courtesy Lindsey Deaton

When a person transitions from male to female and is a parent, how is Father’s Day celebrated? WEKU’s Cheri Lawson talked with three transgender women who are also parents.

Ed Commons

WEKU and Red Barn Radio today announced a broadcast partnership that makes WEKU the exclusive home of the Lexington-based music show in Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Beginning July 7, 2019, Red Barn Radio will expand to a two-hour program airing on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The first hour of the program will be from the Red Barn Radio archives, while the second hour will be the latest recorded weekly show from Lexington. A rebroadcast of the second hour of the program will also be added to the WEKU schedule on Sunday from 8-9 p.m.

Kentucky Election 2019: Attorney General Andy Beshear

May 23, 2019

The Attorney General and 2019 Democratic Gubernatorial candidate tells WEKU's Wendy Barnett his plans for the months leading up to the fall elections in this in-depth exclusive interview.

WEKU is providing special coverage, reaching out to interview all the candidates for state-wide office in the upcoming weeks.  The office of Gov. Matt Bevin has not yet responded to a request for an interview.

You can also stay informed with our WEKU App.  

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



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.

Sarah Jane Sanders

Candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup. Those are the four basic food groups according to Buddy the Elf. And this time of year, the gluttonous season, it seems like he is onto something.


But researchers say that mindful eating –choosing quality over quantity and savoring your meals instead of, say, plowing through another pint of Ben & Jerry’s while watching “Westworld” — can make a difference.

WEKU Listener Feedback 2/18

Feb 18, 2013

Leslie, of Corinth, e-mailed us this week: “I absolutely love your programming. Admittedly, I'm an NPR junkie, but I really like your format. My only wish is that you and WUKY offered me an alternative to that godawful Prairie Home Companion. I understand that it's popular, but could you possibly offer it at another time?”