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RISE is a series of conversations and solutions-seeking journalism that focus on the realities of the present and prospects for the future of Eastern Kentucky. This series of special editions of Eastern Standard, the weekly WEKU current affairs magazine program, came about in response to the unprecedented flooding experienced by many Eastern Kentucky communities in July of 2022 and the myriad 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. 

This series is hosted by Eastern Standard's, Tom Martin. 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.