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    Efforts to inundate local elections officials with records requests only weeks before we go to the polls: we ask the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Michael Adams, what’s going on? | Episode 2 of our election-season series defining the jobs of local offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. | How the region’s largest school district is faring as pandemic effects linger: education contributor Brigitte Blom speaks with Fayette County Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. | Details of a trio of upcoming events: the 100th anniversary of Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theater; Tree Week in Lexington and other communities in the region; the 49th annual Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College.
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    Efforts to inundate local elections officials with records requests only weeks before we go to the polls: we ask the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Michael Adams, what’s going on? | Episode 2 of our election-season series defining the jobs of local offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. | How the region’s largest school district is faring as pandemic effects linger: education contributor Brigitte Blom speaks with Fayette County Schools Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. | Details of a trio of upcoming events: the 100th anniversary of Lexington’s historic Kentucky Theater; Tree Week in Lexington and other communities in the region; the 49th annual Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College.
  • The pros and cons of student debt forgiveness. Education Contributor Brigitte Blom discusses the Biden Administration’s loan relief program with Michael Clark, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at UK. | PG Peeples, Sr. has for many decades been a quiet force behind civil rights in Kentucky. As the Urban League prepares to honor his service to the Lexington-Fayette County chapter - and as he battles cancer - WEKU’s Sam Dick talks with two who know him well: Rev. CB Akins of First Baptist Church of Bracktown, and sports marketing guru Jim Host. | Kentucky novelist Silas House is about to publish “Lark Ascending”, a story of apocalypse, escape, wonder and hope. He offers insights in an interview with Kentucky Writers series host Tom Eblen. | NPR Legal Affairs correspondent Nine Totenberg is out with her new book, “Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships.” She shares the details of that relationship as well as her views on the present state of the Supreme Court in a conversation with Tom Martin.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: What can public records tell us about the 19th century slave trade - and the enslaved - of Lexington, Kentucky? We’re about to find out. It’s Dr. Gerald Smith’s focus for the latest in our series on racial justice and equality. | We have details of an effort to bring parents, teachers and businesses onto the same wavelength to strengthen public education | An update on happenings in the hemp industry, including the emergence of “adult use” products such as Delta 8 | And, information on three upcoming events: The Viva Mexico Festival in Lexington, The Wilmore Storytelling Festival, and the Appalachian Big Ideas Festival in Hazard.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: What can public records tell us about the 19th century slave trade - and the enslaved - of Lexington, Kentucky? We’re about to find out. It’s Dr. Gerald Smith’s focus for the latest in our series on racial justice and equality. | We have details of an effort to bring parents, teachers and businesses onto the same wavelength to strengthen public education | An update on happenings in the hemp industry, including the emergence of “adult use” products such as Delta 8 | And, information on three upcoming events: The Viva Mexico Festival in Lexington, The Wilmore Storytelling Festival, and the Appalachian Big Ideas Festival in Hazard.
  • The losses to flooding in Eastern Kentucky are extensive and as WEKU's Samantha Morrill reports, they could include important historical records and artifacts at the Hindman Settlement School | Days after the flood of late July Reggie Van Stockum traveled the creekside roads of Eastern Kentucky to chronicle the destruction and listen to people's experiences | Patrick Angel, who is leading an effort to return Kentucky to its former status as a leading producer of sheep and goat products, details the flood losses of farmers | Toxic PFAS or "Forever Chemicals" are found in the blood of 99 percent of Americans. PFAS researcher Molly Frazar joins us | Cynthia Resor chats with author Sallie Bingham about her brother's fatal overdose and misperceptions about the realities of wealth and privilege | Tom Eblen interviews award-winning, writer, teacher and editor Ellen Birkett Morris, author of "Lost Girls," Morris' collection of short stories.
