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Tom Morris has written more than 20 books – most of which distill ancient wisdom from the Greek and Roman philosophers into practical ideas for living in the modern world.  Some of the titles you might recognize:  If Aristotle

KCRW Radio Race

With the guidance of a just a three-word theme: "Out of Range", KCRW's 4th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race challenged producers to create  a 4 minute story in only 24 hours. As if this challenge wasn't daunting enough, halfway through racers were given this twist for their stories: 

People look into the future and expect that the forces of the present will unfold in a coherent and predictable way, but any examination of the past reveals the circuitous routes of change are unimaginably strange. 

(Rebecca Solnit)

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Voter ID laws have been at the forefront of many states' legislative conversations. North Carolina is dealing with discussions over voter identification laws as we quickly approach a big election. For the past three years, Peggy Porter has worked as a seasonal temp in the New Hanover County Board of Elections.  

Over the Edge

For years, the Dreams Center has held a gala for its big yearly fundraiser. Not this year. Executive Director, Matt Carvin, has something totally different in mind: rappelling down the side of the Blockade Runner Hotel. Everyone who wants to contribute doesn't actually have to do this-for instance, you can help sponsor those who do, and you can come to the block party at the Blockade Runner to witness and celebrate the brave souls who are coming down. Carvin and former director Tracy Wilkes will both be putting on the harness and bouncing their way down the building...and one of them will be wearing a clown suit.  Listen to our interview above to find out why. 

Stand-up comedian Jamey Stone is from Wilmington, but you may not have seen his act before. He mainly performs theatre here at home and takes his comedy on the road. But Wednesday night, Jamey Stone is headlining a comedy night at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Wilmington. Port City Top Comic Drew Harrison is the emcee, with John Felts as the featured performer. Listen above to Jamey talking about comedy-and why political comedy doesn't work so well these days.

Bob Pratt

John Golden and Rob Nathanson have been playing and writing music together for over 30 years. These two talented gentlemen are marking their long history of friendship and musicianship with a concert called Autumn Song at 30, playing at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall on Thursday, 8/18 at 7:30. Joining them onstage: Tom Harder (mandolin, fiddle), Mark Teachey (guitar, resonator), Lloyd Wilson (percussionist, storyteller), and Catesby Jones (bass).  Listen above to our interview with Golden and Nathanson.

We received some calls and messages on Monday when listeners heard Donald Trump’s full speech to the Detroit Economic Club on our air. Some pointed out that there were some odd moments, such as when our local announcement aired right on top of NPR. Some wondered why we decided to pre-empt Here and Now to carry it. In both cases, at the beginning of the day, we were not aware that NPR intended to preempt the entire noon hour (and beyond) of Here and Now to carry the speech. A communications snafu caused us to miss some of the normally scheduled program cues.

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Chelsea Stygles and Jon Ward are apprentices for a business that most of us dread: they are training to become morticians. They are learning how to conduct a funeral and how to care for the dead-and the families and friends left behind. This interesting topic generated a long interview: the short version airing on 91.3 and 92.7 is above; extra snippets are below.  

Steve Vernon bought the script for the one-woman show Becoming Dr. Ruth for Big Dawg Productions, but it turned out it wouldn't fit into the season. The script was so compelling, Vernon really wanted to get it on-stage, so he partnered with Panache Theatre to make it happen.

Billy Hathorn

On the corner of Market and Third Streets, at the entrance to downtown Wilmington, there is a statue of George Davis.  He was the last Confederate Attorney General.  Third Street near Dock boasts a monument to soldiers of the Confederacy.

The StarNews recently wrote about streets in Wilmington’s Pine Valley neighborhood that are named after Confederate officers.  The namesakes include General Robert E. Lee, Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, John D. Barry. 

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