Midday Interviews


Nuclear Science Week promotes nuclear science and celebrates its achievements. The event was launched by The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year since, Nuclear Science Week has been held in a different city; this year, the city is Wilmington, North Carolina.

Park View Project

In Wilmington in 1990, 32-year-old lesbian Talana Kreeger was brutally murdered. Tab Ballis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working on a film to tell Talana's story for 10 years: Park View ("Park View" was the name of the lesbian bar where Talana met her murderer on Carolina Beach Road). The initiating director of the film was Ingrid Jungermann, former Wilmington resident who is now an award-winning filmmaker in New York. The soundtrack is by Wilmington singer/songerwriter Laura McLean


The League of Women Voters has been around for nearly a hundred years. It was founded in 1920 to support women suffrage rights; it's still around today with the mission of protecting the vote and educating voters on issues and candidates. One way the League accomplishes this mission is through candidate forums.

The Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), Gail Bromley, joined us to talk about 3 forums with local candidates moderated by Jon Evans from WECT News. These forums are a partnership between LWVLCF and WECT

Anthony David Lawson has directed and performed in a great diversity of plays and musicals-from psychological dramas, like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Mercy Seat, to rollicking comedies, like Something Funny Happened On The Way To the Forum and Santaland Diaries. It's hard to classify Lawson's latest directing endeavor-the musical Rock of Ages for Thalian Association. Even if you've never seen the musical, you probably know all the music already-hits from 1980s from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister...lots of glam bands we love/love to hate/know the lyrics either way. Naturally, the audience is invited to dig in the closet for something 80s-appropriate for the evening to get the full experience.

Big Dawg Productions

This season, Big Dawg Productions has produced plays in pairs-"companion pieces." Tonight through Sunday, Big Dawg's latest, The 39 Steps, completes its run at the Cape Fear Playhouse; it's the first of a pair of Hitchcock adaptations. Artistic Director Steve Vernon talks about this play and gives a tiny preview of its companion piece opening in two weeks: The Birds Attack. Listen here:

NHC Arboretum

New Hanover County's 7-acre Arboretum opened 27 years ago and it continues to improve, increasing educational and creative programming for all ages and abilities. One reason the Arboretum thrives is because of a group of volunteers called Friends of the Arboretum (FOA), dedicated to supporting the gardens with money, time, and muscle. John Ranalli is the President of FOA, and listen to the enthusiasm he brings to this year's main FOA fundraiser: Art in the Arboretum. The event is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, rain or shine.

Artist Heather Divoky has an exhibition up at the Leland Cultural Arts Center called A Relative Geography: Painted Perspectives of Where We Live. It's actually a work in progress that started with short stories about places that extend out from Leland, North Carolina all the way to Jupiter.  Divoky continues to add small paintings to each story. The closing reception for the exhibit is Thursday, 9/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Listen to Divoky talk about the exhibit and describe some of the over 300 stories above.

Top Shelf

Gwenyfar Rohler, the owner/operator of Old Books on Front Street, has held a vision to remodel the upper floor of the shop since the bookstore took residence there 6 years ago. She figured it would take about 10 years to get it done-but the project is ahead of schedule, complete with a huge Scrabble board on the floor. The renovated space, called Top Shelf: A Literary Loft, is having a grand opening on Wednesday, 9/28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Rohler assures us-there will be cake. 

Listen to our interview with Gwenyfar above, and see pictures from Top Shelf here. 

Doug Tallamy

A delicate balance exists between plants, bugs, and birds. Obviously, the bugs eat the plants and the birds eat the bugs, but one element we might not think about is the effect non-native plants have on this food chain. Dr. Doug Tallamy has thought about it and written about. Tallamy is the Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He'll speak about ideas from his recent book Bringing Nature Home tomorrow at 1:00 at St. James Community Center on Southport-Supply Road. Native plant vendors will be at the event, and Dr. Tallamy will sign copies of his book. Find more information and online tickets here. 

Recovery Rock Fest Founder/Director Nyla Cione and comedian Dick Satori joined us in the studio to talk about the 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest in Hugh McRae Park. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 and is free.