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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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Four of the top 25 cities in the country for opioid abuse are in North Carolina. Wilmington is number one, according to a report from Castlight Health, a San Francisco-based healthcare information company. 

I mentioned last week that I’ll be retiring soon, and my last Friday Feedback will now be two weeks from today. I’d love to hear from a lot of listeners about your likes and dislikes of the station. Fortunately, a Stealth Drive campaign such as is now going is a great way to hear from listeners in the form of comments on whqr.org. Here are some comments from the very earliest days of the campaign. Peggy wrote: “Best station on the radio. I listen mornings and any time I'm in my car. Saturday and Sunday's are dedicated to WHQR. Thank you for getting the Pharmacy Hour. They have some great information.”

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Opera House Theatre Company brings the musical Camelot to the Thalian Hall stage this month. This tale has staying power-who knows how long this legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Merlin, Lancelot and the rest has been told? We know the musical is 67 years old...but don't expect your grandmother's Camelot. Director Shane Fernando talks about crafting this production for 21st century audiences, and why the tale is as relevant as ever. Listen above and see an extended transcript (and photos) below. 

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Short term rentals:  they’re those properties that are rented out by an owner to vacationers or tourists -- often for a week, a few weeks, or a few days.  Vacation Rental By Owner ( VRBO) and Airbnb are two of the most popular websites for these types of rentals. 

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The Thalian Association and Friends of the Battleship have joined forces to present the classic play, Mr. Roberts. The show, which is set almost entirely on a ship in World War II, is staged by director Chandler Davis on the fantail of the Battleship North Carolina. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays through July 23; showtime is 8:00 for all performances. Tickets are available online and at the Battleship. Listen to Chandler Davis and Thalian Association Executive Director Susan Habas talk about the show above and see the transcript below. 

Join us at Noon on Friday, July 7 at WHQR. Our special guests this month are singers/musicians from Opera Wilmington. We're not sure exactly what we'll hear, but we know we'll get a sneak peek from the group's upcoming production of Carmen-and we know it will be the best way to spend your lunch. Speaking of lunch, feel free to bring yours. We'll have some sweets and tea as well. 

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Chemours and GenX. A month ago, most people in the region probably had not heard either word. Since June 7, that’s changed. Water is being tested by the state, the EPA and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, as citizens are buying a lot more bottled water. 

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GenX is an emerging contaminant – a chemical compound that is both product and byproduct in this story. 

Citizens from in and around Wilmington packed UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium Wednesday night to get answers from a panel of experts about the GenX water crisis. 

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UNCW’s Office of the Arts presents a summertime series of performances for all ages again this year: Seahawk FAM. A variety of performers take the stage Thursday mornings through the end of July. Director of UNCW’s Office of the Arts, Kristin Brogdon, developed this program with Operations Manager Jeremy Summers last year; it’s already grown from 5 to 6 performances. When I visited Kenan, Karola Luttringhaus was working on her piece. The stage was covered with over 4000 plastic bottles-and more are on the way. Listen to Karola and Kristin above and see the schedule below.

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