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12:41 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Inside the Islamic State - From Open Source with Christopher Lydon

We’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how we plan to defeat them? President Obama says they aren’t Islamic and aren’t a state. It’s clear they’re a dangerous mad storm of Arab anger armed, in part, with hand-me-down American weapons. Could this be the coming Caliphate that Dick Cheney warned us against? What if it’s blowback that his Iraq War fired up?

That's Inside The Islamic State - a documentary special on WCQS tonight at 6.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Fall Festival season is officially underway.  It's time once again for  the annual Greek Festival.  Great food, music and dancing at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox  Church on Cumberland Avenue in Asheville.  In Cullowhee, Western Carolina University's  Mountain Heritage Day Festival is happening and the Music in the  Mountains  Folk Festival takes place in Burnsville. 

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Economy
1:48 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Homeward Bound Houses 1,000 in WNC

Homeward Bound, a social service in Buncombe and Henderson counties, has hit a milestone on its way to eliminating chronic homelessness in the region.

A spokesman announced Monday that as of last month, the organization has provided permanent housing for 1,000 people.

“The really good news,” said Executive Director Jim Lowder, “is that we have an 89 percent retention rate. 89 percent of the people we’ve placed in housing have never become homeless again.”

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Transportation
9:28 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Portion of I 26 Connector Listed as Boondoggle

The proposed but long delayed plan to widen Interstate 240 through West Asheville from two lanes in each direction to four lanes in each direction is a waste of time and money.  The planned widening is part of the much larger proposed Interstate 26 Connector .  That's the finding contained in a new report by U.S. Public Interest Research Group.  David Hurand spoke with Senior Policy Analyst and Program Director for Transportation at U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Phineas Baxandall about his research and the report.

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Arts and Culture
8:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

Thank goodness another weekend has rolled around and Tony Kiss joins David Hurand for a look at the entertainment scene in Western North Carolina.   The weekend kicks off with some music as Asheville celebrates the final Downtown After 5 event of the year on Lexington Avenue.  Beer lovers can sample as many as 50 different craft beers at the annual BrewGrass Festival.  The event takes place at Memorial Stadium near historic  McCormick Field.  The Heritage Weekend celebration is happening at the Folk Art Center along the Blue Ridge P

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Arts and Culture
10:57 am
Wed September 17, 2014

One in a Million at the Orange Peel

One of the premier live music venues in the Southeast is on the verge of a major milestone.   The Orange Peel in Asheville expects to sell its’ one millionth concert ticket.  David Hurand spoke with the clubs' Marketing Director,  Liz Whalen Tallent.

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Arts and Culture
1:21 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Lady Spies in the Civil War

Writer Karen Abbott is in town Tuesday to discuss Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, her book about women who were spies during the Civil War. She'll be in conversation with local author Denise Kiernan, who wrote Girls Of Atomic City.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss

NC Mountain State Fair is underway.  The fair runs 9/5-9/14 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. River Arts District Anything Goes, Everything Shows Art Show at the Courtyard Gallery and the Flood Fine Arts Center in the River Arts District starts 9/6 and runs through October 29th.  The New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer and Film Tour gets underway Friday night at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park.  Tony has much more to say about the  entertainment scene, including lots of outstanding theater offerings and a couple of new and interesting movies....

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Arts and Culture
7:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Rob Delaney: 'I don't like whimsy'

It’s not every day that some snappy tweets can get you a book deal. But that’s exactly what happened with comedian Rob Delaney, who’s in town Friday for a book reading at Malaprop’s.

Most of Rob Delaney’s tweets can’t actually be read out loud on public radio. But they’re funny-- totally absurd, often dirty jokes that fit into 140 characters or less.

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Arts and Culture
5:58 am
Thu September 4, 2014

James Patterson promotes literacy, indie booksellers in WNC

To call James Patterson prolific is almost an understatement. The man has written more than 100 books in his career.

But instead of sticking to bookstore visits and signings, Patterson has decided to put his bestselling name behind local, independent bookstores and get young people excited about reading.

This weekend, Patterson is in Asheville to help promote a couple of different causes in Western North Carolina.

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