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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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Latest Episodes
  • It was hard being a pioneer in the wilds of what would become Kentucky. Try doing it as a mother of ten. We hear about the legacy of Rebecca Boone from novelist Patricia Hudson | A pioneer of glass ceiling breakage is profiled in a new book about former Kentucky First Lady Phyllis George | Did you know about the “Slaw Line” of hot dog lovin’ West Virginia? Part of the “visionary folklore” offered up by folklorist Emily Hilliard | Writing plays with the pros: a Centre College partnership with the The Farm, a Brooklyn-based playwright incubator | Green Room Exchange gets creative to raise funds for more performances by international artists
  • “Nearly 1 in 4 Kentucky adults can read and comprehend only basic material, making them functionally illiterate” begins the first in a five chapter series by Courier-Journal investigative reporter Mandy McLaren. McLaren’s reporting calculates the cost of illiteracy to the Kentucky economy. | The connection between education and economic well-being is explored with Vicki Phillips of the National Center for Education and the Economy | Unique research at UK is looking into non-medical prescription opioid use among Black Americans | Outdoors writer Art Lander discusses “A Brief History of Baitcasting, Bass Fishing and the Kentucky Reel”, his new book with co-author Bill Hinkebein | Duane Lundy sits down with Lexington Stephen Trask, composer of the Tony winning “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
  • A new book from Sayre graduate, former Marine and now Wall Street Journal correspondent Ben Kesling follows the experiences of Bravo Company, an army unit that saw heavy combat in Afghanistan. The book follows a VA experiment to support their recovery from those experiences and we have comment from Kesling, as well as Travis Martin, director of Veterans Studies at EKU | A case before the US Supreme Court could have an enormous impact on American arts and culture. UK Law professor Brian Frye walks us through the case | We’ll hear all about “Together Outdoors” - a coalition of businesses and nonprofits working to remove social, physical and other barriers to enjoyment of the Great Outdoors. | And, the job of the mayor is the focus of our election-season series, Civic Shorts.
  • It’s unusual for one person to appear twice in an edition of ES, but Whit Whitaker does just that: in his role as Director of the Lyric Theater in Lexington, and as a cast member of our latest radio play, “Three’s a Charm” by David Miller, also starring Roger Leasor and Paul Thomas. | “Math Anxiety” is explored with UK Math Education professor Jonathan Thomas in Gill Hunter’s series on education | CivicLex Director Richard Young details the job of the County Clerk for our election-season series on local offices appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot | We get details on local artists paying tribute to Dolly Parton and on a new release from the Lexington instrumental band Archipelago.
  • Presidential biographer and historian Jon Meacham is out with a new book about Abraham Lincoln. We discuss the parallels between the divisive atmosphere of 1861 and the present. | Novelist Geraldine Brooks discusses "Horse", her book about the famed racehorse "Lexington" and the pervasive racism within the racing industry of the 19th century | Melynda Jamison of CASA-Lexington (Court Appointed Special Advocates) details her children's book, "Oscar's Family." | We'll hear from Shayla Lynch, the Carnegie Center's new director, about programs to support budding as well as established Kentucky writers | CivicLex director Richard Young returns with his weekly series on the jobs of local "down ballot" offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. This week: the County Attorney.
  • Presidential biographer and historian Jon Meacham is out with a new book about Abraham Lincoln. We discuss the parallels between the divisive atmosphere of 1861 and the present. | Novelist Geraldine Brooks discusses "Horse", her book about the famed racehorse "Lexington" and the pervasive racism within the racing industry of the 19th century | Melynda Jamison of CASA-Lexington (Court Appointed Special Advocates) details her children's book, "Oscar's Family." | We'll hear from Shayla Lynch, the Carnegie Center's new director, about programs to support budding as well as established Kentucky writers | CivicLex director Richard Young returns with his weekly series on the jobs of local "down ballot" offices on the Nov. 8 ballot. This week: the County Attorney.
  • Is it possible to get a divided America back on speaking terms? Meeting of America aims to find out, and it begins in Kentucky. We’ll hear from co-founder Pearce Godwin and Meeting of America Kentucky Director, Julie Babbage. | CivicLex Director Richard Young returns with another in our weekly election season series on state and local offices appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot. This week: the County Sheriff. | Child Care in Kentucky won support from the American Rescue Plan. But those funds end soon and the Prichard Committee’s Benjamin Gies spells out what lies beyond that fiscal cliff. | And, getting to know Melisse Brunet, the new Lexington Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor with an ear for jazz.
  • Is it possible to get a divided America back on speaking terms? Meeting of America aims to find out, and it begins in Kentucky. We’ll hear from co-founder Pearce Godwin and Meeting of America Kentucky Director, Julie Babbage. | CivicLex Director Richard Young returns with another in our weekly election season series on state and local offices appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot. This week: the County Sheriff. | Child Care in Kentucky won support from the American Rescue Plan. But those funds end soon and the Prichard Committee’s Benjamin Gies spells out what lies beyond that fiscal cliff. | And, getting to know Melisse Brunet, the new Lexington Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor with an ear for jazz.
  • 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.
  • 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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