The Two-Way
8:47 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Taliban Says It Will Begin Spring Offensive Sunday

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 3:06 am

The Taliban will launch their annual spring offensive on Sun., April 28, the group said Saturday.

In a press release, the Taliban said that the offensive will target "America, NATO and their backers for the gratification of Allah Almighty, independence of Afghanistan and establishing in it an Islamic government while we humbly raise our hands towards Allah Almighty for its success and hope for a favorable and triumphant end."

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Around the Nation
7:34 am
Sat April 27, 2013

At Bush Library, A Chance To Become The Decider-In-Chief

President George W. Bush leads his National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House on Oct. 12, 2001. At the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, this Situation Room has been rebuilt with the original furnishings.
The White House Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 5:12 pm

The Situation Room is one of the most mysterious and important rooms in the White House. It's where Lyndon Johnson made decisions about the Vietnam War; where Bill Clinton learned about the bombing of the USS Cole; and where George W. Bush gave the order to begin the Iraq War.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Bloomberg Aims His Money At Gun Control Opponents

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at City Hall on April 25. The billionaire mayor has been spending from his personal fortune to provide a "political counterweight to the NRA," his policy adviser says.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 3:57 pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems determined to become the formidable adversary the National Rifle Association has never had.

The billionaire mayor is spending from his personal fortune to help defeat lawmakers who voted against gun control proposals last week and to prop up those who supported the measures.

Bloomberg's first target is a Democratic senator facing a tough fight for re-election in 2014: Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

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Middle East
5:03 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Egyptian Activists: Our Religion Is None Of Your Business

Egyptian Christians gather around four coffins during a funeral service at the Saint Mark Coptic cathedral in Cairo on April 7. Religious violence this month has killed three Muslims and at least six Christians.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 8:17 pm

Since Egypt's revolution began, tensions among Egypt's Muslims and Christians have only increased. Earlier this month, it once again turned deadly. Tit-for-tat killings left three Muslims and at least six Christians dead.

That and other religious violence is prompting a public debate about religious identity in Egypt. One group of young Egyptians wants to remove religious labels from national ID cards.

'Where The Trouble Starts'

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The Two-Way
7:13 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Hijacked Driver Helped Police Track Boston Bombing Suspects

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:19 am

A lucky escape and quick thinking by the man who says he was carjacked by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have helped police catch the brothers, according to Eric Moskowitz, a Boston Globe reporter who got an exclusive interview with the driver.

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The Two-Way
7:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Wedged Between Buildings, Plane Part Could Be From Sept. 11

A piece of commercial landing gear was found between two buildings in lower Manhattan.

Surveyors have found what appears to be part of a plane that hit the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, New York police say. The piece of landing gear is about 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep, police tell The Associated Press.

In a statement, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the debris was found wedged between two buildings during an inspection at the site of a long-planned Islamic community center.

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Studio B
6:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Live this Monday the 29th at 4: JAMES McMURTRY

Is there a musician that captures the conscience of early-21st Century America better than James McMurtry?  We at WNCW are skeptical there could be.  With his hard-hitting arsenal of biting, tell-it-like-it-is prose, he is one of our most requested songwriters.  As another of our favorites, Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood says, “McMurtry might be the best topical writer performing right now."  We welcome him back to Studio B before his Tuesday night Asheville show.

Studio B
6:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Live Friday the 3rd at 3pm: FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN

"Food and music bring people together" is the motto of Frank Solivan.  We like the way this guy thinks!  And picks... He and his DC/VA band Dirty Kitchen serve up a live set of bluegrass and more before heading to East TN for shows in Knoxville and Johnson City.  Their new release On the Edge (Compass Records) is getting strong reviews, and they were recently nominated for an IBMA Emerging Artist award.  Solivan is also known for his cooking classes, and his caprese salad in particular.  What's he bringing to Studio B?  Tune in...

New Tunes at Two
6:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

New Releases Featured This Week, April 29th-May 2nd, 2-3pm

Monday the 29th: VANDAVEER - Oh, Willie, Please....

Tuesday the 30th: WARM THE BELL - You Are the Sun...

Wednesday the 1st: SHE & HIM - Volume 3...

Thursday the 2nd: MARSHALL CHAPMAN - Blaze of Glory

Peak of the Week
6:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Thursday Night the 2nd between 8pm & Midnight: THE MAVERICKS - In Time

If you can maybe picture Roy Orbison as a Cuban-American, fronting a band that draws from Hank Williams as much as the Sir Douglas Quintet, with a fresh new release, then you get an inkling of what our Thursday night music mix has in store for you.  Raul Malo and The Mavericks are back after a 10 year hiatus, and their new album In Time is your Peak of the Week.