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Ann Patchett on writing, Parnassus, and dogs

Nov 5, 2013

  Author Ann Patchett’s new book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, is a deeply personal collection of essays that explore Patchett’s familial, romantic, professional, and even canine relationships.

While Patchett is perhaps known best for her novels Bel Canto or State of Wonder, she also has an extensive career writing nonfiction.

Here, Patchett discusses how writing nonfiction shaped her fiction; what it was like to compile the book; and her role as an inadvertent spokeswoman for independent bookstores.

Election Day is Upon US

Nov 4, 2013

It’s election day across the US, and that includes municipalities and cities in Western North Carolina.

In Asheville, two candidates are running for mayor: Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer and former city employee John Miall.

There are also five candidates vying for the city’s three city council seats-- Cecil Bothwell, Mike Lanning, Gordon Smith, Jonathan Wainscott and Gwen Wisler.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. for voters in Asheville and Buncombe County’s other incorporated municipalities.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update...

Nov 1, 2013

November has arrived  but the Arts and Culture scene is still in the mood for Halloween and a bit more of October.  Tony Kiss stops  by with some tips on what to do in the days  ahead.  High on his list, the late great Hank Williams comes alive on stage, Bluegrass with special guest David Holt, and several  new movies, including a film from Saudi Arabia.   Tony also reports that the Christmas Holiday season is underway at the Biltmore Estate.

Halloween Candy $$$$

Oct 31, 2013

Halloween is ghost, goblins, costumes, and cash.   Annual candy sales in the U.S. are in the billions. A Chicago based research firm that compiles candy sales data reports that Reese's , which is part of the Hershey Company,  is number one with annual sales of nearly $510 million, M & M's is next with annual sales of nearly $501 million , M & M's is one of the lines sold by Mars, and third in annual sales, Snickers witch is also manufactured by Mars.  David Hurand  has more on our appetite for candy.

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

Last week, we shared several seasonal surprises available at farmers tailgate markets. This week, we’re surprised there are even more unexpected finds to be found! Look out for cardoon, sweet potatoes in all shades, and sugar snap and snow peas…

It's Not You, It's Me!

Oct 29, 2013

The independent film It's Not You, It's Me  was written, directed, and produced by Asheville native Nathan Ives.  Ives has followed an unusual path to become a Los Angeles based film maker and he is taking a novel approach to marketing his film.  He spoke with David Hurand.

One Year Later: Super-Storm Sandy

Oct 28, 2013

One year ago the deadly and destructive Super-Storm Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard of the United States.  Its' impact was felt in nearly two dozen states, but New Jersey and New York took the brunt of the storm.  Rob Young is the Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.  He spoke with David Hurand about his column in USA Today,   the rebuilding effort, and the lessons learned one  year after Sandy.

WCQS talks with Asheville City Council, Mayoral candidates

Oct 28, 2013

Before the Nov. 5 general election in Asheville, WCQS brings you conversations with each of the five candidates running for city council and the two candidates for city mayor.

Tune in each weekday at 6 and 8 o'clock to hear the interviews, or click the links below.

City Council Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Oct 25, 2013

Lots to do, so little  time!  An electronic music festival, a benefit for the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort featuring David Holt,  an evening of Jazz in Waynesville,  live theater, and new movies, including a couple of documentaries. Tony Kiss takes a look at some of the entertainment offerings as we approach Halloween.

Poverty Forum Confronts Domestic Violence

Oct 24, 2013

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This week the President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence was in Western North Carolina.  Kim Gandy was the keynote speaker at the Third Annual Poverty Forum sponsored by Pisgah Legal Services.   Before her address,  Trapped by Poverty, Trapped By Abuse, Pursuing Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence, she spoke with David Hurand

NC Supreme Court Justice Asked to Recuse Himself

Oct 21, 2013

Earlier this month,  plaintiffs challenging North Carolina's 2011 Congressional redistricting plan filed a motion asking State Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby (new-bee) to recuse himself from the case.  David Hurand spoke with Sue Sturgis, editorial director for Facing South, a publication of the Institute for Southern Studies about the latest round in the battle over political boundaries.

Seven members of the North Carolina U.S. House Delegation voted to fund the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, six voted no, including  Republican Mark Meadows of the 11th Congressional District.  Rep. Meadows was the author of a letter that was signed by 79 of his Republican colleagues that urged House leaders to support the shutdown as part of a strategy to deny funding of the Affordable Care Act.  David Hurand has more.....

Quiet at the Climatic Data Center

Oct 16, 2013

While Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement to reopen the federal  government, it was another unusually quiet day today at the world's largest active archive of weather data.  The partial shutdown of the federal government,  which  began the first of October, has left  the  National Climatic Data Center in Asheville  with a skeleton crew.     David Hurand stopped by the Federal Building along Patton Avenue to visit with  an essential employee at the Center. 

 Same-sex couples have been invited to apply for marriage licenses in Western North Carolina, despite a 2012 state ban.

Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger says he wants the North Carolina Attorney General to address the conflict between the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment illegalizing same-sex marriage, and the US Supreme Court’s declaration that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin concludes this week with interviews with Debbie Reynolds and Turner Classic Movie's Robert Osborne.

