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The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor stretches from its northernmost point near Wilmington, North Carolina all the way south to Jacksonville, Florida.  Created by an Act of Congress in 2006, the ten-year-old Corridor is a work in progress.  

Gullah Geechee culture originates from West Africans brought to the United States as slaves and many of their traditions, including the language, continue through later generations. 

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Dogs and people — it's a profoundly deep connection that has evolved over millennia, and it's one that scientists are still studying. According to a report in National Geographic, researchers have found that dogs can read facial expressions, communicate jealousy, display empathy, and watch TV. Experts estimate these traits have evolved over the course of 11,000 to 16,000 years. 

On Thursday, December 15, it’s all about festive food!  Chefs Jameson Chavez of Manna and Dean Neff of PinPoint are here with ideas for your holiday menu.

Tune in Thursday, December 15 at noon on 91.3FM

On Wednesday, December 14, we explore the sea level rising. As oceans rise, how should coastal communities plan? We’ll explore the implications for current infrastructure and future growth.

Tune in Wednesday, December 14 at noon on 91.3FM

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Aloha to the holidays! Wilmington eateries and drinkeries are uniting for the 4th Annual 12 Tastes of Christmas to benefit the Cape Fear Literacy Council. The theme this year is "retro-tiki." One of the founders and directors of this benefit is Nina Bays Cournoyer. She explains how the tasting works (featuring 12 bites matched with 12 drinks) and why she supports the Cape Fear Literacy Council.

The Cape Fear region is full of song this holiday season. Another choral concert is coming up this weekend with the Wilmington Choral Society. The group will perform the 1st & 2nd parts of Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 11 at the Wilson Center at 2:00pm. Choir director Paula Brinkman and Board President Kim Leggett joined us in the studio. Considering that the Messiah has been around for 275 years, I asked Paula what gives it such staying power. Listen above.

The Bellamy Mansion is all dressed up for the holidays. This Saturday, December 10, 4:00pm-7:00pm, the Bellamy Mansion and the Burgwin-Wright House are hosting the 4th Annual Christmas Stroll Through the Past. Bellamy Executive Director Gareth Evans stopped in to chat about it; listen above.

In addition to the Christmas Stroll,  the Bellamy is open to show off it's Victorian Christmas decor for free on Monday & Tuesday, December 19-20, for Nights of Lights, 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Opportunity: The Reporter position at WHQR Public Radio will focus on local news content, primarily material for use in Morning Edition, All Things Considered, with corresponding links to web stories and podcasts. Under the supervision of the News Director, the Reporter will follow News Department policy in light of the station’s overall mission, and produce offerings that reflect the standards of audio production, journalistic ethics and public service using NPR’s best practices as a model.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reflects on the country's current state and makes allusions to our past through the exploration of our nation's use of internment camps. Rohler's exploration ranges from George Takei's Tweets to the novel Farewell to Manzanar by Japanese-American writers, James & Jeanne Houston.

You know, sometime you have one of those weeks when everyone thinks you're just swell. . . Yeah, this is not one of those weeks. Listener Len in Ocean Isle Beach wrote: "I will never contribute to NPR again. . . Your news reporting for the past year never revealed the facts of the sources of the stalemates on Capitol Hill, of the depth and breadth of the Obama successes, and the sources of his oppositions, and of the depth and breadth of Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposed programs. You only reported Trump's proclamations, and on Clinton's emails, a trumped-up year of falsehood.

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Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. These are the familiar opening words to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and these words also open a play called Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, presented by Big Dawg ProductionsWhen I discovered two (mostly) comic Wilmington actors were playing the lead roles, I thought the show would be a comedy. But Steve Vernon, playing Scrooge, and Randy Davis, playing Marley, explained that the show is (mostly) a drama. It's clear that both these actors are absolutely in love with this show. Listen above. 

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A little more than a century ago, Jewish people around the world faced decisions that have proved critical in shaping the past century.  On this edition of CoastLine, we look at those decisions through the eyes of two historians who are launching a lecture series in January at the Temple of Israel’s Reibman Center in Wilmington.

Guests:

Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, The Ohio State University;
Professor of History Emerita, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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A federal court ruled earlier this year that two of North Carolina’s congressional districts, drawn in 2011, were unconstitutional because they were racially gerrymandered.  That case is to be argued before the U.S.

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Michael Granberry. Cullen Moss. Steve Vernon. Jason Hatfield....the list is at least 10 names long-the collection of actors in Wilmington, North Carolina who have played the part of Crumpet in David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries. This year, a new comedian/actor joins the club-Jamey Stone plays Crumpet for the Panache Theatre production. The script for Santaland Diaries doesn't change, but every performer brings something different to the stage.

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Earlier this year, a federal court ruled deemed two of North Carolina’s Congressional districts unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. That case is to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Duke University researchers have developed nonpartisan ways to draw districts and evaluate their fairness.   

