells Bullard, the 5th generation CEO of the Kentucky-based family business that invented the hard hat. And, we have an interview with Geoff Marietta detailing a new small business incubator and pitch contest for budding eastern Kentucky entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

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

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May 28, 2019

Barbara Napier, owner of Snug Hollow Farm in Estill County discusses future tourism in Eastern Kentucky.  Weapons Destruction is to begin at Blue Grass Army Depot. An update from WEKU's Stu Johnson and an discussion about what happens to the area economy once the last weapon is destoyed. And, Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Dirextor  Terry Brooks on what the 2019 KY General Assembly did for kids - and what was left undone. 

  • An Appalachian Exultation 
  • GPS Has A Meteorologist Worried 
  • Classic Cuban Music Is Coming to Lexington

 

 

 

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May 20, 2019

  • Our smart devices: the good, the bad, the ugly 
  • Essay contest winner responds to Hillbilly Elegy
  • From Cuba to Kentucky: the latest in a series of concerts by international artists

 

Eastern Standard for May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

Chris Zook, Author of The Founder's Mentality

Alltech's 2nd Gen Leader, Mark Lyons

Boosting a Business' Online Game 

The Railbird Festival: What Makes it Special

 

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May 13, 2019

Eastern Standard for May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019

  • Hardworking bees and the tough lives they live today
  • 100,000 acres of Ky-Tenn Forestland Has a New Owner-Protector
  • The Community Farm Alliance: Having the Backs of Farmers Markets
  • Details: The EKU Farmers Market
  • All about Black Soil and Support of African American Farmers in KY
  • The Innovative farm program “Homegrown by Heroes”

Eastern Standard Preview Week of May 9th

May 6, 2019

Listen to a preview of Eastern Standard. Hear the full program Thursday, May 9th at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also tune in for a rebroadcast Sunday, May 12th at 6 p.m.

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