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In lieu of CoastLine this Sunday, November 26,2017, at 3pm, we will air a Weekend Edition Sunday

In a new hour-long special called “Sexual Harassment: A Moment of Reckoning,” Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro looks at the significance of this moment and what it could mean for the culture.

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Charlotte author Kathleen Burkinshaw's new book, The Last Cherry Blossom, is inspired by her mother, a survivor of Hiroshima. Kathleen was in Wilmington in late September to honor her mother (and all Hiroshima survivors) by planting a gingko at UNCW that sprouted from a tree that survived the atomic bomb.

Clyde Edgerton has written ten novels, three of which are now movies.  Of those produced, his favorite is Killer Diller.  In 2013, he wrote a book of advice, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, and he’s also written a memoir:  Solo:  My Adventures In The Air.  His short stories and essays have turned up in New York Times Magazine, Best American Short Stories, Southern Review, Oxford American, Garden & Gun – among others.

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Unlocking Silent Histories works with indigenous youth by providing equipment, technology, and training to help them create documentaries about their lives and communities. Work by Mayan Guatemalans and members of the NC Lumbee Tribe is on display at Art in Bloom Gallery; the closing reception is Sunday, 11/19, 2:00pm-4:00pm. 

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On November 15, 1864, William Tecumseh Sherman began his “March to the Sea” from Atlanta to Savannah.  It was the beginning of a major blow to the Confederacy during the American Civil War.  While the 19th century sounds like ancient history to some of us, there exists a tangible division in this country which has this year, played out in an emotional debate over how to treat Confederate monuments and statues. 

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No Boundaries International Art Colony celebrates 20 years on Bald Head Island. A dozen alumni artists from half a dozen countries have worked and lived together for the past 2 weeks; an exhibit of their work opens Saturday, November 18 at CFCC's Wilma Daniels Gallery. 

On Wednesday’s CoastLine, New York Times bestselling author, Wiley Cash, joins us to talk about his new novel, The Last Ballad.  

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The Cape Fear Chorale invites the community to a  free performance of sections of Handel's Messiah, Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 at Kenan Auditorium.  It's not just a performance-the audience is encouraged to sing along with the Choir. Director Jerry Cribbs will help everyone stay together.

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Opening Reception: November 24th

Closing Reception: January 26th

Show Closing: February 9th

The Puerto Rico Tip-Off is now underway …. in Myrtle Beach. The annual college basketball tournament was moved to South Carolina after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September. The games are being played at Coastal Carolina University.  Myrtle Beach has stepped up in other ways as well.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality announced today it has cited Chemours with violating the conditions of its wastewater discharge permit.  The move comes after the company failed to report an October 6 chemical spill at its Fayetteville Works facility on the Cape Fear River.  UPDATE: The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality began the process Nov. 16 of revoking the discharge permit for Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. 

Fracaswell Hyman says he didn’t set out to be a writer.  Despite that, he spent years writing for Nickelodeon – on the shows Little Bill, Taina, Gullah Gullah Island.  We’ll hear about those years – but we’re also here today to talk about his first middle-grade novel, Mango Delight.  And we’ll find out what he thought he was setting out to do for a career and before he unwittingly fell into a life of writing – which he now characterizes as “writing for my life”. 

It’s the last election-related show we’ll have in 2017.  The day after a small percentage of eligible of voters went to the polls to choose leaders for the boards of towns and cities, we’re taking a look at what happened, what it could say about what’s on voters’ minds, and where we go from here. 

Also on this edition, we spend a great deal of time on why people didn't vote -- with lots of listeners chiming in via email and phone calls. 

Guests:

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The election brought some changes to the beach communities of New Hanover County. 

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Note:  The results below are based on unofficial returns.  Votes will be canvassed Friday, November 17th.

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There were some tight races for three spots on the Wilmington City Council last night. However, it was the familiar names that were victorious. 

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H2GO’s Board of Commissioners, a water and sewer utility in Brunswick County, is likely to change direction on construction of a controversial reverse osmosis plant. 

For the last two years, the two board members who oppose building an RO plant sat in the minority on H2GO’s five-member board.  But with three open seats this year, all it took to change the majority position was for one of three anti-RO candidates to win.  RO-supporter and incumbent Carl Antos lost his seat to RO opponent Bill Beer by 18 votes. 

The City of Wilmington will see Mayor Bill Saffo embark on his sixth term. He defeated challenger Todd Zola with about 85 percent of the vote.

Leland Town Council will continue with its current leadership.  As WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports, all the incumbents won reelection.

Pat Batleman was the top vote-getter for Leland Town Council.  Fellow incumbent Bob Corriston came in about four percentage points behind her.  The next vote-getter, Sandra Ford, was a distant third – about ten points behind Corriston. 

Earlier this year, the Town of Leland passed a resolution opposing H2GO’s efforts to build a reverse osmosis plant.  Pat Batleman says the town is very concerned about the management of H2GO. 

Town of Burgaw

In the Town of Burgaw, Pete Cowan won the mayoral seat after Incumbent Eugene Mulligan ran for a Commissioner seat.  Cowan easily held off two challengers with 63% of the vote.  Mulligan did not win a seat on the Board.  Instead, Incumbents Jan Dawson and James Murphy kept their seats on Burgaw’s Board of Commissioners.

Surf City’s Town Council will have Teresa Batts for another term.  Jeremy Shugarts picked up the second open seat. 

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During the last municipal election of 2015, only 10% of voters in New Hanover County showed up.  By Tuesday afternoon, it was too early to tell if the numbers are up, down, or even with the last cycle.  In an unscientific, anecdotal visit with voters at New Hanover County’s Senior Center – one of the polling locations in Wilmington today – I met a handful of committed voters who say they wouldn’t miss an election.

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It would be an easy leap to say that voters in Brunswick County served by the water utility H2GO are turning out at a higher rate.  But an unscientific, anecdotal sweep through the polls doesn’t necessarily bear that out.  While the direction of a $30-plus million reverse osmosis plant could change based on this election outcome – most people that I encountered in Leland today offered more basic reasons for voting.  

Charles says he comes out for every election. 

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In September, WHQR staff members were out on the street for Park(ing) Day asking passers-by various questions, including if they listened to WHQR. Here we mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with some of the comments we recorded. Listen above.

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, ushering in a new era of independent, non-commercial media dedicated to public service, education and, in his words, “satisfying America’s appetite for excellence.”

Tuesday, November 7th is Election Day – which means that people living inside city or town limits have local leaders to choose. 

It’s hard to engage voters in municipal election years.  In New Hanover County, voter turnout  is trending downward.   Since 2011, turnout has dropped from 17% to 10%.  Brunswick and Pender Counties seem to hold steady with just over 20 percent of voters coming to the polls.

But this year, some galvanizing issues have ignited controversy.  Whether it translates to higher voter turnout is yet to be determined.    

A documentary premieres in Wilmington Friday night about racial tension surrounding how Myrtle Beach handles 2 motorcycle festivals: Harley Davidson Week and Black Bike Week; and two beaches: Myrtle Beach, and its neighbor, Atlantic Beach. The film is called Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches.

Dr. Detlef Knappe, the N.C. State scientist who uncovered GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear River, is not happy about being pulled into tomorrow’s election for the H2GO board. He explains why he’s upset about three candidates using his name in a political ad. 

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Chris Frisina will be our next Soup to Nuts LIVE! guest Thursday, November 16th, in the MC Erny Gallery. The doors open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm.

On this edition, we meet candidates from Oak Island and Kure Beach – two beach towns in southeastern North Carolina.

Big Dawg Productions

Playwright A.R. Gurney, who just passed away this year, wrote a series of plays about the decline of WASP culture. One of these plays that received a lot of attention is The Dining Room, presented by Big Dawg Productions through November 19th. Listen to actor Randy Davis (of admitted WASP heritage himself) talk about the show above, and read our extended interview below. 

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