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Wednesday on CoastLine: Ocean Plastics

On Wednesday’s CoastLine , we’ll follow the trail of everyday plastics from use to disposal to the ocean. Could that plastic fork you used for lunch wind up in the belly of a dolphin or an albatross? It’s an exploration of ocean plastic. GUESTS: BONNIE MONTELEONE , works at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she is a plastic marine debris research and lab assistant. She is also the Director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships for Plastic Ocean Project, Inc ....

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So long, and thanks for all the fish

Aug 15, 2017
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Today, August 15th, is my last official day employed by WHQR, though my last working day at the office was in late July (I'm on vacation right now). There are many things I will miss about WHQR, especially the people, but I am looking forward to retirement.

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140 parts per trillion. That’s the number used by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services, in regards to the health goal for GenX in the water supply. That goal represents the concentration of GenX at which no adverse non-cancer health effects would be anticipated. 

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There’s a new plan in the works for the land along Battleship Road, across the river from downtown Wilmington. It’s from the same developers who had pitched a plan to build fifteen large houses there. 

Theatre Now presents a relatively new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story stays the same, but playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa set the characters in the late 20th/early 21st century. We heard from director David Heck and new Wilmington actor Jay Zadeh about the show. Listen to Heck above, and see an extended transcript below. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm at Theatre Now through August 26. 

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order in late April to expand energy exploration drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.  The order puts in place a new five-year program, 2019-2024, that will supersede the earlier one – essentially reversing the Obama Administration’s decision to remove the mid-Atlantic region from consideration for offshore drilling. 

What’s different about this issue compared to so many other national points of debate – is that support or opposition doesn’t necessarily fall along predictable party lines. 

There are crooks, criminals, and hucksters out there trying to get your money through investment scams, retail fraud, identity theft, and they’ve been there since commerce began.  But are there degrees of hucksterism?  What’s the line between an enthusiastic entrepreneur with a brilliant, albeit untested idea versus a good, old-fashioned snake oil salesman who doesn’t really care if what’s in the bottle he’s selling doesn’t work?  His goal:  to make the sale and move on. 

Emily Colin

Author Emily Colin just released her second novel, The Dream Keeper's Daughter. She'll be the guest at Prologue at WHQR on Monday, August 14 at 7:00. Hear a short interview with Emily above or see the extended transcript below. In the transcript, Emily talks about writing, publishing, and both of her books, The Dream Keeper's Daughter and The Memory Thief.

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival Summer Series presents 3 films over the next 3 Thursdays: Rock in the Red Zone, a documentary, on August 10; The People vs. Fritz Bauer, a historical drama, on August 17; and Moos, a romantic comedy, on August 24. Showtime is 7:00 at Thalian Hall's Main Stage, and a dessert reception follows each screening.

Barry Salwen and Mimi Kessler, co-chairs of the Festival Selection Committee, joined us in the studio-and they fit a description of all three films into less than four minutes. Listen above and see the extended transcript below.

Big Dawg Productions

Big Dawg Productions presents the television, film, and stage classic, 12 Angry Men. The first weekend sold out, but there are 2 more weekends of performances at the Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street. Remaining performances are August 10-13 and 17-20; showtime is 8:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with 3:00pm matinees on Sundays.

Tickets are available online, by phone, and by email. Listen to Artistic Director Steve Vernon and Director Katherine Vernon talk about the show above; see the transcript below. 

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Congressman David Rouzer met with New Hanover County and Wilmington city officials today, to discuss issues that impact the area and the country. At the top of the list for the Republican from North Carolina’s 7th District is opioid addiction. 

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Nan Graham hopes to visit Irmo, South Carolina, in September to attend the annual Okra Strut. Nan is bearing down on her 24th year as a commentator on WHQR. She is grateful for the opportunity to address the burning issues of our time. You can hear more of Nan Graham's commentaries here . WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its staff, or its members.

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