5:13 am
Sat April 6, 2013

U.S. Parries N. Korean Threats With A Fresh Plan

South Korea conducts military exercises near the border with North Korea on Wednesday.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:32 pm

You might think alarm bells would be sounding in Washington, given the warnings coming out of North Korea. But when they talk about North Korea, U.S. officials are sounding like exasperated parents responding to a child's tantrum.

At the White House on Friday, spokesman Jay Carney said the United States "would not be surprised" if North Korea actually carries out a missile test.

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Simon Says
5:11 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy

The iconic Chicago photographer Art Shay took portraits of presidents, prizefighters, prose poets — and in the person of Roger Ebert, at least one Pulitzer-winning critic.
Art Shay

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 11:08 am

Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.

Many critics ridiculed the film Deep Throat when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Roger just wrote, "If you have to work this hard at sexual freedom, maybe it isn't worth the effort."

Roger Ebert was a Chicago newspaperman who typed with two fingers — it sounded like a machine gun, columnist Bob Greene remembered on Friday — who was from the age when reporters were fueled by ink and booze.

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9:40 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Isothermal Community College Featured on UNC-TV

Lead in text: 
UNC-TV featured Isothermal Community College on April 4th, 2013.
This is the 50th anniversary year for the North Carolina Community College System and we are profiling every member college to celebrate. Tonight Rick Sullivan visits Isothermal Community College... a school with a popular international business partner, and a different way of looking at its educational mission.
Studio B
8:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Live Thursday the 11th at 1pm: NIKKI TALLEY

Having wrapped up a full year of touring on the road (in a Chevy van paid for by Kickstarter fans), Asheville's Nikki Talley and her husband Jason Sharp return home, stopping by Studio B for another fun session featuring her sweet Appalachian voice and roots.  Their most recent release is Live At The Altamont Theatre recorded in Asheville.  They'll be on 8 area stages in the next 11 days: Asheville, Brevard, Saluda, Greenville, & Morganton.

Studio B
8:54 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Live Thursday the 11th at 3pm: THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

This 5-piece band is made up of veterans of James Brown's Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers Band, The Radiators, & Outformation.  They wowed us when they last came to WNCW (and showed up on Crowd Around the Mic Vol. 16).  Join us in welcoming The New Orleans Suspects back before they head to their show in Black Mountain!

New Tunes at Two
8:52 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New Releases Featured This Week, April 8-11, 2-3pm

Monday: DAWES - Stories Don't End

Tuesday: JOHN BROWN'S BODY - Kings and Queens

Wednesday: SHANNON MCNALLY With DR. JOHN - Small Town Talk (Songs of Bobby Charles)

Thursday: THE BILLS - Yes Please

Spindale Cycle
8:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Monday Night April 8th at 8pm: R.E.M. - Murmur

This month marks the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.'s first full-length release, Murmur.

Peak of the Week
8:44 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Thursday Night the 4th between 8pm & Midnight: CHARLES BRADLEY - Victim of Love

Raised on the Brooklyn streets, a cook for a hospital for the mentally ill and numerous other locales...Charles Bradley's compelling story is the subject of a recent documentary film (Soul of America).  His second release on Daptone Records is our featured album this Thursday night.  Bradley takes the sounds of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and James Brown in particular, and moves it forward with a level of passion and genuineness not surpassed by anyone. 

The Two-Way
6:55 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Former Employee, Who Leaked Rutgers Abuse Video, Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Eric Murdock as a Los Angeles Clipper in 1999.
Tom Hauck Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:48 pm

Eric Murdock, the Rutgers University employee who leaked video of coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players, filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the university on Friday.

In the complaint, filed a New Jersey state court, Murdock alleges he told the school's athletic director Tim Pernetti about Rice's abusive behavior "on several occasions."

Instead of taking action against Rice, the complaint says, Murdock was fired.

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Shots - Health News
6:04 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Human Cases Of Bird Flu In China Draw Scrutiny

A cockerel walks on a bridge in a residential area of Beijing. The Chinese are beginning to destroy thousands of birds in an effort to stamp out the presumed source of H7N9 infection.
Wang Zhao AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 6:09 pm

Sixteen cases of a new flu around Shanghai have touched off a major effort to determine what kind of threat this new bug might be.

The victims range in age from 4 to 87 years old. Six have died. It is a tragedy for them and their families, but is it a global crisis?

To understand why so few cases are generating so much concern, the first thing to know is that no flu virus like this one — called H7N9 — has ever been known to infect humans before.

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