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Strategies for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Dec 30, 2015

The New Year is rapidly approaching, and as we change our calendars, many consider changing old habits.  But why are New Year’s resolutions so hard to keep?  

Jen Johnson is a counselor and life coach, so she spends a lot of time thinking about how to help people meet personal goals.  She says less than half of people make New Year’s resolutions, and after six months, half of those resolutions are left in the dust. So what’s the secret to keeping them?

This year, the New Year's show produced by City Stage Co. at Thalian Hall is Memphis, a Tony Award-winning musical that opened on Broadway in 2009.  The show is based loosely on the life of Dewey Philips, the first white DJ to play black music back in the 1950s. 

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Leaders across the country – including North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory – are calling for a hold on accepting Syrian refugees.  But WHQR’s Isabelle Shepherd reports that a terrorism specialist from UNCW says this move won’t decrease the threat of terror.  In fact, it may increase it. 

Professor Daniel Masters teaches Terrorism & Counterterrorism at UNCW.  He says banning refugees is playing into a terrorist strategy:

“What terrorists want countries to do is to default on their brand. So, as a country, the United States is perceived as this liberal, Democratic country. We’ve always been a very open, immigrant-based country. So, if you can create a situation where you show the United States starting to act like, say, the Soviet Union during the Cold War, where we’re throwing up walls, we are trying to limit the movement of people. Well, then that just takes the entire image we have of our country and just throwing it out the window.”

Masters says that creates a propaganda victory for the terrorists.  His proposed solution?  Welcome the immigrants and make them feel accepted, so they develop an affinity for the United States.

Governor McCrory has stated that North Carolina should not receive any additional refugees until he is satisfied with the thoroughness and effectiveness of federal background and security checks.

I’m Cleve Callison, Station Manager of WHQR, here with a special holiday edition of Friday Feedback.

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Today’s Christmas Day edition of Friday Feedback consists of a single letter. This actually arrived in the mail – yes, the snail mail – earlier this week, and its from Norman Sprinthall in Caswell Beach. He writes:

“All is forgiven”

Happy Holidays! Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, 2015 has been a very good year for WHQR and our listeners. Here's information on a provision of the law that may be beneficial to some donors:

Congress has passed a tax extenders package that would make permanent the Charitable IRA Rollover provision, and President Obama is expected to sign it very soon if not already.

Commentator Nan Graham gives us the story of a British soldier from the war-torn Europe of another war, a strange story often told about another Christmas Eve 100 years ago.

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator since January 1995.

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

Cube Theatre: Last Night for "Christmas Carol"

Dec 21, 2015

Cube Theatre is a new company emerging from Thalian Hall, focused on using the intimacy of the renovated Ruth & Bucky Stein Theatre to create meaningful productions.  A sold-out run of A Christmas Carol directed by Rob Zapple is closing out the season for Cube, starring Wilmington's perfect Ebenezer: Tony Rivenbark.

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Offshore wind is working its way to the mid-Atlantic – and specifically to areas off the North Carolina coast.  Broadly supported by environmental advocates, this form of energy exploration faces some resistance by coastal communities concerned about visual impacts on tourism and real estate values. 

Now that the Environmental Assessment is complete, the next step in the development of offshore wind is the publication of a proposed sale notice.   

Airing on WHQR 91.3 fm

Time: Tuesday, December 22nd, 8 pm

Rebroadcast: Christmas Eve, December 24th, 3 pm

Airing on WHQR 91.3fm!
Time: Saturday, December 26, 1 pm
Rebroadcast: Wednesday, December 30, 12 pm, AND Friday, January 1, 3 pm

 

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 21 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

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