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Join other Public Radio lovers, WHQR staff, board and friends at a great downtown brewery. Celebrate your community focused non-profit radio station all while drinking local beer, enjoying a new food truck and listening to live music! From 6-9p on March 2, Flytrap will donate $1 of each beer sold to WHQR. Plus, musical duo, 2 Docs and A Box, will donate their tips to the cause and you can check out the great food from Groovy Fish Gill & Grill, serving burgers and fish tacos.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 6 - 9 pm

Flytrap Brewing

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The dress may smell like roasting marshmallows...I spoke with 2 teenagers and a man named Scooter for 30 minutes, and I'm still not sure if there are marshmallows in this dress--this dress made of books, and some other stuff, for a very special design contest. It's the 3rd Annual Fashion Design Contest for teens called Fiction to Fashion. Scooter Hayes, the Youth Services Librarian in New Hanover County, is the leader of this interesting project. He joined us along with 2 contestants: teenagers Ashley Bennette and Theo Townend. Listen above. 

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We need your help! It goes without saying that we believe in public radio. But we want to hear (and share) YOU and YOUR TESTIMONY. We are asking our listeners, supporters, underwriters and community members to call in and tell people why you support WHQR and why it's important to make a pledge in our Spring Pledge drive. 

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Photographer Arrow Ross recently returned from India with photos of the work being done by Homes of Hope India, an organization helping "the poorest of the poor," founded by Wilmington Philanthropist Paul Wilkes. This is the second time Arrow has photographed Homes of Hope projects in the works. One-hundred twenty photos documenting his recent trip are on display at CFCC's Wilma Daniels Gallery, with an artist opening reception on Friday, 2/24, 6:00pm-9:00pm. The photographs will hang through March 24th, with a closing reception then. Arrow Ross and Paul Wilkes will be at the receptions. 

WHQR Announces Station Manager Cleve Callison Retirement

The Friends of Public Radio, Inc. Board of Directors has accepted Station Manager Cleve Callison’s resignation, effective August 15, 2017.

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The Coastal Carolina Cabaret has a Mardi Gras theme this year. Pianist/accordionist Al DiMarco is introducing his new band at the party: Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band, with Al on accordion, Benny Hill on saxophone, Paul Lewis on baritone sax, and David Toma playing drums.

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UNCW Chemistry Professor Jimmy Reeves has been teaching for 40 years. He says science is neither as well-understood nor as respected as it ought to be in modern-day America. Dr. Reeves wants to promote a deeper understanding of the scientific method and the current state of scientific research that even lay people will appreciate. That's why Dr.

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This Sunday is the 3rd concert in Chamber Music Wilmington's (CMW) Simply Classical series. Pat Marriott is a longtime supporter of CMW (and a voice you'll hear on Classical HQR). Listen above to hear Pat talk about the Horszowski Trio and the music the group brings to Wilmington. Particularly interesting is Pat's insight into composer Rebecca Clarke and why he can't wait to hear her trio performed. 

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New Jersey recently passed one of the nation’s most comprehensive laws to combat the growing opioid and heroin crisis.  Tennessee is battling its own opioid epidemic as is Nebraska, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington State, New York, Wisconsin, Montana – the list goes on.  And as we’ve reported on this program before – Wilmington, North Carolina and the larger Cape Fear region is near the top of a national list for its abuse of opioids and heroin. 

President Donald Trump declared at a recent National Prayer Breakfast that he would totally destroy the Johnson Amendment in order to allow representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.  Until that declaration, Americans might not have thought much about the Johnson Amendment and what it means.  On this edition of CoastLine, we explore the potential implications with two local clergy members. 

But before we meet our guests, a quick explanation:

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Parlez-vous francais? No? It's okay if you don't speak French. You can still enjoy the 3rd Tournées Film Festival featuring French films free of charge next week at CFCC's Union Station, corner of Front & Red Cross Streets. All the films have subtitles. Caroline Hudson, from France, has spearheaded this festival for the past 3 years. The sponsor is the FACE FoundationFrench-American Cultural Exchange. Listen to Caroline and film instructor Lucinda McNamara talk about the quality of French films and the selections for this year's festival. Here is the schedule, featuring 5 new films and one classic:

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In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped. She spent enough time with the rapist to identify him in a line-up and he was quickly convicted and put behind bars. His name is Ronald Cotton. It wasn't until 11 years later that Jennifer discovered she had picked the wrong man in the line-up. He was exonerated by DNA evidence. Listen to Thompson talk about how this experience impacted her life above.

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Chamber Music Wilmington is sponsoring a Free Piano Masterclass for advanced piano students on Sunday, February 19th, 1:30-3:00 pm in the WHQR Gallery 254 North Front Street-Third Floor. The class will be given by pianist Rieko Aizawa on the new Petrov grand that was donated by Roya Weyerhauser. Space is limited.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the emPowering Our Future Celebration Friday, February 10, 2017. The evening was a huge success and it was wonderful to see so many people at this gathering! Thanks to our volunteer photographer, Lindsey McGrath for these great photos. You can find more photos from the celebration along with snapshots of our guests with their favorite NPR personalities HERE

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Big Dawg Productions is kicking off the 2017 season with Crimes of the Heart, the Tony-nominated, Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern Gothic tragi-comedy about 3 eccentric sisters dealing with old and new crises. The director and lead actress from the show are recent Wilmington Theatre Award-winners: director Holli Saperstein (Best Actress, Becoming Dr. Ruth) and Mickey Johnson (Best Supporting Actress, Beauty & the Beast). Saperstein and Johnson joined us to talk about the show; listen above. Johnson is playing Babe, the youngest sister in Crimes of the Heart. She's joined onstage by Susan Auten, Jamie Harwood, Erin Hunter, Bradley Coxe, and Josh Bailey. 

