All over the world, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Commentator Philip Stine recalls another man whose spiritual transformation made him an unlikely but essential partner with Mandela in forging a post-apartheid South Africa:
I grew up in a country neighboring South Africa whose laws essentially copied apartheid. Separation was our life, and race was a constant topic of conversation.
Health insurance can be tricky to navigate, what with the difficulty many experience enrolling in care, and North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2014. And that’s why the Southeast Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, and the New Hanover County Health Department are holding free information sessions on the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that until the March 31 deadline to enroll passes, these educators will be hosting these sessions around the region.
Listener Peg wrote to Mary Bradley about this past week's Cinematique film starring Robert Redford:
'All Is Lost' was tremendous! I'm still shaken up by Redford's marvelous acting. Am glad that your blurb tells us that Chandor was the writer-director of Margin Call which was one of the best ... films I can remember seeing. I wish it could be presented here again! GREAT that the [Metropolitan Opera] is returning [this weekend]! Thanks so much for all your efforts!
For the first time ever, the Wilmington Housing Authority is applying for a competitive, thirty-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD—and they want to make it a community affair. Today the Housing Authority gathered city and county leaders at the Hillcrest development to strategize on winning a Choice Neighborhood Grant. It’s part of an effort, as WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, to transform housing projects into areas indistinguishable from the surrounding city.
Soprano and UNCW Professor Nancy King invites us to Amahl and the Night Visitors, featuring WOOP (Wilmington Opera Outreach Program) students and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Listen to the interview conducted by Pat Marriott.
Beverly Tetterton of the Historical Society of The Lower Cape Fear spoke with WHQR's Gina Gamboni about this weekend's Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour. The self guided tour features peeks into private historical homes throughout Wilmington. The homes will be decorated for the holiday season!
Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty.
Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game.
The controversy surrounding the ongoing impact of coal ash pollution from Wilmington’s Sutton Energy Plant is intensifying. A biologist commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report today claiming that coal ash waste is elevating levels of selenium pollution in Sutton Lake. Environmental advocates say this is killing and deforming thousands of fish, and thus threatening local fishing and tourism industries. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.
Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.
Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School. He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old. He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.
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Today marks the second annual Giving Tuesday event. The youngest among its siblings Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday functions as a post-Thanksgiving grassroots campaign to stimulate spending. But today, the focus is on charitable donations. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local nonprofits are slowly but surely savoring the fruits of this baby holiday.