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If you have lived in the Cape Fear region for any length of time, you might recognize the name Harvard Jennings.   From 1989 until 2010, he hosted and produced a weekday radio talk show that tackled local, national and international issues. 

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The images of children being separated from their parents at the U.S. – Mexico border have been all over the media in recent weeks. As a result, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop the separations. There is a debate over immigration policy in this country.  That policy hits close to home.

Keepin' On Productions

There's not much humor in the Biblical tale of Adam and Eve, but that changed when Mark Twain decided to pen their diaries, Anthony Lawson decided to adapt it for stage, and Steve Vernon decided to direct it for Keepin' On Productions. The show runs through July 22 at the Cape Fear Playhouse.

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Do you ever stay up all night? How about in the middle of the ocean ... alone? 

Guest Commentator John Wolfe shares what he discovers in that kind of solitude; listen above. Wolfe is a writer and mariner who lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine

The City of Wilmington reported overall historic crime lows last year.  Crimes in Wilmington’s Central Business District, which used to have, according to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, a pretty bad reputation, have dropped since 2002 by about 75%.

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People who have disabilities, particularly physical ones, face what some social justice activists call “ableism”.  Disability Research Scholar Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock defines the term as “a cultural discourse that stigmatizes and marginalizes bodies deemed not normal through medical diagnosis”. 

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Summer means more mosquitos in the Cape Fear region. Especially when it rains. The water creates ideal breeding conditions.  New Hanover County’s Mosquito Control Department is keeping busy.

There is more news to report on the GenX front. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has released a draft study on the class of chemicals called PFOA and PFAS. It says the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended levels for these compounds in the water is too high. 

This Friday, June 29 @ 7:00 pm and Saturday, June 30 @ 9:00 pm, WHQR will broadcast the May 24th SOUP TO NUTS LIVE! recording session of Kelly Mason Smith with Ned Lavengood on 91.3fm. Tune in for stories of life, Nashville, and North Carolina from one of our region's most prolific songwriters!

New Programs On WHQR

Jun 27, 2018

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – WHQR is pleased to announce that six new programs – Living on Earth, Travel with Rick Steves, Christopher Kimballs’ Milk Street Radio, Fresh Air Weekend, A Way with Words and City Arts & Lectures – are joining the weekend lineup on WHQR News 91.3fm. 

Gold Star Family Memorial Monuments

Norma Luther rallied for a Gold Star Family Monument to be dedicated in Wilmington. It's finally going to happen this fall. Norma says this is an important part of the healing process for families who have lost loved ones in the military. As a Gold Star Mother, Norma has insight on this. 

Thank You!!!

Jun 27, 2018

You did it - we've made history together again! As of 7pm on Tuesday, July 17th, you helped WHQR raise $70,865 during the Summer Stealth Drive, exceeding the goal of $70,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser! 

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It's not easy to present a play at the USS Battleship North Carolina. But after learning the ropes last year (and having a lot of fun), Thaian Association is ready to do it again with The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US Navy

The ice sheets that blanket Antarctica and Greenland are melting faster, and that fact is a source of concern and intense study by climate researchers. 

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More legal support for the state’s poor. That was a point made by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin in Wilmington on Friday. He was addressing the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting. 

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They are everywhere … Buy This! See That! We're bombarded with signs, but we often miss some of the most interesting ones, according to commentator Nan Graham.

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Elise Seifert kind of stumbled on music when her parents won an auction for piano lessons. It's hard to imagine this young composer's life without music now. She's a Wilmington native, but making a break for Los Angeles this summer to pursue her passion for film scoring.

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When #METOO went viral last October, no one could have predicted how many women and men would add their voices to what has become the name of a movement. 

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By the year 2100, sea levels could rise three to six feet.  That’s according to a study published in the scientific journal Nature just this month.  One of the major contributors:  ice melting in Antarctica.

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The City of Wilmington now has a short-term rental policy. After batting last night over specific conditions, the council passed the ordinance 4-2 with Councilman Kevin O’Grady walking out before the vote. 

Prologue is Taking a Break - But We'll Be Back Soon!

Jun 20, 2018

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery is undergoing renovations! That being said, this also means that we will be taking a brief break from our monthly Prologue with Ben Steelman. We look forward to resuming Prologue in a beautifully renovated Gallery space later this year. We will keep you all updated on the upcoming Prologue dates and guests as we get closer to project completion.

We'll see you in a few months!

Vince Winkel

It’s been a hot few days. Heat indices in the Cape Fear Region have been over a hundred degrees most of the week.  Summer doesn't officially begin until Thursday.  People still tend to underestimate the effects heat can have on a person.

How to Listen While WHQR's 91.3 is on Low Power…

Jun 19, 2018

A main component of our transmitter failed on Sunday night. The replacement should be here by the end of the week. In the meantime, please listen to WHQR 91.3 (and, in Myrtle Beach, both 98.9 and 102.3) on your Smart Speaker, the WHQR App or streaming anytime at whqr.org.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience and hope to have our strong signal back soon!

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Tuesday night the Wilmington City Council will hold a public hearing on short-term rental regulations. For more than two years, city staff and stakeholders have debated and studied the issue.  

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Stories by humor columnist and author Celia Rivenbark have been adapted for the stage before - but the latest play with her name on it was written as a play from the start, and with a co-author: Kevin Parker. Southern Fried Bitch is onstage at Theatre Now through July 28.

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Guest Commentator Donn Lashley considers the significance of holding hands with his son - and with his father. Listen above, and see Donn's extended commentary below. Donn is the father of two children and the son of one father; he lives in Wilmington. 

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Blockchain. It’s the platform that Bitcoin runs on. So what’s the basic premise? It’s a decentralized ledger system that keeps track of data points or “blocks” in real time.  Advocates for the emerging platform say it allows for personal transactional control over information shared on the blockchain.

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This week the North Carolina Economic Development Association held its annual conference in Wrightsville Beach. It brought those in the state and international economic development community together for a series of workshops. Here in the Cape Fear region, economic development is a high priority -- especially with the 421 Corridor now ripe for new development. The various groups involved here are not always on the same page.

Kim Griffin, Evidential Medium

EXPO 216 Gallerium on Front Street in Wilmington presents  Mediums (as in, those who connect with the dead) on Saturday, June 16 for the Evidential Mediumship Demonstration. This event is offered twice-at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  

New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management

Food waste and other organic material accounts for more than half of New Hanover County’s landfill stream.  That’s why a new food waste collection program starts July 1st.

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