RISE is a series of conversations that focus on the realities of the present and prospects for the future of Eastern Kentucky. The limited podcast series will publish in early 2023. It came about in response to the unprecedented flooding experienced by several Eastern Kentucky communities in July of 2022 and the myriad of questions and dilemmas the flood event has raised. The series will explore what contributed to the disaster, how communities are responding and what leadership, programs and resources will be needed to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities ahead.
Rise is a production of WEKU and includes contributions from reporters at the Lexington Herald Leader, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the Mountain Eagle, the Daily Yonder and Mountain State Spotlight. This series is hosted by Tom Martin, host of Eastern Standard, WEKU’s weekly current affairs program.
The RISE team is committed to providing clear and accurate information, raising policy issues and amplifying local voices as Eastern Kentucky navigates a future made less certain by climate change.