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Asheville Baroque Concerts presents the finale program of this year's season on Sunday afternoon, March 19th, and 3pm at Oakley United Methodist Church. Titled "Oltremontano, from beyond the mountains," music for recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Artistic director and viola da gamba player Gail Ann Schroeder talked with Dick Kowal about the music and the musicians.

NC Stage Company presents Souvenir: A Fantasia on theLife of Florence Foster Jenkins, opening Wednesday, March 15th and running through April 2nd. Part of this week's Asheville Amadeus Festival, the play looks at the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an eccentric socialite who lives under the delusion that she is an enchanting coloratura soprano when she is actually incapable of holding pitch.

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68 schools make the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, known as March Madness.  But it’s just 10 people who determine which schools are in, and which are not.  UNC-Asheville athletic director Janet Cone is one of those 10, and the only woman on the committee that chooses the bracket.  She spoke with BPR News director Matt Bush about what it’s like to sit in the New York City room where so many players and fans hopes are realized or crushed.

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With the legislature back to work in Raleigh, we’re talking to some of those lawmakers out here in the west.  Today, Senator Terry Van Duyn, Democrat of Buncombe County.

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   Last fall, the conservative Charles Koch Foundation funded a controversial new center at Western Carolina University, to the tune of nearly $2 million.  Opponents are now releasing research they say sheds light on how Koch money influences public education.

The Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University was packed with students and faculty alike, for the screening of the new film “Starving the Beast”. The documentary explores how recent conservative policymaking is influencing public education.   

The Asheville Amadeus Festival officially kicks off Friday evening with a beer release and open house at Highland Brewing. Beginning at 7pm, the event celebrates the release of Highland's "Wolfgang 1756 Symphony Lager," music by Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World, food trucks, and more. Leah Wong Ashburn, president of Highland Brewing, and David Whitehill, executive director of the Asheville Symphony, joined Dick Kowal to talk about the event and give an overview of the 10 day Asheville Amadeus Festival.

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Mar 9, 2017
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Blue Ridge Public Radio is pleased to introduce The Waters and Harvey Show to listeners across Western North Carolina.

According to BPR General Manager David Feingold, “It’s an important new, weekly series produced in Asheville at BPR News, because it addresses the experiences and influences of minorities across our region and the nation.”  The program airs on Saturday afternoon on BPR News at 3:00 pm. The Waters and Harvey Show is also BPR’s first locally produced podcast.

This week, BPR gardening expert Alison Arnold talks about how to do composting with earthworms.

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'Sustainability' is the big buzzword in Buncombe County government this year.  This week, county commissioners passed three measures dealing with sustainability.  They include creating a county government office focusing solely on sustainability efforts, as well as replacing of 47-thousand light fixtures at schools and a new solar energy farm near a landfill in Woodfin.

The first concert in the Asheville Amadeus Festival, the Blue Ridge Orchestra performs in UNC-A's Lipinsky Auditorium Saturday morning at 11 and that afternoon at 3 in a concert titled "A Wedding with Wolfgang." In a family-oriented program, the orchestra will play "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue." Director Dr. Milton Crotts talked with Dick Kowal about the program.

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As Republican leadership in D.C. introduce their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, supporters of the law in Western North Carolina are clinging to hopes nothing to it will change.

As part of the Asheville Amadeus festival, Pan Harmonia will hold "Walk With Wolfgang," a progressive chamber music concert, on Monday, March 13th at 6. Three different chamber ensembles will perform at three different spaces in downtown Asheville; Haen Gallery, Asheville Museum of Science, and Blue Dream Curry House..

Kate Steinbeck, director of Pan Harmonia, talked with Dick Kowal about the concert. 

President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas. The latest order also specifically states that it does not apply to legal permanent U.S. residents or current visa holders.

Chris Cooper has been heard many times on our air, and was a panelist for NPR's "Going There" in Asheville with Weekend All Things Considered Host Michel Martin last month.

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Things may sound different on our air.  But WCQS hasn’t gone anywhere.  It just now has a new parent – Blue Ridge Public Radio.   And a new sibling – BPR News.

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