Sean Michaels’ first novel, Us Conductors, is loosely based on the life of Russian inventor Leon Theremin.
Theremin’s story spans continents and cultures, beginning in the laboratories of Russia, then corssing the Atlantic and dipping into Harlem speakeasies of the late 1920’s, only to end up back in Russia, in the brutal isolation of a Siberian gulag.
The story of Leon Theremin even has a connection to Asheville through electronic music pioneer Bob Moog.
The National Education Association annual meeting is underway in Denver, Colorado. A delegation of more than one hundred North Carolina public school educators is among the 9-thousand delegates from around the U.S. attending the convention. Mark Jewell is Vice President of North Carolina Association of Educators. He spoke with David Hurand about his organizations' disappointment with the NC General Assembly and attempts by state lawmakers to amend or repeal education standards known as Common Core.
Tune in Wednesday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. for The Capitol Steps’ 4th of July special, “Politics Takes a Holiday.” The Capitol Steps will address timely issues set to show tunes! There’s John Kerry singing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea? And Hillary Clinton admonishing Joe Biden to “Let It Go” when it comes to running for president. It’s a show so clogged with jokes that Chris Christie threatened to shut it down!
A sure sign of summer as the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival and Shindig On the Green get underway. Bruce Hornsby and the Noise Makers take the stage and there's another long list of great theater offerings, including A Grand Night for Singing in Waynesville. Tony Kiss has it all.
Author Kate Sweeney’s first book came out earlier this year.
“American Afterlife is a book about everyday Americans who find themselves involved with death and memorialization,” Sweeney says, “as well as how we got here as a country.”
Sweeney spoke with memorial photographers and funeral home managers; people who specialize in funerary urns, a woman who tends to her daughter’s roadside memorial, a hospital chaplain, a tattoo artist who inks memorial portraits.
July first, University of North Carolina Asheville Provost Jane Fernandes will assume her new duties as President of Guilford College. Dr. Fernandes becomes the first deaf educator to be named President of an American College and the first woman to lead the Quaker School in Greensboro. Dr. Fernandes is a native of Worcester, Mass. and a graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Iowa. Dr.
The long-awaited audit of the Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released by Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore. The City of Asheville paid $175,000 for the audit following reports of missing drugs, guns, and money.
The Montford Mid-Week Farmers Market is moving to the Asheville River Arts District. After more than three years at its location in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce parking lot the tailgate market is moving to 175 Clingman Avenue next to All Souls Pizza. The market will end its run in Montford Wednesday, June 25th. David Hurand spoke with Market Manager Christa Tolson.
In a recent Op-Ed published in Time Magazine civil rights attorney Frank Goldsmith explained why he volunteered to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees. Goldsmith, who is a U.S. Army veteran, writes "even the most despised person, perhaps especially the most despised, has that right to a vigorous defense. He spoke with David Hurand.