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Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

The Wilmington branch of  the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 4 counties-Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender. There are about 75,000 people living in food insecurity across these counties. Simply put, that's 75,000 people of all ages  (approximately 1/3 children) who may go to bed hungry any given night.

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Republican Representative Ted Davis is unchallenged in his bid for a third term in North Carolina’s House District 19, which encompasses the southern half of New Hanover County.  Davis wants to fix the current Medicaid system before the state expands the program. 

In 2013, Representative Ted Davis voted for a bill banning Medicaid expansion.  That bill passed, and North Carolina is still one of 19 states that has not expanded the health care program.  Davis says he’s always willing to reconsider his decisions in the legislature, but Medicaid has cost the state money in the past:

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Nuclear Science Week promotes nuclear science and celebrates its achievements. The event was launched by The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year since, Nuclear Science Week has been held in a different city; this year, the city is Wilmington, North Carolina.

Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence square off in the vice-presidential debate Tuesday night.
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.

Comedian Paula Poundstone of NPR’s Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me notoriety is coming to Wilmington this Friday.  She recently spoke with me about one critical revelation regarding alcohol, why the HB2 controversy won’t keep her out of North Carolina, and lessons the Democrats still need to learn. 

RLH:  You’ve grappled very publicly with substance abuse.  You even joked that you didn’t get the advantage of the second A in AA…

PP:  No, I did not.  I was actually court-ordered to Alcoholics Anonymous on television…

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Democrat Andrew Barnhill is challenging Senator Michael Lee for North Carolina Senate District 9, which covers most of New Hanover County.  While Michael Lee has come out in support of offshore exploration for natural gas, Barnhill strongly opposes all drilling off the North Carolina coast.

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For WHQR Commentator, Nan Graham, the popular October/Halloween mantra "Boo!" has a triple meaning: 

Park View Project

In Wilmington in 1990, 32-year-old lesbian Talana Kreeger was brutally murdered. Tab Ballis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been working on a film to tell Talana's story for 10 years: Park View ("Park View" was the name of the lesbian bar where Talana met her murderer on Carolina Beach Road). The initiating director of the film was Ingrid Jungermann, former Wilmington resident who is now an award-winning filmmaker in New York. The soundtrack is by Wilmington singer/songerwriter Laura McLean

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The League of Women Voters has been around for nearly a hundred years. It was founded in 1920 to support women suffrage rights; it's still around today with the mission of protecting the vote and educating voters on issues and candidates. One way the League accomplishes this mission is through candidate forums.

The Voter Service Chair of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear (LWVLCF), Gail Bromley, joined us to talk about 3 forums with local candidates moderated by Jon Evans from WECT News. These forums are a partnership between LWVLCF and WECT

Paula Poundstone is at her best when she is unscripted.  As a panelist on the NPR news quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me, she writes only two sections in advance:  Bluff the Listener – in which contestants try to identify the real news story – and the last joke of the show. 

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Governor Pat McCrory and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper visited Wilmington for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Power Breakfast series. Both took questions from the crowd regarding film incentives.

Roy Cooper criticized Governor Pat McCrory for letting tax credits for film productions expire. He says data shows the film incentives were working and that there were benefits beyond those that could be calculated:

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Governor Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper visited Wilmington for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Power Breakfast series, where they battled on the topic of House Bill 2, commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”                        

Roy Cooper was quick to criticize Governor McCrory’s passage of HB2, saying it wrote discrimination into the law and cost the state jobs and revenue: 

Anthony David Lawson has directed and performed in a great diversity of plays and musicals-from psychological dramas, like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Mercy Seat, to rollicking comedies, like Something Funny Happened On The Way To the Forum and Santaland Diaries. It's hard to classify Lawson's latest directing endeavor-the musical Rock of Ages for Thalian Association. Even if you've never seen the musical, you probably know all the music already-hits from 1980s from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister...lots of glam bands we love/love to hate/know the lyrics either way. Naturally, the audience is invited to dig in the closet for something 80s-appropriate for the evening to get the full experience.

