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Red Beard Farms

A study recently published in the first issue of the scientific journal, The Lancet Planetary Health, concludes that large and small farms will be needed to meet the global demand for food, which is estimated to require a 70 percent boost in production by the 2050s.

A new poll from Elon University shows support for President Donald Trump among North Carolina voters has fallen since November, when he carried the state on his way to the White House. 

This week I published results from our Spring Survey on whqr.org, and included a chart of all our programs from most popular to least. When we shared this story on Facebook, Jonathan Trunz posted this question: “Any trends in the comment box like “Please bring back Prairie Home Companion?” I found some support for that. Out of 417 respondents, 7 people voiced support for either Garrison Keillor or Prairie Home. It’s difficult to tell when people say “Bring back Prairie Home” whether they mean the old show with Garrison or the new show. For example, Nina wrote: “I miss Prairie Home Companion.” We know that Garrison is gone and not coming back. Anonymous specified that he or she specifically means the current show. We’ll continue to monitor the reaction. Some samples:

capefearhabitat.org

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity (CFHH) is celebrating 30 years and Executive Director Steve Spain is planning a celebration for the fall. But first, CFHH holds its annual signature breakfast fundraiser-the Golden Hammer Breakfast-this Tuesday morning, May 2, 7:30am-9:00am at the Wilmington Convention Center. The breakfast is free, but Steve Spain hopes to inspire everyone to donate to the cause. Listen above to hear Spain talk about the breakfast and his reason for believing so strongly in this work. Below is an extended interview transcript.   

Vince Winkel

The term Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, is about to become part of New Hanover County’s lexicon. That’s because yesterday and last night, county officials began work on this large document. 

It appears that Wilmington’s PPD - Pharmaceutical Product Development – is no longer on the market. Rather than sell the company, as had been rumored for a couple of years, the owners have decided to recapitalize PPD and expand the company’s ownership to include two new investors. 

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Friday, 4/28 is 4th Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Wilmington, which includes the closing reception for the exhibit Line & Paper in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery. Line & Paper features works by 2 artists: Lori Joy Peterson and Susan Dade, both inspired by fashion in their art. Peterson's first works were landscapes (plus kittens and puppies), but eventually her focus came to drawing and making collages of women, particularly high-fashion women. Dade had a long career as a fashion illustrator in New York, but she started painting more landscapes since retiring to North Carolina. Listen to them talk about their art above.

 

 

Monday, May 8th, at 7pm

The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

On Monday, May 8th Ben Steelman of StarNews will sit down to chat with Ellyn Bache, a former Wilmington resident who is coming back to talk about her new book "Kaleidoscope," an anthology of stories she wrote for "women's" magazines in the 1980s and 1990s. Bache's other novels include, "The Art of Saying Goodbye" and "Safe Passage" which was adapted into a movie starring Susan Sarandon. Join us for the conversation in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.  

capefearchorale.org

This weekend, the Cape Fear Chorale presents Great Choruses from Masterworks, its spring concert featuring music from over 200 years of choral repertoire-from Haydn and Bach to Orff. Singers Gina Vanderwal (also a board member) and Kevin Ulisnik joined us in the studio; listen above to hear them talk about the music and the rehearsal process. This free concert is Saturday, 4/29 at 7:30pm and Sunday, 4/30 at 3:00pm at Winter Park Baptist Church.

Vince Winkel

North Carolina is the third largest producer of pork in the country, and that means a lot of hog farms. Those hog farms have neighbors. Sometimes those neighbors file what are called nuisance suits. But under a bill in the legislature, there could be new restrictions attached to those lawsuits. Penalties against hog and chicken farms would be limited to lost rental or property value because of the nearby farm.  

Blockade Runner Resort

The U.S. Green Building Council is an organization committed to sustainable design, construction, and operation of structures. The Cape Fear Branch of the national organization holds its annual gathering this Friday, April 28 at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, 11:30am-2:00pm. The theme this year is Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality: Balancing Economics & Ecosystems. We spoke with Dr. Hans Vogelsong, a scientist with the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at ECU. Vogelsong is one of the keynote speakers for the event; he'll talk about Positive Economic Impact as an Ecosystem Service

Philip Gerard is the author of eleven documentary scripts, numerous short stories and essays, and ten books, including his new novel, The Art of Creative Research, released in February. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

You can hear more from Philip and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click “Commentary.”

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

Vince Winkel

The future of planning for New Hanover County will be front and center this week. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners will hold a Joint Work Session with the County Planning Board this Thursday, to discuss the Unified Development Ordinance.  There are actually two meetings planned for this Thursday.

Homes of Hope, India

 Paul Wilkes is a writer, philanthropist, and founder of Homes of Hope India, building orphanages, schools and medical facilities for abandoned and neglected girls. He's the author of 21 books, most recently Your Second to Last Chapter: Creating a Meaningful Life on Your Own Terms. Wilkes will speak about his successes and failures in finding meaning in his life Wednesday evening, 4/26, at St.

You might have seen Jason Frye’s byline on restaurant reviews published in the Wilmington StarNews.  You may have used some of his recommendations from a Moon travel guide pointing the way to old-timey Appalachian music near Asheville, family-friendly beaches at the coast, where to fish in the Smoky Mountains or how to find fresh North Carolina oysters.

Here are the top-line results from our recent Listener Survey. Thanks to all who participated. Some observations:

  1. The Total is a product of the number of people voting for a given program and the average score (1-9, low to high). As in past years, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and NPR Hourly Newscasts are the top vote-getters.
  2. 417 respondents is considerably more than the last couple of years. There is reason for confidence in this data set. That said, there is reason for caution...

