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If you are interested in volunteering, contact Membership Associate, Jessica Frantz at 828-210-4812 or email

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. 

USDA Program Aim: Fight Persistent Rural Poverty

Sep 9, 2013

USDA Rural Development  Deputy  Under Secretary Patrice Kunesh was in Western North Carolina to tout programs the federal department hopes will help reduce rural poverty.  Kunesh, who is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government spoke with David Hurand about rural poverty, the Obama Administrations proposed Food, Farm, and Jobs bill, and her how her heritage influences her work.

Below is the entire interview and Segment One.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update

Sep 7, 2013

Tony Kiss drops by to take a look at the entertainment scene.  This week The Mt. State Fair  is high on Tony's agenda. There's lots of live theater and a couple of new movies too.

Living Wage Advocates Suffer Set Back

Aug 29, 2013

The sweeping regulatory reform act of 2013 passed by the North Carolina General and signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory includes a provision that prohibits local government from requiring private contractors to pay a living wage or require paid sick days.   Vickie Meath  is Executive Director of Just Economics, a group that advocates for a living wage.  She spoke with David Hurand.

Asheville Native Remembers March on Washington

Aug 28, 2013

Asheville native Vivian Conley was fortunate enough to be in Washington D.C. when Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech."  Ms. Conley took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom fifty years ago, August 28th.    She spoke with David Hurand.

Fall Allergy Season in Full Bloom

Aug 28, 2013

You may think you have a late summer cold but the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose could be your allergies acting up.   Western North Carolina is known to be hard on folks who are allergic to molds, dust mites, and pollen.  David Hurand  spoke with Allergist Dr. John Van Wye  about the fall allergy season.

WCQS will broadcast special coverage on Wednesday for the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington. Our coverage from NPR will begin at 2 p.m.

Speakers scheduled to speak between 2-3 PM ET:
•         Representative John Lewis
•         President Jimmy Carter
•         President Bill Clinton
•         Members of the King family
•         President Obama

The speeches are scheduled to run 6-7 minutes each and we will carry them without interruption. President Obama is scheduled to speak between 2:45 PM ET and 3.05PM ET. 

Introducing Mars Hill University

Aug 26, 2013

August 26th marks a new beginning for Mars Hill College.  After nearly 160 years, the college is changing its' name to Mars Hill University.  David Hurand recently visited with President Dr. Dan Lunsford to discuss the change, the value of a liberal arts education and to hear his assessment of the recently session of the North Carolina General.

Tony Kiss Weekend Update w/Rebecca!

Aug 23, 2013

Co-Managing Editor of the Mt. Xpress Rebecca Sulock sits in for Asheville Citizen Times' Tony Kiss for our look at the weekend entertainment scene.  Tony returns next week.   Topping Rebecca's list, a celebration of the 120th Anniversary of  the Y.M.I. in Asheville, music with Super Chunky, a benefit for the Rock Academy,  and the Asheville Wine and Food Fest.

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This week, Alison Arnold tries to find the bright side in all this summer rain, and Greta Johnsen asks about some local plants she's noticed.

A recent New York Magazine profile of Marisha Pessl describes a lecture the thirtysomething author gave at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory four years ago.  She quoted an interview with Stan Cordova. The presentation went on. Lots of people quote famous people in lectures, sure-- but Pessl had just cited the work of a character in Night Film, a book she hadn't even published yet.

In July the animal rights group People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals celebrated the transfer of eleven bears from a closed zoo in Cherokee to an animal sanctuary in Texas.  Over the next three days David Hurand Speaks with the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Indians about the move, the effects of sequestration on the tribe and the future of the local economy.  David spoke with the Chief in his office in Cherokee.

After Trayvon Martin Forum In Asheville

Aug 16, 2013

A diverse crowd attended a community forum in Asheville Thursday night  entitled After Trayvon Martin.   It was the first of what organizers hope will be a series of community discussions involving concerned citizens and law enforcement.  David Hurand was there and filed this report. 


Alison Arnold Wet Summer Gardening and Fall Planting

Aug 9, 2013

Our Gardening expert spoke with WCQS Morning Edition host Greta Johnsen about the wet summer gardening season giving way to fall planting. 

Join us in congratulating our Early Bird Prize-winner, Carla Parvin! Carla won $1,000 in gas from Ingles!  (Everyone who entered the raffle by midnight August 4th was entered in the Early Bird drawing.)

Carla is also still in the running for our Grand Prize - a 2013 VW Passat TDI SE from Harmony Motors; our Getaway Prize, a luxurious stay at The Old Edwards Inn and Spa; and our Spirit of Adventure Prize, a Dagger Mamba kayak and Yakima roof rack from a generous sponsor.

Tune in Wednesday, August 7, 2013 during the 5 p.m. hour when we announce the winner of the WCQS Ticket to Ride Summer Raffle Early Bird Prize of $1,000 in gas from Ingles! 

Whoever the lucky winner is, their name will go right back into the pot for the rest of our Summer Raffle prizes, including our Grand Prize, a 2013 VW Passat TDI with clean diesel technology. If you haven't had a chance to get your lucky Ticket to Ride, you can purchase them right now.

Moral Monday Protest Comes to Asheville

Aug 5, 2013

The leader of the Moral Monday Protest movement in Raleigh and the President of the North Carolina NAACP was in Asheville today where he announced the NAACP  will file a law suit to block recently adopted election laws passed by the General Assembly. David Hurand has more.....

Moral Monday Protest Comes to Asheville

Aug 5, 2013

The President of  North Carolina NAACP Rev. William Barber and the leader of the Moral Monday Protests in Raleigh  came to Asheville today and announced the civil rights organization will sue to block new voter rules recently passed by the General Assembly.  David Hurand has more.....

Tony Kiss Weekend Update:

Aug 2, 2013

Tony Kiss takes a look at the Arts and Culture scene and offers his tips for an exciting weekend.

Wait Wait.... It's Carl Kasell!

Aug 1, 2013

Carl Kasell, the official scorekeeper for the NPR News Quiz Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me anchored newscast on NPR for thirty years.  The North Carolina native's voice can also be heard on hundreds  of  answering machines across the country.  WCQS reporter Greta Johnsen spoke with Kasell recently about living in the South, waking up early to deliver the news on Morning Edition, and not taking life too seriously.