On the next CoastLine, veterans’ health care in the Cape Fear region. How are local Veterans Affairs facilities serving our country’s service members? Joining us in studio, Fred Roche of the Wilmington VA Health Center and Dr. Kyle Horton, co-creator of Invisible Wounds of War, a local project that works with North Carolina veterans to explore the psychological, spiritual, and moral injuries of war.

Wilmington Police Department

On the next CoastLine, conversations about interactions between police and citizens are on the rise across the country.  In the Cape Fear region, the Law Enforcement Community Conversations project connects citizens with police officers to hash out complaints and find common ground. We’ll hear from members of that project – including Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous – on this week’s CoastLine.

Flip Schulke / Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Over the first weekend of 2016, federal immigration agents raided homes in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina.  They detained people thought to be illegal immigrants – primarily from Central America.  The raids have prompted an outcry from Hispanic and Latino advocacy groups and a letter, signed by 130 Congressional Democrats, calling for an end to the raids. 

On the next CoastLine, the Hispanic population is growing in the Cape Fear region, while the national presidential primaries are bringing the topic of immigration reform to the forefront.  How are these tensions converging in the local area?  

If you’re part of that 45% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of becoming healthier, more successful, more mindful, whatever it is – congratulations.  But here’s something to consider:  out of that group, only 8% are likely to succeed with their resolutions.

Comedian John Oliver recently had some fun with the fact that if you haven’t yet broken your resolutions, statistically, you’re about to... Along with that bit of New Year’s cheer, he offers some advice: 

Kaiser Family Foundation

In the United States, 14.5 % of the population is 65 or older.  That’s according to the most recent census.  In North Carolina, the number of elderly people is a fraction of a percentage higher at 14.7%.  In New Hanover County, nearly 16% of residents are 65 or over.  And that number shoots to almost a third of the population in neighboring Brunswick County.

According to the American Psychological Association, the number of Americans over age 85 is increasing faster than any other group. Since 1900, the proportion of Americans age 65 and older has more than tripled.

E. G. Shempf

The exhibit For All the World to See is now on display at the Cape Fear Museum.  It examines the role media and visual imagery played in the struggle for civil rights from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Joining Cleve Callison on this edition of CoastLine to discuss this history – juxtaposed against today -- with the immediacy of cell phone video and social media are three guests: