We've received great feedback from listeners about Invisibilia, a new limited-run series co-hosted by NPR's Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life. Invisibilia delves into a wide array of human behavior, interweaving narrative storytelling with fascinating new psychological and brain science. Listen and research will come to life in a way that will make you see your own life differently.
Downton Abbey-style splendor continues to come alive every Sunday night at Lex 18's Downton Abbey Dinner and Viewing parties. The restaurant began hosting the vintage dinner banquets on January 4 and will continue through Downton Abbey's season finale March 1 on PBS. A portion of the proceeds from each night benefits WCQS. Due to the overwhelming response to the dinners, Lex 18 has added additional dinner parties in February, which are also quickly selling out.
In celebration of the 259th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, WCQS is playing all-Mozart, all day.
Chip Kaufmann is keeping it all in the family so-to-speak and will also include a piece by Mozart's father and Mozart's son during Morning Classical Music. This afternoon Josh Jourdan will kick things off after the State of Things with the "Marriage of Figaro".
Styling food for Downton Abbey is like catering, except one meal has to last all day. Meticulous chef and food stylist Lisa Heathcote creates the grandeur on Downton Abbey down to the last bonbon. Lynne Rossetto Kasper talks to Heathcote about her Downton adventures and creations.
Nobody does classy soap operas like the British, and Downton Abbey is up there with the best of them. You have characters you love to love or love to hate, wonderfully tangled story lines and costumes. But topping it all is the food: over-the-top, edible architecture.
State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Grammy Award winning Musician David Holt about his life and Holt demonstrates the instruments he learned from the people of the Appalachia. Holt was in recorded in the WCQS studios for the interview. Hear their conversation and learn more about Holt here.
We may not yet have the ability to time travel, but Lex 18, Appalachian Fine Dining Supper Club and Moonshine Bar, gave a close approximation recently. On January 4, Lex 18 hosted the first of 9 Asheville Downton Abbey Vintage Costume Banquet and Viewing Parties. A portion of the proceeds will benefit WCQS. This past Sunday WCQS All Things Considered host Helen Chickering did the honors.
BRRR! It looks like most of the nation is taking polar plunge this New Year. WNC will experience sub zero temperatures in the next day or two. Please be sure to bring outdoor pets inside. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept indoors. Snuggle up!
Last year Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal asked listeners to share what their economy feels like on a personal level. Local business owner Jen Swearington of Jennythreads in West Asheville responded. She was featured on the program recently. You can listen to the audio featured below.
Thank you to everyone who supported WCQS in 2014! Our year end campaign was a great success, exceeding the $75,000 goal. Year-end contributions help WCQS stay on track as we begin the New Year. Listener support powers the radio you will rely on and enjoy in 2015.
As you may have heard, the President recently signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law. Among its provisions, the law extends the Charitable IRA Rollover for 2014. This means that individuals age 70 ½ or older are authorized to make tax-free distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of up to $100,000 to qualified charitable organizations. While these Qualified Charitable Distributions are not tax deductible, they do offer substantial advantages.