The program airs Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6.

Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Alec sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people such as comedian Chris Rock, political strategist Ed Rollins and Oscar winner Michael Douglas and musican Billy Joel.

This season Alec talks with:

WCQS partners with ASAP - The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - for tailgate market updates, heard Thursdays and Fridays during Morning Edition (5 - 9 a.m.)

It’s fall, y’all, and that means we’re shining the Get Local spotlight on local apples! Last year was a difficult one for area apple growers. Luckily, it’s a different story in 2013.

The League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe County will hold an Asheville City Council candidate forum tonight at 6 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville's Reuter Center. Tonight's forum moderator is WCQS News Director David Hurand.

Asheville Vice Mayor Esther Manheimer was an easy winner in Tuesday's Mayoral Primary election. Unofficial results show that only 9% of the  city's 67,676 registered voters cast  ballots. 

David Hurand reports.

Bringing the bogeyman to life

Oct 2, 2013
NC Stage Co.

"This time last year I was plotting to kill a man."

So begins 'Stalking the Bogeyman,' a story written by David Holthouse, originally published in 2004 in The Denver Westword.

Holthouse was just a kid when he was raped by the 17 year-old son of his parents' friends. 

"When I was seven," Holthouse wrote in the article, "I no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.

"But from that night on, I had no such doubts about the Bogeyman."

Want to have some fun and do some good at the same time? Become a pledge drive phone volunteer! Our Fall Membership Drive is October 10 - 17.  WCQS phone volunteers take the incoming calls from listeners who call in to the station to make their contribution. It's a great way to show your support for WCQS and connect with other public radio fans.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Membership Associate, Jessica Frantz at 828-210-4812 or email jfrantz@wcqs.org.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 27, 2013
Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Tony Kiss gives us the lowdown on music, theater, film, and other cultural activities in WNC this weekend.

Some noteworthy events are the 27th Annual Asheville Greek Festival, Ani DiFranco in concert, and a beer-based band exchange.

You can find out more in the Asheville Scene.

'Vicious' isn't your typical superhero story

Sep 26, 2013

Victoria Schwab has written several young adult novels, but Vicious is her first book for an adult audience.

While Vicious is a superhero origin story, Schwab’s take is unique, exploring the possibility of magic in an otherwise reality-driven world.

Schwab spoke with WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen before coming to Asheville on her book release tour.

Sunny Skies and Cool Temperatures Greet Autumn

Sep 23, 2013

The Autumnal Equinox is the time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when night and day are nearly the same length.  It also  hastens the return of WCQS weather expert Ed Brotak.  The retired Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and now free lance writer,  has  some words of caution regarding the 2013 Hurricane Season.

Asheville Mayoral Candidates Meet

Sep 20, 2013

Early voting is underway for the October 8th Asheville mayoral primary.  Three names are on the ballot.  Attorney and Vice Mayor  Esther Manheimer,  retired Asheville Risk Manager, John Miall, and waiter and  community activist, Martin Ramsey.  This week the League of Women Voters sponsored a candidates forum at the Chamber of Commerce.   More than 120 people came to hear the candidates declare their positions on issues ranging from taxes and services, economic development,  and affordable housing.   The Forum moderator was David Hurand.  A slightly edited portion of the forum maybe heard b

'A Beautiful Truth' explores human-and ape-nature

Sep 18, 2013

Colin McAdam's book A Beautiful Truth may be a novel, but it's still based on intense research. On a surface level, it tells the stories you've heard about before--- the childless couple who decides to adopt a baby chimpanzee, the devoted scientist who communicates with chimps in labs, the process of studying pharmaceuticals on primates.

But what makes A Beautiful Truth unique is its sincerity, its honesty, and its heart.

Taking The Oath of Citizenship

Sep 17, 2013

Constitution and Citizenship Day was celebrated this week.   The Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution 226 years ago and recognizes all who are citizens.  It's also an appropriate day to take the oath of citizenship. David Hurand attended a naturalization ceremony and has our story....

New Audits of APD Evidence Room Released

Sep 13, 2013

The latest audit of the recently restructured Asheville Police Department Evidence Room has been released.  Carollina Public Press Editor Jon Elliston says the Department has changed the way it handles evidence, including drugs, guns and money.  He spoke with David Hurand

Scandal, mayhem, and tradition in 'Lookaway, Lookaway'

Sep 13, 2013

Wilton Barnhardt's new novel, Lookaway, Lookaway, tells the story of the Charlotte-based Johnston family. 

Tracing their roots back to to a Civil War general, the Johnstons are a family steeped in elegance and Southern gentility. But as their inherited wealth finally dwindles, tradition is overrun by scandal.

Friday at 2: Drew Petersen

Sep 11, 2013

On the next Friday at 2 we’ll welcome 19 year old pianist Drew Petersen. Drew is performing Friday evening for the Haywood County Arts Council’s Young Artist Concert, and will give us a preview of that program.  

Five Books To Read This Fall

Sep 11, 2013

Bob Shacochis, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul: This is, according to one of Linda's colleagues, perhaps the most important novel to read this year. 

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