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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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  • Finding quality, affordable, accessible child care was already challenging working parents in Kentucky and across the nation. Then came the pandemic. Day care centers were closed and many have struggled to recover. Finding people qualified and willing to do the work for low pay has become more difficult than ever. In this edition: Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Patricia Tennen, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates; Brigitte Blom, President & CEO of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
  • Finding quality, affordable, accessible child care was already challenging working parents in Kentucky and across the nation. Then came the pandemic. Day care centers were closed and many have struggled to recover. Finding people qualified and willing to do the work for low pay has become more difficult than ever. In this edition: Dustin Pugel, Senior Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy; Patricia Tennen, Chief Operating Officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates; Brigitte Blom, President & CEO of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence; Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Division of Child Care, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services
  • On this week’s edition of Eastern Standard: Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher on his book “Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia.” | Outdated drinking water standards documented across the Ohio Valley | Why dairy farmers are gladly burning manure and how it works to fight climate change | New census numbers show continued loss of population in Eastern Kentucky | What oral history teaches us about the realities of the past
  • This week on Eastern Standard: Music made in Kentucky, played in Kentucky. Touching bases with artists from across the state with recent or new releases. The hour includes the debut of a new Kentucky Music series by Crystal Jones and samplings from the works of nine artists including: Eric Bolander, Logan Halstead, Cole Chaney, Cody Lee Meece, Kiana & The Sun Kings, Don Rogers, Scott Whiddon, Kevin Holm Hudson and Joslyn & the Sweet Compression. How did they come up with that band name, “Sweet Compression”? You’re about to find out.
  • Questions raised, questions answered: Why are things in short supply with prices rising? It's due mostly to an overwhelmed supply chain | Why are so many adult Kentuckians not being counted as working? We dig into an in-depth analysis of Kentucky's workforce crisis from the KY Chamber of Commerce | Why is chemotherapy on the way out, precision medicine on the way in and CRISPR technology waiting in the wings to treat cancer? | And what iconic American musician gets tribute treatment at the latest Music for Mission concert?
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week’s edition focuses entirely on one of the ugliest of “Kentucky Uglies” - our state’s ranking among the worst in the nation for rates of intimate partner violence. We hear from domestic violence shelter directors, legal aid attorneys, a police detective, a 9-1-1 dispatcher and staff at the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence - all devoted to extending an often life-saving hand, shelter and a range of support to women and men who manage to escape the horror of a violent home.
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week’s edition focuses entirely on one of the ugliest of “Kentucky Uglies” - our state’s ranking among the worst in the nation for rates of intimate partner violence. We hear from domestic violence shelter directors, legal aid attorneys, a police detective, a 9-1-1 dispatcher and staff at the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence - all devoted to extending an often life-saving hand, shelter and a range of support to women and men who manage to escape the horror of a violent home.
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week’s edition focuses entirely on one of the ugliest of “Kentucky Uglies” - our state’s ranking among the worst in the nation for rates of intimate partner violence. We hear from domestic violence shelter directors, legal aid attorneys, a police detective and 9-1-1 dispatcher and staff at the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • Kentucky’s teacher shortage: already there and then came the pandemic | Bryan Station H.S. grad becomes a Senior Editor at the Atlantic | A chat with Louisville film and music producer Gil Holland | New book based on what’s on the bottom of Kentucky’s man-made lakes | Big changes for Eastern Standard arts partner Undermain
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