Mardi Gras 2012

Feb 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras from WNCW!

On Monday, February 20th and Wednesday, February 22nd, two different stories about the growing sustainable agriculture movment in Rutherford County, NC.   On Monday, a conversation with Rich Davis of Plateful, CSA, a group of five farms that offer shares of their farms in exchange for fresh produce and meats weekly.   On Wednesday, a conversation with Lee Cathcart about his efforts to reach children before they become too connected to technology, and get them outside where they can learn about the old ways of gardening and a good work ethic.

On Friday, Feb. 17th, an interview with the author of "The Olympian: An American Triumph".   Craig Williams tells the unique story of the first African-American Olympic Gold Medalist back in 1908 in the London summer games.

With the Olympic summer games once again to be held in London this summer and during Black History Month, this unusual story of a time between the emancipation of the slaves and the era of Jim Crow laws is particularly timely.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, an Asheville resident, broke the overall record for the shortest time taken to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from end to end in the summer of 2011. Before that, she had hiked the entire trail two previous times: The first on her own, chronicled in her book "Becomming Odyssa," the second and third times with her husband, Drew Davis, an Asheville teacher who wrote his own book about his supporting role in breaking the record.

Learn more about Jennifer Pharr Davis and Blue Ridge Hiking Co.

"Barnheart", by Jenna Woginrich. WNCW reporter Stina Sieg interviews the author about her move from the urban environment to her quest for a place to become a homesteader, farmer, and a young woman who is self-sufficient. This is the laugh-out-loud funny and poignant memoir of her struggles and her triumphs at Cold Antler Farm in upstate New York.

The Second Annual Sustainable Viticulture Conference is open to anyone who is interested and will feature Phillip Hart, owner/winemaker of AmByth Estates in Templeton, California, who will discuss growing grapes bio-dynamically. There will also be a variety of local and regional presenters. The Conference takes place on February 22, 2012 and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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This morning, Pam Bunch covered the upcoming third annual "Art Affair" event, which is put on by Open Doors of Asheville on February 25th. 

Find out more about Open Doors of Asheville, a non-profit organization for at-risk children.

Friday, February 10th at 11AM: Solas

This Friday we are pleased to welcome one of the most played bands of traditional Irish music heard on WNCW -- or on just about any other station for that matter.  The 5-piece band Solas has evolved it's lineup over the years, consistently maintaining their adherence to tradition while branching out in contemporary directions.  They play Clover this Thursday and Asheville on Friday. 

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David Wilcox in Studio B

Jan 15, 2012

Wednesday, January 18th at 11AM: David Wilcox

One of the Asheville area's favorite singer/songwriters returns to Studio B for another engaging session of stories and songs.  We welcome back David Wilcox, performing in advance of his Saturday evening show at the Diana Wortham Theatre.  His latest project: a rerelease of cassette recordings from '79-'82!

Abigail Washburn in Studio B

Jan 10, 2012

Thursday, January 12th at 11AM: Abigail Washburn

Fresh back from their Silk Tour of China and Mongolia, Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch are in the area for a LEAF Outreach benefit at White Horse Black Mountain Thursday evening (with Casey Driessen).  Abigail's "City of Refuge" placed #10 in WNCW's Top 100 of 2011.  Fascinating videos of last fall's Silk Tour here.

New Tunes at Two: Monday, January 9th

Jan 6, 2012

This One's For Him
A Tribute To Guy Clark

New Tunes at Two: Tuesday, January 10th

Jan 6, 2012

Darrell Scott
Long Ride Home