Jasper Quartet/Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer

Chamber Music Wilmington presents the Jasper String Quartet this Sunday, April 23 at 3:00pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. This award-winning quartet has been a fan of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis since they heard his music 7 years ago-specifically, a piece called "Musica Celestis," which is on the agenda for this afternoon performance. Listen to composer Kernis and Jasper Quartet violist Sam Quintal talk about this popular piece above. Segments of the 11-minute piece heard in the interview are from a recording by the Jasper Quartet.  

Penny Schmitt wrote: “Not kidding. Tuesday afternoon just after 4:00 p.m. Lynne Warfel actually introduced William Walton's "Orb and Sceptre" march as having been "played at every Coronation since it was written." Since this march was written for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, and this is the one and only coronation that has taken place in the United Kingdom since, that certainly stopped me in my tracks while putting away the clean laundry! I know Lynn is not a local staffer, but could not resist reacting to this whopper!!!!" And this is Cleve speaking: I don’t know Lynne either, but I wonder if it’s possible that she knew what she was saying, and said it tongue-in-cheek.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

An American Rivers Report recently identified the Cape Fear and Neuse Rivers as in the top ten Most Endangered in the United States.  A 2016 study of the presence of hexavalent chromium in drinking water by the Environmental Working Group found levels higher than it considers safe in the tap water of more than 200 million Americans.  This is the same toxin that first landed on the national radar in the early 1990s when Erin Brockovich

Thalian Association

Thalian Association Community Theatre is holding a benefit concert and silent auction this weekend: Divine Divas. Eleven songstresses will perform pieces from favorite musicals. Fifty percent of the proceeds benefit Thalian Association; the other half goes to an organization called She ROCKS in support of ovarian research and support (Research-Ovarian Cancer-Knowledge-Support). The show is onstage Friday & Saturday nights, April 21 & 22, at 7:30pm at Hannah Block Community Arts Center. Listen above to hear Executive Director Susan Habas and Artistic Director Chandler Davis talk about the show and items in the auction.

Vince Winkel

PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect Tregembo Animal Park on Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington. This week’s request from PETA comes after the organization saw video footage of several animals apparently in distress. 

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The 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival begins this Sunday, April 23. The films are screening at Thalian Hall's Mainstage. Listen above to hear Peggy Pancoe Rossoff & Debbie Smith talk about the festival and some of the films. Individual tickets and Festival Passes are available online and at the door. Here is the schedule:

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Madi Polera holds a Master's Degree in Marine Biology. For her, the DC-based March For Science is like a Lollapalooza for alternative music lovers. The main march is based in Washington, DC on April 22 (Earth Day), but over 500 satellite science celebrations are happening worldwide. Polera and two scientist friends decided to bring the event to Wilmington: Wilmington March for Science. Although Polera's scientific career is in the water (mainly the Cape Fear River), she is an advocate for sciences of all stripes because of the underlying method they all share. Listen above. 

Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer/Jasper Quartet

The award-winning Philadelphia-based Jasper String Quartet is coming to Wilmington, performing for Chamber Music Wilmington on Sunday, April 23 at Beckwith Recital Hall at 3:00pm. In the morning prior to the performance, the musicians will hold a free String Masterclass at WHQR, 11:00am-12:30pm.

Photo: Maud Kelley

Maud Kelley says she has always loved animals. She grew up on a farm and she now lives and works at Greenlands Farm in the Hamlet of Half Hell, a community in Brunswick County (basically, part of Bolivia). The farm animal sanctuary on Greenlands Farm began in 2011; the program expanded with the non-profit organization created last year: HOOF (Helpers of our Farm). It's directed by Maud, and she is throwing an Art Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm to support the sanctuary and the educational programs it offers.

Julie Kozlow didn’t set out to be the first woman anything.  She has known for years about a penchant for the spiritual world, and that understanding crystallized during a deeply personal experience that we’ll hear about later. 

Brunswick County and Wilmington Business Development now have a formal agreement outlining opportunities for cooperation on the economic development front.  The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership, another regional economic development entity that is, like WBD, a public-private partnership, has approved requests by three counties to become part of their organization’s geography and marketing.   Craven, Lenoir, and Moore Counties.  The brings the number to 18 of counties marketed by the Southeastern Partnership – which is based in Elizabethtown.  That’s in Bladen County. 

Author and scholar Dr. Laura Lunsford is the director of the Swain Center in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. Lunsford has a background in psychology and human development and her specialty is mentoring. She is a member of the International Mentoring Association; she convinced the Board of the Association to hold its 29th Annual Conference in Wilmington this year. 

On Tuesday a Wilmington-based technology company will take the stage at the “End Violence Against Women  International" conference in Orlando. Ten8Tech will introduce Victim Link, a new product which makes reporting a sexual assault less unpleasant for victims.  

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Today is the last day for our Spring Listener Survey. We’ll give away a Smooth Landing or Classical Guest DJ-ship to one respondent, drawn at random. See whqr.org for details. Here are some nuggets from the Survey so far. Anonymous wrote: “Coastline is unremarkable, needs some life breathed in. . .1A is a terrible successor to Dianne Rheem. Josh the host is ateurish, sometimes unnecessarily combative, and rudely uninformed. (Opinionated tone and insterted noise does not substitute for intelligence).” A different Anonymous wrote: “CoastLine has an excellent moderator.”

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