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If you are a person with a disability, getting around town can be difficult. The same goes for folks who are older and have poor eyesight or other limitations. WAVE Transit currently provides transportation options to help these people who need them. And it's about to get better.

From the earliest days of European settlement, Wilmington and the Cape Fear region have been places of active military involvement. From the Revolution through the Civil War, from liberty ships in World War II to the relocation of the Battleship North Carolina, this area has seen its share and more of events that have shaped the military history of our country. In fact, there is a movement in progress to have Wilmington declared America’s first World War II city.

Cape Fear River Watch (CFRW) works to care for the Cape Fear River Basin, but that's a really big job. In addition to hands-on projects, CFRW recognizes the overwhelming need to educate the community about how to take care of our local waters. Without effort from residents, there won't be any improvement in water quality. 

The musical 1776 premiered in 1969, winning 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Clive Barnes reviewed the original production in The New York Times, saying it was a "most striking, most gripping musical." Locally, Opera House Theatre Company produced the show 10 years ago, and they hope to hit a chord with the community again. This election season seems like a good time, according to director Ray Kennedy. 

Christopher Everett of Speller Street Films is the director of the documentary Wilmington on Fire, the popular film that examined the overthrow of Wilmington's black government and community leaders in 1898.

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Commentator Nan Graham describes the use of camels in the Confederacy's "Camel Corps."

Nan Graham, a WHQR Commentator since 1995, has had a long love affair with language...from The Real Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland, to Thomas Wolfe and Truman Capote.

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

Grammy-nominated percussionist Michael D'Angelo teaches in the Jazz division of the UNCW Music Department. He's been involved in the weeklong Jazz Workshop at UNCW since he was in middle school. His experience there inspired him to pursue jazz performance and instruction, so for D'Angelo, the Jazz Workshop is particularly poignant this year-it's the 20th Anniversary, and Alumni performers from the past years are converging on the stage of Kenan Auditorium.  Listen to his perspective-and more about the performances-above.

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Donald Wood of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on July 4, 2016 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, just two days past his 71st birthday. Don was born in Rochester, NY and honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard until 1989.

As a front desk volunteer, Don’s presence and dedication on WHQR’s front line will be greatly missed. His humor and conversation lifted the spirits of all those around him.

Lee Lowrimore's experiences working at a gay theatre in New York City several decades ago stayed with him. He wrote a one-act play about it back in the 80s. But he put it away. Just a few years ago, he took it out again, expanded it...and he put it away-largely because "gay" issues didn't seem as relevant anymore. After HB2 passed in North Carolina, Lowrimore pulled it out again. After re-approaching the script with renewed vigor, Lowrimore is ready to share this story with the world.

I’ll get to listener comments in a moment, but first this: after returning this week from vacation, I’m happy to report that there are strong signs of progress at WHQR – despite recent setbacks concerning our program automation. The system we use to run both HQR News and Classical HQR, called AudioVault, suffered a major failure in late June.

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