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  • Students from Elizabethtown High School won a rave review in the Courier-Journal for their production of George Orwell's chilling dystopian sci-fi novel "1984." Now they're bringing the play to Lexington. | A new book is coming in late July from Eastern Kentucky University professor Travis Martin, an Iraq War veteran who founded the nation's first university-level Veterans Studies program at EKU. “War & Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation” explores ways a new generation of veterans is redefining what it means to come home. | It should be enough for one lifetime to be chased from your home country by war or persecution, but to find safe haven only to be uprooted again further deepens the trauma. Lisa Autry reports on how the refugee community of Bowling Green, KY has been affected by the tornadoes of last December | Opportunities to experience art have expanded in Lexington with the addition of Jeanette Tesmer to the staff at the Living Arts and Science Center where she will curate the center's various gallery spaces.
  • Students from Elizabethtown High School won a rave review in the Courier-Journal for their production of George Orwell's chilling dystopian sci-fi novel "1984." Now they're bringing the play to Lexington. | A new book is coming in late July from Eastern Kentucky University professor Travis Martin, an Iraq War veteran who founded the nation's first university-level Veterans Studies program at EKU. “War & Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation” explores ways a new generation of veterans is redefining what it means to come home. | It should be enough for one lifetime to be chased from your home country by war or persecution, but to find safe haven only to be uprooted again further deepens the trauma. Lisa Autry reports on how the refugee community of Bowling Green, KY has been affected by the tornadoes of last December | Opportunities to experience art have expanded in Lexington with the addition of Jeanette Tesmer to the staff at the Living Arts and Science Center where she will curate the center's various gallery spaces.
  • “Transformational Learning” is just that: deepening your knowledge of a given topic, changing the way you perceive it. That’s the focus of an interview by education contributor Cynthia Resor with Dr. Nicola Mason, Chair of the EKU Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership. | All about the Warriors Path project and its opportunities to expand knowledge about Native American life in the region while also boosting the economies of some Kentucky Trail Towns | We explore a report on the Work-From-Home trend, and another on the “fee and dividend” approach to reducing greenhouses gases linked to climate change | Our series on theatre production in Kentucky continues with a conversation with Louisville playwright and the Dramatist Guild Kentucky representative Brian Walker.
  • “Transformational Learning” is just that: deepening your knowledge of a given topic, changing the way you perceive it. That’s the focus of an interview by education contributor Cynthia Resor with Dr. Nicola Mason, Chair of the EKU Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership. | All about the Warriors Path project and its opportunities to expand knowledge about Native American life in the region while also boosting the economies of some Kentucky Trail Towns | We explore a report on the Work-From-Home trend, and another on the “fee and dividend” approach to reducing greenhouses gases linked to climate change | Our series on theatre production in Kentucky continues with a conversation with Louisville playwright and the Dramatist Guild Kentucky representative Brian Walker.
  • Farrah Alexander, author of the just-published "Resistance in the Bluegrass" on how to safely and effectively protest actions and policies you oppose or support | When a traumatic childhood memory comes out of hiding and how having a horse for a friend can help overcome the resulting trauma and stress. A riveting and enlightening conversation with Cheryl Eriksen, author of “Follow Me Friend: a memoir of undiagnosed PTSD and the healing-power of the horse-human relationship” | A Lexington tech company with sustainability at its core connects Kentucky retail entrepreneurs and makers to a world market that is increasingly becoming sensitive to consumer demands for transparency and accountability. Middle Tech podcast hosts Logan Jones and Evan Knowles sit down with “To The Market” founder and CEO, Jane Mosbacher Morris | Places to kayak in central Kentucky: LexToday’s Aaron Mikel gets tips on places to paddle from Explore Kentucky founder, Gerry Seavo James.
  • Farrah Alexander, author of the just-published "Resistance in the Bluegrass" on how to safely and effectively protest actions and policies you oppose or support When a traumatic childhood memory comes out of hiding and how having a horse for a friend can help overcome the resulting trauma and stress. A riveting and enlightening conversation with Cheryl Eriksen, author of “Follow Me Friend: a memoir of undiagnosed PTSD and the healing-power of the horse-human relationship” A Lexington tech company with sustainability at its core connects Kentucky retail entrepreneurs and makers to a world market that is increasingly becoming sensitive to consumer demands for transparency and accountability. Middle Tech podcast hosts Logan Jones and Evan Knowles sit down with “To The Market” founder and CEO, Jane Mosbacher Morris Places to kayak in central Kentucky: LexToday’s Aaron Mikel gets tips on places to paddle from Explore Kentucky founder, Gerry Seavo James.
  • 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 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.
  • From weeks trapped in a basement shelter in the devastated eastern Ukraine city of Mariupol to safety in Lexington: Valery Kaidanov on the odyssey of her 84-year old mother, Vera Lisen. | After inflation is taken into account, state employee wages have declined over a decade. An analysis of a workforce crisis in Frankfort | The deeply partisan Senate confirmation hearing for judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as viewed through the lens of Dr. Melynda Price, Professor of Law and Humanities and Director of the UK Gaines Center for the Humanities. | Why Katie Toupin parted ways with Louisville’s Houndmouth and now calls Lexington home and how it all connects with Blink 182.
  • On the next edition of Eastern Standard: Country music star Naomi Judd, whose recent death has been attributed to mental 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. Contributor Cynthia Resor discusses these 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.
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