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Wednesday on CoastLine: The Widow Spy

Listen for CoastLine Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon. Or subscribe to our podcast. Contact us at coastline@whqr.org . On Wednesday’s CoastLine , the story of The Widow Spy . Marti Peterson is one of the first women agents for the CIA assigned to Moscow in the 1970s. We'll hear about her covert operations -- and what led to her ambush and arrest by the KGB. GUEST: Martha Peterson is a retired CIA case officer, and in the 1970s, she was based in Moscow as the agency's contact with "Trigon," a...

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WHQR, StarNews, and WWAY sponsored a public forum at Odell Williamson Auditorium to explore persistent questions about the fluorochemical load in the Cape Fear River -- which is much of southeastern North Carolina's drinnking water supply.

Isabelle Shepherd

Isabelle Shepherd has been the Graduate Fellow in the News Department at WHQR for the past 3 years. She recently graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing...and we are sorry to see her go. She has hosted All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, and she's spent most of her time producing Coastline. Listen to Isabelle talk about her time here at the station above.  

The Friends of Public Radio, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle Rhinesmith has accepted the position as Station Manager for WHQR Public Radio, serving the greater Wilmington Community at 91.3 and 92.7fm.

We've done it - we've made history together again!!!! As of 2:55pm, WHQR has raised $75,135 during the Summer Stealth Drive, going over the summer goal of $75,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser!!!!!! 

We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Way to go WHQR friends!!! Thank you.

Enjoy all the great joys of summer (with your soundtrack from WHQR).

Opera Wilmington

This summer, Opera Wilmington presents Carmen, the masterpiece by Georges Bizet. It's a tragedy, but a lively and often comic one, with the gypsy Carmen at the center. Australian musicologist Sally Macarthur says Carmen has been called every name in the book, from a seductress to a victim-some say she's a feminist. Opera Wilmington's Artistic Director Nancy King goes with the latter.

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This week Gov. Roy Cooper told the EPA to get to work. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Gov. Cooper asks the EPA to move quickly to finalize its health assessment and set a limit for the unregulated chemical GenX. Meanwhile the EPA earmarked more than $3 million for the NC DEQ to enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This all happened as county and city officials held a press conference on the topic of GenX.  

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State officials are releasing the first results of water quality samples and an updated preliminary health assessment for concentrations of the unregulated compound GenX in finished, or treated, drinking water. Samples were analyzed at the U.S. EPA lab in Research Triangle Park, and at Test America, a lab in Colorado under contract to Chemours. The latest results mirror those from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, with levels in the 68 to 125 parts per trillion range. Is that cause for celebration? Not so fast.

WHQR invites you to a public forum on the GenX water issue Wednesday night, July 19th from 7 - 9 PM at Odell Williamson Auditorium.  The StarNews, WWAY, and HQR News will pose your questions to a panel of experts. You can also listen live, on 91.3 FM, WHQR. 

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State officials late Friday released their first results of water quality samples and an updated preliminary health assessment for concentrations of the unregulated compound GenX in finished, or treated, drinking water.  

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Downtown Wilmington is being adorned with new outdoor art through Pedestrian Art Public Sculpture program. A free public reception is at Expo 216 on Front Street on Sunday, July 16. The artists will be there, along with sponsors from the Arts Council of Wilmington, the Dreams Center, Artworks, City of Wilmington, and more. Guests have the opportunity to take a trolley ride with the artists to see the 9 new installations-and some new locations downtown. Shuttle tours are at 1:00pm, 2:45, and 4:00, leaving from Expo 216. The reception itself begins at 2:00pm.

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