One of the three Republican candidates for New Hanover County Commissioner, Patricia Kusek, served as Chair of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for two of her five years on that Board.  This independent financial advisor says the lessons she teaches her clients would also benefit county government.  

Doug Tallamy

A delicate balance exists between plants, bugs, and birds. Obviously, the bugs eat the plants and the birds eat the bugs, but one element we might not think about is the effect non-native plants have on this food chain. Dr. Doug Tallamy has thought about it and written about. Tallamy is the Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He'll speak about ideas from his recent book Bringing Nature Home tomorrow at 1:00 at St. James Community Center on Southport-Supply Road. Native plant vendors will be at the event, and Dr. Tallamy will sign copies of his book. Find more information and online tickets here. 

Sara Jarvis wrote:

I’ve been happily listening to WHQR via my SONOS system for several months. I access the station via Radio by TuneIn — a program that came loaded on my system. During that time, I’ve had several experiences in which the WHQR signal simply disappeared. . . For the past week, WHQR is totally inaccessible via the Radio by Tunein program.

Recovery Rock Fest Founder/Director Nyla Cione and comedian Dick Satori joined us in the studio to talk about the 2nd Annual Recovery Rock Fest in Hugh McRae Park. The event runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 24 and is free.

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Before the presidential campaign even started, we witnessed gridlock on Capitol Hill that, at one point, quite literally shut down the government. During this presidential election season, we’ve watched month after month of political surprises and levels of division that pundits declare unprecedented. Books are written on the battle of ideologies and willingness to compromise is positioned as weakness. One well-known NPR political commentator compared the heightened vitriol to pre-Civil War era dialogue.

The WHQR Fall Drive 2016 - Phone Teams

Sep 22, 2016

Phone Teams for the Fall Pledge Drive 2016

ALL PHONE TEAM SHIFTS ARE FULL. A few individual spot may remain - check here.

Soprano Nikoleta Rallis grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, but her love for opera took her on many journeys. She landed in New York City along with along with Kyrgyz-American pianist Azamat Sydykov. They both received music scholarships to enhance their talents; they perform together and share a commitment to use music to improve the planet. They are a musical super-team as artists and philanthropists. 

Lama Surya Das-the American Lama, the Brooklyn Buddha-is holding retreats in Raleigh and Wilmington this weekend. Listen to four small conversations with Lama Surya Das (below) touching on the retreats, the state of American Buddhism, spiritual context, the purpose of meditation, and more. 

Lama Surya Das is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. He is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and 12 other books. 

Soup to Nuts Live! welcomes the homegrown Wilmington band, The Dirty White Rags, on Thursday, September 29th in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

The Dirty White Rags is a group of musical artists specializing in Jazz and Blues classics and original music.

New Hanover County

Democrat Jonathan Barfield is seeking reelection for a third term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.  In the past six years, New Hanover County voters have approved bonds to fund improvements to the parks system, public schools, and Cape Fear Community College.  To pay off that bond debt, the Republican incumbent who voted against the tax increase suggested dipping into the county’s fund balance, but Jonathan Barfield says that would jeopardize the county’s Triple-A bond rating: