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I've been out this week, so mostly it's listeners who will do the talking this week. Wendy Lewis wrote on our WHQR Public Radio Facebook page: "I am appalled at this stations partisan rhetoric. It's obvious this station is run by left wing nuts. Maybe you should try to be more in touch with the community that you are supposed to be serving." I thank Wendy for her comment. We do try to be more in touch with the community. Which is why we published an article about early voting, poll locations and same day registration, to which Wendy so strenuously objected.

So now it's time for some community voices:

On the next CoastLine, you'll hear from the candidates for Brunswick County’s Board of Commissioners.  The Republicans join us Wednesday, November 2 -- the Democrats are on Thursday, November 3.  It's your chance to get your questions answered.

Listen for CoastLine Wednesday and Thursday at noon.  Ask a question any time by emailing coastline@whqr.org.  Find us on Twitter at coastlinehqr.

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Wilmington theater director Steve Vernon often has something unusual or unheard of for audiences; his current endeavor is par for the course. The show is The Birds Attack, an unauthorized parody of Hitchcock's classic film, The Birds. Notably, all the human characters in this show are played by men- men in drag for the female characters, while the birds are played by 4 women. All the scenes (and many lines) from the movie are included.

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Representative Frank Iler, the Republican from Brunswick County who has served North Carolina’s House District 17 for three-and-a-half terms and is seeking a fourth.  We had also booked his Democratic challenger, Charles Warren.  Mr. Warren let us know a couple of days earlier that he could not appear due to an emergency. 

Republican Gerald Benton is challenging Democratic incumbent Susi Hamilton for North Carolina House District 18.  As the future of film in the state hangs in limbo, the two candidates differ in how they’d approach incentives.

Gerald Benton says film only benefits two counties in North Carolina: Mecklenburg and New Hanover.  If he were to push for the return of a tax incentive, he says he’d be indebted to the other 98 counties in the state:

Wilmington Symphonic Winds

Wilmington Symphonic Winds was formed just 2 years ago, but it has already received a great deal of attention for the quality of its concerts. The band recently caught the eye of composer Mark Camphouse, who is creating a piece of music specifically for the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. We won't hear that music for 2 years, but the band does have concert this weekend called Fiesta-Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 at Kenan Auditorium.

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we’re talking with David Rouzer.  He’s North Carolina’s  Republican Congressman from Johnston County in the 7th District who has served one term and is seeking a second.  Before winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, David Rouzer served in the North Carolina Senate for two terms – representing the 12th district. 

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money.

Republican David Rouzer is running for a second term representing North Carolina’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s challenged by Wesley Casteen, a Libertarian-turned-Democrat. 

The candidates are divided on energy policy.   

Wesley Casteen does not support offshore drilling for oil or natural gas.  Even if the state could enter into a revenue-sharing agreement with the federal government, he doesn’t think the economic benefits would outweigh the risks:

When Gunter Grass  published his memoir Peeling the Onion in 2006,  he revealed that the life story he had written and retold for years was false, and rocked the world. He quite candidly admitted that, contrary to what everyone thought they knew about his life, he was in fact part of the Waffen-SS. It was the literary bombshell of the time. The possibility of revoking his Nobel prize was raised. 

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The Gourmet Sale for a Cause is an annual sale by the Ministering Circle to support the work they do. This year, the sale supports St. Mary's Dental Clinic, Nourish NC, and local nursing scholarships. The Gourmet Sale is Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 am - Noon at the Elks Club on Oleander Drive.

Feast Down East is a non-profit organization with a mission to grow the food system in Southeastern North Carolina. Its roots are in a UNCW sociology program that began 11 years, and while Feast Down East is now a self-standing operation, it continues to function with in tandem with the University.

Listener Donna wrote: “As a long time member, I am very glad that the goal for the pledge drive was met yesterday, but I a very disappointed that the pledge drive did NOT end when the goal was met. Early in the pledge drive, you told listeners that the pledge drive would end when the goal was met. We as listeners should have received 2 more hours without pledge banter. 

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, who has held the seat for three terms and is seeking a fourth. 

But first, we hear from her Republican challenger this November – Gerald Benton. 

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Democrat Steve Unger is challenging Republican incumbent Chris Millis in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County.  Unger says transportation infrastructure is his number one issue, and that transportation issues need to be looked at regionally, not just county by county:

NEW HANOVER COUNTY ONE-STOP VOTING LOCATIONS

·      Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 34

·      CFCC Health Sciences Building, 415 N. 2nd Street

·      Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road

·      Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road

·      Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N Lake Park Blvd

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A little over a month ago, North Carolina Representative Holly Grange was sworn in to office, after Rick Catlin stepped down from his role representing House District 20.  She has no Democratic challenger in November.  The Republican wants to ease regulations and licensing requirements to promote small business in the state.

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Cape Fear Jazz Society is bringing Grammy Award-Winning vocalist Diane Schuur to Wilmington for a performance at Thalian Hall on Friday night, October 21st. The president of the Jazz Society, Primus Robinson, joined us to talk about Schuur and share his personal excitement about seeing her live for the first time. Listen above. 

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

Follow highlights of the debate in NPR's updating news story at npr.org.

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The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (WSO) continues its Serenades season with guest artist Daniella Zezelj-Gualdi, Croatian violinist and professor of music at UNCW. Danijela and WSO perform Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C and Albinoni's Sinfonia in G minor, but the highlight of the concert is Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Piazzolla revolutionized tango music by incorporating jazz and classical elements into traditional tango, creating tango nuevo. Danijela spoke with us about Piazzolla and the violin she'll be playing on loan from Ronald Sachs Violin; listen above.

Thank you to everyone who helped us make our 7-day 2016 Fall Pledge Drive goal!

We would especially like to thank:

  

WHQR Board of Directors

Our wonderful volunteers like Merritt and Mindy Blalock and the more than 100 great people who helped answer our pledge phones.

Our partner non-profit volunteer teams.

The restaurants who provided food for our staff & volunteers:

Chops Deli, Chili's, Betsy's Crepes, Front Street Brewery, San Juan Cafe, Beer Barrio, Detour Deli, Pinpoint, Stuffedwhich, Jimmy Johns, The Basics, and Greenlands.

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On this edition of CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet Steve Unger, the Democrat who is challenging Chris Millis, the Republican incumbent, in North Carolina’s House District 16, which includes Pender County and the northwest corner of Onslow County. 

This is the second time Steve Unger has challenged Chris Millis for the seat. 

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On this edition of CoastLine, we’re taking the time to learn about two of the bonds that will appear on the November ballot.  One of those bonds would bring improvements and some facilities to the Brunswick County Schools System.  The other would develop and enhance parks and green space within the City of Wilmington. 

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During the upcoming election, Brunswick County voters will be asked to vote on a $152 million school bond referendum. 

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THANK YOU!

We asked you to help kick-off our 2016 Fall Pledge Drive by donating online on October 10 as part of Cyber Day. All day long we saw support from web pledges totaling $4,315! We are so thankful for the generosity of our supporters in helping to kick-start our Fall Pledge Drive.

College Day at UNCW isn't for regular college students. It's for the community. On Saturday, October 29th, non-students of any age can attend 4 classes, plus have lunch, at UNCW. The deadline to register is this Friday, October 21st. Dr. Richard Ogle, the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, joined us to talk about the event.

WHQR will carry the 2016 North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation Gubernatorial Debate on 91.3fm. The debate will air at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Candidates:

Moderator: 

Dorothy Papadakos discovered her unusual talent for accompanying horror films on the organ at church. That's where she learned to play the organ and how to improvise music. This Friday, Dorothy is bringing sound and emotion to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu with the organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Dorothy spoke with us about playing organ for horror films-and about her pal, Nosferatu. Listen above.

Artist Janette Hopper and photographer Charles Kernan joined us in the studio to talk about a new exhibit at Art in Bloom Gallery: Visible Spectra. It's a collection of oil, watercolor, and sumi ink by Janette Hopper and photographs by Charles Kernan. Hopper and Kernan both love nature and this exhibit expresses that love with about 75 pieces between them.

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