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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Dec 9, 2019

An in-depth interview with Dr. Shana Babalonis on the latest University of Kentucky research into medical and recreational marijuana, as well as the barriers to researching the efficacy and safety of CBD. Hear about the results of an analysis of samples of local honey revealing contamination by heavy metals and pesticides. And, an author interview: Elizabeth Englehardt, "The Food We Eat, The Stories We Tell” with folklorist Emily Hilliard, contribnutor of a chapter about the cuisine of the Swiss settlement, Helvetia, West Virginia. 

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

Eastern Standard for December 5, 2019

Dec 5, 2019

A full 40 percent of the student body at Eastern Kentucky University is comprised of first generation students. WEKU reporters Stu Johnson, Samantha Morrill and Wendy Barnett join Tom Martin in exploring the challenges: from the concerns of families and the experience of being a stranger in a strange place, to arriving on campus from a foster care setting, or as a young parent. And, moving the four year degree to within reach of Appalachian youth. Plus, a fast track to a GED.

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

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Dec 2, 2019

A full 40 percent of the student body at Eastern Kentucky University is comprised of first generation students. WEKU reporters Stu Johnson, Samantha Morrill and Wendy Barnett join Tom Martin in exploring the challenges: from the concerns of families and the experience of being a stranger in a strange place, to arriving on campus from a foster care setting, or as a young parent. And, moving the four year degree to within reach of Appalachian youth. Plus, a fast track to a GED.

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

Eastern Standard for November 21, 2019

Nov 21, 2019

Rescuing benefits and services mistakenly denied veterans. Needle sharing has made the once rare heart infection endocarditis a frequent diagnosis among the addicted. A visit with recovering addicts who have found a new path in life at an E. Kentucky stringed instrument factory. A discussion about end-of-life care. And, Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty on his lead role in a movie filmed in Central Kentucky.

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

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Nov 18, 2019

Rescuing benefits and services mistakenly denied veterans. Needle sharing has made the once rare heart infection endocarditis a frequent diagnosis among the addicted. People in recovery who have found a new path in life at a Hundman stringed instrument factory. A discussion about palliative care. And, Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty on his lead role in a movie filmed in Central Kentucky.

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

Eastern Standard's Tom Martin is interviewing each of the six finalist candidates for conductor and music director of the Lexington Philharmonic. Thomas Heuser of Idaho Falls and Akiko Fujimoto of Minneapolis have auditioned. Next week LexPhil hosts Kelly Corcoran of Nashville. 

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

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

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Oct 31, 2019

Despite claims to the contrary, per-pupil K-12 education funding in Kentucky is approaching a low not seen since before the legislature enacted the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990. Learn about the experiences of refugees who resettle in Lexington. Hear about an anthropologist’s unusual approach to documenting  eastern Kentucky history. And, 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley on his memoir and why journalism and truth matter.

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

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Oct 28, 2019

Despite claims to the contrary, K-12 education funding in Kentucky has declined to levels that existed prior to enactment of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). The experiences of refugees who resettle in Lexington. An archeologist’s unusual approach to documenting Eastern Kentucky history. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley on his memoir and why journalism and truth matter.

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

Eastern Standard - Aug. 24, 2019

Oct 24, 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 also 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 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. 

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

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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.

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

 

 

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

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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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