The Moth StorySLAM Comes to Asheville

WCQS is thrilled to welcome The Moth to Asheville. The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. Asheville is the newest Moth StorySLAM city and the smallest city ever selected as a SLAM venue. The Moth StorySLAMs are monthly story telling...
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Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist At The 'Intersection Of Fact And Fable'

Neurologist Oliver Sacks, who died Sunday, once described himself as an "old Jewish atheist," but during the decades he spent studying the human brain, he sometimes found himself recording experiences that he likened to a godly cosmic force.Such was the case once when Sacks tried marijuana in the 1960s: He was looking at his hand, and it appeared to be retreating from him, yet getting larger and larger."I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with...
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The science press was atwitter with excitement about the blind spot this week.

When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

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In what was an emotional and contentious scene at the Rowan County, Ky., Courthouse this morning, one dramatic legal standoff came to an end when a gay couple was issued a marriage license.

James Yates and William Smith, who had tried this five times before, arrived at the courthouse just as the sun started peeking out from under the mountains on the horizon.

They walked past protesters — some condemning them and some cheering them — and entered the clerk's office.

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The Labor Department says the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, a figure that fell short of expectations but nonetheless appeared to shrug off turmoil in overseas markets, particularly China.

In a separate survey, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate had dipped to 5.1 percent — a seven-year low.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

The Labor Day Holiday weekend has arrived.  The first Monday in September we celebrate the American labor movement and American workers.  Several traditional annual events occur this weekend, including The Canton Labor Day Festival, the North Carolina Apple Festival in downtown Hendersonville, and the final Shndig on the Green of the summer.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's  happening in our region, including baseball, theater, and a few movies.

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

Here are the latest developments in the migrant crisis in Europe:

In 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk attempted to summit Meru, a 21,000-foot mountain in the Garhwal Himalayas in northern India. Some of the greatest climbers in the world have tried and failed to reach its peak — a sheer granite wall known as the Shark's Fin.

"The Shark's Fin to a climber is really irresistible," Chin explains to NPR's David Greene. "What really makes it challenging is that you have this kind of big wall on top of basically 4,000 feet of alpine climbing."

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