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6:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Effort Underway to Open WNC Birth Center

There are fewer than a handful of birth centers in North Carolina but a drive is underway to open another in our region.  Judy  Major is with the Western North Carolina Birth Center.  She spoke with David Hurand…

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Environment
10:28 am
Mon November 24, 2014

WCQS on NPR: National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

A harvester holds ginseng roots. Wild ginseng roots can bring big profits overseas, especially in Asia, but it is illegal to poach the root from U.S. national parks.
Credit Greta Johnsen / NPR

Digging for wild ginseng pays: It sells for thousands of dollars in overseas markets. But it is illegal to take ginseng from national parks, where authorities are working to thwart poachers.

They come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with North Carolina's agriculture department, is out to protect wild ginseng root from the poachers.

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

The 68th annual  Asheville Holiday Parade takes place Saturday in downtown Asheville.

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Station News
6:03 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WCQS Board of Directors Names Barbara Sayer Interim CEO, Begins Executive Search

The Board of Directors of Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. / WCQS named WCQS Program Director Barbara Sayer as Interim President and CEO, following the resignation of WCQS President and CEO Jody Evans. Evans’ last day at WCQS is December 5. 

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Station News
11:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Special Coverage: President Obama to Address the Nation Tonight at 8

WCQS will carry special NPR coverage of President Obama's address tonight at 8 for

Listen for live coverage tonight at 8 as President Obama addresses  the nation from the White House.  He will unveil executive actions on immigration.

NPR’s Melissa Block, Mara Liasson and Ron Elving will be on hand for the broadcast and analysis . That’s tonight at 8 – here on WCQS.

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Station News
9:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Do You Know What Your Favorite NPR Hosts Actually Look Like?

Credit Tanner Ringerud / BuzzFeed

  How well do you know your NPR hosts? If you are Fresh Air fanboy or a public radio junkie, test your knowledge with the fun quiz on BuzzFeed: Do You Know What Your Favorite NPR Hosts Actually Look Like?

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Arts and Culture
7:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Fresh Air Book Critic Maureen Corrigan Brings Gatsby to Asheville

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan just came out with a book of her own. It’s about The Great Gatsby, which Corrigan describes as "the novel that unites us if we’ve been to high school in America.”

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Arts and Culture
4:34 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Asheville Symphony on WCQS

Update - 11/20/14: Due to tonight's special coverage from NPR of President Obama's address, WCQS will broadcast an abbreviated version of the ASO concert beginning at 9. The broadcast will include guest soloist Simone Dinnerstein's performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto.

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Station News
5:19 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Morning Edition Clock 101

Starting this week, NPR is making some changes to its clocks, especially Morning Edition.

Every public radio program has what's called a broadcast clock.

Clocks are templates that stations like WCQS use to track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, and credits each day.

For most of you, Morning Edition will sound exactly the same. But for those of you super-listeners, we thought we'd make sure you know these changes are intentional.

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Arts and Culture
3:22 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
Credit Asheville Citizen-Times

Another big, but chilly weekend has arrived and there is plenty of things to do that will warm your heart.  Tony Kiss takes a look at some of what's happening, including tickets on sale  for a couple of legendary artists who will make their way to Western North Carolina early next year.

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