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On Thursday’s CoastLine: Craft beer is booming in southeastern North Carolina. We’ll hear from brewers about the history of beer, the logistics of opening a brewery, and how to make your own home brews. 


·      Caleb Churchwell, co-owner of Bombers Beverage Co.

·      David Seigart, owner of Flying Machine Brewing Co.

Mick Garratt

On Wednesday’s CoastLine: We’ll explore environmental stewardship in the Cape Fear region, including the newly-adopted special use permit, Duke Energy’s Sutton coal-ash ponds, and the clean-up of a contaminated site in Navassa. 


·      Duke Energy representative

·      Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper

On Thursday's CoastLine: How are the children of immigrants faring in the public school system? We'll hear from New Hanover County School deputy superintendent, a psychologist that specializes in resiliency in children, and an education advocate. 

Listen for CoastLine Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon. You can reach us at coastLine@whqr.org. And get the podcast on iTunes.


Timo Newton-Syms

On Wednesday’s CoastLine: If you were stuck on a desert island, what books would you bring? We’ll talk literature (and maybe survival guides) with two local writers and a literary critic.   


·        Gwenyfar Rohler, author, WHQR commentator, co-owner and manager of Old Books on Front Street, and columnist for Encore

Baby Boomers are once again leading a new trend: retiree entrepreneurship. Instead of giving up work at 60, they’re starting new careers based on their expertise and hobbies. This activity is especially evident in areas like the Cape Fear region, where many retired entrepreneurs have joined others in making a new lifestyle. We explore post-retirement work, especially starting new businesses, on today’s CoastLine.


This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 2, 2014.  

Coal ash in North Carolina— What is it?  Why and how should we regulate it?  And how soon will we will see coal ash cleaned up? 

Coal ash grabbed the national spotlight back in February when a wastewater pipe burst at Duke Energy’s Eden Plant, spilling an estimated 39,000 tons into the Dan River.  What many news media outlets are commonly calling toxic sludge coated about 70 miles of that waterway, which winds along the North Carolina–Virginia border. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on June 24, 2014. 

Providing tax breaks to the film industry... statewide, it's a controversial topic. In Southeastern North Carolina, there's no question incentives have injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy through the boom in film production here. But plenty of state leaders from less film-centric areas aren't convinced the financial benefits of the industry extend statewide.