The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Veteran Who Held Off Taliban Attack On His Own Receives Medal Of Honor

Sgt. Ryan Pitts waits for a flight at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 7:05 am

Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts will be the ninth living veteran to receive the nation's highest award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, when President Obama presents him with the Medal of Honor later today.

As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, Pitts is credited with holding off a brutal Taliban attack back in 2008. Tom filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Soldiers from Chosen Company were setting up an outpost in the rugged hills near the Pakistan border. Suddenly they came under attack by more than a hundred Taliban fighters.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Reports: Texas Gov. Perry To Deploy 1,000 National Guardsmen To Border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to local party activists on Saturday in Algona, Iowa.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 3:15 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce on Monday that he is ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, according to reports from The Monitor and The Houston Chronicle.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Dozens Killed As Libyan Militias Battle For Tripoli's Airport

A damaged building and debris outside are seen Sunday after heavy fighting broke out between rival militias near the airport in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Hani Amara Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:19 am

At least 47 people have been killed in fighting over the past 24 hours between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli's international airport.

The country's health ministry said late Sunday that the fighting also wounded 120 people. The Associated Press reports:

"The weeklong battle over the airport is being waged by a powerful militia from the western city of Zintan, which controls the facility, and Islamist-led militias, including fighters from Misrata, east of Tripoli. The clashes resumed Sunday after cease-fire efforts failed.

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Contests
9:06 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Soulshine - Online Ticket Giveaway - Ends Wednesday

Enter the contest!

WNCW is giving away tickets to Soulshine, featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead with SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall at Uptown Amphitheatre at The NC Music Factory in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, July 27.  Three winners will receive a pair of tickets each.  Contest ends on Wednesday, July 23 at midnight.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together'

Deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug (center right) stands outside a refrigerated train as members of the Netherlands' National Forensic Investigations Team inspect bodies.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:57 pm

(This post was updated at 12:51 p.m. ET.)

Russian President Vladimir Putin says tragedies such as the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 last week should "bring people together" rather than "dividing us."

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Air Studio
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Live Thursday the 24th at 1pm: LITTLE FEAT'S PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT

We have fun days of spinning great music, and then we have extra special days in which we get to visit live with musicians we've revered since before we went on the air 25 years ago...

New Tunes at Two
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New Releases Featured This Week, July 21st-24th, 2-3pm

Monday: BECK (& VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Song Reader

Tuesday: MALCOLM HOLCOMBE - Pitiful Blues

Wednesday: LARRY SPARKS - Lonesome and Then Some: A Classic 50th Celebration

Thursday: BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH - New Old Story

Spindale Cycle
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Monday Night July 21st at 8pm: CAT STEVENS - Majikat: Earth Tour 1976

We celebrate Cat Stevens' birthday this evening with this snapshot of his 1976 tour, his last appearance on stage before his 30 year hiatus, though he was pretty much at the top of his game in terms of success at this time.  "Wild World", "Moonshadow", "Where Do the Children Play", "Father and Son", and a little insight he shares as he performs "Peace Train" and "Two Fine People", as well.    Strangely, this is the only live release of his, and it didn't show up until 2004.  Better late than never.  Happy birthday, Yusuf Islam, born Steven Georgiu on 7/21/48. 

Peak of the Week
8:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Thursday Night the 24th between 9pm and Midnight: WILLIE NELSON - Band of Brothers

Willie hasn't had an album hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart since 1986.  But this great new release debuted at #1 this past month, and for good reason -- it's 14 songs, nine of which he wrote or co-wrote, that capture the sound Willie Nelson does best.  So, maybe Willie can't get any higher, but we'll see how long the 81-year-old legend can keep those younger wannabe outlaw stars from achieving their pipe dreams with this great one.  We have a feeling he'll be high on WNCW's Top 100 list at year's end with this one, too. 

Food
7:52 am
Mon July 21, 2014

To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them

Kentucky hog farmer Travis Hood with Luther, a young Red Wattle boar. Hood started raising Red Wattles five years ago after cuts to his job, and began turning a profit on the meat in February.
Courtesy of Hood's Heritage Hogs

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:54 pm

Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.

So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. But that is exactly what's happening on a small farm owned by Travis Hood, called Hood's Heritage Hogs.

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