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If you're a fan of RadioLab or Invisibilia you may want to check out Cast Party Tuesday night at a theatre near you.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded its Edward R. Murrow Award to not one but two outstanding recipients this year. NPR International Correspondent (Dakar) Ofeibea Quist-Arcton was recognized for her reporting across Africa including coverage of the Ebola epidemic and Boko Haram.

In an recent interview with the Associated Press Garrison Keillor says he plans to step down as host of A Prairie Home Companion (APHC) after the 2015-2016 season. The 72 year old said, "I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour."

Morning Edition's annual reading of the Declaration of Independence has become an annual tradition. To hear the words in our founding fathers as read by the familiar voices of NPR is quite a wonderful thing.

You can listen to it and savor those mighty words here.

Time is running out to enter the 4th annual Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle! $100 supports the programming you love and it could put you in a a new Audi A3, VW Golf SportWagen TDI, or a Convertible Beetle from Harmony Motors. You choose the car! You choose the color!

WCQS can now be heard in Henderson County on 99.3 FM. The new frequency is expected to improve service and expand the WCQS signal to parts of Henderson County previously unserved.

Just before Josh Jourdan was deployed for active duty, we learned that Dick Kowal and WCQS were being awarded a special commendation. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an extension of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, recognized Dick Kowal and WCQS as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve force.

Public radio fans in Western North Carolina gave Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a warm welcome recently. Inskeep, who was in Cherokee and Asheville as part of his book tour for Jacksonland, spoke at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and at Malaprops. He also, very graciously, made time for WCQS at a private luncheon. 

image by: (Library of Congress).

What does the notion of national remembrance really mean? This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We’ve memorialized everything from famous soldiers and statesmen, to big ideas or major events – and a lot in between. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder why there isn’t actually an image of Washington on it?

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