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It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or radio, read the paper, or look at your news feed on your smart phone and not see a story about the recent Executive Order on Immigration. 

Signed by President Donald Trump last month, it temporarily halts the admittance of refugees into the U.S. and prevents immigrants from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from coming to the U.S.  However, enforcement of the Order is on hold. 

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In the Brunswick County School System, there are 19 schools.  Two academic years ago, in 2014-15, 158 kids dropped out of school.  The following year, 21 fewer kids – 137 -- dropped out.  That lowers the dropout rate less than a half a percentage point, but on a practical level, it means there are twenty-one more students that have a shot at getting their high school diploma. 

Your pet peeves may be different from mine, but my sermon on words may become one of your pet peeves.

Nan Graham celebrates her twenty-first continuous year as a WHQR Commentator. She loves every minute of it.

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Most people can hardly remember experiences they had in their first 2000 days of life-roughly birth to a little past 5 years old. But behavioral and developmental research, plus developments in neuroscience and molecular biology, have been pointing to how experiences in the first 2000 days can affect the trajectory of a child's life. According to Dr. Jack Shokoff, the Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, early childhood experiences are the foundation of all the problems societies face. Read about the brain research here

Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association (CFGALA) is seeking more volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected, and dependent children in the court system. According to veteran Guardian Lynn Fender, the number of children in need of Guardians continues to rise-exponentially. CFGALA is holding 2 open houses for people interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer in New Hanover and Pender counties on Monday, February 13. The information sessions are 11:30am-1:00pm and 5:30pm-7:00pm at 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 618 in downtown Wilmington. Listen to Lynne above to hear more. 

Last week I read the words of a voicemail we had received, criticizing us in, shall we say, colorful language over public radio’s coverage of Donald Trump. One person wrote: “I suppose you must take the syndicated programs but your first anonymous listener's feedback this morning was right on! Many of us are similarly frustrated. . .Can NPR "journalists" not see their bias...and if they can see it, please get by it!. . . And you know, I don't really need a BBC program commenting on USA aspects.

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Feast Down East is a Wilmington non-profit organization with the mission to create a healthy, accessible local food system that supports economic growth in southeastern North Carolina. Its signature yearly event is the Local Food Conference, which is upon us: tomorrow (Friday, 2/10) at UNCW's Burney Center. Feast Down East's Associate Director Sarah Daniels explains the work the organization does all year round, plus shares what she's most excited about at the Food Conference, above. 

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WEB EXTRA: This is an excerpt of a conversation between WHQR's Gina Gambony and comedian/author Paula Poundstone regarding technology. Paula Poundstone is performing at the Wilson Center on Friday, February 10th at 8:00pm. 

Comedian and author Paula Poundstone is performing in Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday, February 10th  at the Wilson Center downtown at 8:00pm. WHQR's Gina Gambony spoke with Paula on the telephone about her cats, happiness, and her new book. Listen above or read below.

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Scott Stevens & the Cavaliers wasn't just a run-of-the-mill 1950s doo-wop band. The group was one of the first racially integrated bands of the era. Stephen Glaser (with stage name Scott Stevens) was the only white person in the band by the end. Plus he's Jewish. After much encouragement, including from a fortune cookie, Glaser wrote a book about his mid-century time with the Cavaliers: White Boy: A Rock & Roll Story. Glaser will be at Barnes & Noble Mayfaire in Wilmington on Saturday, February 11, 2:00pm-5:00pm to sign copies of his book. Listen to him talk about what motivated him to write (and hear a little snippet of the music) above. 

On the heels of a deeply polarized election, Donald Trump assumed office having won the Electoral College, 306 to 232, but having lost the popular vote by over 2.8 million voters. His opponents argue that he gave voice and legitimacy to extremists, and that his unpredictable, autocratic style is a threat to both democratic ideals at home and stability abroad. But others, including critics, argue that Trump’s election represents the will of the American people, who--hungry for change--repudiated the status quo.

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Wilmington's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC) is having its 4th Annual Breakfast. Middle of the Island is catering the event Wednesday, 2/8 at Coastline Convention Center, 7:30am-9:00am. The BRC is focused on identifying and addressing the causes of youth violence, particularly in the Youth Enrichment Zone, about 140 square blocks on the north side of downtown Wilmington. Listen above to Executive Director Jana Jones Halls talk about the mission and work of the BRC.

"Principles should 'bend' very little; otherwise they are no longer principles. Our founders enshrined the principle of free expression first, because they knew it would always be under fire."

Peggy Porter is a long-time resident of New Hanover County, and a former teacher of U.S. History and Civics. 

You can hear more from Peggy and our other commentators at our website: WHQR DOT O-R-G. Just click on "Commentary."

Opera Wilmington just announced its summer production for this year: Georges Bizet's Carmen. But before that happens, Opera Wilmington presents a Valentine performance called Spark & Fire: Love in Words and Music. The concert is this Sunday, February 12 at 4:00pm at Beckwith Recital Hall. There are over a dozen singers performing a wide variety of music at this concert with champagne and a sweet treat at intermission. Artistic Director (and soprano) Nancy King and baritone Carl Samet joined us; listen above. Near the end of interview, hear Carl sing a few lines from his favorite country tune.

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Wilmington, North Carolina is at the top of an unfortunate list.  One study published last year, based on analysis of numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, shows more than 11.5% of the population abuses opioids.  Opioid abusers tend to live in the rural south – according to the Castlight report

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