Chatting with Joe this Wednesday
5:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 24th at 1pm: CHRIS SMITHER

Playing Asheville Wednesday evening in support of his 12th studio album, Chris Smither returns to WNCW, this time to visit with Joe Kendrick in our Air Studio.  His finger-picked folk-blues, "cosmic blues" as he calls it, is part of that quintessential WNCW sound here.  He's a great storyteller too, as you'll hear. 

Chatting with Roland this Friday
5:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Friday, October 26th at 3pm: NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

Comprised of members of The Radiators, The Neville Brothers, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, James Brown's band, and more, The New Orleans Suspects are one of the hottest new acts out of The Crescent City of late.  They also laid down one of the hottest cuts on our latest "Crowd Around the Mic"!  They play Charlotte Thursday and Asheville Friday, and visit with Roland Friday afternoon. 

Peak of the Week
5:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 25th, 8pm-12am: CALEXICO - Algiers

Named for the New Orleans neighborhood in which they recorded this, the latest album from Calexico once again has more of an indie, inward foundation of, say, Iron & Wine or Neko Case than the Crescent City or their hometown of Tucson, AZ.  Still, you'll hear subtle influences of both regions in this strong new one from them. 

Spindale Cycle
5:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Monday, October 22nd at 8pm: DIZZY GILLESPIE - Something Old, Something New

We celebrate Dizzy's 10/21 birthday with this 1963 gem of a recording, featuring James Moody on sax and flute, Kenny Barron on piano, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums. 

The first half is a reworking of some 1945 favorites, and the second half includes then-new tunes like "Cup Bearers" and "Early Mornin' Blues."

It's All Politics
4:30 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Colorado, A Big Win For Obama In 2008, Now A Harder Sell

Supporters turned out for President Obama's first post-debate rally on Oct.4 in Denver. The president is facing a fierce fight for Colorado after winning it by 9 points four years ago.
RJ Sangosti AP

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

In Colorado, the presidential race is a statistical dead heat. The state went heavily for candidate Barack Obama in 2008 — but the president is now facing fierce headwinds.

Obama won last time by 9 points, an astounding margin in a state that hadn't gone Democratic since 1992. One Democratic strategist calls 2008 a one-time case of "irrational exuberance," especially among Colorado's large contingent of swing voters.

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It's All Politics
4:25 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Obama Battling To Maintain Women's Vote, Seen As His Key To Victory

The crowd joins Republican Mitt Romney in singing the national anthem at a rally Wednesday in Chesapeake, Va.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:54 pm

After President Obama's self-described somnolent first debate performance, his female supporters lit up social media and tagged the campaign with complaints about his failure to talk about their issues, from pay equity to health and reproductive rights.

He's been playing catch-up ever since, focusing on shoring up his party's two-decade-long domination with female voters who are key to Obama's hold on the White House.

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Law
3:54 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Marriage Law Likely Headed To Supreme Court

A New York case in which a same-sex couple was denied a tax benefit is likely headed to the Supreme Court.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 7:12 pm

A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday has catapulted a New York case to the head of the line, as the Supreme Court considers which of many cases it should use to decide whether the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is constitutional.

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Presidential Race
3:42 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

For Hispanics, A Question Of Turnout

Latino supporters hold up signs as they attend a campaign rally for President Obama at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver on Oct. 4.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

By now, it's no surprise that most Latinos plan to vote for President Obama. They are the nation's largest minority group, often likened to a sleeping giant that could decide the outcome in key swing states.

But will enough Latinos show up on Election Day to make good on the prediction?

As many as 60,000 Hispanics reach voting age every month, but Latinos overall have yet to bring their full force to the voting booth. Two-thirds of eligible whites and African-Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election, while barely half of Hispanics cast ballots.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

U.S. Military Apologizes, Sets Curfew After Alleged Rape In Japan

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 4:50 pm

The commander of U.S. Forces Japan apologized and announced that all military personnel in Japan would have to adhere to a night curfew beginning today.

The move comes after two Navy sailors allegedly raped a woman in Okinawa. Like the case in 1995, when three servicemen raped a school girl, opposition to U.S. bases swelled after the arrests.

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

'A Fire I Can't Put Out': Texas State Fair's 'Big Tex' Destroyed By Blaze

Big Tex goes up in flames.
John McKibben via Twitter

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 6:21 pm

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