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Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers

It began on January 20, 1961 with this historic call-to-action:

The challenge President Kennedy made to the nation in his inaugural speech continued to resonate in the wake of his assassination and on January 8, 1964 was narrowed in focus in the State of the Union address of his White House successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Johnson trained his sights on the nation’s Appalachian region.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, greet Tom Fletcher’s family in Inez, Ky., in 1964. Fletcher was an unemployed saw mill worker with eight children.
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How politics and ideologies can transform and mutate the best of intentions is detailed and examined in the pages of Thomas Kiffmeyer’s book, Reformers to Radicals: The Appalachian Volunteers and the War on Poverty. The Morehead State University history professor talked with Tom Martin on a recent edition of WEKU’s Eastern Standard.

Listen to Eastern Standard on 88.9 WEKU for UnderMain artist interviews and updates on cultural events in the region. Programs are available as podcasts on NPROne, iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. You can listen online at esweku.com and download the WEKU app to your mobile device.

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The Night They Stole a Racehorse

For a full appreciation of what was lost in a mystery that began on a cold and foggy February, 1981 night in County Kildare, Ireland, it’s instructive to first watch the video of an event that occurred two years prior.

Shergar wins the 1981 Derby - rare commentary by Peter Bromley for BBC Radio 2

Now that you’ve witnessed the astonishing capability of the thoroughbred Shergar, hear the story of his disapperance.  Tom Martin, host of Eastern Standard on WEKU, interviews Milton Toby, author of Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case.

Taking Shergar is a publication of the University Press of Kentucky.

Tom Martin is co-publisher of UnderMain, host of WEKU’s Eastern Standard, a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and Student Media Advisor at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.