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Arts and Culture
6:26 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

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Politics
11:12 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Election Day is Upon US

It’s election day across the US, and that includes municipalities and cities in Western North Carolina.

In Asheville, two candidates are running for mayor: Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city employee John Miall.

There are also five candidates vying for the city’s three city council seats-- Cecil Bothwell, Mike Lanning, Gordon Smith, Jonathan Wainscott and Gwen Wisler.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for voters in Asheville and Buncombe County’s other incorporated municipalities.

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Arts and Culture
8:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Tony Kiss Asheville Citizen Times reporter

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

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Arts and Culture
8:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Halloween Candy $$$$

On this day of trick or treating, David Hurand takes a look at the candy industry.

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

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Food and Drink
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Tailgate Market Report: Late Season Surprises!

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…

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Arts and Culture
9:39 am
Tue October 29, 2013

It's Not You, It's Me!

Nathan Ives (second from left) and cast of It's Not You, It's Me

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

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Environment
9:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

One Year Later: Super-Storm Sandy

One year ago the deadly and destructive Super-Storm Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Its' impact was felt in nearly two dozen states, but New Jersey and New York took the brunt of the storm.  Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.  He spoke with David Hurand about his column in USA Today,   the rebuilding effort, and the lessons learned one  year after Sandy.

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AVLVOTES
7:35 am
Mon October 28, 2013

WCQS talks with Asheville City Council, Mayoral candidates

WCQS talks with the candidates for Mayor of Asheville and the candidates for Asheville City Council.

Before the Nov. 5 general election in Asheville, WCQS brings you conversations with each of the five candidates running for city council and the two candidates for city mayor.

Tune in each weekday at 6 and 8 o'clock to hear the interviews, or click the links below.

City Council Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

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Arts and Culture
9:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Lots to do, so little  time!  An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt,  an evening of Jazz in Waynesville,  live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.

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Politics
8:13 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Poverty Forum Confronts Domestic Violence

Kim Gandy President of the National Network To End Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina.  Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services.   Before her address,  Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand

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