This summer, we’re taking listeners to a place where science and the humanities meet. The Really Big Questions – a series of five, hour-long programs from SoundVision Productions – brings together scientists, philosophers and regular folks for a scintillating exploration of human nature guided by five enduring questions.
Hosted by writer, broadcaster and composer Dean Olsher, this content pairs nicely with all your listeners' summertime musing.
The hottest team in baseball isn't the Tampa Bay Rays, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers, it's the Asheville Tourists. The Tourists are in town at historic McCormick for a weekend series. Flat Rock Play House has Miss Saigon, and there's a story to be heard at the Orange Peel. Tony says there's a growing jazz scene n Western North Carolina and six new movies have arrived at area theaters, including a spy thriller
starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. That's just a bit of what's going on in the area.
Asheville Creative Arts - Innovavtive Theatre for Children of All Ages presents "Charlotte's Web." This production features bluegrass and puppetry - it will be at NC Stage, in Asheville - July 17th through the 27th. 828-239-0263 ncstage.org thru-7/27
Tune in Saturday at 3 or Sunday at 6 for a debate on fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has changed the energy landscape across America by making natural gas abundant and cheap. To some it’s a blessing. To others it’s a curse. Supporters say natural gas is a clean alternative to coal and a bridge to a green energy future. Opponents say that it’s poisoning our water and methane leaks from the wells actually make it a bigger climate polluter than coal.
Tony says another weekend has arrived with lots of wonderful opportunities. He begins with a myriad of theater offerings. Boeing Boeing continues at the Flat Rock Play House Downtown while the Place House has My Fair Lady. The Orange Peel gets into the theater spirit with a unique program featuring Caberet, Vaudeville, and Aerial Arts performed by Teatro Del Gusto. Hello Dolly is on stage in Waynesville, and Forever Plaid in Burnsville.
Listen Friday at 2pm for another live performance from our studios as artists from Asheville Lyric Opera join us to perform selections from their upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific. Michelle Seipel (Nellie Forbush) and Mark Owen Davis (Emile de Becque) will sing some of their works from the show accompanied by musical director Dr. Leslie Downs. Stage director Dr. John Truitt will also be with us.
Join us for selections from South Pacific live from our studios Friday @2.
This July Fourth Holiday Weekend we recall the men and women who fought for civil and human rights in America. In the summer of 1964, Carol Rogoff Hallstrom, a young woman from Brooklyn, New York joined hundreds of other volunteers from across America and traveled to Mississippi to help register Black voters. In late June, Carol Rogoff Hallstrom returned to Mississippi to mark the 50th Anniverrsary of Mississippi Freedom Summer. She spoke with David Hurand shortly after her return to her home in Western North Carolina.
It's Independence Day weekend and Tony Kiss has the rundown of some of the many things going on, including fireworks across Western North Carolina, the new Spruce Street Market Craft Show, story telling, and singer songwriter David LaMotte on stage in Black Mountain. For craft beer fans, BrewGrass Tickets go on sale Sunday.
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.