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On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Ted Davis, Junior, a Republican from New Hanover County, who has held the seat in House District 19 for two and a half terms.  In 2012, he was appointed to finish out the term of Danny McComas, who stepped away to take the helm of the North Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors.  Ted Davis went on to win the seat in the next election.  He won a second term in 2014, and will soon embark upon his third as he is unopposed this November.

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Listener David wrote: “If the uninterrupted drives have been successful, why do you do these [Fall pledge drives]?” It’s a good question, and one that we have examined in depth. We’re been very pleased with the success of our summer “Stealth” drives. We think listeners appreciate the fact that over the years we have reduced the number of fundraising days from 26 down to 15. But the Summer drive is different from Fall or Spring in that the goal is so much lower — typically, less than half of the big ones. Still, it took three weeks of fairly intense messages, several per hour in the last few days, to reach those goals. We don’t think our listeners would be in favor of a Fall drive that took six weeks of messages, even if none disrupts regular programming.

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet the two people in the race for North Carolina Senate District 9.  This district covers most of New Hanover County, with the exception of a small patch in downtown Wilmington, which is part of Brunswick County Senator Bill Rabon’s District 8. 

Big Dawg Productions

This season, Big Dawg Productions has produced plays in pairs-"companion pieces." Tonight through Sunday, Big Dawg's latest, The 39 Steps, completes its run at the Cape Fear Playhouse; it's the first of a pair of Hitchcock adaptations. Artistic Director Steve Vernon talks about this play and gives a tiny preview of its companion piece opening in two weeks: The Birds Attack. Listen here:


Monday, October 10th
7:00pm-8:00pm
MC Erny Gallery at WHQR

Prologue host, Ben Steelman of StarNews, will sit down with John Jeremiah Sullivan, accomplished author, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Southern editor for The Paris Review.  

NHC Arboretum

New Hanover County's 7-acre Arboretum opened 27 years ago and it continues to improve, increasing educational and creative programming for all ages and abilities. One reason the Arboretum thrives is because of a group of volunteers called Friends of the Arboretum (FOA), dedicated to supporting the gardens with money, time, and muscle. John Ranalli is the President of FOA, and listen to the enthusiasm he brings to this year's main FOA fundraiser: Art in the Arboretum. The event is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, rain or shine.

On this edition of CoastLine, it's a Political Reporter Round Table.  We’re tackling the issues that will shape your decisions this November – as well as the unorthodox election season and how that’s playing out in local and state races.

Guests:

Tim Buckland, Senior Political Reporter, Local Government Editor, StarNews

Artist Heather Divoky has an exhibition up at the Leland Cultural Arts Center called A Relative Geography: Painted Perspectives of Where We Live. It's actually a work in progress that started with short stories about places that extend out from Leland, North Carolina all the way to Jupiter.  Divoky continues to add small paintings to each story. The closing reception for the exhibit is Thursday, 9/29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Listen to Divoky talk about the exhibit and describe some of the over 300 stories above.

Top Shelf

Gwenyfar Rohler, the owner/operator of Old Books on Front Street, has held a vision to remodel the upper floor of the shop since the bookstore took residence there 6 years ago. She figured it would take about 10 years to get it done-but the project is ahead of schedule, complete with a huge Scrabble board on the floor. The renovated space, called Top Shelf: A Literary Loft, is having a grand opening on Wednesday, 9/28, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm . Rohler assures us-there will be cake. 

Listen to our interview with Gwenyfar above, and see pictures from Top Shelf here. 

Derrick Hickey, a Republican seeking one of three seats on New Hanover County’s Board of Commissioners, is taking his third run at the office.  This former Board of Education member wants to focus on child development and providing quality after-school programs – which, he says, starts with the County Commission.

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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. 

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