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CoastLine: Cape Fear History from the Confederacy to Cultural Arts

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Thalian Hall / City Hall in downtown Wilmington

Did you know that the great jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway has played Wilmington?  Or that a group of slaves working at the Bellamy Mansion during the Civil War hijacked a skiff and sailed to the Union Blockade seeking asylum?  Or that the first Charlestown in the Southeast started in Brunswick County? 

In-studio guests:

Tony Rivenbark is the Executive Director of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts.  He’s also written a book, Images of America:  Thalian Hall,  documenting the history of the building that has, for so many decades, served as the seat of the cultural and political landscape in Wilmington.    

Ben Steelman is a well-known staff reporter and columnist at the StarNews.  He's also the organizer and host of WHQR’s live Prologue events – the Monday night book discussions in the MC Erny Gallery.

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Listen to Segment 1 here.

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Listen to Segment 2 here.

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Listen to Segment 3 here.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.