Greta Johnsen

Morning Edition Host / Reporter


Arts and Culture
6:11 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Moogfest celebrates synthesis of tech, creativity


Moogfest starts today in downtown Asheville.

The five-day event includes more than 100 musicians. But this year, the festival also features 90 panelists, numerous interactive art exhibits, and sound installations throughout town, from the Orange Peel to Pack Place to the Moog Music factory itself.

Brand Director Emmy Parker says Moogfest 2014 will be unique not just for Asheville, but also for the event industry in general.

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6:35 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mourning Martin Nesbitt

Credit North Carolina State Legislature

Friends, family members, and state and local lawmakers gathered yesterday to remember the life and work of Senator Martin Luther Nesbitt, Jr. About 1,000 people attended the public funeral at Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden to remember the man who represented Buncombe County for decades. Senator Dan Blue called Nesbitt a true mountain man who placed people over politics, citing his 20032 clean smokestacks act as a great legislative achievement. Former Lieutenant Governor Dennis Wicker also delivered a eulogy, calling Nesbitt a champion of those without a voice. Pastor Bruce Frank led the g

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Arts and Culture
8:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Mother-son writing team brings YA thriller to Asheville

Kathy and Brendan Reichs will be at Malaprop’s bookstore this evening at 5:30 to read from, and sign copies of, their books.

The author of the well-known Bones series has teamed up with her son to write another book in a series of young adult thrillers. "I like to describe us as the #1 mother-son YA thriller forensic science writing team in America,” laughs Brendan Reichs. 

Brendan says he and his mother Kathy came up with the idea for Virals series when Kathy saw how many young women would come to readings for the Bones books.

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1:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WCQS Gardening expert Alison Arnold has a new gig in town

WCQS listeners may know Alison Arnold from her bi-monthly gardening segments every other Thursday on WCQS. She'll tell you about everything from how to recycle your Christmas tree to how to tell the gender of your plants. 

And now, she's got a new full-time position with the Cooperative Extension as the agriculture extension agent. What does the new job entail? We'll let her tell you.

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1:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Widespread snow blankets WNC

Asheville Citizen-Times reporter John Boyle measures snowfall in Fletcher.
Credit John Boyle

WCQS checks in with Doug Outlaw, who spent his 12-hour shift at the National Weather Service in Greenville last night compiling snow, ice, and sleet data.

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8:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Winter driving tips from an Alaskan transplant

Credit Katerha / Flickr

In Fairbanks, Alaska, driver's ed meant going out to a field by the airport and spinning donuts until I learned how to slide and stay in control.  As a result, I feel it's my civic duty to remind drivers how to stay safe on slippery roads. Here are some things to keep in mind as you venture out in this wintry weather:

Slow down. I get it-- we all have places to be. But you're better off alive and a little late than with a crunched car or in a ditch. 

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6:45 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Polar vortex brings cold temps, high winds to WNC

The cold weather sweeping across the U.S. Monday and Tuesday has been referred to as brutal, frigid, arctic, and wicked.

But the meteorological term for the cold front that’s stretching from Texas to Minnesota is officially called a “polar vortex.”

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Health and Wellness
8:24 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Ask us YOUR Affordable Care Act questions!

Later this week, David Hurand will speak with health insurance experts here in Western North Carolina to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act rollout. Ask us below and let us know where you're from--and we'll do our best to get you some answers!

You can also send your questions to us via Facebook. On Twitter, you can use #WCQSACA.

Arts and Culture
9:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Bringing the bogeyman to life

Credit NC Stage Co.

"This time last year I was plotting to kill a man."

So begins 'Stalking the Bogeyman,' a story written by David Holthouse, originally published in 2004 in The Denver Westword.

Holthouse was just a kid when he was raped by the 17 year-old son of his parents' friends. 

"When I was seven," Holthouse wrote in the article, "I no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.

"But from that night on, I had no such doubts about the Bogeyman."

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