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8:35 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Tony Kiss
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Tony Kiss drops in for a look at what's happening in Western North Carolina.  High on Tony's list,  the holiday theater scene.  The Santaland Diaries open Thursday December 11th at Asheville Community Theater.  Montford Park Players perform A Christmas Carol December 6th-23rd at Asheville Masonic Temple.  Singer song writer John Gorka performs at Mountain Spirit Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Congressional of Asheville.

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Health and Wellness
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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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
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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Station News
5:19 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Morning Edition Clock 101

Starting Nov. 17, NPR is making some changes to its clocks, especially Morning Edition. What's a clock, you say?

Well, 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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Arts and Culture
10:18 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage From Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

The creator, producer, and host of Thistle and Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie and former President of Warren Wilson College and founder of the Swannanoa Gathering on the college campus, Doug Orr, have written a new book, Wayfaring Strangers:  The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia. The book tells the story of how  the music of Scotland and Ireland found its way to America.  They spoke with David Hurand…..

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Station News
4:56 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Fresh Air Book Critic Maureen Corrigan Coming to Asheville

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan will be a Malaprops November 19.

Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air and critic-in-residence and lecturer at Georgetown University will be in Asheville this week. Corrigan will share her bookish obsession with a great American novel and promote her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures at Malaprops November 19 at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with a purchase of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures.

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