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

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Oct 21, 2019

The extent of child abuse and neglect happening in our backyard is, as our guest puts it, "shocking." We talk with CASA's Melynda Jamison. Why the 2020 Census matters to your children? Patricia Tennen of KY Youth Advocates and Lawrence County teacher David Prince are our guests. And, a chat with Jessie Hunt, one of four Kentuckians selected as a Fellow for the first class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute.

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

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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 October 10, 2019

Oct 10, 2019

What's puzzling HR managers these days? What are hiring managers really saying when they tell you that you're "overqualified" for the job? And, what are the traits and personality of a true leader in today's world? Listen to this week's Eastern Standard for answers to those questions and more. 

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Oct 7, 2019

A focus on work life: What's keeping HR managers up nights? What does it mean when you're told you're "overqualified?" And, what are the traits of a true leader? 

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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

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Sep 30, 2019

What is "Plan B" for the economies of the coalfield communities of Eastern Kentucky? Insights and information from Alison Davis, UK Professor of Agricultural Economics; Brian Mefford, head of the state's efforts to bring innovative ideas to the marketplace; Brian Whitacre, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University on development of a tool to measure rural innovation; Scott Koloms of CanopyKY on the global "good business movement." Bobby Clark of Sustainable Business Ventures on workshops for would-be rural entrepreneurs.

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

Eastern Standard for September 26-29, 2019

Sep 26, 2019

How a local company is working to meet global sustainability goals. Efforts by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to get at the root causes of opioid and other addictions in her city. And, a conversation with Ben Wilcox, Kentucky's first State Schools Security Marshal. 

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

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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

Eastern Standard for September 19, 2019

Sep 19, 2019

The search begins for LexPhil's next conductor. A documentary about the racially-charged controversy over a UK mural. The 40th anniversary KY Women Writers Conference. Railbird, debriefed.

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Sep 16, 2019

LexPhil begins season-long search for next conductor. Interviews with exeutive director Allison Kaiser and candidate number one, Thomas Heuser of Idaho Falls. Also: the 40th anniversary KY Women Writers Conference; a new documentary about the controverial Memorial Hall Mural at UK; a debriefing on what went right at Lexington's first Railbird Music Festival, and what needs to be tweaked for next year's fest.

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

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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Sep 9, 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.

 

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

Eastern Standard for September 5, 2019

Sep 5, 2019

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

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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 for August 29, 2019

Aug 29, 2019

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

 

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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 22, 2019

Aug 23, 2019

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.

 

 

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Aug 18, 2019

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.

 

 

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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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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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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. 

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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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