Emerging Voices: Learning Language Abroad

Jun 25, 2015

“Have you eaten yet?”  Sounds like an unusual greeting, but Emerging Voices Commentator Julie Davidson discovered this is the normal greeting in Southern China.  Julie also says traveling abroad to study languages is not as difficult as many young people may think.

Julie is an early graduate of Hoggard High School.  She just left for Malaysia to be a youth Ambassador through the Kennedy-Lugar Yes-Abroad program.  When she returns in a year, she hopes to study at UNC.

Julie's text, including edits due to time constraints:

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Gina Gambony Visits The Sarus Festival

Aug 28, 2014

The Sarus Festival featuring site-specific and experimental art is underway!Dozens of local and visiting artists are creating public performances, often held outdoors. WHQR's Gina Gambony visited the rehearsal for one event: an unusual interpretation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," happening in the backyard of Jengo's Playhouse on Princess Street.

GG: So, what’s going on with this piece, Helena dancing?

This, that, and the other thing

Jan 2, 2013
Sara Wood

Caricature artists are usually found along boardwalks, places like Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach. But most Saturdays in Wilmington, you can find Bill Smith at the Cotton Exchange. The 77-year-old caricature artist grew up in Long Island, New York. He worked as a sign painter for more than 50 years until computers put him out of business.

Smith believes sketching the good side of people is more important than making fun of them.

At 65, James Tramble Casts His First Ballot

Nov 6, 2012

The trip to the polls for millions of Americans is quick and easy. The hardest part may be enduring long lines. But for those who struggle with literacy, it can be hard to find the courage to stand in that line at all. New Hanover County resident James Tramble dropped out of school in the fourth grade. He learned to navigate the world without reading or writing. At 65 years old, Tramble’s never voted. But this year is different. WHQR's Sara Wood brings us his story, and what it means to vote for the first time.

Imagine having to run from your home, for your life, never stopping to look back or to return. 

Right now, 1 in 8 Americans aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s, and the disease affects nearly half of all people who are 85 and up.

The facts are staggering: 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today; by 2050, that number could triple to up to 16 million; the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and will cost the nation $200 billion this year.

Three times a week, Dr. Mark Williams visits half a dozen geriatric patients at The Davis Community, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Porters Neck.

Right now, 1.2 million seniors age 65 and up live in North Carolina. That number could trump 2 million by 2030.