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This weekend, Sea Notes Choral Society presents the It's Almost Christmas! concert at Odell Williamson Auditorium.   About 120 singers perform both sacred and secular, traditional and unusual selections. The performance is free, but donations are accepted at the door. Listen to our conversation with concert Director Diane Huffman and Board President Jane Skubic above. 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church presents its 4th Annual Coastal Carolina Christmas this Friday evening, December 2 at 7:00pm. The church choir performs selections from Handel's Messiah accompanied by an orchestra, while the Wilmington Boys Choir performs traditional carols. Following the concert, champagne and a collection of chocolate treats will be served in St. Paul's Parish Hall-the Sparkling Chocolate Reception.

On November 17th, The Awkward Silents played  the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

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The holidays find our cities drenched in holiday decor. While trends fade, holiday beauty is forever. Commentator Shane Fernando describes the attraction of the aluminum Christmas tree and provides some caution when decorating with such vibrancy.

Homemade Holiday Shorts returns for its 21st Anniversary Year with an exciting slate of guests, wonderful holiday music and a delicious feast.

For one evening each year in December, friends of WHQR gather in our MC Erny Gallery and around their radios at home to listen to holiday stories read live by a panel of entertaining guests. Our guests include wonderful radio legends, actors, writers and performers reading emotional and funny tales of the season.

Homemade Holiday Shorts will begin at 6pm on Sunday, December 11th.
Doors open: 5:20pm. Reception: 7pm.

Tickets are $35 each (includes the performance and reception) and can be purchased at whqr.org. All proceeds benefit WHQR.  BUY TICKETS HERE. Purchase your tickets early as last year's event sold out.

The event is broadcast live on WHQR 91.3fm at 6pm. The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR is located on the third floor of 254 N. Front Street in downtown Wilmington.  

Monday, December 12th
7:00pm-8:00pm
MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Prologue host, Ben Steelman of StarNews, will sit down with Tom V. Morris, "public philosopher" and author of such best-selling books as "If Aristotle Ran General Motors."

City Ballet of Wilmington

Wilmington's City Ballet premiered A Carolina Nutcracker in 2011 and it has become a local tradition, continuing this year. Approximately 100 dancers perform roles as the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, soldiers, rats, Drosselmeyer, and all the rest...but this Nutcracker incorporates Wilmington history as well-without sacrificing any of the classical Tchaikovsky elements. The performance is at CFCC's Wilson Center on Saturday, 12/3 at 7:00pm & Sunday, 12/4 at 3:00pm.

On the next CoastLine, a federal court has ruled that North Carolina’s congressional districts were gerrymandered with racial bias. As that case heads to the Supreme Court for appeal, we’ll explore independent methods of carving out districts. 

First of all, a tremendous round of applause for Pat Marriott for creating, producing and hosting The Human Voice, Classical HQR's light in the tunnel of the MET's off-season. Thank you, Pat!

At 1:00 p.m. on December 3, The Metropolitan Opera begins it 86th year of Saturday afternoon broadcasts, hosted by Mary Jo Heath.

During the Thanksgiving season, some turkeys have it better than others. Commentator Nan Graham celebrates her 21 years as a WHQR commentator by exploring the presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey, or as she likes to call it -- TOTUS (Turkey of the United States).

WHQR Commentary: "Fake News"

Nov 23, 2016
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Guest commentator Hank Blanton is a recent graduate of UNCW's English Master's Program. He is also the guitarist for Phantom Playboys-and a yodeling instructor for the Austrian Academy for the Vanishing Arts and Sciences. That last part hasn't been verified...

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Renowned artist Virginia Wright-Frierson has an exhibit hanging in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery titled At Home and Abroad: Watercolors, Oils, and Prints. Listen above to hear Virginia's relationship with watercolor and oil-and the biggest problem about being an artist. The prints in the exhibit are lino cuts, old-fashioned cut-out linoleum rolled with ink and set onto paper. Hear about the lino cuts, and Virginia's advice to new artists, below.

TheatreNOW always presents a Christmas show, and it's become a tradition for Nick Smith to direct it. Last year, it was Trailer Park Christmas; this year it's Tuna Christmas. This is a sequel to Greater Tuna, staged earlier this year. It's Christmas set in Tuna, Texas featuring about 20 characters-all played by two women: Susan Auten and Erin Hunter. Director Nick Smith and Susan Auten joined us in the studio to talk about the show.

Wilmington's newest theatre company, Second Star Theatre, just opened its first show a few weeks ago-the musical The Last 5 Years. The group's second endeavor comes close on its heels: Fame the Musical by the Second Star Teen Program, running November 25-December 4 at Dreams Garage. Actors Maggie Stone and Mathis Turner plus director Izzy Gorden joined us. The show is being produced by teenagers with some mentorship by adults. For director Izzy Gorden, that mentor is David Loudermilk, former Artistic Director of Thalian Association. Listen to Stone, Turner, and Gorden talk about the experience of putting on a show with a group of teens in leadership roles.

One herald of the holiday season in the Cape Fear Region is upon us: Art for the Masses (AFTM). This annual November art show and sale features artwork from 96 artist this year, all priced under $250. The show is one day only, opening Saturday morning at 9:00 and running through 3:00 Saturday afternoon. Stephanie Norris, Director of Campus Life Arts & Programs at UNCW, manges this event. She explains how it ended up on campus and why it's valuable to the University; listen above.

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