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A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, are participating in a year-long experiment in civil discourse. Each month, we bring you a conversation with members of the group. We’re observing how the tone and quality of the conversation changes over the course of the year, and whether the time participants spend together can forge real connections across political boundaries.

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Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy takes at look at Wilmington’s Fourth Friday Gallery Nights with award-winning artist Peggy Vineyard, Steve Fox of Century 21, and Amy Grant of Art in Bloom Gallery. 

Stand-up comedy is blossoming around southeastern North Carolina.  Comedy enthusiasts can now catch comics in the act at local breweries, arts events, and theatrical venues.  But while the arts scene flourished in the Cape Fear region,  it was only 2014 that the first full-time comedy club opened in Wilmington.  Before that, Timmy Sherrill and Cole Craven worked together in the basement of The Soapbox Laundro-Lounge as Nutt Street Comedy Room. 

Hannah Breisinger

Wilmington officials are working on a new noise ordinance, and they’re looking for public input. While the city has had a noise ordinance since 1989, a confusing permit process, no appeal process, unclear language, and concerns of subjectivity have led to the new proposal.

Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)

 

North Carolina has a D grade in women’s health. That’s according to a state-commissioned report, titled, the 2019 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness. County-by-county data in the report shows that while New Hanover County fares slightly better than the overall state, more work still needs to be done.

Around Town’s Rhonda Bellamy chats with Nancy King, Artist Director of Opera Wilmington about their upcoming performance of La Bohème. 


There will be two special rebroadcasts of the Soup To Nuts LIVE! May 30th show featuring "Into The Fog." The rebroadcasts will be Friday, July 12th 2019 at 7pm and Saturday, July 13th 2019 at 9pm. To learn more about the original show, click here

 

WHQR is pleased to announce a new local arts, culture and events program  – Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy – to air on HQR News and Classical HQR beginning July 12th.

Around Town with Rhonda Bellamy will be a five-minute interview feature that will air on HQR News (91.3fm and 98.9fm) on Fridays at 9:01am and 3:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:01am, 1:01pm and 6:01pm. It will also air on Classical HQR (92.7fm, 96.7FM and 102.3fm) on Fridays at 10:01am, 1:01pm and 7:01pm; and Saturdays and Sundays at 5:01am and 11:01am.

Hannah Breisinger


New Hanover County Commissioners approved expanding an upcoming substance use treatment center to include 100 beds for women. The women’s facility will accompany the already-approved 100-bed facility for men, both of which have yet to enter the design-phase.

A dozen or so people, diverse in age, ethnicity, and political leanings, are engaged in a year-long experiment in civil discourse.  Each month, we bring you a conversation with members of the group.  We’re observing how the tone and quality of the conversation changes over the course of the year and whether people with different views will grow to value time with one another. 

Vince Winkel

The Cape Fear Region is the fastest growing section in North Carolina. Census figures show Brunswick and Pender Counties at the top of the list. Pender County is 933 square miles stretching from the Atlantic coast inland towards Wallace, Atkinson and Ivanhoe. In Part One of our series on growth in the region, WHQR goes to Pender County.

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A 24-year-old man who has been charged with shooting to death a reputed New York mob boss earlier this year thought he was under the influence of QAnon, pro-Trump Internet postings about the president supposedly battling a cabal of liberal elites, his lawyer wrote in a recent submission to New York state court.

One of NASA's first employees, key to creating the U.S. space program, has died at 95. Chris Kraft was the agency's first flight director and managed all of the Mercury missions, as well some of the Gemini flights. He was a senior planner during the Apollo lunar program. Later he led the Johnson Space Center in Houston and oversaw development of the space shuttle.

Malaria drugs are failing at an "alarming" rate in Southeast Asia as drug-resistant strains of the malaria parasite emerge.

Oregon's suicide rate has outpaced the national average for the past three decades. In an effort to combat stigma around mental illness, four local teen activists took matters into their own hands and championed a proposed state law.

Oregon schools will now excuse student absences for mental or behavioral health reasons, as with regular sick days. In other words, if a student is feeling down, they can stay home from school without getting docked for missing classes.

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One of the people who helped land humans on the moon died today, just two days after the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of that landing. Chris Kraft helped shape NASA's space program as the agency's first flight director. He put his stamp on everything from the Mercury program to the space shuttle. He was 95. NPR's Russell Lewis has this remembrance.

RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: Anyone who has watched a rocket launch, marveled at the moon landings or seen the space station streak across the darkened night sky can thank Chris Kraft.

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