CoastLine: David Gessner On His New Book, Ultimate Glory, And Telling The Truth

David Gessner’s life is about the wild – and wildness. You may know him first as a nature writer from the books All The Wild That Remains or My Green Manifesto or The Tarball Chronicles or Return of the Osprey (there are five others books on the natural world) . You may have seen him host the TV show "Call of the Wild" for National Geographic, or you may simply know him as a Professor and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington . His body of...

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More than 90 percent of people think it is important to talk about end-of-life care.  Fewer than 30 percent actually do it.  That’s according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Massachusetts-based independent nonprofit.

Invisible Wounds of War

Invisible Wounds of War is a project that invites veterans and active duty soldiers to write about injuries that are hard to see-and sometimes easy to hide. Jen Johnson is the Director; she is a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she stresses that this project is not a counseling session. Instead, it's about expression through writing and photography; Jen sees herself as a facilitator. Two Workshops are coming up to participate in the project for veterans and active duty military: Writing Workshop is Saturday, May 20, Noon-4:30pm. Photography Workshop is Saturday, June 10, Noon-4:30pm. 

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The business of publishing news is radically changing.  That’s present-tense.  We all know the old hometown local paper has undergone what could fairly be called profound transformation – but it’s still going on and what the Executive Editor of the StarNews in Wilmington calls “a period of disruption” continues. 

If you’re a subscriber to the Wilmington Star News, you may have noticed some changes lately. Under the guidance of Executive Editor Pam Sander, the paper is moving away from reportage centered around local government meetings, and toward in-depth stories about community issues. 

Most of the time, local city council or county commissioner meetings just aren’t sexy – they don’t make for compelling headlines. Pam Sander knows this, but she says it’s still important for her reporters to attend – even if they don’t end up writing an article about it in the end:

Ariel Schmidtke

Nearly a year ago, aerialist, acrobat, and contemporary circus performer Ariel Schmidtke premiered an intimate solo show called A Length of Rope. Then she left for Alaska, where she's been refining the piece and preparing for a tour. That tour is underway and Ariel is back in Wilmington to present A Length of Rope again-this time with a fellow performer named Strangely and opening acts by local performers. The highlight of the show is Ariel's rope and trapeze acrobatics that tell the story alongside music and shadow puppetry. 

The next Soup to Nuts LIVE! Concert on Thursday, May 25th in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR features Derwin Hinson & Cre8Tive Coast. Derwin Hinson & Cre8Tive Coast are a hard-driving, fast-paced bluegrass ensemble that weaves country & gospel music with soulful balladeering into their nearly all-original, roots repertoire. This seasoned 4-piece band is made up of Dawson Sexton, Alene Hinson, Tim Perry, and noted multi-instrumentalist Derwin Hinson.

Monday, June 5th, at 7pm

The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Dr. John LaCognata conducts the final concert of the 2016-17 season for Wilmington Symphonic Winds: From the Sea​. The highlight of the concert is Francis Mcbeth's powerful piece, Of Sailors and Whales, featuring sound and song springing straight from Melville's Moby Dick. The concert is Sunday, May 21 at Kenan Auditorium at 4:30pm. Listen to Dr. LaCognata talk about all the music above. 

May 11 and 14, 2017: This one is our Road Trip! show. In this hour, we’ll talk about some favorite as well as lesser-known places to see in the Carolinas, either South or North.

Our guests are Michael Graff, editor of Charlotte Magazine, and Philip Gerard of UNCW, author of Down the Wild Cape Fear.

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Wilmington International Airport got some welcome news when the state budget was released. The proposal includes $40 million for commercial airports across North Carolina for the next fiscal year -- and $50 million for 2018 -19.  Some of that money is headed to Wilmington.

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