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.
"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.
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.