  • The losses to flooding in Eastern Kentucky are extensive and as WEKU's Samantha Morrill reports, they could include important historical records and artifacts at the Hindman Settlement School | Days after the flood of late July Reggie Van Stockum traveled the creekside roads of Eastern Kentucky to chronicle the destruction and listen to people's experiences | Patrick Angel, who is leading an effort to return Kentucky to its former status as a leading producer of sheep and goat products, details the flood losses of farmers | Toxic PFAS or "Forever Chemicals" are found in the blood of 99 percent of Americans. PFAS researcher Molly Frazar joins us | Cynthia Resor chats with author Sallie Bingham about her brother's fatal overdose and misperceptions about the realities of wealth and privilege | Tom Eblen interviews award-winning, writer, teacher and editor Ellen Birkett Morris, author of "Lost Girls," Morris' collection of short stories.
  • EKU mental health services are available to Eastern Kentucky flood survivors. Logan Burris is our guest. He is the EKU Psychology Clinic Coordinator and a native of the Letcher County town of Partridge. | Alan Maimon offers an afterword to his book "Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning" | Lexington's first African-American Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony and Gala is set for Sept. 24 at Central Bank Center. We hear from co-founders Bobby and Jennifer Jones | University of Pittsburgh professor Peggy Liu discusses her study: "The Surprise of Reaching Out: Appreciated More Than We Think" | And, the music of Senegal is coming to Lexington. We get details from Green Room Exchange co-founder Lee Carroll.
  • EKU mental health services are available to Eastern Kentucky flood survivors. Logan Burris is our guest. He is the EKU Psychology Clinic Coordinator and a native of the Letcher County town of Partridge. | Alan Maimon offers an afterword to his book "Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning" | Lexington's first African-American Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction Ceremony and Gala is set for Sept. 24 at Central Bank Center. We hear from co-founders Bobby and Jennifer Jones | University of Pittsburgh professor Peggy Liu discusses her study: "The Surprise of Reaching Out: Appreciated More Than We Think" | And, the music of Senegal is coming to Lexington. We get details from Green Room Exchange co-founder Lee Carroll.
  • The new school year finds Kentucky experiencing a nationwide shortage of qualified classroom teachers. In her Eastern Standard debut as an interviewer for our series on education, Brigitte Blom, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence discusses the causes and consequences of having too few teachers with Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass | Environmental reporter James Bruggers details his article exploring connections between mining and flash floods | The connection between religion and climate change is the focus of a conversation with former ER physician and evangelical Christian Dr. Matthew Sleeth | “Sangin’” season is almost upon us. Stephanie Lang gets some backstory on Gensing harvesting in Eastern Kentucky from historian Luke Manget | An update on the works of the Lexington Lab Band, now 72-artists strong | And Crystal Jones has details of a pair of flood relief concerts coming up in hard-hit Breathitt County
  • The new school year finds Kentucky experiencing a nationwide shortage of qualified classroom teachers. In her Eastern Standard debut as an interviewer for our series on education, Brigitte Blom, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence discusses the causes and consequences of having too few teachers with Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass | Environmental reporter James Bruggers details his article exploring connections between mining and flash floods | The connection between religion and climate change is the focus of a conversation with former ER physician and evangelical Christian Dr. Matthew Sleeth | “Sangin’” season is almost upon us. Stephanie Lang gets some backstory on Gensing harvesting in Eastern Kentucky from historian Luke Manget | An update on the works of the Lexington Lab Band, now 72-artists strong | And Crystal Jones has details of a pair of flood relief concerts coming up in hard-hit Breathitt County
  • The science behind the misery: State Geologist William Hanesberg and UK hydrologist Chris Barton on how the topography of Eastern Kentucky’s mountain region contributes to destructive and deadly flash flooding. Lindsay Kampfer joins us from BlueGrass Care Navigators on how the flooding was so harrowing for many hospice patients - and, a new program to provide age-in-place care. We hear about recovery and rebuilding efforts from Gerry Roll and Lora Smith of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. And, we learn some things about the physical and emotional impacts of racism from Dr. Candace Hargons, chair of counseling psychology at UK. Dr. Hargons is Gerald Smith’s guest for this latest in our series on racial justice and equality.
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