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We've all at least contemplated running away. In this week's commentary, Philip Gerard tells us how he attempted his escape at age five.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories & essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its member.

Tune into Classical HQR at 8 AM with host Gina Gambony and Bob Workmon on July 14th and 16th for two days of very festive music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

On Tuesday, July 14th, Classical HQR will be raising the French flag with an exquisite of Musique Française:

Jean Phillipe Rameau played the North Carolina Symphony

Charles Gounod's playful "Petite Symphonie" in B flat for nine winds

Jacques Offenbach's effervescent "Gaite Parisienne"

Camille Saint-Saens' grand "Symphony No. 3 in C Minor"

Hector Berlioz's massive arrangement of "La Marsellaise"

Listen to our interview with Michael Wolfe of the Wolfe Gang, singing and playing an original tune on the guitar "Overcoat Blues" along with double bassist Rob Harrington.  Wolfe Gang is playing at Ted’s Fun on the River next Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 with Michael, Rob, and drummer Gene Carmen.  Michael and Rob came in to chat with us about the music.  At the end of the interview you can the song "Yellow Moon" by the Nevill

The Annual Meeting of Friends of Public Radio will be held this Thursday, July 16th, at 6pm in the WHQR studios, 254 North Front Street Suite 300 in Wilmington.

The formal business of the meeting will be to elect a new Board member for a term ending in 2018. We'll also hear reports from the Board and station management on the past year's events (hint: it was a very good year) and plans for the future. As always, there will be time for public comment.

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

The General Assembly approved a temporary budget at the end of June before taking a week-long recess. The delay prompted a local protest from teachers, teaching assistants, and parents. 

North Carolina’s delayed budget leaves many school systems in limbo as they plan for the upcoming year. The House’s proposed budget maintains current funding levels for teaching assistants, but, according to News & Observer, the Senate’s plan could eliminate over eight thousand teaching assistant jobs.

The Newest Gershwin Musical: Crazy for You

Jul 10, 2015

In 1992,  a Gershwin musical from 1930, Girl Crazy, was adapted into Crazy for You.  This musical has been extraordinarily popular since its release, at least partly because audiences hear some of the most beloved songs from Ira & George Gershwin over the years, including "I Got Rhythm," "Bidin' My Time," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Embraceable You."

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Several days ago, listener Mackie wrote:

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The North Carolina coast has seen eight shark attacks so far this season.  Summer is not half over.  It’s a record-setting number.  And a chilling one for most people. 

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Eight shark attacks off the North Carolina coast this season have prompted Governor Pat McCrory to ask the Department of Public Safety to look for patterns.

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Shark bites have been dominating the headlines in coastal North Carolina for weeks. But sharks aren’t the most dangerous risk swimmers face in the ocean.  

So far this summer, North Carolina has experienced a record-breaking number of shark attacks: 8, to be precise – with the most recent bite occurring over the holiday weekend. But Scott Baker, a fisheries specialist with the North Carolina Sea Grant Extension program, says that these shark bites are overshadowing the ocean’s real danger:

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