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    On this week’s edition of Eastern Standard:How Senate Bill 1, passed in the most recent session of the Kentucky General Assembly, encourages teachers in Kentucky public schools to avoid classroom discussion of controversial topics and untruths. Education contributor Cynthia Resor talks with Russell County public school social studies teacher Donnie Wilkerson. LexPhil director Allison Kaiser fills us in on the 2022-23 season with some new twists in both programming and concert venues. ArtsConnect founder Kate Savage begins a new arts series on Eastern Standard in conversation with Lexington muralist Wylie Caudill. Magnolia Boulevard’s Maggie Noelle on emerging from the hard times of the pandemic and the loss of a beloved band member to take their Southern Rock groove back to the stage. LEXToday.com editor Molly Thompson visits with Nini Edwards of Edwards-Harkness vineyards to discover fun and interesting day trip destinations in and near Winchester.
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    On this week’s edition of Eastern Standard:How Senate Bill 1, passed in the most recent session of the Kentucky General Assembly, encourages teachers in Kentucky public schools to avoid classroom discussion of controversial topics and untruths. Education contributor Cynthia Resor talks with Russell County public school social studies teacher Donnie Wilkerson.LexPhil director Allison Kaiser fills us in on the 2022-23 season with some new twists in both programming and concert venues.ArtsConnect founder Kate Savage begins a new arts series on Eastern Standard in conversation with Lexington muralist Wylie Caudill.Magnolia Boulevard’s Maggie Noelle on emerging from the hard times of the pandemic and the loss of a beloved band member to take their Southern Rock groove back to the stage.LEXToday.com editor Molly Thompson visits with Nini Edwards of Edwards-Harkness vineyards to discover fun and interesting day trip destinations in and near Winchester.
  • On the next edition of Eastern Standard: Country music star Naomi Judd, whose recent death has been attributed tomental health issues, discusses her condition and life in a 2014 KET interview with journalist Bill Goodman. Eating disorders have increased in frequency during the pandemic. ES Contributor Cynthia Resor discussesthese conditions with a specialist in the field, Dr. Sydney Brodeur-Johnson. And in his 50th year covering the Kentucky General Assembly, Al Cross joins us to talk about legislative business being carried out in Frankfort behind doors closed to the public and reporters.
  • You may have sung the first verse of Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home,” but are you aware of the story of slavery told in the remaining verses? Historian Emily Bingham has published a book about it. Tom Eblen gets details and we listen to a version performed by the baritone Paul Robeson. Our first ten-minute radio play highlights Jimmy Winkfield, the last of the great black jockeys. And we hear about the efforts of the Legacy Equine Academy to increase diversity and inclusion in the horse industry. As war rages in Ukraine with the alarming reality that no credible diplomatic track exists to end the war, two students from UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy offer their thoughts and views. And we’ll have details of the annual Paris Story Fest.
  • You may have sung the first verse of Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home,” but are you aware of the story of slavery told in the remaining verses? Historian Emily Bingham has published a book about it. Tom Eblen gets details and we listen to a version performed by the baritone Paul Robeson. Our first ten-minute radio play highlights Jimmy Winkfield, the last of the great black jockeys. And we hear about the efforts of the Legacy Equine Academy to increase diversity and inclusion in the horse industry. As war rages in Ukraine with the alarming reality that no credible diplomatic track exists to end the war, two students from UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy offer their thoughts and views. And we’ll have details of the annual Paris Story Fest.
  • On the next Eastern Standard: The proposal to switch to permanent Daylight Savings Time, passed by the Senate, is hung up in the House. UK biologist Bruce O’Hara, who studies circadian rhythms, discusses how DST impacts physical health | McClatchy Washington political correspondent David Catanese on partisan redistricting in Kentucky and elsewhere | A conversation with the curator of a digital archive of 1930s recordings of Eastern Kentucky folk artists | How “devised theater” differs from improv | Details of the forthcoming Rural Assembly Everywhere
  • On the next Eastern Standard: The proposal to switch to permanent Daylight Savings Time, passed by the Senate, is hung up in the House. UK biologist Bruce O’Hara, who studies circadian rhythms, discusses how DST impacts physical health | McClatchy Washington political correspondent David Catanese on partisan redistricting in Kentucky and elsewhere | A conversation with the curator of a digital archive of 1930s recordings of Eastern Kentucky folk artists | How “devised theater” differs from improv | Details of the forthcoming Rural Assembly Everywhere
  • On this week's edition: Environment reporter James Bruggers on the rising number of violations at surface mines, and a failure of state regulators to bring a record number of them into compliance. | "Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man", an interactive, immersive theatrical production from Clear Creek Creative, debuting in Berea | Life for the disabled, pre-ADA | Life for a quadriplegic who overcame paralysis to become a lawyer | The nation's first Black female Vice President and Supreme Court Justice are joined by Kentucky's first Black female Poet Laureate. A talk with Crystal Wilkinson | Details of the '22 season of the Tahlsound Concert Series
  • On this week's edition: Environment reporter James Bruggers on the rising number of violations at surface mines, and a failure of state regulators to bring a record number of them into compliance. | "Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man", an interactive, immersive theatrical production from Clear Creek Creative, debuting in Berea | Life for the disabled, pre-ADA | Life for a quadriplegic who overcame paralysis to become a lawyer | The nation's first Black female Vice President and Supreme Court Justice are joined by Kentucky's first Black female Poet Laureate. A talk with Crystal Wilkinson | Details of the '22 season of the Tahlsound Concert Series
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: A special edition featuring the works of WEKU staff members, plus a contribution from one among our many content partners. The lineup: Stan Ingold on a Nicholasville fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees; Tom Martin talks with Robert Cornett, just returned from Poland where he and his wife, Linda, volunteered to help refugees from Ukraine; Appalshop’s Parker Hobson on an effort in Perry County to reduce a high rate of type-2 diabetes among the local population; Samantha Morrill on the prospects for trail tourism in Eastern Kentucky; Corinne Boyer checks on the pocketbook impact of high fuel prices; Cheri Lawson on why it’s important to support family and friends who identify as neither male or female.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: A special edition featuring the works of WEKU staff members, plus a contribution from one among our many content partners. The lineup: Stan Ingold on a Nicholasville fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees; Tom Martin talks with Robert Cornett, just returned from Poland where he and his wife, Linda, volunteered to help refugees from Ukraine; Appalshop’s Parker Hobson on an effort in Perry County to reduce a high rate of type-2 diabetes among the local population; Samantha Morrill on the prospects for trail tourism in Eastern Kentucky; Corinne Boyer checks on the pocketbook impact of high fuel prices; Cheri Lawson on why it’s important to support family and friends who identify as neither male or female.
  • On this week’s Eastern Standard: The Eric Conn Social Security scam landed him in prison and left many in Eastern Kentucky holding the bag. Now there’s a documentary. We talk with Prestonsburg attorney Ned Pillersdorf | With a fresh infusion of funding, the Kentucky Wildlands tourism initiative looks to address trash, hospitality and entrepreneurship | We hear from the original Linked-In HR chief on profound change in the American workplace | And, a chat with a Nashville songwriting team and family band with deep Lexington roots: Brassfield.
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